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Duration: 1 hour

Derek tries to dominate Max and Tanya’s Christmas dinner, making loaded comments about Lauren. Joey arrives, a surprise for Lauren from Max. When Joey explains to Lauren he felt he didn’t have a choice, Lauren suggests he could have chosen her.

Kat drops Tommy off at the Vic for Christmas Day. Roxy, Amy, Michael and Scarlett have joined Alfie, Mo and Jean. Having promised Tommy snow, Alfie sends everyone outside then sprinkles fake snow from the Vic roof as Kat watches from a distance. Roxy admits to Alfie she’s in love with him. Kat arrives. Alfie tells Kat it’s too late, he’s moved on. Kat leaves, devastated.

Back at Max and Tanya’s, Derek threatens Max, but Jack backs him up; one call to the police and Derek would be back inside. Dressed as ‘Santa’, Max gives a wedding dress to Tanya. Registrar Fred arrives and Max reveals they’re getting married today; Derek shouldn’t feel he has to stay. Derek’s received several texts and finally sends someone Max’s. Tanya opens the door to reveal Kirsty Branning - Max’s wife. Kirsty and Max head upstairs, leaving a shell-shocked Tanya. Kirsty’s angry with Max for trying to pay her off. It becomes clear that Derek hasn’t passed on Max’s latest money to Kirsty or told Max that Kirsty was pregnant, eventually leading her to have an abortion. Kirsty shows Tanya her unsigned divorce papers and her wedding ring. Max insists he loves Tanya; he only married Kirsty because Tanya lied about her illness. Tanya’s appalled when she realises Derek’s known all along.

Kat slaps Derek after discovering he played Alfie the wrong voicemail message and has now deleted them all. Derek tries to force Kat to leave with him and Max and Jack step in. Max confronts Derek about his lies, but Derek rounds on Max and then turns on Jack. Joey and Jack manhandle Derek out of the house. As the others turn their backs Derek clutches his chest in agony and collapses to the ground, dead.

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Derek Branning
Jamie Foreman
Max Branning
Jake Wood
Tanya Cross
Jo Joyner
Jack Branning
Scott Maslen
Kat Moon
Jessie Wallace
Alfie Moon
Shane Richie
Roxy Mitchell
Rita Simons
Joey Branning
David Witts
Lauren Branning
Jacqueline Jossa
Abi Branning
Lorna Fitzgerald
Cora Cross
Ann Mitchell
Sharon Rickman
Letitia Dean
Dennis Rickman
Harry Hickles
Alice Branning
Jasmyn Banks
Jean Slater
Gillian Wright
Mo Harris
Laila Morse
Michael Moon
Steve John Shepherd
Jay Mitchell
Jamie Borthwick
Bianca Butcher
Patsy Palmer
Carol Jackson
Lindsey Coulson
Whitney Dean
Shona McGarty
Tyler Moon
Tony Discipline
Liam Butcher
James Forde
Tiffany Butcher
Maisie Smith
Morgan Butcher
Devon Higgs
Michael O'Connor
Executive Producer
Lorraine Newman
Jennie Darnell
Simon Ashdown


Maria Friedman to play Linda's mum


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

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