EastEnders: Sharon breaks down when she finds her son Denny standing in the exact spot where his dad died!

As fans of EastEnders will of course know, when Sharon Rickman returned to Walford a couple of weeks ago, she had her little son Dennis in tow, with whom Sharon was pregnant when she left Albert Square in the New Year of 2006.

Dennis’s dad is of course Dennis Rickman – who was Dirty Den Watts’ biological son, while Sharon was Den’s adopted child – who was murdered on New Year’s Eve 2005 after gangster Johnny Allen put out a contract on him.

However, as we’ll hear in an upcoming episode, Sharon (Letitia Dean) has so far withheld the truth about how his dad died from little Dennis.

She’s told him that his dad was a helicopter pilot who was killed during an heroic rescue. And of course, she made that up as it’s infinitely less sordid than the reality that Dennis (Nigel Harman) breathed his last in the gutter outside the pub…









Here’s a reminder of Dennis Rickman’s last moments…

But the truth is about to come out when, after Denny seemingly goes missing – again – a frantic Sharon finds him standing at the very spot where Dennis died…

An emotional Sharon hugs Denny close as she weeps for his father, and, seeing the sad little display, Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner) takes Sharon and Denny into her house, and a friendship between the two women is struck

We’ll see these scenes a week on Friday on BBC1, but in the meantime, an insider told the Daily Star Sunday, “She basically has a mini-breakdown when hiding the truth from her son becomes too much.

“Denny is too young to understand but Sharon is in floods of tears. It is a touching moment.”

And of Sharon and Tanya’s new allegiance, the insider added, “It could be the fresh start Sharon needs to shake off her turbulent past.”

And as you can see, the ladies are soon in an altogether less serious frame of mind…

Aww bless.

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.