Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) and his sister Shirley (Linda Henry) know they’ve got to raise some serious cash in a hurry in order to carry out repairs on The Vic, which is being badly affected by rising damp…
So having exhausted every other possibility, both realise there’s only one thing left to do, and that is to go cap in hand to their dad Stan, with whom Shirley has never had the best of relationships.
However, for the good of the family, Shirley agrees to go and see Stan, but he’s not the only relative that the we’re set to meet next week because Aunty Babe turns up unexpectedly on the Square!
As we’ll soon learn, Stan who’s played by British acting royalty Timothy West is a retired Billingsgate fishmonger, and this once-powerful man is now fighting a battle against old age and is frustrated with his failing body.
Stan is fundamentally a lonely man, and has been ever since his wife Sylvie left him over thirty years ago, so when his children come back to his life, Stan sees the chance to be part of a family again…
However, the opinionated, curmudgeonly Stan is no sweet old man in a cardi, and it won’t be long before he starts manipulating the whole Carter clan from the comfort of his armchair.
Aunty Babe meanwhile is played by Annette Badland, and she is the Carters’ maternal aunt and described as “a bustling busybody.”
She’s the aunty you want to cuddle, but she’s no-nonsense and though she has a big heart, beneath her bubbly façade, she’s tough, shrewd and astute. She loves her nieces and nephews to distraction, and she’s always felt guilty that her sister abandoned them when they were little kids, so she’s thrilled to be back in their lives again, and she won’t let Stan ruin things for all of them again…
The show’s Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins said, “We are reinvigorating EastEnders’ older generation with the arrival of Stan and Aunt Babe, who will start to fill in some holes in the dark Carter family history.
“Tim and Annette are national institutions and such gifted, nuanced actors, bringing a real touch of Dickensian magic to the screen.
“It’s an honour to have them join our company.”
And while talking to the BBC about joining the cast of EastEnders, Timothy said, “I am excited to be joining Eastenders for the first time.
“Stan is a wonderful character and I look forward to seeing what is going to happen to him.”
Of her role, Annette remarked, “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of EastEnders as I’ve always admired the show…
“Everyone involved in it seems so warm-hearted.
“Aunt Babe is a fabulous and complex woman and I can’t wait to get stuck into the role.”
Are you excited to see them on the show?
For now, here’s a look at what’s coming up…