A familiar face turns up in EastEnders tonight – well familiar to the other characters anyway. Actor Clay Milner Russell is taking over the role of Lucy’s killer, Bobby Beale, as he is released from prison and returns to Walford, much to the shock of Kathy (Gillian Taylforth).
Fans are used to seeing Eliot Carrington in the role of the troubled lad – who murdered his sister with a music box and later left Jane in a wheelchair after a frenzied attack with a hockey stick. But as Bobby turns up back at home tonight, his face will have changed – but will the character’s bloodthirsty nature have also altered after his time away from the family?
Kathy’s focus is on running the opening night of The Prince Albert but as she slips away after Kim Fox-Hubbard (Tameka Empson) gets everything under control, she arrives home to find Bobby waiting for her. And it’s the last thing that she expected seeing as Ian (Adam Woodyatt) hasn’t pre-warned her that Bobby would be arriving.
Next week, Bobby will have trouble settling back into life on the Square where he was involved in so many dark things and Kathy worries that he will be unable to cope, especially when he slips outside only to come face to face with a stunned Max Branning (Jake Wood).
It was Max who took the fall for Lucy’s murder, having been framed for the crime Bobby committed. As Max clocks him, he gives chase and bursts into the Beale household, pinning him against the wall and ready to commit violence.
As Bobby cowers and deals with the residing anger and the curious and scared looks, will the trouble of coming back home push him to the edge again?
Or can Kathy help him to rebuild his life?
EastEnders continues on Thursday 13th June at 7:30pm and 8:30pm on BBC One.
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