Is Nick Cotton (John Altman) up to his old tricks? It's the question that viewers will be left asking after Charlie's (Declan Bennett) is vandalised during scenes to be shown next week.
Charlie's mum Yvonne (Pauline McLynn) is already worried that Charlie's closeness to Dot (June Brown) will bring Nick back into their lives. And it seems that her worst suspicions have been confirmed when Charlie receives a text message from Nick in the aftermath of the damage being caused to his car.
Yvonne believes that the only option left open is to flee, but can Charlie really bid farewell to Dot in order to protect himself and his mother?
"Charlie loves his mum more than anything. For most of his life it's just been him and her, with this other figure rearing his ugly head and causing problems," says actor Declan Bennett. "So he really wants to do the right thing by his mum, but now he would do almost anything for his grandma, Dot. So it becomes this battle of two strong females. They both want him in their lives, but his mum wants one thing but his grandma deserves another."
Actor John Altman - who first appeared as the villainous Nick in the very first episode of EastEnders back in 1985 - recently announced his return to the BBC1 soap.
"After a five-year break I'm very pleased and much looking forward to returning to EastEnders. With the promise of some hard hitting and gritty storylines I'm sure the residents of Albert Square will be none too pleased to see Nick Cotton back on the streets of Walford.
"I'm also looking forward to working alongside Declan Bennett and Pauline McLynn. And of course being reunited and working once again with my ‘dear old Ma’, the wonderful June Brown. ”