The BBC has released its official EastEnders Christmas trailer, and you will be surprised to learn there isn’t a Santa hat or smile in sight!
EastEnders has never been renowned for spreading cheer at this time of year; just ask Archie Mitchell or one of the other 7 people who have met their maker in the show over the festive period.
Whereas Christmas should be a time of happiness, family and sharing, in Albert Square the focus is usually on drama, misery and despair – and from the look of this trailer this year is not set to be an exception to that rule at all.
Featured in the clip is David Wicks (Michael French) as he uses the information that Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) was actually the person responsible for Michael’s death to blackmail her out of quarter of a million pounds.
Fans of the popular BBC soap will know how Janine delivered the fatal stab to her late husband, after the one that Alice Branning delivered to defend her, and then promptly let Alice take the blame.
Whilst Alice has been rotting away in prison, Janine has also been being held prisoner by her own conscience as she struggles to wipe the memories of that fateful Halloween from her mind (we can’t remember her being this bothered when she killed Barry!).
So when she finally cracks later on this season she turns to stepbrother David, who she thinks is an ally, but who turns out to be as devious as her as he uses the information for his own personal gain.
However, from the looks of the scenes featured in the trailer things don’t look like they are going according to plan at all, leaving us all on the edge of our seats as to what the outcome might be.
Also featured in the clip is Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) whose obsession of frightening off her sister Roxy’s would be suitors sees her go to extreme lengths as things turn violent between her and Roxy’s latest conquest, Carl White.
It isn’t all doom and gloom, however, as in the midst of Alfie (Shane Richie) and Kat’s (Jessie Wallace) despair as they desperately try to save the pub the Phil (Steve McFadden) is selling from underneath them, a smug Shirley (Linda Carter) announces that the pub has been sold to her brother, which as we all know by now is played by none other than Danny Dyer, and a cheeky smile and a “Merry Christmas” from him at the end is enough to send female hearts all over the country racing this Christmas.
EastEnders continues tomorrow night at 7.30pm on BBC1 / BBC1 HD – Watch the trailer for yourselves in the clip below: