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UNEXPECTED romance heading to Walford as EastEnders reveals FIRST LOOK at THIS shock pairing?

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Think of a couple you'd NEVER put together on EastEnders, and you might just have guessed who is going on their first date in the New Year...

There is shock heading to Walford in the New Year as EastEnders' ladies man Mitch Baker asks Honey Mitchell out on a romantic date.

While you might have never put Mitch and Honey together in a million years, it seems there could be romance on the cards as the pair share a date next year.

But with both their exes - Karen Taylor and Billy Mitchell - now also dating, things could start to get a little awkward.

Honey Mitchell is suspicious of Adam

EastEnders fans rejoiced when Honey finally ditched cheating Adam (Picture: BBC)

Billy has spent months waiting for Honey to see that her cheating dentist boyfriend Adam Bateman was doing the dirty on her.

But when she finally realised that Adam wasn't the man that she thought he was, Billy had finally moved on with his life by finding romance with Karen Taylor.

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But while Honey is still feeling fragile since her split from Adam, she reluctantly agrees to go out with Mitch, who decides to ask her on a date after Karen and Bailey rib him about his non-existent love life.

Mitch asks Honey on a date

Mitch asks Honey on a date, but will they be Walford's next big romance? (Picture: BBC)

The mismatched pair head out for a meal but, while things get off to a positive start, they soon turn sour when Honey orders a small salad to eat and Mitch confronts her about it with the usual lack of tact that he always shows.

Later Mitch dishes the dirt on his date with Bailey and Bernadette, but while he is spilling the beans and sharing harsh words about Honey, he has no idea that she has overheard everything.

But while Mitch is oblivious to how much he has hurt Honey, fans know that she has been secretly battling an eating disorder for months, something which has got a lot worse thanks to Adam's cheating ways.

Ash helps out Honey in EastEnders

Honey has been secretly hiding an eating disorder from her friends and family (Picture: BBC)

But while Adam never bothered to ask Honey about her problems, Billy is quick to realise something isn't right with his ex in the New Year and vows to help her.

After a series of events make Billy realise what is going on with Honey, he is caught out when Lola catches him researching eating disorders online.

EastEnders Lola Pearce and Billy Mitchell

Billy tells Lola he is worried about Honey, but will Honey let him help her? (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

He is forced to admit his fears about Honey and blames himself for not picking up on things earlier... but with Billy determined to help the mother of his children, will Honey let him give her the much-needed support she deserves?

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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.