Christmas in Albert Square is never smooth sailing, and this year is unlikely to be any different after the explosive new teaser for the EastEnders Christmas day special hinted at what's to come.
The trailer reveals Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) threatening to expose Gray Atkins (Toby Alexander-Smith) as a murderer ahead of his wedding to Chelsea Fox (Zaraah Abrahams).
Talking to Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol) about the revelation, Whitney insists that she’s even willing to ruin the big day if it means saving Chelsea from marrying a dangerous killer.
“I have to do something to stop this wedding. If Chelsea marries Gray, her whole life is in danger,” she says to Kheerat in the clip.
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Last year, viewers will remember the devastating episode that saw Gray violently pushed his then-wife Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plumber) to her death.
Chantelle had just told Gray that she was finally leaving him after years of abuse, but unfortunately he put an end to those plans.
It seems Whitney could go to extreme lengths to ensure Chelsea doesn’t become another one of Gray’s victims.
Speaking about the discovery of Gray’s murderous actions, Shona recently told Digital Spy that the news hits her character hard.
The actress revealed: "She would never have thought that he was capable of murder. It's also heartbreaking because Whitney and Chantelle are so close."
"It's like one of those awful documentaries you see where the neighbour is a murderer – it's crazy."
Shona also suggested that Whitney will stop at nothing to make sure the truth is revealed, as the trailer points to.
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She teases: “She's definitely risking her own life. Whitney is very selfless. She would risk her own life to save someone else, she's very much like that."
But that’s not the only secret that might be coming out this Christmas day. The teaser also show that the true identity of Rocky Cotton (Brian Conley) could be about to be exposed.
In the clip, Sandy Gibson (Martha Cope) informs Rocky that Dotty Gibson (Millie Zero) has “told her everything”. This is, of course, referring to the secret plan concocted by the pair to scam Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy) out of her inheritance money.
Rocky quickly retaliates by telling Sandy to “keep [her] big gob shut” but will she heed this warning?
Whatever the outcome, it’s gearing up to be quite the explosive day in Albert Square this Christmas as secrets, lies and murder all come to a head.
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