So, Steven Beale and Lauren Branning are back – but what has happened to Ian’s son Peter?
Last night’s episode of the BBC1 soap closed with Steven, Lauren and baby Louie making a surprise visit to Albert Square. But it seems that Peter won’t also be making the return trip from New Zealand.
With Jane currently on the critical list thanks to a hockey-stick-attack by devil child Bobby, Ian says that Peter’s rightful place is with his family.
But as can be seen in this clip from Monday’s episode of EastEnders, Peter is busy working on South Island and cannot be reached thanks to poor mobile reception…
Actor Ben Hardy, who played Peter between 2013 and 2015, is currently featuring in the new X-Men movie, hence his absence from this latest Walford storyline.
But, hey, with the troubled (and that’s putting it mildly) Steven back in town, it seems there’ll be no shortage of drama for the Beales, despite Peter’s no-show.
You can watch the scene from Monday’s episode below. Beneath that, there’s a 60-second rundown of all next week’s drama on EastEnders.
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