*Warning: this article contains spoilers for tonight's EastEnders episode, which is currently streaming on BBC iPlayer*


EastEnders has aired another clue to the BBC soap's forthcoming Christmas murder, and it relates to a certain pair of amber cufflinks, which were memorably seen on the lifeless body of a mystery male character during a flashforward scene.

As Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) prepared for his low-key wedding to Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace), Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) was seen chatting rather amicably with Phil - a rare sight indeed!

"Take care of these, they're Nish's, so they're probably expensive," instructed Jack as he handed over the cufflinks, last seen as a prize during a high-stakes poker game on Rocky Cotton's (Brian Conley) stag night.

"Lost mine, in a ruck I think!" Phil replied, after thanking Jack.

How these two became so friendly is a mystery for another day, as the bigger concern is whether this now means that Phil will be the murder victim come Christmas Day.

Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) interrupted Jack and Phil's banter, noticing the cufflinks. Could it be his pulse that she checks in December while wearing a wedding dress?

It could be a red herring, but fans (including us, naturally) will be watching closely to see if the cufflinks are passed on to another Walford local in the coming weeks.

Steve McFadden as Phil Mitchell in EastEnders.
Steve McFadden as Phil Mitchell in EastEnders. BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

Elsewhere in the episode, Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) questioned Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) on his bombshell that Phil had slept with Emma Harding (Patsy Kensit). Alfie got confirmation that this was true, then punched Phil before his wedding.

When Phil explained himself and promised that he loved Kat, Alfie urged Phil to promise that he would keep Kat and their sons safe. After Phil agreed, he wondered why Alfie hadn't rushed to tell Kat the truth yet.

Alfie replied that he might not be around for much longer, leading Phil to realise that Alfie must have lied when he claimed to have got the all-clear from prostate cancer. Will Alfie confide in Phil? And will the nuptials go ahead, given Phil's cheating?

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