Radio Times
Review by:
David Brown

Stacey is currently doing a five-year stretch for the murder of Archie Mitchell, but unless EastEnders intends to film half a decade’s worth of prison scenes, then I doubt she’s going to stay there long. There is a precedent, of course: think back to the days when we got interminable episodes featuring Den Watts residing in Dickens Hill.

I imagine Stacey’s escape route will end up being mum Jean, who’s come up with a plan to get her out of jail. But there’s unexpected extra drama for the Slaters tonight when Jean is rushed to hospital after collapsing and Kat’s waters suddenly break. It never rains but it pours.

About this programme

Hour-long episode. Mick finds himself in a tricky position after being arrested and charged with kerb crawling - especially after confronting Ian and finding out the real reason he was talking to Rainie. Should the landlord drop his friend in it to clear himself? Either way he avoids telling Linda what has happened - but his secret is short-lived when she receives a phone call. Stacey dismisses the idea of appealing against her conviction, so Jean tells Kat her fears about being a good grandmother to Lily - only for things to take an unexpected turn. Alfie calls in sick by leaving a message on the office voicemail - but scheming Aleks pretends to have never received it.

Cast and crew


Mick Carter
Danny Dyer
Ian Beale
Adam Woodyatt
Rainie Cross
Tanya Franks
Linda Carter
Kellie Bright
Stacey Branning
Lacey Turner
Jean Slater
Gillian Wright
Kat Moon
Jessie Wallace
Lily Branning
Aine Garvey
Alfie Moon
Shane Richie
Aleks Shirovs
Kristian Kiehling


Dave Moor
Executive Producer
Dominic Treadwell-Collins
Lauren Klee
Dare Aiyegbayo