Stalker Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis) plotted his sinister next move in tonight's EastEnders (7th September), vowing to move next door to victim Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).


When the police couldn't take action against Theo, Stacey was on edge, with detective Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) explaining that the force's hands were tied.

Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) assured Stace that Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) was on hand to issue Theo with a violent warning, while Freddie Slater (Bobby Brazier) was devastated that he had brought his former teacher Theo into their lives.

But Stacey opted to concentrate on daughter Lily (Lillia Turner) and newborn granddaughter Charli, refusing to let Theo ruin this joyful family time.

Unfortunately, Lily was still in the dark about Theo, and when she got in touch with him so he would buy the baby gifts, Theo turned up at the hospital.

Lacey Turner as Stacey and Lillia Turner as Lily Slater in EastEnders cradling Lily's baby in hospital
Lacey Turner as Stacey and Lillia Turner as Lily Slater in EastEnders. BBC

Once there, Theo lied to Lily that he had fallen out with Stacey because she was going too far with her secret camera work.

Stacey soon found her daughter, and threatened Theo with Jack as a witness. Jack then issued a warning of his own to the vile character, and Stace was forced to tell Lily the truth.

But with social services due to approve Lily and Charli's homecoming, Stacey urged Lily not to tell the team about Theo, otherwise they wouldn't be allowed back to the house.

In the meeting, Lily looked troubled, but as Stacey told the social workers that she knew the Slaters could pull together and make things work for Charli, Lily backed her up and asked to go home.

Later, Martin Fowler (James Bye) thanked Jack for sending Theo on his way, and Jack was confident that his nearby presence would keep Theo at bay.

Things were looking brighter as baby Charli was welcomed into the family, and four generations came together as Stacey, Lily and proud great-nan Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) sat in contentment with their new addition.

But little did they know that Theo was lurking outside, and viewers soon saw him making a call to rent the flat next door to Stacey.

"I hear the neighbours are lovely," he added creepily. How will Stacey react when she discovers Theo's latest act?

Viewers who identify with Stacey's story can contact the National Stalking Helpline on 08088020300, or visit You can also visit Safeguarding Hub.

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