Masood’s brother AJ is headed to Walford – we’ll meet him in the episode that airs on July 9th – and it seems he’s going to make an enemy of Derek Branning within hours of setting foot on Square soil!
And of course, Derek (Jamie Foreman) isn’t a person anyone wants as an enemy, but AJ, who’s played by Paul Sharma, becomes just that when he smashes into Derek’s motor.
The drama begins when, soon after showing up at Masood’s (Nitin Ganatra) door, AJ persuades his brother to revisit the pranks and fun of their youth, and always receptive to a laugh or two, Masood obligingly gets into a supermarket trolley and has AJ whiz him around the Square in it.
But of course, it all ends in tears when not only does Masood fall out, Derek’s car meets said shopping trolley, which was going at a fair velocity…
Of AJ’s less than auspicious start to his stay in Walford, a show insider told the Daily Star, “AJ really brings out the best in Maz, much to the annoyance of Zainab [Nina Wadia].
“But when they lark around with the trolley and crash into Derek’s car it’s not just his big brother’s missus he has to worry about.
“AJ is a bit of a talker and tries to blag his way out of the situation but that just makes things even worse.
“Derek is quick to rough him up a little to make him realise he’s not to be messed with.
“The confrontation really shocks AJ but he’s not going to be pushed around by some bullying bloke he’s just met.
“Zainab’s not happy either about having her home life disrupted by his arrival.
“The last thing she will want right now is a feud with Derek, so fans can expect to see plenty of drama with this storyline.”
As mentioned, we’ll meet Paul – who’s also starred in Casualty, Roger Roger, Meet the Magoons, The Office and Gavin and Stacey – on July 9th.