EastEnders spoilers: Maisie Smith to make sensational RETURN in shock storyline; plus Coronation Street & Emmerdale news

Maisie Smith is set to RETURN to EastEnders —just three months after her character was written out of the soap.

Maisie, 20, who has played Tiffany Butcher in the BBC soap since she was six, was seen leaving Albert Square with a suitcase in December.

But the actress, a hit with viewers when she was a Strictly finalist in 2020, will return for a cameo next month.

She is filming scenes with Tiffany’s ex Keegan, played by Zack Morris, who is also leaving the show.

A source said: “Bosses felt Tiffany had unfinished business with Keegan that needed a resolution before he left. So they decided to ask her back for one episode. Viewers will have to wait to see if they manage to fix their relationship or whether the bad blood that we’ve seen between them continues.”

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    EastEnders star Shona McGarty accidentally reveals ANOTHER actor is leaving

    EASTENDERS star Shona McGarty has accidentally revealed Stevie Basaula is leaving the soap after two years.

    The actress – who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC soap – shared images from a leaving party thrown by Stevie and Keegan Baker star Zack Morris.

    She thanked the pair for “letting her capture their blessed event” in an Instagram story.

    Actor Stevie – who plays Isaac Baptiste in the BBC soap – has seemingly filmed his final scenes already.

    His character Isaac suffers from schizophrenia and had an episode last year after he stopped taking his medication.

    He is currently in a relationship with Lola Pearce and has regularly clashed with the father of her daughter Lexi, Ben Mitchell.

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    Corrie spoilers: Chesney & Gemma make a horrifying mistake

    Next week things take a drastic turn when Chesney starts to believe that it might be a good idea that he moves abroad.

    The dad-of-five tells the young lad that he’s happy with him moving to Portugal with granny Linda.

    But little does he know that Joseph is absolutely heartbroken.

    Later on Chesney meets up with Linda to tell her that she can take Joseph back to the holiday hot spot for a better life.

    But they’re all left lost for words when they’ve not got much time to let it sink in.

    Linda reveals that she has to fly back as soon as possible because of a family emergency.

    Chesney and Gemma fight back the tears when Joseph agrees to go with his grandma and they wave goodbye to the pair outside Number 5.

    Later on Hope throws a spanner in the works when she tells the couple the truth.

    The school girl tells Chesney and Gemma that Joseph said he never wanted to go to Portugal.

    Chesney’s heart begins to sink and realises the damage he’s done.

    The fast food shop assistants quickly get a cab and rush to the airport to try and stop the youngster.

    Will they make it in time to stop Joseph?

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    Maisie Smith set to return to EastEnders – for ONE episode

    Maisie Smith is taking a quick step back to EastEnders —just three months after her character was written out of the soap.

    Maisie, 20, who has played Tiffany Butcher since she was six, was seen leaving Albert Square with a suitcase in December.

    But the actress, a hit with viewers when she was a Strictly finalist in 2020, will return for a cameo next month.

    She is filming scenes with Tiffany's ex Keegan, played by Zack Morris, who is also leaving the show.

    A source said: "Bosses felt Tiffany had unfinished business with Keegan that needed a resolution before he left.

    "So they decided to ask her back for one episode. Viewers will have to wait to see if they manage to fix their relationship or whether the bad blood that we've seen between them continues."

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    EastEnders' Jake Wood scoops prize at WhatsOnStage Awards

    EastEnders star Jake Wood, who played Max Branning in the BBC soap, scooped an accolade at the WhatsOnStage awards in central London last night.

    Dominating the straight play categories was 2:22 A Ghost Story, a supernatural thriller about four friends caught up in a night of high tension, which picked up three wins including Best New Play.

    Singer Lilly Allen was named Best Female Performer in a Play for her West End debut, while Wood took home the Best Male Supporting Performer prize.

    The ceremony, held on Sunday at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London's West End, also saw Eddie Redmayne, Lily Allen and James McAvoy all receive top prizes.

