Episode 4492

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

If there were such a thing as a school of hard knocks, Shirley Carter graduated with flying colours years ago. Whenever she has been dealt a hard blow (and by heck she’s had several), she has usually responded with a swift backhander and a snarl. But finding out that Ben murdered ‘Ev and, worse, that Phil knew all about it, has almost destroyed her.

Taking refuge in a whisky bottle and hurtling towards rock bottom (and an uncomfortable spot in the gutter), Shirley, it would seem, has no one who’s able to help her – except maybe someone who left Walford for exotic shores about four years ago.

About this programme

Phil worries about Shirley's increasingly volatile and drunken behaviour, and makes a last-ditch phone call to the one person he thinks might be able to help. Janine grows more paranoid about Michael, especially after discovering a cheque stub for £20,000, while Jack's plan to impress Sharon backfires when he oversteps the mark with Dennis.

Cast and crew


Phil Mitchell
Steve McFadden
Shirley Carter
Linda Henry
Janine Butcher
Charlie Brooks
Michael Moon
Steve John Shepherd
Jack Branning
Scott Maslen
Sharon Rickman
Letitia Dean
Dennis Rickman
Harry Hickles


Ian White
Executive Producer
Lorraine Newman
Wendy Granditer