There’s terror ahead in tonight’s EastEnders — airing at 7.30pm on BBC Two in a change of schedule — as two gunmen hold some of Walford’s most beloved residents hostage.
As the week began, Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) and Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) were rushed off their feet as they prepared for the opening night of the newly-named Peggy’s nightclub — another business asset for the incarcerated Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden).
But as they coped with recent events, which saw the cab office trashed and drivers Mitch Baker (Roger Griffiths) and Harvey Monroe (Ross Boatman) attacked, they also had to deal with the inconvenience of Sam Mitchell’s (Kim Medcalf) presence.
Little did they know that Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero) had been helping a vengeful Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) gain access to the club, and she went on to trash the place.
When Kat and Sharon returned, Shirley continued smashing glasses as she revealed that every hit was for the loved ones lost due to the Mitchells’ behaviour, including sister Tina and best pal Heather Trott.
But she was stopped in her tracks when two men arrived with a gun, and Shirley rushed to hide in the office. Kat and Sharon attempted to get rid of the intrusion, but a struggle broke out when the phone rang and the pair explained it was Sam, who would be there soon enough.
As chaos ensued, a gunshot broke out; much to Shirley’s shock as she stayed out of sight. But what happens next?
Well, we can tease that there will be more than one shot ringing out in Albert Square this week. Sam heads into the club and stands up to the men, telling them to pass on a message to the Mitchells’ former associate, Jonah. But she will eventually back down, realising that they aren’t making idle threats.
Meanwhile, with Shirley still in the office, she knows the thugs will be heading her way to get hold of the safe full of cash. Whatever transpires in tonight’s episode, a character is left in peril when they are suddenly shot.
Who will be injured? Will Shirley pay the price for her revenge, or is another EastEnders lady at risk? At least we can rule out Phil as a victim - he’s been shot enough times already!
It’s a tense instalment, so make sure you don’t miss a moment when the soap returns tonight at 7.30.
Due to Wimbledon, EastEnders is currently airing on BBC Two - but you can watch this week’s episodes back to back on BBC iPlayer now, as the streaming service is delivering EastEnders as a boxset during the summer.
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