EastEnders: Christmas will be “catastrophic” for the Brannings, says Jacqueline Jossa

"We don't even get to sit down for Christmas dinner this year. The episodes are wicked," adds the actress

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EastEnders star Jacqueline Jossa has promised fans of the BBC1 soap that the year’s Christmas episodes will be devastating for the Branning family.

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“It doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s catastrophic, the worst one yet. We don’t even get to sit down for Christmas dinner this year. The episodes are wicked,” the actress revealed in the new issue of Radio Times.

Jossa and her co-star Lorna Fitzgerald are set to exit EastEnders in the near future at the climax of a plotline that has seen the Branning clan left reeling following the exposure of disgraced dad Max’s betrayal of his nearest and dearest.

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Having played the role of Lauren since 2010, Jossa had this to say about her upcoming departure: “I’ll be sad, but I’m leaving when everyone else goes on their Christmas break, so that helps.

“But I’m really looking forward to spending more time with [daughter] Ella. I do feel I’ve missed stuff these past two years.”

Jossa’s teasing of the EastEnders Christmas episodes come following recent comments made by show boss John Yorke about the Brannings being put centre stage during December 2017:

“The really big story on Christmas Day, and one of the biggest stories we have ever told on EastEnders, will revolve around Max and how his past actions all come back to haunt him in the most powerful and appalling way.

“The Branning family and their wider clan will be at the heart of the drama.”

Read the full interview in the Christmas and New Year edition of Radio Times

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