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EastEnders spoilers: Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway reunite ‘Ballum’!

Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and Callum Highway (Tony Clay)
(Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

Fan favourite couple Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway, aka actors Max Bowden and Tony Clay join Stacey Dooley to look back at their time on the Square

Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway, aka actors Max Bowden and Tony Clay return to Albert Square to share all the gossip with Stacey Dooley in EastEnders: Secrets From The Square on Monday (8 pm, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).

Max Bowden, Tony Clay and Stacey Dooley

Max Bowden (Ben Mitchell) and Tony Clay (Callum Highway) join Stacey Dooley in the Walford East set (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

As gangster Ben Mitchell and boyfriend Callum Highway, EastEnders (opens in new tab) actors Max Bowden and Tony Clay have certainly had more than a few close calls. In this week’s Secrets, the fan favourite couple may be separated by an appropriate social distance but it doesn’t stop the revelations!

Stacey does some digging with Max and Tony to find out more about the enduring popularity of ‘Ballum’. She also finds out how they feel about playing the couple, as they  re-live some of their most memorable scenes and share the stories behind them.

We find out why Max didn’t have a clue who he was signing up to play when he was given the nod for the soap. He also reveals to Stacey that it’s not the first time he’s worked with screen dad Steve McFadden…

Callum 'Halfway' Highway, EastEnders

Ex-soldier Callum 'Halfway' Highway sported the anorak look when he first arrived in January 2018! (Image credit: BBC / Kieron McCarron)

Remember the old ‘Halfway’ and his bowl haircut and beanie hat? Tony certainly does and he cringes at his early outfits! The lads also tell the tale of how a ghostly ‘pigeon’ nearly ruined one of their most poignant scenes.

As well as looking at Ballum’s best bits, we’ll also have a throwback to the soap’s pioneering LGBTQ+ characters from Colin and Barry to Christian and Syed, who blazed a path for the modern show.

In this episode’s snoop around the set, Tony takes Stacey to Walford’s very own gay bar, the Prince Albert.

While EastEnders takes a break, fans will get their Monday night Walford fix with this entertainment series replacing the regular episodes. EastEnders will return with brand new episodes later in the year.

EastEnders replacement programming continues on BBC1 on Tuesday at 7.30 pm.

Rachel Lucas
Rachel Lucas

Rachel is a soaps and TV writer for (opens in new tab)WhatToWatch (opens in new tab).com, soaps podcaster and resident soap expert for UK TV listings magazines What's On TV and TV Times. After graduating with an art and design degree from Birmingham City University, she found her true calling in all things soap and has been writing about them for magazines and websites for over 20 years. A self-confessed soap addict, she's always had a great love of all the UK and Aussie soaps and owns everything from a Neighbours 1990 Annual to a DVD box set of classic Corrie episodes to prove it.