EastEnders has released details of its big September storylines, which will feature an explosion on Albert Square, a wedding and the return of two Mitchells.
Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins is promising that the lives of some of Walford's most iconic characters will be changed forever as Alfie turns into an arsonist, Ben makes a comeback in the run-up to Phil's wedding, while Ronnie resurfaces complete with pregnancy bump.
Said Treadwell-Collins: “Bombs that we have been carefully planting over the last few months are about to explode all over the Square as some of our most iconic characters’ lives change forever."
Alfie's (Shane Richie) actions will see him damage the family home in the hope of claiming on the insurance as he finds himself at his lowest ebb. However, as soon as Alfie realises that the house isn't empty, he rushes home just as an unexpected explosion rips through the building. As Alfie charges inside, it seems his reckless decision will have far-reaching consequences that he never expected.
Over at the Mitchells, there's plenty of skulduggery as Phil (Steve McFadden) realises that Sharon (Letitia Dean) has been planning to fleece him. He sets in motion a plan to seek revenge and finds that old flame Shirley (Linda Henry) is happy to slip back into his life and help him. But the return of Ben (now played by newcomer Harry Reid) will complicate matters even further as Phil and Sharon prepare to get married. Will anyone end up saying 'I do'?
Finally, there's the reappearance of Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack), who's adamant that she's only back to stop Phil from marrying Sharon. But the fact that she's also expecting a baby must surely be playing a part in her return? Will she reveal all when she comes face to face with Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett), the man with whom she had a brief fling before her hasty exit earlier this year?
"With huge twists, shock returns and stories which will move, provoke and entertain, this September is going to be classic EastEnders and an unforgettable start to our autumn," added show boss Treadwell-Collins.