Actor Ben Hardy has promised viewers that revelations concerning the Beale family will come out just as Peter proposes to Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa).
“Secrets come out involving the Beales. That’s as much as I can say about that,” says Hardy.
Next week’s episodes see Peter return from New Zealand determined to make Lauren his bride. “He thinks Lauren is the one. He also wants to start a new chapter in his life after the whole Lucy thing, so he sees it as a way of starting afresh. So he thinks. ‘I’ll propose to Lauren, this will be my new adventure and I can stop thinking about Lucy.’”
And does Peter think that Lauren will say yes? “He’s very hopeful. But he’s still nervous. Peter’s family life is so up in the air. He’s almost like a father to Ian at the moment. So it would be Peter’s ideal to have a stable home and maybe children. That’s something he’s never had.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be EastEnders without some complications being thrown into the mix. But does Hardy think that Peter and Lauren can stay the course? “I think they’re a good couple. I like the fact that they’re childhood sweethearts and it would be a shame if they didn’t stay together.”
You can watch a 60-second rundown of all next week’s drama on EastEnders below: