Episode 4569

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

While viewers who gambled on Derek Branning being murdered on Christmas Day are still kicking themselves that they didn’t bet he’d die of natural causes, the Brannings are trying to adjust to life post-Derek.

As well as the fallout from the arrival of Max’s wife Kirsty (did anyone guess that was his secret?), Abi’s stressing about her imminent exams and Lauren’s horrified to see that her mum has missed a mysterious hospital appointment. Seeking comfort in the arms of Joey, she takes him off to Cora’s house knowing that they’ve got the place to themselves. Unfortunately just as things are getting steamy, Dot walks in the door. She’s not happy.

About this programme

Kat and Bianca get stuck into their cleaning rota at the Vic, but things prove awkward with Roxy barking out orders - and all hell breaks loose when Kat finds Amy with one of Tommy's favourite toys. Masood tries to shield Zainab from the truth about Ayesha's crush, telling his fiery wife that her niece has fallen for Ray, while Dexter impresses Phil with his skills as a mechanic. Lauren is horrified to find a letter asking why Tanya didn't attend her last hospital appointment, and ends up hitting the bottle again - but even worse, when she and Joey get together later, they are unaware Dot has returned home.

Cast and crew


Tanya Cross
Jo Joyner
Sharon Rickman
Letitia Dean
Max Branning
Jake Wood
Roxy Mitchell
Rita Simons
Alfie Moon
Shane Richie
Dot Branning
June Brown
Cora Cross
Ann Mitchell
Patrick Trueman
Rudolph Walker
Lauren Branning
Jacqueline Jossa
Joey Branning
David Witts
Alice Branning
Jasmyn Banks
Masood Ahmed
Nitin Ganatra
Zainab Khan
Nina Wadia
Ayesha Rana
Shivani Ghai
AJ Ahmed
Phaldut Sharma
Tamwar Masood
Himesh Patel
Phil Mitchell
Steve McFadden
Lola Pearce
Danielle Harold
Jay Mitchell
Jamie Borthwick
Dexter Hartman
Khali Best
Ava Hartman
Clare Perkins
Abi Branning
Lorna Fitzgerald
Carol Jackson
Lindsey Coulson
Bianca Butcher
Patsy Palmer
Jack Branning
Scott Maslen
Poppy Meadow
Rachel Bright
Arthur `Fat Boy' Chubb
Ricky Norwood
Ray Dixon
Chucky Venn
Kim Fox
Tameka Empson
Denise Fox
Diane Parish
Ian Beale
Adam Woodyatt
Kat Moon
Jessie Wallace
Rashid Kayani
Gurpreet Singh
Janie Rivers
Lucy Black


Ian White
Executive Producer
Lorraine Newman
Matthew Barry