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EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders has confirmed a surprise Christmas story for the Fox family.
Denise and Kim will be forced to turn to Phil Mitchell for help when their festive plans descend into disaster.
The sisters’ close bond has been tested recently, thanks to Amy’s relationship with Howie’s son Denzel.
Amy and Denzel began dating back in the autumn, much to Jack’s concern.
This subsequently sparked a dark time for Amy, who began to self-harm following her break-up with Denzel and the false rumours which are spreading around school about them sleeping together.
Jack is determined to make Christmas a happy time for Amy, but things quickly go wrong when chef Kim takes control of Christmas dinner and destroys their Christmas lunch.
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Hopeful that they can still save the day, Denise says they can all go to the Mitchells – where Raymond is heading – and throw themselves at their mercy.
Horrified by the idea, Kim insists they don’t want to beg for scraps from Phil, but Denise won’t take no for an answer.
To everyone’s surprise, Kat and Phil happily take them in and the day doesn’t go without bickering and drama.
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The families manage to make their unconventional Christmas celebrations work, but we already know that the holidays won’t be a happy time for Phil.
Phil – who has been away from Walford since October – will be furious to learn what Kat has been up to in his absence, while some further discoveries threaten to ruin the day completely.
EastEnders airs on Mondays-Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.
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