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Photo spoilers: Never fear! Shirley's here!

Katy R | 00:00 UK time, Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Rooftop proposal...

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Shirley on the roof of The Vic! As her nerves kick in, Phil goes up to give her some moral support, and in the heat of the moment she proposes! What will he say?

Phil and Shirley

Who'll be left holding the winning baby?

Talk about competitive parenting! Masood, Roxy, Lola and Syed enter their kids into a baby competition. How long does it take before the sly jibes start flowing?!

 Masood, Roxy, Lola and Syed


If all else fails...


...talk to Shirley? Janine isn't coping with motherhood, and begins to unravel. She opens up to Shirley (of all people!). Will she get some good advice?

Janine and Shirley

Game plan

The plot thickens... Kat sneeks away to plan a rendezvous with her secret lover. By the look on her face she's thoroughly looking forward to it! Is Alfie going to get suspicious?


A walk in the park

Ben convinces an unstable Ian to leave the house. He takes him through The Square and over to the cafe. Will Ian be pleased to be back in his (failing) empire?

Ian and Ben

The gift of the gab

An argument kicks off in the B&B when Kim tells Denise that she's moving in with Ray. After storming out, Kim comes back with an 'I'm sorry' gift for her big sister. But in the long run this is one present that Denise will wish she hadn't been given!

Kim and Denise



  • Comment number 1.

    It's nice to see Phil smiling for a change!

    Welcome back Ian! Just a thought, and please dont take this the wrong way, but if Ian has been living on the streets for months, and presumably not eating much, wouldnt he have a lost a bit of weight instead of putting it on? Just an observation. !

    Loving the show as usual!

    Much love! x x

  • Comment number 2.

    Oooooooooohhh looking good Eastenders , Looking real good .Your coming in gold on story-lines. Keep them coming, Im already looking forward to Christmas if the stories are this good now. One problem and I have commented before the Kat story is old hat give it and the character the elbow. Alfie and Roxy by Crimbo yeh.

  • Comment number 3.

    yay this week seems like its going to be so cool theres so much going on i want lolas baby to win the tiny tots compo

  • Comment number 4.

    Wow!...Looks Like An Exciting Week!!:) Can't Wait...❤❤❤❤

  • Comment number 5.

    Well this is going to be a good week cant wait and welcome bk ian !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 6.

    Shirley you are a star in every way....Natural ,lovely ...She needs more good story lines ,like Cora .Joey is so hot yummy actor he should need more story lines and Lucy doesnt suit him sorry she looks so young .

  • Comment number 7.

    I forgot to add Kat another few motnhs and EE needs to bring some new hot men for ya girl ...hahahah

  • Comment number 8.

    I agree with Hazeldene15... Ian realistically should have dropped some weight during his time on the streets - especially if he presumably has been "out of it" all this time. Has Denise received the picture frame used to kill Heather? It was in Cora's shop, which is where I would expect Kim to find a cheap gift from...

  • Comment number 9.

    Feeling sorry for Ian. Even though the state he is in is partly his own fault. Of course, Ben's confession was one of the reasons, but he went bankrupt because he was spending too much on Mandy and was getting too stressed because of that woman, which she did not deserve. AND he did say that if he had to choose between Mandy and Lucy, he would choose Mandy. No wonder Lucy just doesn't want to know now. She is really angry. She is very young, but she was left to sort her father's mess out. Because he made some bad choices. Even situation with Ben - he should have gone right to the police station and told them that he knows who killed Hev. But he didn't, and probably the sense of guilt contributed to his madness.

  • Comment number 10.

    I want Lola to win the baby tots competition I love Lola so much.
    My favourite 3 characters are Fatboy then Lola then Jay.
    I want Lucy to accept Ian for bobby and herself, poor Ian I love Ian why do this to him, neglecting him he didn't have a choice to go it wasn't his fault all the pressure was building up on him and he loves you all he just wants his family back so please Lucy can you just accept that and love each other again.
    Lucy always says she doesn't want Ian back in her life but she does really obviously they're family so she will want her Dad back and Bobby really will too.
    Please make amends and love each other again I am waiting to see this part of a happy family watching the TV.
    Never miss an episode so I'll see, please x

  • Comment number 11.

    Lola was brilliant when she gave birth to a child.Young girl and very talented actress....Love her eyes and specially her cheecky smile.x

  • Comment number 12.

    Wonder who Kats man is! I think its Ray! :)

  • Comment number 13.

    Looks like a good week Phil is happy for a change i hope he says yes when Shirley proposes!
    I want Lola or Syed to win the competition Yasmin and Lexie are sooooo cute!!!
    Never expected Janine to talk to Shirley!!!
    Glad that Kim and Denise are finally getting along!!!
    Wonder if Ian will remember about what Ben did???

  • Comment number 14.

    I think Phil will say yes to Shirleys proposel, but I think it will end up in a disater! :)

  • Comment number 15.

    if linda has quit then i think its a disgrace how she's been treated. it sounds like people knew she was leaving or for a break before last xmas so it sounds like its only cos of cheryl/heathers axing as to why shes leaving. heather was axed for the ben storyline and now ben is off. is this all just for sharon ? bit of a coincidence that its all happening around the same time of her return

  • Comment number 16.

    !!!looks like a MEGA week!!!

  • Comment number 17.

    Good point - Ian should have lost weight.

    @ ADRIANAGABRIELA - Lucy is not as good looking as Joey so doesn't really suit him. Also - hot guys for Kat? Seriously? She's not hot herself - just looks overly made-up

  • Comment number 18.

    @Bigsmile76 wrote Ian's situation was partly his own fault but things happen because nobody is perfect. He spent too much money on Mandy because he didn't want to lose her. It all stems from his experiences with women. Cindy treated him badly - cheated twice and tried to kill him. She had only gone with him for his money in the first place. Then Mel cheated on him too. When Lucy asked him to choose between Mandy and her, he chose Mandy because he was in such a state. He had already broken down by then! Lucy needs to understand that. Someone needs to explain this to her. I understand that she is really angry. She is very young. He didn't go right to the police station because of Phil.

  • Comment number 19.

    Dear Of Course, Yes, we all make mistakes and PAY FOR THEM. So does Ian. You are right, his exes were not nice to him at all, and even Jane did cheat on him as well before their wedding. But then she became this perfect wife, the wife he didn't really deserve as he treated her as a doormat. So why didn't he learn from his mistakes, didn't change his attitude towards Jane? She fell out of love with him and left, and it all really went downhill for him from there. He found this horrible woman, became skint and started losing his marbles because of her. And then came Ben's confession. He did another mistake by not going to the police. The woman lost her life and her child lost his mother so Ian really should have forgot the fact that he is scared of Phil and that Ben is his brother. The shock and guilt became too much for him, the last straw.


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