EastEnders: Bobby Beale to leave for boarding school next week

But are Ian and Jane doing the right thing in sending Lucy's killer away from Walford?

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Bobby Beale (Eliot Carrington) is to be packed off to boarding school next week after his dad Ian (Adam Woodyatt) finds that a place has suddenly become available.

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The Beales decided recently that Bobby’s troubling behaviour necessitated his removal from the Square, but Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) is to be left taken aback when she learns that her grandson is leaving immediately rather than in September.

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In the episode to be broadcast on Thursday 28 January, the Beales will be seen preparing to say goodbye to an upset Bobby. But Jane is left confused when she hears that Ian agreed to sponsor a new building at the school.

After a difficult goodbye, Ian and Jane return to the Square, where Ian admits that he bribed the head into taking Bobby by sealing the sponsorship deal. But are the Beales placing too much faith in the school system to solve the problem of his killer son?

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

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