The BBC has confirmed exactly when and where viewers can see EastEnders this festive season, the centrepiece episode being an hour-long special on Christmas Day at 9pm that will air opposite Downton Abbey on ITV.
As for what fans can expect from the plotlines, secrets are currently swirling at the Walford boozer with Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) completely unaware that Linda (Kellie Bright) has been raped by Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo), the man he believes to be his nephew but who is really his brother.
But in the run-up to Christmas, Linda looks set to reveal what has happened to her to Dean’s current girlfriend Stacey (Lacey Turner).
The show’s executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has already confirmed that Mick will also discover that Linda was raped, hinting that secrets would be spilled at Christmas:
“Mick will find out. We keep referring to Mick’s temper. And, let’s not forget, Dean has raped Danny Dyer’s screen wife! But what will happen when Mick finds out? That’s what we want the audience to wait for. And we’re rumbling towards Christmas,” he said recently.
EASTENDERS CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE
Monday 22 December – 8.00pm, BBC1
Tuesday 23 December – 7.30pm, BBC1
Christmas Eve – 8.00pm, BBC1
Christmas Day – 9.00pm, BBC1 (1hr 5 mins episode)
Boxing Day – 8.00pm, BBC1
Monday 29 December – 8.00pm, BBC1
Tuesday 30 December – 7.30pm, BBC1
New Year’s Day – 8.30pm, BBC1 (1hr 5 mins episode)
Friday 2 January – 8.00pm, BBC1
You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below: