Shabnam Masood's birthday isn't exactly a bundle of laughs; in fact, it triggers an emotional meltdown which leads to a shock revelation in EastEnders.
On the day of her birthday, Shabs learns she's being made redundant. After a showdown with her father, Mas, about an inheritance she kept to herself, she seeks comfort in the company of Kush... and the pair spend the night together.
Later, when she thinks he's blurted out to Stacey about their night together, she makes a terrible confession to Stace.
Watch the preview of this and other big storylines in EastEnders, above.
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.