EastEnders: Don Gilet returns as Lucas Johnson

But what does the homicidal former preacher have in store for Denise?

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Evil ex-preacher Lucas Johnson has been glimpsed in tonight’s EastEnders, his first appearance on the BBC1 soap since his incarceration in 2010.

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Actor Don Gilet was seen briefly in this evening’s double bill giving ex-wife Denise Fox (Diane Parish) a clandestine call on a mobile phone from the confines of his cell after she failed to turn up for a prison visit.

Lucas’s comeback marks the third return of a familiar face this festive season, following Jack Branning’s (Scott Maslen) visit on Christmas Eve and a New Year’s Day cameo from Glenda Mitchell (Glynis Barber).

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The resurfacing of the serial killer marks the start of a major storyline for the Fox family that was kick-started by the arrest of Lucas’s son Jordan back in November 2015.

Viewers saw Denise left visibly shaken after hearing from her murderous former husband – which is no real surprise what with him having previously bumped off his ex-wife Trina, killed Denise’s ex-husband Owen, drowned his son’s dog and incarcerated Denise in a basement while allowing her family to believe she’d killed herself. And who knows what he has in store now that he’s back in her life…

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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