EastEnders: Derek Branning will betray Max by revealing his big secret at Christmas & Shirley Carter declares war on Phil Mitchell! (VIDEO)

Christmas for the Branning family is rarely a fun time – for instance, Max Branning’s affair with his daughter-in-law Stacey (Lacey Turner) was revealed on Christmas Day in 2008 – and it seems this year is going to be no exception…

We already know that Max’s brother Derek (Jamie Foreman) will die at Christmas, and with a report that’s out today, it seems there’s a chance that Max (Jake Wood) might be the one who kills him!

That’s because Digital Spy report that Derek is set to expose Max’s big secret to the entire family over Christmas. The secret is of course why Max keeps having to come up with big sums of money to send to some mystery person in Manchester.

However, though the full details about the secret, and how Derek reveals it, are being kept under wraps, we also know that Tanya Branning is set to leave the Square in the New Year as Jo Joyner, who of course plays her, is taking a few months off

So could this mean that Max and Tanya’s second wedding will be called off? Well, we’ll let you know as soon as we find out!

Meanwhile, as we saw in last night’s episode, Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) is back, and as you’ll see in the clip below, as soon as she hears that her former fiancé Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) is trying to get custody of Lola’s (Danielle Harold) baby Lexi, she vows to do whatever it takes to stop him…

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