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Walford WEDDING on the cards as THIS EastEnders legend proposes next week?

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Max Branning is set to get down on one knee in next week's EastEnders...

If there is one thing EastEnders favourite Max Branning likes, it is getting married... and next week sees him proposing to girlfriend Ruby Allen. But will she agree to become Mrs Branning number 5?

Max and Ruby might not have been dating for long, but Max decides to show his other half how serious he is about their romance by getting down on one knee and popping the question.

The shock decision comes when Max is left humiliated at E20 when one of the customers assumes that he is Ruby's dad.

EastEnders Max helps Ruby with work

Ruby and Max got together back in the summer (Picture: BBC)

Ever since he and Ruby started dating, Max has had a bee in his bonnet about trying to be young and trendy enough for social butterfly Ruby, and the comments next week seem to really hit a nerve.

Both Jean and Jack wind Max up about someone mistaking him for his girlfriend's parent, but their jokes don't go down well and Mr Branning decides he needs to up his game if he wants to hold on to Ruby.

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Max announces to Jack that he is going to ask Ruby to marry him, and while his brother is shocked at the quick turnaround, Jack encourages Max to follow his heart if it is what he really wants.

Max is mistaken for Ruby's dad

Max is mortified when he's mistaken for girlfriend Ruby's dad! (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: Kieron McCarron)

Max pulls out all the stops as he plans the proposal, and even asks Bobby for a favour. But as he is asking for help, Ian overhears and revels in winding Max up about his impending romantic gesture.

Ian comes up with a plan to make sure everyone knows about the proposal, wanting the world to witness Max down on one knee at the restaurant.

And with Ian's meddling, even if Max wanted to change his mind about asking Ruby to marry him, he couldn't because everyone has gathered expecting to see his romantic moment.

Max tells Ian about Abi

Ian meddles in Max's proposal... but will it be a disaster? (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

But when Max finally pops the question, will a stunned Ruby accept his proposal? Could there be another big Walford wedding on the horizon?

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

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