In the coming months, ‘EastEnders’ fans will see Kathy Beale’s presence revealed to the residents of Walford, but it’s not just those who knew her that will be unimpressed.
The soap’s boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins has revealed that while Ian Beale and Ben Mitchell will obviously struggle to comprehend that their mum is actually alive, Jane Beale’s reaction is also one to watch out for.
Speaking at a press event, he explained: “The reactions we’re holding off are from Ian and Ben.
“They’re going to be the most exciting people and it’s big, heavy heavy stuff - but then we’re throwing Jane into the mix too.”
Dominic went on to tease how Jane - who quite frankly, has a lot going on at the moment - will react to Kathy’s reappearance.
“We’ve always said ‘Ian’s married a woman like his mum’, and ‘how would Jane and Kathy get on’, and they don’t get on…” he teased. “It’s all quite sparky, and then of course you have the Bobby business going on through that.
“It [Kathy’s arrival] adds a whole new dimension to what’s going on in the Square.”
Kathy’s arrival couldn’t come at a more testing time for the Beale family, as Max Branning’s murder trial is currently looming in the distance, and they’ve been struggling to cope with the pressure of watching an innocent man go to prison.
Before Kathy faces Jane, there’s the small matter of Sharon, and the two women will finally come face-to-face in the near future.
Kathy won’t arrive alone either, and when her husband Gavin catches up with her, he could bring some shock news for Sharon Mitchell.