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Katy R | 10:00 UK time, Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Meet the faaamily

Big bro Derek's come to Walford to support Max. And let's just say he isn't shy about coming forward! He re-introduces himself to the Cross ladies - will they welcome him with open arms?

Cora, Derek and Tanya

Dodgy dealings

In Lola's eyes money makes the world go round. When the Moons offer her a way to make some quick cash, she jumps at the chance. They'd better watch out though - this young lady is part-Mitchell after all!

Alfie, Lola, Billy and Tyler

Forgive me father...

The smitten reverend wasn't prepared to have his good heart broken, but life isn't a bed of roses! What will Dot's naughty little sister have to say for herself? Shame on you Patrick!

Rose and Patrick

Let's not get hys-derek-al

He's here! Derek Branning has entered The Square. He's a very unwelcome guest in Pat's house. Why aren't they happy to see him? We are!

Pat, Carol and Derek

C'mon spill!

Lola drops a big bomshell that leaves grandad Billy reeling. Inquisitive Jay wants to know more about her little secret. Will she share all with him?

Lola and Jay

Help! I need somebody...

...and certainly not just any body. Jack's in search of a babysitter to look after Amy, but refuses Roxy's offer to help out. Beggars can't be choosers though. Will he find another willing person?

Carol, Amy and Jack

Honey, I'm home!

Max comes home to a not-so-warm-welcome - and walks head first into a Branning barny! Will they all be happy to see him?

Abi, Max and Tanya


  • Comment number 1.

    Looks like a brilliant week! I'm looking forward to seeing Derek Branning. Hopefully, he'll be bigger than Phil Mitchel! Phil needs a few lessons taught and Derek looks the knda guy to teach them!

  • Comment number 2.

    why have the branning's got there Xmas tree up early??

  • Comment number 3.

    @ Hadyn I don't think Derek is the kind of guy, Phil is the king of the square. Lots of people have tried to teach Phil a lesson, but have failed such as Johnny Allen and Den Watts. Derek really doesn't look tough, he got punched by David Wicks, and Carol humliated him by telling him how ridiculous he is still living with his parents (this happened in 1996)

  • Comment number 4.

    @ ishtiab khan That was years ago mate. Now derek is a real gangster and he is sure as hell going to teach phil a lesson or two

  • Comment number 5.

    I am so excited yet terrified for next week as I think I know the big secret and it will shatter this family for ever especially for Lauren.

    Look at Tanya's face when Derek arrives. The big secret has to be him involved. Add a returning Max and there will be hell. For Lauren.

  • Comment number 6.

    @ Russell so was Johnny Allen, but look what happened to him. Sorry but I don't think anyone can really take down Phil, they can try, they may succees at first, but in the end Phil will win. EE have bigged up so mnay gangsters in the past such as Johnny Allen, George Palmer, Jack Dalton, Andy Hunter etc. Derek Branning is nohing compared to these guys. Lets just see what Derek brings to Walford, lets see if he can proof be wrong

  • Comment number 7.

    @ ishtiab and @hadyn - i'm really excited about derek branning. i guess we'll have to wait and see whether he's a match for mitchell. branning v mitchell showdown please!

    p.s. on the subject of phil, have you seen this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/eastenders/stalker/

    @ acvdm1989 - intrigue!!

  • Comment number 8.

    Wondering if the Branning Christmas tree is the same one which Bradley pushed Max into , Xmas 07

  • Comment number 9.

    @Ishtiab Khan I agree with you. How could Phil ever be taken down? The square wouldn't work without him on top! Phil all the way! :D

  • Comment number 10.

    Watch this actor in Nil by Mouth, or any of the other films he's been in with Ray Winstone and Phil Davis and you'll see he's a real hard man who can properly dish it out. Phil should be quaking in his work boots...wait and see!

  • Comment number 11.

    In regards over Derek being able to take Phil. Apparantly Derek has just come out of prison after ten years for armed robbery. So I think he will be a hard man!!!

  • Comment number 12.

    Is Abi pregnant!!! And u can see her lurking in the backgraoung behing a talking Jay and Lola! I bet she thinks there after each other! As for Derek i bet hes laurens real dad thats why Tanya is so worried but Max doesnt know yet!

  • Comment number 13.

    @ quellhead Abi isn't pregnant its Lola, she's lurking in the background behind a talking Jay and Lola as she's wondering if he could be the father of Lola's unborn child.

    I don't think Tanya's big secret has got to do with Derek being Lauren's father, I think its more to do with her own dad and how he died from cancer, I think she helped him die peacefully

  • Comment number 14.


    it is going to get REAL epic ;P

  • Comment number 15.

    Just wanted to know who is older Derek or Carol as on wiki it says Carol, but some people are saying its Derek. I know who is the eldest branning sibling which is April but I don't know between these 2. After one of them 2 its Suzy, Max and then Jack

  • Comment number 16.

    To those who say that Derek is Lauren's real father... i hope not, Tanya, Max and the kids are one of the only families where all the kids are by the same parents and to me they have always felt like the most realistic family, not because the kids are by the same parents because i know plenty of people who have kids by different partners etc.

    But i hope BBC don't spoil it... please don't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They are the family with a difference, and iv'e seen enough messed up family to last me a lifetime :D
    Also at first i was not looking forward to Derek Branning, but now my mind has changed... could this be the rebirth of the gangster era in EastEnders... YES PLEASE!!!

  • Comment number 17.

    @Ishtiab Khan hi, Derek is older than Carol. I know this because i have seen the 3 episodes in 1996 in which Derek was in before at it was stated that Derek is older. Also Derek beat up David Wicks when Carol was up the duff by him aged 14, i doubt that Derek was 12 when he did this.

  • Comment number 18.

    I think Tanya helped her dad die too, it would be a good twist.

  • Comment number 19.

    Woah cant wait to watch the branning week and is ABI PREGNANT!!!

  • Comment number 20.

    cant wait for branning week think it would be good if bitch susie came back that would be good and i really want ben to be killed of pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease

  • Comment number 21.

    I've not seen Sisie or April - what kind of people are they? Plus, I know this may sound strange but if April has never been in EE and they decide to bring her in then could you make her a lesbian because there aren't any lesbians on EE and why not have a Branning as a lesbian.?

  • Comment number 22.

    @Ofcourse April has been in Eastenders before and she was not a lesbian, she was going to marry a man called Nikos. Hwever Sonia was briefly a lesbian and she has branning blood.

  • Comment number 23.

    Tanya tells everybods about cancer actully loz does .lol so predictable lol


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