A barely recognisable Ian Beale is back on the Square next week!
At the start of the week, Max pushes Cora for the truth about the family secret she has kept from Tanya all these years
But Cora refuses to talk about it
Tanya is desperate to find out about the sister she never knew she had…
…but the more Tanya pushes, the more Cora clams up
Can mother and daughter reconcile their differences or will Tanya’s discovery about her secret sister drive a wedge between them?
Later in the week, Lauren and Whitney are doing some voluntary work for a charity, delivering food to a shelter, when Lauren thinks she’s spotted a familiar face…
It’s a barely recognisable Ian Beale!
Ian’s been missing for months after having a breakdown
As Ian walks away oblivious, Lauren is stunned that he appears to have been sleeping rough
Back in Albert Square, Lauren tells an incredulous Alfie, Max and Tanya that she’s spotted Ian
Alfie, Max and Tanya agree to search the streets for Ian, starting at the shelter where he was spotted by Lauren
Max shows a girl from the shelter a photo of Ian
He hands the girl some cash in the hope of getting some information about Ian’s whereabouts
They soon stumble upon a dishevelled man sleeping rough in an underpass…
After bringing him back to the Square, Alfie tries to chat to Ian
Tanya tends to Ian. Is he ready to face Walford again? How will Lucy feel about the return of her dad, who left her to fend for herself? Watch the action unfold on EastEnders from Monday, July 30 on BBC1