EastEnders: Will Ian Beale tell Shirley who killed Heather?

by Anna Howell

Could Ian Beale be about to blow the whistle on the murder of Heather Trott in EastEnders?

Fans of the award-winning BBC soap will know how Ian (Adam Woodyatt) returned to the soap last week after spending the last few months on the streets after he discovered that his half-brother Ben (Joshua Pascoe) was the person responsible for the harpooning of Heather Trott earlier this year.

Having left his daughter and young son to fend for themselves, running god knows how many businesses as well as running the house and fending off bailiffs, Ian was discovered the Brannings last week and brought home to his family.

However, it soon becomes very obvious that the nervous breakdown he seemed to suffer after Ben’s confession, coupled with his fiancée jilting him at the altar, is far from over, and whilst celebrating the engagement of Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) a large photo of his brothers murder victim sparks off a sever panic attack in the once kind-of-successful entrepreneur.

The freak out occurs when Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) presents Shirley with a large canvas of her and Heather, which triggers Ian’s memory and he drops his champagne glass to the floor.

This sends Ben, Phil and Jay (Jamie Borthwick) into a state damage control, knowing that the cause of it is because he knows the truth, and they desperately try to shuffle him out in order to stop the now very unpredictable Ian from blabbing!

An EastEnders insider told the Daily Star newspaper: “Ian’s return sends Ben and Phil into a right panic.

“Fearing he might reveal all, Phil gives Ben and Jay the task of guarding him to make sure he doesn’t speak. The last thing they need now is for him to blab to Shirley.”

Watch all the action on the BBC1 show a week tomorrow.