In typical EastEnders fashion, Christmas is set to be plagued by misery this year in Albert Square.
And writers of the soap are reportedly planning a terrorist plot for 2021, which will see a bomb scare in Walford.
A source told : ‘EastEnders writers are under more pressure than ever to make the show’s Christmas episodes a success.
‘With the battle for ratings harder than ever, bosses are really keen to pull out the big guns for an explosive 2021 — in this case, quite literally. Scripts have been written focused around a bomb being planted in Albert Square — no one will be safe.
‘Bosses are staying tight-lipped about exactly what they have coming up for Christmas this year, but they are pulling out all the stops. With secrets plotted all over the Square, it’s only right and in typical EastEnders style that many of these look set to be exposed around the festivities.’
A BBC rep said: ‘We never discuss future storylines as we don’t want to spoil the surprise for the viewers. EastEnders has a huge winter ahead with plenty of drama in store for the viewers.’
The idea of a terror story was toyed with by writers in the soap’s early years.
In 1989, producer at the time Mike Gibbon wanted to kill off various characters, and hired screenwriter David Yallop to devise ideas in which to do so.
He came up with a plot featuring an IRA bombing, but the BBC didn’t approve it.
Yallop’s controversial ideas led to him leaving the show, and he sued the BBC for termination of contract.
He won the case, scooping £68,000 in 1992 in High Court damages plus interest in his breach of contract claim.
The BBC also faced a legal bill estimated at £250k as a result.