Next week on EastEnders, the arrival of the New Year brings Lauren and Penny back to Walford.

George is haunted by his past when his adoptive parents Gloria and Eddie arrive for a surprise visit.

Plus, Whitney makes a big decision about the future.

Here’s a full collection of the biggest moments coming up

1. Lauren and Penny plan a return to Albert Square

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Shock news from the Square reaches Lauren, who is visiting her cousin Penny in Paris.

Lauren and Penny decide it’s time for them both to return to Walford.

2. George gets some surprise visitors

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Cindy continues to try and reinsert herself into the life of her ex-husband George.

Pub landlord George has other family matters to deal with when his adoptive parents, Gloria and Eddie, unexpectedly arrive for a visit. What brings them to Albert Square?

3. Whitney and Zack say goodbye to Ashton

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Whitney and boyfriend Zack must tell their foster child Ashton that he is being moved to another home.

Whitney is devastated that things haven’t worked out for the couple as foster parents.

4. The Walford teens are ready to party

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The Walford teenagers decide to throw a New Year’s Eve party with the help of a stolen case of beer from the Minute Mart.

The party seems likely to be a sober affair when they discover the stolen beer is alcohol-free.

5. George discovers a shocking secret

Elaine is worried about her fiancé George’s reaction to the arrival of Gloria and Eddie.

Gloria is clearly thrilled to be reunited with granddaughters Gina and Anna. But will her relationship with George be put to the test when she drops a devastating bombshell?

6. Yolande is suspected of cheating on Patrick

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Yolande blackmails the Walford teens after she and Patrick bust their New Year’s Eve party plans.

She gets them out pounding the pavements, delivering church leaflets, in exchange for her silence. But Denzel is alarmed as he becomes suspicious that there is something going on between Yolande and Pastor Clayton.

7. George and Cindy investigate his past

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Elaine remains uneasy about the ongoing connection between George and Cindy.

Little does Elaine know, but George sneaks off to confide in Cindy about his past adoption.

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Cindy offers to help George look for some answers, but they are soon shocked by what they find out.

8. Penny considers sticking around in Albert Square

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Penny is back in Albert Square after years away living in France.

But she struggles to cope in the aftermath of recent events and makes a difficult decision.

9. Denzel attacks Pastor Clayton

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Denzel reluctantly agrees to help at Pastor Clayton’s soup kitchen.

However, after Denzel misreads an exchange between the Pastor and Yolande, the teenager loses his cool and “accidentally” spills hot curry all over the man of the church.

10. Gina clashes with granddad Eddie

There’s tension between visiting Eddie and his eldest granddaughter, Gina.

During a Knight family dinner, it all kicks off after Eddie makes some rude comments about Gina. What’s the reason behind the bad blood?

11. Whitney makes a big decision

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Whitney is in an emotional state after saying goodbye to Ashton and decides to visit the tree memorial for her and Zack’s late baby daughter, Peach.

After a heart-to-heart with Yolande about her own experience of fostering, Whitney reaches a life-changing decision about the future.

EastEnders airs on Mondays – Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer, where most episodes drop early at 6am ahead of their TV broadcast.


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