BRUSH with DEATH on the cards for THIS Eastenders favourite next week?

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Bobby Beale finds his life on the line next week...

There's danger on the cards for EastEnders favourite Bobby Beale next week when he suddenly collapses while partying in Ruby's nightclub.

A new image, released by EastEnders, shows Bobby out cold on the dance floor, while Lola, Dotty and Peter all gather around him desperately trying to work out what is wrong.

But what has caused the the teenager's health to dramatically turn?

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Bobby collapses in next week's EastEnders (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

Bobby's collapse comes after he suffered a dramatic brain injury earlier this year after he was targeted by bullies after Denny posted vile things about him online.

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The attack left him fighting for his life in hospital as part of the soap's 35th anniversary episodes.

Bobby's near-death experience back in February is why Ian locked Denny in the room at the bottom of the doomed Thames party boat that sank, ultimately killing Sharon's beloved teenage son.

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Dotty has been blackmailing Ian over Denny's death in February (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Matt Burlem/Amy Sharp)

But as that storyline continues, Dotty Cotton knows Ian's guilty secret over Denny's death and has been blackmailing the businessman for cash.

However, Bobby has since developed a crush on her dad's nemesis, and it seems his infatuation with Dotty could perhaps lead him into danger next week.

To make matters even more confusing, Dotty has got her own crush - but instead of Bobby's feelings being reciprocated, she is falling for Bobby's older brother, Peter.

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Can Bobby survive another brush with death? (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

Could the newly-formed love triangle be what leads to Bobby collapsing?

And will Ian's youngest son be able to survive his second brush with death in just a few months?

EastEnders will temporarily air a reduced schedule of two episodes a week. Watch on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7:30pm on BBC One. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.