EastEnders spoilers: Janine Butcher makes shock return – first look pictures

But is husband Michael set to be distracted by advances made by Alice Branning?

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Charlie Brooks makes her return to EastEnders in the coming weeks when Janine Butcher arrives back on the doorstep of 27 Albert Square. But will husband Michael (Steve John Shepherd) be too distracted to notice her reappearance? 

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In scenes set to be shown on Thursday 18 April, a smitten Alice Branning (Jasmyn Banks) will make a play for Michael after he buys her a bottle of perfume to thank her for helping out with baby Scarlett. But when she misreads the signals and thinks Michael is flirting, Alice makes her move. But will Michael succumb to her advances? 

Whatever the result, it looks like Michael will soon have other preoccupations when the wife he hasn’t seen since September 2012 shows up. Janine was last seen fleeing the Square in a state of high paranoia after growing increasingly suspicious of Michael’s actions. Since her departure, Michael has been left holding the baby, so will he welcome the return of Scarlett’s mother? 

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During her time away from the BBC1 soap, Charlie Brooks appeared on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, where she was eventually crowned the winner of the 12th series of the ITV reality show.