Episode 4541

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

With only a few weeks to go until Christmas, Albert Square is teeming with happy folk dispensing goodwill and joy to all. No, not really! It’s traditionally the most miserable time of the year in Walford and 2012 is no exception. Alfie’s anxiously checking up on Kat’s every move; Bianca’s struggling to provide for her kids; Derek’s pressuring Max and antagonising everyone else; and Ben is sentenced for Heather’s murder.

Remarkably, Phil actually shows a smidgen of remorse about his son, but no sooner is the sentence out of his mouth than he spots a familiar figure. She always looks angry, but this time she looks incandescent with rage.

About this programme

Ben and Jay have their day in court and after their sentences are handed down the Mitchells arrive back in the Square, where a surprise visitor awaits. Shirley's back - and she isn't happy. Alfie returns from Germany, but his good mood is dampened when Jean jokes about Kat receiving a call from her lover. Bianca heads to the salon to continue her trial, only to discover Lola is doing the same, while Patrick makes Cora think about the importance of family.

Cast and crew


Alfie Moon
Shane Richie
Kat Moon
Jessie Wallace
Joey Branning
David Witts
Lucy Beale
Hetti Bywater
Lauren Branning
Jacqueline Jossa
Max Branning
Jake Wood
Tanya Cross
Jo Joyner
Abi Branning
Lorna Fitzgerald
Derek Branning
Jamie Foreman
Alice Branning
Jasmyn Banks
Jack Branning
Scott Maslen
Sharon Rickman
Letitia Dean
Lola Pearce
Danielle Harold
Shirley Carter
Linda Henry
Phil Mitchell
Steve McFadden
Bianca Butcher
Patsy Palmer
Carol Jackson
Lindsey Coulson
Liam Butcher
James Forde
Denise Fox
Diane Parish
Kim Fox
Tameka Empson
Ray Dixon
Chucky Venn
Ian Beale
Adam Woodyatt
Roxy Mitchell
Rita Simons
Michael Moon
Steve John Shepherd
Arthur `Fat Boy' Chubb
Ricky Norwood
Cora Cross
Ann Mitchell
Ava Hartman
Clare Perkins
Poppy Meadow
Rachel Bright
Jean Slater
Gillian Wright
Jay Mitchell
Jamie Borthwick
Patrick Trueman
Rudolph Walker
Whitney Dean
Shona McGarty
Morgan Butcher
Devon Higgs
Luke Hamill


Tim Mercier
Executive Producer
Lorraine Newman
Rob Gittins