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    Sally featured fellow Corrie star Antony Cotton during DOI routine

    Sally Dynevor brought a piece of the cobbles to Dancing On Ice by featuring fellow Coronation Street star Antony Cotton in her routine.

    The actress, 58, scored 25.5 for her routine with Matt Evers to You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester, which opened in a recreation of Audrey's salon from the beloved soap opera.

    After her routine, Dynevor said: "It was wonderful to have Antony, and this week we said we were just going to have a lot of fun and try and make people smile, and I hope that's what came across."

    Last week Dynevor landed in the skate-off but was saved by the judges as Happy Mondays star Bez was sent home.

    Judge Jayne Torvill described this week's effort as a "great performance" but noted that due to the inclusion of a chair as the addition for prop week, it meant there was "very little skating" in the routine.

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    Gray Atkins wakes up from coma

    When he wakes up in next week’s EastEnders, the lawyer makes a shock discovery about his wife Chelsea Fox.

    Chelsea finally makes her way to hospital after a fun morning with his children, Mack and Mia. This could lead to the beautician taking her son Jordan away from Gray, as she outs him for abusing her physically and mentally.

    Horrified by Whitney and Kheerat’s revelations about Gray, who are both adamant on protecting her, Chelsea has tried to crawl her way out of her marriage.

    But her attempts perpetually fell flat as Gray has constantly outsmarted her.

    Released from hospital, Gray returns home but is disgruntled when he sees that a bigger deal hasn’t been made about his arrival.

    However, Gray will have to focus on other matters as another one of his secrets has been found out in the Argee Bhajee.

    Will Gray finally get the justice he deserves?

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    Corrie's Sally Dynevor eliminated from Dancing On Ice

    Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor has become the latest celebrity eliminated from Dancing On Ice after losing in the skate-off to Kye Whyte.

    It was a unanimous decision by all four judges to give the boot to the actress and her professional partner Matt Evers following her routine to You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester, which was scored a 25.5.

    Her first performance featured a surprise cameo by her fellow Corrie actor Antony Cotton and opened in a recreation of Audrey's salon from the beloved soap opera.

    However, the 58-year-old found herself in the sudden death round after the judges said her inclusion of a chair into the dance as part of the show's prop week meant that there was "very little skating" in the routine.

    Following her elimination, Dynevor said: "I have had the time of my life, I can't tell you how much I've loved doing the show, it's been brilliant."

    She also thanked all those who have supported her during the show, including Evers, noting that she could not have got through the show without him.

    The actress added: "You've been such a strength to me and I've loved every second with you and I'm going to miss you so much. We'll stay friends."

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    EastEnders' Lorraine Stanley takes selfies with Zack Morris

    Eastenders actress Lorraine Stanley was a far cry from her character Karen as she attended Zack Morris’ leaving party.

    The 45-year-old swapped Karen’s messy bun for relaxed curls framing her face and wore a chic black dress.

    She shared a series of pictures with Zack, who has just quit playing her onscreen son Keegan on the BBC soap.

    Reminiscing about their time on the soap, she wrote: “Well it’s been an absolute honour to play your Mum @_zack_morris you are a little gem!!

    “You’re passion and commitment to the craft is just so impressive! I’ve laughed so much working with you & the whole Taylor/Baker famalam ,memories I will cherish forever!

    “You are sooooo Talented,you’re generous,kind,professional,real,the list goes on…Go shine like the star you are 🌟🌟🌟I love you Son!! ✌🏼💙(Mummy 2) xxxxx.

    An emotional Zack replied: “This brought a tear to my eye and warmed my heart at the same time. Love you too Lou, so much! I really couldn’t of asked for a better on screen mum💙 You’ve been nothing but a blessing X”

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    Corrie Spoiler: Imran makes a decision about Toyah

    As Emma struggles to make sense of her connection with Jon, another pair of characters could take their relationship to the next level.

    While couples in Weatherfield often fail to make it to the alter, Imran Habeeb (Charlie De Melo) wants his love with Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) to last a lifetime.

