Ghosts set to come back to haunt THIS EastEnders favourite tonight

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There's heartache in EastEnders as Ben Mitchell is reminded of everything he has lost...

Tonight's EastEnders sees Ben Mitchell visited by ghosts from his past as he is reminded of his lost love Paul Coker.

EastEnders fans will remember that Paul was the love of Ben's life, with the pair of them planning a future together as they got ready to move into the flat above the undertakers when Paul's grandparents Pam and Les moved out.

But tragedy struck back in 2016 when the couple were on a night out and found themselves the target of a homophobic attack.

Ben and Paul in EastEnders

Ben and Paul found happiness together back in 2016 (Credit: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

Ben and Paul got separated after being chased by a group of men, and while Ben was left fighting for his life, he later recovered, only to be left heartbroken when he was told Paul had died from his injuries.

Ben was devastated after losing Paul, and tonight he is reminded of everything he has been missing since his boyfriend's death when Callum and Whitney throw a house warming party in the very same flat that Paul lived in.

When Ben arrives at the party, it is clear that he is a little worse for wear, and things quickly get out of hand when he goes in search of Paul's old bedroom.

EastEnders Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway

Ben and Callum have found a surprising common ground (Credit: BBC)

Callum is surprised to see Ben sitting alone in the dark room, surrounded by memories of Paul, and before long Ben starts to open up to Callum about his relationship with Paul.

But will seeing this softer side to Ben make Callum think differently of him?

When we usually see Ben he is usually trying to blackmail, scam or frighten someone. But this more vulnerable side of him is something we haven't seen for a long time.

Could Ben opening up to Callum bring the pair closer?

Or will Ben regret showing his softer side to someone he hasn't known for long?

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday 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.