EastEnders: Derek Branning’s wrongly accused (for once) of punching his son Joey! (VIDEO)

by Lynn Connolly

Fans of EastEnders will know that there’s little love lost between Derek Branning and his son Joey, and since he turned up in Walford, Joey (David Witts) has done everything and anything he can to annoy, humiliate and generally put down his dad…

And with good reason, given that Joey claims Derek (Jamie Foreman) used to beat his mother. But it would appear that his sister Alice (Jasmyn Banks) never witnessed the assaults, because she of course loves her dad.

However, even her patience with Derek is going to wear thin next week when Joey claims that Derek punched him! But for once, Derek didn’t do anything, but nobody believes him.

It all begins when Derek manages to earn a black mark from Alice by insisting that she stop having self-defence lessons from Ray. She tells him that she has no intention of doing so, and adds that being able to fight back if she’s ever attacked again – she was of course mugged a few weeks ago – has boosted her confidence no end…

Meanwhile, Joey smugly backs his sister, much to Derek’s annoyance, but Derek tells Joey that no matter what he does to try to come between himself and his daughter, if push comes to shove, Alice with side with him, her dad.

The next round of the Derek Vs Joey war comes at the launch of Ray Dixon’s (Chuck Venn) youth initiative at the gym, which is attended by all the Brannings. Tensions between Joey and Derek steadily grow at the event, to the point that they’re yelling at each other…

But when Joey slopes off, Derek goes to look for him. In the gym, everyone’s taken aback when they hear a loud slamming noise, and then see Joey, with a bloodied face, stumbling towards them with Derek in hot pursuit.

It seems evident to everyone what’s happened; Derek’s punched his son. But despite Derek’s instant denials, Joey doesn’t say a word, leaving everybody to conclude that Derek’s guilty.

Is Derek wearing out his welcome in Walford? Find out when EastEnders airs these dramatic scenes on Thursday, November 22 at 7.30pm on BBC1.

In the meantime, here’s a look at Alice in tonight’s episode demonstrating just how much the classes with Ray have taught her…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.