    Despite the many obstacles they've had to encounter, the couple enjoy a romantic dinner at the Bistro when Toyah discovers an engagement ring buried in her pudding.

    She understands that Imran has decided to ask for her hand in marriage.

    Slipping the ring on her finger, she assures her partner she's thrilled to be wearing it.

    But one Coronation Street resident won't be celebrating the engagement anytime soon.

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    Corrie Spoiler: Hope tells Chesney a shocking secret

    Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) calls at No.5 and encourages Hope (Isabella Flanagan) to tell Chesney what her cousin Joseph told her.

    Hope reveals that Joseph never wanted to leave for Portugal but only went along with Linda as he felt his father and stepmother couldn't afford to keep him around.

    Chesney is devastated and realises he has made the worst decision of his life.

    Panicked, both Gemma and Chesney drive off for the airport in pursuit of the boy.

    But will they get to him in time?

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    Joseph leaves the cobbles this week

    As the oldest sibling of a large family, Joseph (played by William Flanagan) has been feeling lost and neglected.

    So when his grandmother Linda Hancock (Jacqueline Leonard) returns to Weatherfield and suggests he moves to Portugal to live with her, the schoolboy considers it.

    Coming up, Linda calls at No.5 to collect him from school.

    Reflecting on recent events, and despite the rift Linda's return has caused within the family, Chesney (Sam Aston) admits to Gemma (Dolly-Rose Campbell) it's time he accepted Joseph's departure.

    Later, he meets up with Linda and tells her she can give Joseph the life he deserves better than he ever could as an overwhelmed and swamped father of five children.

    Shockingly, Linda calls at No.5 again, explaining that she is due to fly back to Portugal that same evening due to an emergency.

    Joseph asserts that he'll go with her and Chesney reels in shock alongside Gemma.

    However, Chesney recognises that this is probably his best chance at making Joseph happy.

    Outside their home, an emotional Chesney, Gemma, Bernie, Fiz, Hope and Ruby wave Joseph and Linda off in their taxi.

    But Hope has a devastating secret to tell Chesney.

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    Kat struggles to cope

    Meanwhile, Tommy Moon (Sonny Kendall) is beginning to act out and leaves his mother Kat Slater (Jessie Wallace) devastated.

    Jean (Gillian Wright) is the first to realise Tommy isn't himself when she finds him skiving from school.

    Tommy then begs Kat for some money for a school trip, but is disappointed when she refuses.

    As keeps being the target of bullies, it becomes clear Tommy can't get rid of them as of yet.

    Tommy receives a message demanding money by the end of the day.

    Later on, Kat realises Mitch Baker's (Roger Griffiths) wages have gone missing.

    And with Tommy's request for money still fresh on her mind, her suspicious automatically turn to her young son.

    She inadvertently embarrasses her son in front of his bullies, only making matters worse for him at school.

    Despite feeling humiliated, Tommy denies he took Mitch's money and insists that he is no longer being bullied.

    The pair are at each other's throats.

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    Mick gets news from Linda

    There's more shocking news for Mick as he finally hears from his estranged wife Linda (Kellie Bright).

    For months, Linda has been giving Mick the cold shoulder despite his attempts at working through their issues.

    She left Walford in September, 2021, and has decided to make her separation from the Vic landlord official.

    Coming up this week, Mick gets ready to put up a literal fight as he gets ready to take part in a boxing match.

    But with only a few participants, the pub landlord tells Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) he will cancel the match.

    Janine asks for Kim's (Tameka Empson) help in signing people up and, although she does complete her task, she promises whoever beats Mick will get free drinks for a year.

    Mick asks Janine to make sure he fights against the weakest person but the plan backfires.

    Things only get worse when he receives the divorce papers from Linda.

    But with Tina's death uncovered and actor Danny Dyer's upcoming exit from Walford, Linda could make an appearance.

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    Frankie returns to Walford

    However, amid family crisis, the Carters don't expect a familiar face to return to the Square.

    Shaken by the news of Tina's death, Shirley and Mick comfort one another.

