Joy and glad tidings to all are often in short supply at Christmas time in EastEnders, with death, misery and drama more likely to make an appearance.
Lisa Riley is making a dramatic return to Emmerdale on Thursday night.
EastEnders star Anita Dobson looked a world away from Albert Square as she made a surprise appearance at the 91st Oscars in Los Angeles.
Robert Kazinsky is set for a soap opera comeback when he returns to EastEnders to reprise his role as Sean Slater.
Anita Dobson has said Leslie Grantham was the “archetypal charming rogue” and spoke of their “magic” chemistry as she paid tribute to her EastEnders co-star, who has died aged 71.