As fans of EastEnders will know, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) is being hounded by a mystery stalker who knows enough about him to get him into some serious trouble…
Whoever it is knows that Phil and Frank Butcher (Mike Reid) set fire to the car lot in an insurance scam, killing a homeless man who was asleep in one of their cars.
The stalker also knows that Phil sold Kevin Wicks (Phil Daniels) a dodgy motor, which Kevin died in following a crash.
And of course, the stalker has evidence since whoever it is has the memory stick that was previously in Jack Branning’s (Scott Maslen) possession, but is now missing. On the stick was a taped conversation in which Phil admitted to selling the cut and shut car to Kevin.
So, next week, when Phil and Shirley (Linda Henry) come home to find their door wide open, they know the stalker was responsible and has been in their house. They then come up with a plan to get as many of Walford’s residents in one place as possible by hosting a party…
All goes well initially, with all the main suspects there – you can click here to view the rather long list of suspects – but of course, many of them aren’t stupid and clock on to what the party’s for.
That being the case, Ian (Adam Woodyatt), Jack (Scott Maslen) and Derek (Jamie Foreman) decide to have a laugh at Phil’s expense by all confessing to being the stalker.
However, when Heather (Cheryl Fergison) needs her inhaler, Shirley rushes to get it for her from her bag, but finds a stack of envelopes identical to those the stalker has been using.
But despite initially furiously confronting Heather, Phil and Shirley soon realize that they were planted, which means the stalker IS at their party!
Phil decides it just has to be Jack, so he figures a spot of revenge is in order, and orders Jack’s car to be towed away and crushed. Oh dear.
That doesn’t go down well with Jack, or big bro Derek, who tells Phil that if he wants to take on Jack, he’ll take on the entire Branning family, and judging by how Derek comes across, he really doesn’t want to go there…
We’ll see these scenes on Monday, December 12 at 8pm and Tuesday, December 13 at 7.30pm on BBC1.
Also making ‘Enders news today is that before Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) arrives back in Walford during the week before Christmas, Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) goes to visit her in prison, and it ends in – as ever with those two – a slanging match!
The storyline begins when Ricky comes back from his stint of working in Dubai. And Pat (Pam St Clement) is delighted to see him, given that she’s hoping he can bail the family out of the financial mess they’re in…
Pat took out a loan secured on the house, and hasn’t made the repayments, so they could be homeless at any moment. However, Ricky has bad news for Pat…
He’s lost all the money he earned, and is more broke than he was before he went. So, feeling useless and stupid, Ricky confesses all to Bianca, which is what causes her to go nuts at him.
Bianca yells that she hates him, and orders him to leave, so is that the end of them? And will they all be homeless by Christmas? Find out when these scenes air on Thursday, December 15 at 7.30pm on BBC1.
More ‘Enders news soon!