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Duration: 30 minutes

Ian can’t face going to Ben and Jay’s sentencing; should he have told Ben to retract his statement? Sharon accompanies Phil. Jay won’t let Abi go with him. Ben’s sentenced to four years and Jay to community service. Later, finding Jay in the Arches, Phil assures him he couldn’t have stopped Ben. Phil’s blaming himself; if only he’d got Ben help. He doesn’t want to ruin Jay’s life too. In tears, Phil tells Jay ‘I’m sorry son’. They hug. Returning to the B&B, Jay embraces a relieved Abi. Sharon assures Phil that he can put right the mistakes he made with Ben with Lexi. A voice breaks in from behind ‘how sweet’ – Shirley’s back.

Alfie and Fatboy return from Germany laden with decorations and festive snacks. Discovering Kat’s out, a paranoid Alfie phones her repeatedly. Fatboy and Alfie plan to set up a Christmas stall in competition with Derek and Tyler. They decide on a wager; the losing stall gives up their Christmas Eve takings. Kat eventually returns and presents Alfie with a framed photo of them with Tommy. She feels terrible when Alfie gives her a necklace with stones similar to her mum’s ring.

Lauren returns to Cora’s with booze but Cora sends her away. Cora looks at her silver bracelet. She joins Patrick in the Vic and learns he’s going to stay with Anthony for Christmas. Drunk, Lauren joins Lucy and Whitney in R&R. She’s rude to Joey who refuses to serve her. Later, finding her slumped on the stairs Joey’s tender but then checks himself leaving Lauren confused and tearful.

Bianca promises the kids a Christmas tree. She does well at her Booty trial as does Lola. Impressed, Tanya offers them both jobs but for tips only.

Poppy’s thrilled with the snow globe Fatboy brings her from Germany.

Music Played

16 items


Shirley Carter
Linda Henry
Phil Mitchell
Steve McFadden
Sharon Rickman
Letitia Dean
Alfie Moon
Shane Richie
Kat Moon
Jessie Wallace
Ian Beale
Adam Woodyatt
Lucy Beale
Hetti Bywater
Jay Mitchell
Jamie Borthwick
Abi Branning
Lorna Fitzgerald
Tanya Cross
Jo Joyner
Poppy Meadow
Rachel Bright
Lola Pearce
Danielle Harold
Bianca Butcher
Patsy Palmer
Carol Jackson
Lindsey Coulson
Cora Cross
Ann Mitchell
Patrick Trueman
Rudolph Walker
Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb
Ricky Norwood
Derek Branning
Jamie Foreman
Jack Branning
Scott Maslen
Lauren Branning
Jacqueline Jossa
Joey Branning
David Witts
Whitney Dean
Shona McGarty
Jean Slater
Gillian Wright
Roxy Mitchell
Rita Simons
Liam Butcher
James Forde
Morgan Butcher
Devon Higgs
Executive Producer
Lorraine Newman
Tim Mercier
Rob Gittins


Maria Friedman to play Linda's mum


Star of the stage Maria Friedman will guest as Elaine Peacock.

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