EastEnders' five-night special

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 October 2011
Jamie Foreman

Jamie Foreman

'EastEnders' is to air five nights a week to welcome Max Branning back to Albert Square on November 21

'EastEnders' is to air five nights a week to welcome Max Branning back to Albert Square.

The Walford businessman - played by Jake Wood - fled the BBC One soap in August after it emerged he had been having a saucy affair with ex-wife Tanya Jessop (Jo Joyner), who later shunned his affections - unbeknown to Max because she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

However, the arrival of the flame-haired flirt back in the Square will also coincide with the appearance of his older brother Derek - portrayed by 'Layer Cake' actor Jamie Foreman - who the Branning family haven't seen in years.

With dastardly Derek having a reputation for being "destructive and devious", his arrival will cause a stir among the entire family during "Branning Week".

An 'EastEnders' spokesperson said: "Tanya will also reveal a long-held family secret, which will rock her mother, Cora, and sister, Rainie, to the core.

"Branning Week will see secrets and lies exposed which will rock the family in a week Walford is sure to remember."

Bosses of the BBC One soap have previously claimed Derek looks set to be the "biggest, baggest" character to grace Walford with his presence.

Bryan Kirkwood, executive producer of 'EastEnders' said: "Loyal viewers may know that the fearsome Derek Branning, eldest son of Jim, has been a shadowy presence looming over the rest of the family for years.

"So it's a real coup to sign Jamie Foreman to play the biggest, baddest Branning brother. Jamie has an incredible acting pedigree, having starred in some of the best British movies of recent times."

Branning Week will broadcast from November 21 to November 25.

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