EastEnders: Hannah Spearritt makes her debut as Karen’s rich sister Kandice

Can Kandice save the Taylors this Christmas?

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Christmas could be cancelled for the Taylors in EastEnders when the family’s financial problems catch up with them – but could help be on the horizon from a long-lost relative?

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Matriarch Karen can’t believe it when she discovers twin sons Riley and Chatham have been stealing mobile phones from the locals and keeping them in a secret stash.

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Desperate to make some money to give her kids a decent Christmas, Karen convinces son Keegan to sell the phones and gets him to discreetly give Stacey Fowler hers back when she realises her handset is among the haul – which has its own repercussions as it contains Jane Beale’s incriminating voicemail about Max Branning….

But the cash Keegan raises is not enough to keep the bailiffs from the door as they turn up on Wednesday 27 December and take the Christmas gifts Karen bought for her brood. Bernadette has had enough and persuades her mum to ask her estranged sister Kandice for help, so they go to visit the rich relation.

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There’s bad blood between the Taylor sisters and it doesn’t go so well with Kandice – played by S Club singer and Primeval star Hannah Spearritt in a guest role – and it’s safe to say she’s not exactly ecstatic to see her trashy family having distanced herself some time ago.

Later that week Bernie begs her auntie to help them out, explaining the full extent of their money worries. Meanwhile, Keanu thinks he’s found the answer to their troubles – but the family are soon forced to accept their fate as they await another visit from the bailiffs…

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But when there’s a knock at the door, the Taylors can’t believe their eyes when they receive a Christmas miracle – has Kandice come good? Or did Keanu’s scheme pan out? And will Kandice and Karen finally bury the hatchet in the season of goodwill?

You can watch a 60-second rundown of all next week’s drama on EastEnders below. Beneath that, there’s our exclusive Week in Walford review show

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