EastEnders’ fans have been on tenterhooks ever since Max Branning’s involvement with the evil Willmott-Brown family was revealed in a packed Queen Vic last week, with the soap getting more and more dramatic with each subsequent episode.
Now the star who plays troubled Max, Jake Wood, has teased that it’ll all come to a head in tonight’s episode – revealing that it is one of the best that he has ever filmed.
And yes, that includes the iconic Christmas Day episode of ’07.
Writing on Twitter last night, Jake shared: “Trust me when I say that tomorrow’s episode is electric!
“Along with this years xmas eps it is one of the best I have ever been in.
“Can’t wait for you all to see it #eastenders #brannings [sic]”.
After Monday night’s episode, Jake teased: “From here ’til xmas, hold onto your hats people”.
The previously-struggling BBC soap has seen its popularity increase after acclaimed John Yorke returned as executive producer following Sean O’Connor’s shock announcement that he was leaving with immediate effect after just over a year on the show.
Speaking to the Radio Times earlier this year, Yorke revealed that this Christmas will see “one of the biggest stories [EastEnders] have ever told”.
He added: “It will revolve around Max and how his past actions all come back to haunt him in the most powerful and appalling way.
“The Branning family and their wider clan will be at the heart of the drama, as all of those involved in the plot to buy up and build over Albert Square get their spectacular comeuppance.
“The story kicks off at the end of November and rapidly builds to a Christmas climax – with the events on Christmas Day laying down the shape of Albert Square for years to come.”
Fans of the soap have taken to social media to praise the improvement EastEnders has seen in the past week, with Yorke’s first episode back as exec. producer airing on 27 November.
The turnaround in #EastEnders with John Yorke in complete control is stunning. Characters acting like themselves, memorable duff duffs, lots of drama. THAT is what EastEnders is about. We're back to a producer that gets it and knows character's histories.
— Cameron Yarde Jnr (@CameronYardeJnr) December 6, 2017
Best couple of #EastEnders episodes for bloody ages. John Yorke has put the "un" back on "missable".
2 hours a week ain't enough.
— Paul (@PJN74) December 6, 2017
Bloody loving #EastEnders at the moment – best episodes in a long time!!
— Lisa Barnes (@Lise_M_Barnes) December 7, 2017
#Eastenders back on track and memories of the amazing 80s when it was the must see program only on a few times a week. That's thanks to the writers and producers but actors like @mrjakedwood @AdamWoodyatt and Steve McFadden make the show . Long may it continue ❤️
— Annie C (@gingerannie34) December 7, 2017
After over a decade of mediocrity John York returns for five minutes ignores the bex and Louise show focuses on the older characters and oh boy enders fans lets enjoy the ride #EastEnders https://t.co/LZ5oxTjaET
— themickminasshow (@MOVIESTVMAD) December 7, 2017
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see what happens next.