Archie may think he’s got Christmas sewn up, but little does he know that this Christmas will be his last!
The festive period begins with Archie and fiancee Janine in the Square gardens as the Christmas tree lights are switched on.
The scheming couple kiss as they celebrate taking control of The Vic from the Mitchells.
Upstairs in The Vic, Roxy blames Peggy for signing away her marital rights.
With the Mitchells on the verge of losing everything, what will they do next?
Later, Roxy and Ronnie try to bargain with Archie, but there’s soon a war of words and Archie storms out.
Alone, Roxy finally agrees with Ronnie – it’s ‘war’!
Elsewhere, furious Phil rails at Ian for selling out the Mitchells.
Pat questions Peggy’s fighting spirit and inspires her to challenge Archie.
Peggy gears up to reopen The Vic for Christmas…
After a slow start, the pub fills up.
Then the Mitchells get word that something is going on outside The Vic. They head outside to find Peggy’s name has been removed from above the door and replaced with Archie’s!
The truth sinks in for Ronnie, Peggy and Roxy – they’ve lost The Vic!
Back inside the pub, Archie reveals he has all the paperwork he needs…
He tells the Mitchells that they’re now trespassing on his land!
Outraged, Peggy pays Archie a visit.
The Mitchell matriarch threatens Archie that there will be serious trouble if he goes near Roxy and Ronnie again.
Peggy lashes out, slapping Archie in the face!
Janine emerges from the bedroom and asks Archie to return to bed. It’s the final insult for Peggy, who leaves in disgust.
It’s business as usual back at The Vic, where Minty raises his glass in Peggy’s honour!
The regulars rally around Peggy and join in the toast.
But it’s not long before Archie and Janine turn up – it’s time for the Mitchells to leave The Vic.
Roxy’s pulled her last pint!
It’s Christmas Day and, with the Mitchells taking shelter in different houses around the Square, Archie and Janine relax in their new home – The Vic.
Later, Archie tells Janine he has organised a treasure hunt for her in the pub.
Janine finds the final envelope in the treasure hunt, but her prize is not what she’d expected.
Archie tells his stunned fiancee he’s been using her all along!
The serial schemer pulls out a suitcase and tells Janine to get packing – he’s throwing her out! Archie’s now made an enemy of Janine, too!
Angry for Ronnie, Jack visits Archie and declares he will not be messed around.
Jack pushes Archie against the bar and warns him to stay away from Ronnie – or else!
Archie finds Ronnie stood behind the bar, staring at him. Ronnie tells him she’d be pleased if he died, before marching out of the pub.
Soon after, Peggy visits Archie and gives him an ultimatum…
Peggy threatens Archie – either he leaves the Vic tonight or he will regret his actions!
When Archie tells Peggy he’ll give back the divorce papers if she spends one more night with him, she leaves in disgust. Soon after, Archie is knocked to the floor by one of his enemies. As he looks up he receives a fatal blow to the head…
Jack and Roxy walk into the pub to find Ronnie sat on a bar stool with Archie’s body cold at her feet.
As Jack calls the police, Ronnie tells Roxy she found the body but didn’t call an ambulance as Archie was trying to say something before he died.
Meanwhile, Peggy returns to the Branning’s house and breaks down.
Ronnie is questioned by police. During her interview, she admits she and Archie didn’t see eye to eye.
As part of their door-to-door questioning, police call in on Phil.
Phil, who has been drinking, tells the police they should be talking to Janine.
Later, Janine panics when the police knock at the door.
Ryan watches on as Janine is questioned, unsure of whether she’s a good actress or genuinely upset by Archie’s murder.
Archie and Janine may have started off the festive period with a romantic kiss in the Square, but things soon took a sinister turn and someone now has blood on their hands. Who’s the killer? Watch the action unfold on EastEnders on BBC1 from Monday 21 December.