It’s going to be an incendiary Christmas this year for the Branning family, as these new images reveal.
Derek (Jamie Foreman), already unpopular with Max (Jake Wood) thanks to his attempts to blackmail Tanya (Jo Joyner), turns up for dinner on Christmas Day with Kat (Jessie Wallace) in tow. However, Max warns him that it’ll be his last day as part of the family and that after Christmas he is on his own.
It’s also clear that Kat doesn’t want to be at the Brannings, but Derek insists she stays. She soon learns, though, that all of Derek’s promises to make things right between her and Alfie (Shane Richie) were a lie and lets him know what she thinks by slapping him across the face. Max, too, is disgusted at his brother after he learns that it is Derek who has masterminded the exposure of the secret he has been trying to keep hushed up for a year.
Rather than leave quietly, Derek explodes with anger and makes one last almighty Christmas speech, before his brothers physically remove him from the house and their lives forever…
To find out what Max’s secret is, be sure to watch EastEnders on Christmas Day at 8.45pm on BBC1