Nick Cotton is alive and is on his way back to Walford to cause trouble for his long suffering Ma! Viewers have been questioning the whereabouts of Nick since his son, Charlie, arrived in Albert Square and delivered the news that Nick was dead. However, things didn’t quite add up, leading to lots of speculation as to whether Nick is really dead or not.

In Monday’s episode (28th July, BBC Two) viewers learnt that Nick was alive when Carol answers Charlie’s phone and immediately recognises Nick’s sinister voice. However, what Carol and everyone else will want to know is why did Charlie fake Nick’s death? And what is in store for Dot when he returns? Nick Cotton appeared in the very first episode of EastEnders on 19th February 1985 and has been involved in some of EastEnders most notable moments. He put his mother through hell as he battled his addiction with heroin; he has got away with murder and he even tried to take Dot’s life by poisoning her, but at the final moment he changed his mind. 

Speaking of reprising his role as Nick Cotton, John Altman said “After a five year break I'm very pleased and much looking forward to returning to EastEnders. With the promise of some hard hitting and gritty storylines, I'm sure the residents of Albert Square will be none too pleased to see Nick Cotton back on the streets of Walford. I'm also looking forward to working alongside Declan Bennett and Pauline McLynn. And of course being reunited and working once again with my ‘dear old Ma’, the wonderful June Brown. ”

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer added “As we approach EastEnders’ 30th anniversary, it’s only fitting that our original bad boy – and soap’s most iconic villain – returns to Albert Square to cause more trouble for his Ma. It’s time for the indomitable June Brown to have the Nick story to end all Nick stories – and with Declan and Pauline in the mix too, it’s going to be an exciting bumpy ride as the Cottons begin to unravel.”

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by blog123

    on 12 Aug 2014 22:01

    ArsinoeIV Apparently it's the lad in the Animal wooly hat that has something to do with it, not saying he murdered Lucy as I don't think he did I didn't recognise him but maybe he's brought in to the show for a bit to reveal more

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by ArsinoeIV

    on 12 Aug 2014 20:23

    I've been watching that camera footage of Lucy on the bus... no one obvious in there but I did notice Lucy's eyes flick to something that seemed to catch her attention for a moment before she got off. I've been wondering for a while now if she saw Nick Cotton on that bus. He's hiding something, something big if it involves that body in the coffin. And he could have some connection via the drugs thing. Who knows, but there has to be SOMETHING in that footage we've got to take note of.... my money is that it is connected to Nick

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by blog246

    on 6 Aug 2014 22:53

    They showed the undertaker & his wife a few times then it's like they're no longer around, the show seems disjoined, no cohesiveness, it needs to get its stuff together already. No awards this year

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Linda Smith

    on 6 Aug 2014 14:08

    Good question - who was in that coffin?? (I don't seem to recall any one going missing then....)

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by corinne jansen

    on 2 Aug 2014 10:49

    I am an Eastenders fan, addicted since day 1, but I need to say 2 things...
    why when trouble strikes does everyone have to hit the bottle? Even the strongest characters can't seem to deal with problems without a stiff vodka!
    and why is nobody allowed to find happiness...for long!? It is soooo miserable!!
    Love Family Carter addition to the square.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Neongirl

    on 1 Aug 2014 18:28

    I don't want Nick back the actor is beyond dreadful and isn't believable as a character.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by Wicksy

    on 1 Aug 2014 09:54

    I didn't think Dot had any money left to steal? Welcome back Nick!!!!!!

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by daisy

    on 31 Jul 2014 11:49

    Show has been boring lately and for the past few months. Now I read Phil & Shirley will start an affair, like we didn't know that was going to happen. I hope the scumbags leave together.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Samir Ahmad

    on 31 Jul 2014 09:49

    I thought that her grandson was a fraud, with his 'mother' the imposter coming in to steal dot's money as nick does

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Brobraii

    on 30 Jul 2014 08:07

    I don't think Charlie wanted to be bad or be mean to Dot. I just think that him and his mum were desperate. I think that Nick threatened them, that if they didn't con Dot out of money or something, then Nick would hurt them. -Because at the end of the episode, where we saw Yvonne (Charlie's mum) he said to her he wont hurt you again.

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