Episode 4881

Radio Times
Review by:
David Brown

For a while it looked like we ought to have sympathy for Ian Beale, what with all that horrible crying and despair. But normal service is resumed tonight when he sacks café-worker Tina on the spot, despite her doing absolutely nothing wrong. Maybe Phil was right all those weeks ago when he said that Ian was “still a weasel”.

There’s still little reason for smiles to be cracked at the Jackson/Butcher house as the day of Carol’s consultation dawns. With the family’s financial woes hanging over her head, Carol opts to have a single rather than a double mastectomy so she can get back to work more quickly. Let’s hope Ian treats her better than he does Tina.

About this programme

Alfie gets lumbered with a load of ice-cream, although he is soon shifting it to his customers - only for Aleks to fine him for trading without the proper licence. Heading to the market manager's office, he again comes close to uncovering his secret and sets out to discover what he's hiding. Carol visits hospital to discuss her mastectomy, although Bianca is shocked by the decision she makes about her treatment. Tina is on her best behaviour ahead of her performance review with Ian, but it doesn't go the way she's hoped, and Johnny's mobile keeps buzzing with messages from a keen new love interest. Dean couldn't care less that Shirley has gone missing, while Nikki returns to Walford.

Cast and crew


Carol Jackson
Lindsey Coulson
Bianca Butcher
Patsy Palmer
Whitney Dean
Shona McGarty
Sonia Fowler
Natalie Cassidy
Liam Butcher
James Forde
Cora Cross
Ann Mitchell
Mo Harris
Laila Morse
Pam Coker
Lin Blakley
Linda Carter
Kellie Bright
Roxy Mitchell
Rita Simons
Aleks Shirovs
Kristian Kiehling
Tamwar Masood
Himesh Patel
Shabnam Masood
Rakhee Thakrar
Kat Moon
Jessie Wallace
Alfie Moon
Shane Richie
Terry Spraggan
Terry Alderton
Nikki Spraggan
Rachel Wilde
Donna Yates
Lisa Hammond
Fiona `Tosh' Mackintosh
Rebecca Scroggs
Tina Carter
Luisa Bradshaw-White
Dean Wicks
Matt Di Angelo
Mick Carter
Danny Dyer
Shirley Carter
Linda Henry
Nancy Carter
Maddy Hill
Johnny Carter
Sam Strike
Charlie Cotton
Declan Bennett
Dot Branning
June Brown
Phil Mitchell
Steve McFadden
Ian Beale
Adam Woodyatt
Peter Beale
Ben Hardy
Lola Pearce
Danielle Harold
Morgan Butcher
Devon Higgs
Tiffany Butcher
Maisie Smith
Mr Turner
Sean Blowers
Mr Frank Cavendish
Simon Hepworth


Gill Wilkinson
Executive Producer
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Marc Pye