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‘EastEnders’ fans break down over Pam and Ben’s ‘beautiful’ scene

Ben Mitchell sees Pam Coker in EastEnders
Pam Coker and Ben Mitchell had an emotional heart-to-heart about the recent attack. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders fans were in tears during last night’s episode (Thursday, Jan. 14) as Pam Coker (Lin Blakley) returned to Walford to comfort Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) who has been suffering since being involved in a homophobic attack.

The attack saw his husband, Callum Highway (Tony Clay) brutally beaten while Ben froze in fear. Ever since Ben has been finding it hard to cope and struggling to talk about the event with Callum.

Pam left the Square in 2016, alongside her husband Les (Roger Sloman) after the shocking death of their grandson, Paul (Jonny Labey) who was killed in a homophobic attack. Ben was dating Paul at the time and was left distraught.

Since her departure, she has made appearances in the Square throughout the years, but there was a glimmer of hope for Ben when she paid him a visit to see how he was doing last night.

She offered Ben some comforting words, saying, “Kathy told me about the attack. This world never ceases to let you down, does it? When I heard your Callum got hurt, my stomach tied in knots. I thought of Paul, then I thought of you and I just had to come down to see if you were OK, so tell me the truth, Ben. Are you OK?”

Ben broke down and sobbed in her arms, admitting that he wasn’t doing well. “Oh, it’s all right, I’m here. I’m here. You don’t have to be brave around me, Ben,” she said.

Ben cries in Pam's arms

Ben finally let out his emotions to Pam. (Image credit: BBC)

Later on, Ben finally opened up to Callum about how he was feeling. “They could have killed you, like they did Paul,” he revealed.

After spilling all of his emotions to Callum, he then went on to say that he’s not going to keep pretending that he’s not scared anymore.

Fans at home were touched by the emotional moment, with some left crying at the “wonderful” scene between the two.

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EastEnders airs tonight at 8:30pm on BBC1— see our TV Guide for full listings. 

Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film, and TV grow stronger.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off, and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!