EASTENDERS

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - SEVEN DAYS -

So, Phil’s back on the booze. Hoo-flamin’-ray. He’s been look­ing way too fresh-faced and in­no­cent, and Steve Mcfad­den is never bet­ter than when he’s play­ing the char­ac­ter in drunken mode.

On Mon­day, Ben is fear­ful as he watches his dad con­tinue to drown his sor­rows and sug­gests that they still flee to Por­tu­gal. Phil, how­ever, says that with­out Jay, it is point­less. Fear­ing that his fa­ther is go­ing to turn him in, Ben rushes to Ian (above) and re­veals that it was he who killed Evvver. On Tues­day, Ian must de­cide whether to turn Ben in or per­suade him to con­fess, and where bet­ter to make that decision than in the al­lot­ments, where the lives of so many have been de­cided. On Thurs­day, af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with Phil, the ri­valry be­tween the two men comes to the fore once more. Will they agree to bury the past and unite to save Ben’s skin? Do we even want Ben’s skin to be saved?

I can’t help feel­ing that if he were to fall into a pass­ing ce­ment mixer, no one would be too dis­ap­pointed. How much more can the lad fit into his young life? And why does he never have any home­work? Come to that, why doesn’t he even go to school? He’s too busy smash­ing peo­ple’s skulls in, that’s why.

Michael has a bit of a scare on Thurs­day when fi­anceé Ja­nine de­cides that she is too fat for her dress and calls off the wed­ding.

He comes up with a plan on Fri­day and books an ap­point­ment at a 3D scan clinic. Nice idea – go­ing for the emo­tional touch. I’m not sure that Ja­nine has any heart­strings to pull, though. Still, the cou­ple at­tend the clinic and find out the sex of their baby. He-devil, or She-devil?

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