Dot to murder Nick in EastEnders?
Dot Branning will be seen confessing to the murder of her son, 'Nasty' Nick Cotton in shocking scenes during the week of live episodes celebrating the soap's 30th anniversary next month
Dot Branning will be accused of killing her son, Nick, in a forthcoming 'EastEnders' storyline.
The much-loved character - played by veteran actress June Brown, 87 - will shock fans next month when she is charged with the murder of 'Nasty' Nick Cotton (John Altman) and later confesses, during a week of live episodes celebrating the soap's 30th anniversary.
A source revealed: "Having Dot accused of murdering Nick will be a real shocker.
"Everyone has been waiting for Lucy Beale's killer to be revealed as part of the anniversary week, which will happen. But in this amazing twist, the soap will immediately be plunged into another big murder mystery."
Viewers have been waiting for several months to find out who murdered Lucy Beale, with several different characters having motives to commit the crime, and producers are hoping this next mystery will keep fans watching even after they find out who killed the youngster.
The insider continued: "The prospect of widowed pensioner Dot facing trial and being put behind bars for killing her own son is a huge storyline. Producers have been plotting it for over a year, ever since John Altman returned."
The evil character - who will be killed off imminently - was previously believed to have died when he faked his own death, leading his mother to believe she had seen his ghost when he unexpectedly returned last autumn.
This time, the chain-smoking launderette worker will be seen confessing her crime to police, but sources revealed the storyline won't be as straightforward as it first appears, promising to keep viewers gripped.
The source told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "'EastEnders' has enjoyed a massive resurgence in recent months and producers are convinced this murder plot involving Dot will help them keep ahead in the ratings battle with 'Coronation Street'."