TERROR as THIS EastEnders favourite is targeted by a mysterious figure

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Whitney is about to be faced with ghosts from her past...

There's trouble lurking for EastEnders favourite Whitney Dean next week when an unwelcome face returns to Walford.

Life has been far from plain sailing for Whitney Dean over recent months, having been stalked by sinister Leo King, only to end up accidentally killing him in self defence.

Michaela sets her sights on Whitney in EastEnders.

Michaela confronts Whitney in the Square (Picture: BBC)

But as Whitney faces court to try and prove that she didn't intend to hurt Leo, things are set to get even worse when Leo's mum, Michaela, arrives in Albert Square next week.

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Poor Whitney is oblivious to the fact Michaela is lurking around Walford, and gets a nasty surprise when she approaches her under the cover of darkness.

Whitney is sickened to see Leo's mum again, and worries about what she might have to say.

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Gray Atkins steps in to protect Whitney from Michaela (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

Despite being hesitant around Michaela, Whitney agrees to meet her, and Ruby is later intrigued to see the two women talking.

But as always things aren't as they seem with Michaela and as Whitney opens up about what happened with Leo, his mum starts to show her true colours and blames Whitney for what happened on the night Leo died.

Eventually it is left to Whitney's solicitor and friend, Gray, to diffuse the situation, but will Michaela get the message?

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Whitney Dean is terrified when she has another confrontation with Michaela (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

Gray takes Whitney to the Vic to try and calm her down, but things take a sinister turn when Michaela makes another appearance and tries to cause a scene.

But before things can really kick off, Gray offers Michaela some words of warning and ushers her out of the pub.

However, he's not happy with the way Whitney has dealt with the situation and berates her for her actions.

Gray ushers Michaela out

Gray offers Michaela some words of warning, but will it work? (Picture: BBC)

Back at home, Whitney breaks down, confessing to Sonia that she's convinced she is on a one-way ticket to prison.

Is she right?

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 whattowatch.com 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.