EastEnders confirms funeral tragedy and massive exit drama in 61 new pictures

There is tragedy and sadness aplenty in EastEnders next week, with a whopping 61 new spoiler pictures showcasing a legend’s funeral, in addition to all the drama that subsequently ensues.

The BBC One soap airs the heartbreaking funeral of Aunt Sal, with the Mitchell clan gathering from far and wide to pay their respects.

Phil (Steve McFadden) is the subject of Kat Slater’s (Jessie Wallace) concern as she worries about her beau, with Alfie Moon (Shane Richie) agreeing to attend the funeral in her place.

Aunt Sal’s husband, Harold, makes a rare appearance and moves the congregation, including Phil, to tears with a touching eulogy.

Sam (Kim Medcalf), meanwhile, is stunned when Harold reveals that Sal left her, Grant and Phil £100,000, with Phil refusing to hand over her share, but a plan forms when she finds out from Alfie that Phil slept with Emma Harding (Patsy Kensit) prior to his wedding with Kat.

Subsequent scenes see her blackmail her brother for the money, but Phil refuses to budge.

That is, until he has a change of heart and agrees to her demands. But despite getting what she wants, Sam interrupts his and Kat’s birthday karaoke to drop the bombshell of Phil’s infidelity, leaving Kat reeling!

There is a subsequent discussion of Sam being made to flee Walford but will she listen to others’ demands? Or is she here to stay?

Elsewhere, Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) calls a crisis meeting in the Vic barrel store with various members of The Six, concerned that Denise Fox (Diane Parish) could be an issue.

EastEnders gallery w/c Monday January 15
EastEnders lines up another emotional week with shocks aplenty (Picture: BBC)

Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) is in agreement, revealing word of Denise’s meeting with Nish Panesar (Navin Chowdhry), leaving the matriarchs worried.

Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), meanwhile, feigns interest in Jack Branning (Scott Maslen) for information on Denise, though it soon becomes apparent that there is still a spark between the two.

EastEnders airs these scenes between Monday, January 15 and Thursday, January 18 at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The Mitchells gather to pay their respects to Aunt Sal on the day of her funeral (Picture: BBC)
Harold, Aunt Sal's husband, arrives for the service (Picture: BBC)
Harold speaks to Phil as he catches up with old acquaintances before the service commences (Picture: BBC)
He shares a warm handshake with Sam as they fondly discuss Sal (Picture: BBC)
Harold is introduced to Ricky (Picture: BBC)
Alfie attends the service in the place of Kat (Picture: BBC)
Harold greets Alfie with a handshake (Picture: BBC)
The two characters have a discussion (Picture: BBC)
Afterwards, they all head into the service (Picture: BBC)
Harold says some touching words (Picture: BBC)
The grieving husband delivers a powerful eulogy (Picture: BBC)
He pays tribute to Sal as he reflects on her life (Picture: BBC)
It proves to be an incredibly emotional service (Picture: BBC)
Harold's words move everyone, including Phil, to tears (Picture: BBC)
But soon Phil's attention is elsewhere (Picture: BBC)
Stevie Mitchell, Billy's father, arrives (Picture: BBC)
His presence is unwelcome to say the least (Picture: BBC)
The Mitchell clan don't exactly get along with Stevie (Picture: BBC)
Phil makes it quite clear that Stevie has no business attending Sal's funeral (Picture: BBC)
Stevie, however, puts his foot down (Picture: BBC)
Will there be tension aplenty? (Picture: BBC)
Harold and Sam catch up after the service (Picture: BBC)
He reveals that Sal left £100,000 to Sam, Phil and Grant (Picture: BBC)
The revelation is news to Sam and thus she confronts Phil, who refuses to give her the money (Picture: BBC)
Phil has a lot on his mind on the day in question (Picture: BBC)
He and Alfie are at each other's throats again (Picture: BBC)
Alfie is left upset by what transpires (Picture: BBC)
He shares with Sam news of Phil's infidelity on the night before his wedding to Kat, which Sam intends to use as leverage (Picture: BBC)
Nish returns to the Square (Picture: BBC)
Priya is on hand to offer him support (Picture: BBC)
Suki is taken aback when Priya reveals that the builders will have to relay the foundations of the cafe (Picture: BBC)
She is concerned that Keanu's body could be discovered (Picture: BBC)
There is still some tension between Jack and Denise (Picture: BBC)
Jack is concerned about why Denise is so distracted (Picture: BBC)
Phil pays Alfie a visit at his flat (Picture: BBC)
He's upset that Alfie spilled the beans to Sam (Picture: BBC)
Phil shares his concerns with Ben (Picture: BBC)
Kat watches the secretive conversation from afar and it piques her interests (Picture: BBC)
She later quizzes Ben on the matter (Picture: BBC)
Ben refuses to tell Kat the truth, staying loyal to his dad (Picture: BBC)
Phil turns up at the Vic for a birthday party that's been thrown in his and Kat's honour (Picture: BBC)
Lexi gives Phil a hug (Picture: BBC)
Tensions are strained between Alfie and Phil in the wake of recent events (Picture: BBC)
There's more heartache in store for Phil, however, as Sam takes to the stage and reveals in front of everyone that he slept with Emma (Picture: BBC)
Denise and Jack attend therapy together (Picture: BBC)
But Denise struggles to focus, with Keanu's death still weighing on her mind (Picture: BBC)
Jack is frustrated with her, which leads to more conflict (Picture: BBC)
Sam is public enemy number one following her actions at Phil and Kat's party (Picture: BBC)
Jack isn't pleased over her presence in the Square. Is Sam set to leave once again? (Picture: BBC)
Phil speaks to Ben about what's happened (Picture: BBC)
Ben attempts to offer some advice (Picture: BBC)
Tommy walks in on the father and son duo arguing (Picture: BBC)
Phil spends some time with Tommy, Bert and Ernie (Picture: BBC)
Is he going to lose all of them from his life over what he's done? (Picture: BBC)
Kat contemplates if she's going to forgive Phil (Picture: BBC)
Bobby is confused when Cindy arrives in Anna's place ahead of their date (Picture: BBC)
Cindy doesn't hold back, revealing that she doesn't think Bobby is good enough for Anna (Picture: BBC)
Anna arrives at Walford East, with Cindy concluding her words to Bobby (Picture: BBC)
Will Bobby and Anna take a chance on love? Or will Cindy's interference spell trouble? (Picture: BBC)
Denise attends the community church group at the community centre (Picture: BBC)
She finds the experience rather comforting (Picture: BBC)
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