EastEnders: Phil Mitchell to die at Christmas?

Can anyone convince Phil to continue fighting?

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Ailing Phil Mitchell will stun his family this Christmas on EastEnders when he admits that he’s given up on life.

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Phil has already been told by doctors that the chances of his survival are slim and that a liver donor may not be found in time.

But episodes of the BBC1 soap to be shown over the festive season will see Phil insist that it’s time for him to die – and not even a heart to heart with Dot in the launderette is enough to convince him to carry on fighting.

By the December 25th, with his health rapidly deteriorating and time running out, the Mitchell family is left facing the prospect that this will be Phil’s last Christmas.

So is the 2016 hour-long episode to be shown on Christmas Day set to be marred by tragedy? 

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

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