68 EastEnders pictures reveal heartbreak and huge returns at Dot's funeral

EastEnders is lining up a heartbreaking week that will change the landscape of the serial drama forever, as beloved Dot Branning (June Brown) is laid to her final rest.

The morning of the funeral service proves incredibly difficult for Sonia Fowler (Natalie Cassidy), who finds herself unable to write the eulogy, struggling to find the right words to say.

Hoping for some inspiration, she uses Dot’s spare key to the launderette to let herself in and Martin Fowler (James Bye) finds her there, offering her some words of comfort, encouraging her to speak from the heart.

Dot gets the send-off she deserves as she leaves Albert Square for the last time – and Sonia is left overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for her grandma.

Old faces make a special return to say goodbye to the Walford legend, including Colin Russell (Lord Michael Cashman), Mary ‘The Punk’ Smith (Linda Davidson), Lofty Holloway (Tom Watt), Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) and Disa O’Brien (Jan Graveson).

No, you’re crying.

Elsewhere on the Square, Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) is yet again determined to make Linda Carter’s (Kellie Bright) life hell, as she spitefully asks Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth) to cater the wedding reception, knowing full well that Linda is within earshot.

Janine’s paranoia continues to spiral, and – fed up of Linda’s constant presence in The Vic – she demands that Mick (Danny Dyer) buy her out!


EastEnders airs these scenes w/c Monday December 12 at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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