In typical EastEnders fashion, Christmas is set to be plagued by misery this year in Albert Square.
And writers of the soap are reportedly planning a terrorist plot for 2021, which will see a bomb scare in Walford.
A source told The Sun: ‘EastEnders writers are under more pressure than ever to make the show’s Christmas episodes a success.
Explosive! In typical EastEnders fashion, Christmas is set to be plagued by misery this year with writers reportedly planning a terrorist plot for 2021, which will see a bomb scare in Walford [image devised by MailOnline]
‘With the battle for ratings harder than ever, bosses are really keen to pull out the big guns for an explosive 2021 — in this case, quite literally. Scripts have been written focused around a bomb being planted in Albert Square — no one will be safe.
‘Bosses are staying tight-lipped about exactly what they have coming up for Christmas this year, but they are pulling out all the stops. With secrets plotted all over the Square, it’s only right and in typical EastEnders style that many of these look set to be exposed around the festivities.’
A BBC rep said: ‘We never discuss future storylines as we don’t want to spoil the surprise for the viewers. EastEnders has a huge winter ahead with plenty of drama in store for the viewers.’
The idea of a terror story was toyed with by writers in the soap’s early years.
(Un)happy holidays! Christmas in Albert Square is always a sombre affair [pictured from 2017]
Chopping block? ‘With the battle for ratings harder than ever, bosses are really keen to pull out the big guns for an explosive 2021 — in this case, quite literally. Scripts have been written focused around a bomb being planted in Albert Square — no one will be safe,’ a source said
In 1989, producer at the time Mike Gibbon wanted to kill off various characters, and hired screenwriter David Yallop to devise ideas in which to do so.
He came up with a plot featuring an IRA bombing, but the BBC didn’t approve it.
Yallop’s controversial ideas led to him leaving the show, and he sued the BBC for termination of contract.
He won the case, scooping £68,000 in 1992 in High Court damages plus interest in his breach of contract claim.
The BBC also faced a legal bill estimated at £250k as a result.
Shock: EastEnders’ Phil is attempting to convince Denise to get Kim to stop digging into the disappearance of Vincent telling Denise that Kim might regret what she finds
Meanwhile, as October’s storylines continue, Phil Mitchell is attempting to convince Denise Fox to get Kim to stop digging into the disappearance of Vincent Hubbard.
Phil tells Denise that Kim might regret what she finds if she keeps prodding at the case, with new photos teasing dramatic scenes in which Denise can be seen with her hands over her mouth in disbelief in Phil’s office.
Vincent vanished without a trace back in 2018 after getting involved with corrupt police officer Aidan Maguire.
Kim has been snooping about the case recently, and this week on the programme will see her overhear Mitch book a cab in his name.
Phil overhears the situation and is adamant that she doesn’t cause a scene.
Regret: Denise, who is a member of the Fox family on the soap, is shocked by what she finds when she sees Phil. In new photos, Denise can be seen in disbelief in Phil’s office
Kim has other ideas when she then tracks the booking back to a children’s entertainer using Vincent’s name in Walford East.
She becomes confused when she finds his wallet and then is convinced it belongs to her husband.
Later, Kim later overhears Jack and Denise’s plan to meet Vincent to gain more information about him.
Denise begs Kim to drop the case but she promises the two of them that the game is on.
What will happen? Denise begs Kim to drop the case but she promises that the game is on
Kim and Jack then are seen in a tense meeting in the pub, waiting for Vincent.
The actor who plays the disappeared character Richard Blackwood hinted on Good Morning Britain in 2019 that he would like to make a return to the soap.
He said: ‘I think it’s a smart move. I want to go back – EastEnders, I would go back. I’ve just had a baby on the show – I don’t want to be an absentee dad!’
EastEnders continues on BBC One on Tuesday at 8pm.