    This is until Mick's daughter Frankie makes her return to Walford official.

    Played by Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie left the fictional London borough in November, 2021 in classic Walford style, by climbing into a taxi.

    But how will she react to Tina's death?

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    Corrie spoilers: Brian and Cathy in for shock exit

    CORONATION Street’s Brian Packham will tease his soap exit with partner Cathy Matthews after the pair succumb to the seaside.

    Spoiler scenes show the pair excitedly parking up on the Cobbles after a trip to Cornwall, with Cathy bundling her items out of their blue car.

    Corrie‘s Brian, played by Peter Gunn, is stopped by Shona, who has been taking care of their business, as she asks about their trip.

    The former teacher gushes about their break and reveals they have found a village shop, just like Rita’s Kabin, in a Cornish village – and they are tempted to up sticks and buy it.

    This leaves Shona stunned but it remains to be seen if the pair stay true to their word, or the allure of Weatherfield keeps them rooted.

    Their UK getaway comes after soap bosses revealed an online bullying storm was about to descend on the duo.

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    Corrie boss on Brian & Cathy’s exit

    Executive producer Iain MacLeod told Express.co.uk: “I think Brian and Kathy have the flavour of an archetypal Corrie couple for me.

    “They just feel like you could have probably had them on screen at any point in the history of the show and they would have felt right and very Coronation Street.”

    The cobbles’ top producer also teased that the couple may be heading in a new direction.

    He continued: “It’s not the biggest story we’re doing by any stretch.

    “But there’s a really interesting story about the kind of perils of social media and the kind of hell storm that can rain down on you if you take on the trolls and that will arrive in the first quarter of next year.”

    Expanding on the upcoming angle, Iain added: “Essentially, Cathy will make some unwise choices in her online life which will threaten to sort of seeing them completely ostracised from their friends and sees them getting viciously trolled online and it’ll bring in, bring in Alex as well.

    “So there’s a kind of angle for him in terms of the online cruelty that sometimes faces disabled people when they venture into social media.

    “So it’s really kind of complicated, modern story.”

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    Corrie spoilers: Chesney & Gemma make a horrifying mistake

    Next week things take a drastic turn when Chesney starts to believe that it might be a good idea that he moves abroad.

    The dad-of-five tells the young lad that he’s happy with him moving to Portugal with granny Linda.

    But little does he know that Joseph is absolutely heartbroken.

    Later on Chesney meets up with Linda to tell her that she can take Joseph back to the holiday hot spot for a better life.

    But they’re all left lost for words when they’ve not got much time to let it sink in.

    Linda reveals that she has to fly back as soon as possible because of a family emergency.

    Chesney and Gemma fight back the tears when Joseph agrees to go with his grandma and they wave goodbye to the pair outside Number 5.

    Later on Hope throws a spanner in the works when she tells the couple the truth.

    The school girl tells Chesney and Gemma that Joseph said he never wanted to go to Portugal.

    Chesney’s heart begins to sink and realises the damage he’s done.

    The fast food shop assistants quickly get a cab and rush to the airport to try and stop the youngster.

    Will they make it in time to stop Joseph?

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    EastEnders spoilers: Gray Atkins wakes up from coma

    When he wakes up in next week’s EastEnders, the lawyer makes a shock discovery about his wife Chelsea Fox.

    Chelsea finally makes her way to hospital after a fun morning with his children, Mack and Mia. This could lead to the beautician taking her son Jordan away from Gray, as she outs him for abusing her physically and mentally.

    Horrified by Whitney and Kheerat’s revelations about Gray, who are both adamant on protecting her, Chelsea has tried to crawl her way out of her marriage.

    But her attempts perpetually fell flat as Gray has constantly outsmarted her.

    Released from hospital, Gray returns home but is disgruntled when he sees that a bigger deal hasn’t been made about his arrival.

    However, Gray will have to focus on other matters as another one of his secrets has been found out in the Argee Bhajee.

    Will Gray finally get the justice he deserves?

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