EastEnders’ Kate Oates and Jon Sen have spilled the beans on major spoilers coming up, from the start of killer Gray Atkins’ comeuppance to exits and returns
EastEnders’ Executive Producer Jon Sen has shared huge details about the coming weeks and months on the BBC soap, leading into autumn.
Fellow producer Kate Oates also discussed the scenes ahead, amid the long awaited return of Walford villain Janine Butcher, played by actress Charlie Brooks.
Charlie herself spoke to The Mirror and other press, alongside Jon and Kate, during an online press launch for the show, with the trio teasing her big comeback.
She promised “explosive” scenes ahead, teasing that there would be a fire, a feud and some of the old “evil” Janine back on our screens very soon
But this isn’t all, as Kate and Jon gave details of other huge storylines taking centre stage as we head into the end part of 2021.
From exits, a return and a new face, there’s tough times ahead for some existing characters – and the possible end for two show villains.
Secrets and lies threaten to tear apart some much-loved families too, with the usual drama also popping up in the coming weeks.
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Kate teased Ruby Allen’s comeuppance, after her recent lies and her false accusation about Stacey Slater pushing her down the stairs, which landed Stacey in prison.
It could be the end for the character played by actress Louisa Lytton, with Kate teasing she will meet a “sticky end”.
She said: “Jean is intent on bringing Ruby down and clearing Stacey’s name, so Ruby is gonna come to quite a slightly sticky end.
“It will be fun to see how that plays out, and that means we’ve also got Stacey set to return.”
Jon added of this: “Yes, so we have got Ruby and Jean and that is coming to a kind of conclusion.”
He then revealed all about Stacey’s return, confirming she won’t be heading back to Walford alone – as Lacey Turner returns to filming after her maternity leave.
Jon told us: “Stacey returns and that is gonna be huge as well. She will return from prison, as you know she went to prison after a false accusation from Ruby.
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“She’s going to return with somebody she’s met inside in the form of a new character called Eve, played by Heather Peace.
“We are really excited about her and what that friendship is gonna be, as they have come back having shared a prison experience that has united them in a kind of very unique friendship, so that’s really exciting.”
Fans will remember Stacey was forced to go on the run the last time she crossed Janine too, so with Janine and Stacey back in Walford we are expecting fireworks!
Ruby isn’t the only one soon to face the consequences of their actions, with Jon teasing the beginning of the end of killer Gray Atkins.
He said: “We have obviously got the culmination of, or the building to the culmination of, the Gray storyline. That takes its kind of next chapter.
“Obviously that has been a very long story arc and it has taken many twists and turns. But we are going back to the grass roots of the story really, and taking it back to its origins with a fascinating turn of events for the Atkins family.”
There’s more trouble ahead for the Carters too, with him teasing: “Of course let’s not forget Linda and Mick.
“Linda is pregnant with Max’s baby. They are desperate to hide that from everyone on the Square, but Rainie is severely intent on finding out the truth.
“Will the Carters convince everyone that Mick is the father in time, or will Rainie get to the truth?”
Kim Fox will also face turmoil thanks to “an old ghost from her past”, as the Truemans take centre stage.
Jon revealed: “We also have something in store for the Truemans and Kim. Tameka Empson has lit up our screens for the last few months with comedic joy, but Kim will find an old ghost from her past comes back to haunt her.
“So we’re gonna see Kim embark on a much more dramatic storyline, which is great as we will see Tameka have another string to her bow because she’s a brilliant actress, so it will be great to see.”
Finally, there’s more to come from the Panesars too, with him detailing: “Suki is creating more enemies, which becomes a big problem when it turns out Kheerat is going to be potentially romantically involved with one of these enemies.
“So there is lots in store for us as we head into autumn!”
EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.