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EastEnders spoilers: Can Ben Mitchell stop Phil's deadly plan?

Ben Mitchell in EastEnders
(Image credit: BBC / Nicky Johnston)

Ben Mitchell is horrified by Phil Mitchell's plan for revenge, Martin Fowler gets a surprise invitation, and Mick Carter had Christmas plan for his son.

Ben Mitchell is terrified that dad Phil Mitchell is about to make a deadly decision in Monday’s episode of EastEnders (opens in new tab) (8pm, see our TV Guide (opens in new tab) for full listings).

After insisting to Ben Mitchell that wife Sharon Mitchell is having an affair with Jack Branning, Phil Mitchell makes clear his intent. Ben does his best to convince his dad that he’s mistaken but he’s determined to get justice.

When Ben finds out that Jack is taking daughter Amy Branning out for the day with Ben’s daughter Lexi Pearce, he panics. Ben finds Lexi’s mum Lola Pearce and manages to scupper Jack’s plans, keeping his daughter safe from getting mixed up in Phil’s revenge.

After seeing Phil in his car struggling to contain his anger, Ben realises he needs to have words. Explaining a few home truths to his dad, he hopes Phil will see sense and he promises to sort out Jack.

Thinking things are sorted, Ben spends a nice day with his daughter along with Lola, Callum Highway and Jay Mitchell. However, it’s clear that Phil has far from dropped his revenge plan and he broods alone holding a gun... Is Jack going to get shot?

EastEnders Sonia, Martin and Arthur are on their way to Walford Wonderland

Sonia, Martin and Arthur are on their way to Walford Wonderland (Image credit: Jack Barnes)

Martin Fowler is feeling like the big man after another successful job with Tubbs. But when his stepson Arthur Fowler’s father Kush Kazemi won’t let him have time with the young boy, he is deflated.

Martin’s ex Sonia Fowler puts in a good word for him and talks Kush round and they head out for some Christmas fun at the Walford Winterland. When Sonia asks Martin about where he’s been getting his money from, Martin is evasive.

Soon she’s got more to worry about when he overreacts after failing to win Arthur a toy. After calming things down, Sonia has a good chat with Martin about the old days. Realising he’s having a hard time after the split from wife Stacey Fowler, she suggests he move in with her and their daughter Bex Fowler. What will Martin say?

Mick and Ollie in EastEnders

Mick is frustrated that Ollie didn't get a main role in the school Nativity. (Image credit: Jack Barnes)

Mick Carter is frustrated when son Ollie Carter doesn’t get a part in the school nativity. Not wanting Ollie to miss out, he decides to stage his own Christmas play. After talking things through with wife Linda Carter and a few others, Mick realises that it won’t be as easy as he’d thought.

Also, Stuart Highway is left in charge of the funeral parlour and when things go awry he manages to save the day.

EastEnders 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.