EastEnders fans are promised a dramatic episode on New Year’s Day as members of the Carter family end up in a freezing lake.

Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) is finally getting married to Linda (Kellie Bright), but as life-changing events rarely pass off smoothly in soapland, there is a major hitch in the shape of his brother Dean (Matt Di Angelo).

Just as the wedding is about to start, Mick is alarmed when he learns his rapist brother Dean has arrived.

Danny Dyer as Mick and Matt Di Angelo as Dean



Mick and Dean fight underwater (Phoebe Rudomino/BBC)

 

Sensing trouble, Mick watches from a distance as Dean confronts their mum Shirley (Linda Henry) by the lake.

Danny Dyer and Matt Di Angelo in EastEnders



Mick and Dean hold their breath as they battle (Phoebe Rudomino/BBC)

 

Mother and son get into a heated clash as an increasingly unhinged Dean hurls accusations at her over their troubled relationship.

He snaps and, fuelled by rage, pushes Shirley into the lake. Mick rushes to the scene and, despite being a poor swimmer, jumps in to try to help his mum.

EastEnders star Danny Dyer



Mick’s not a strong swimmer (Phoebe Rudomino/BBC)

 

The brothers come face to face before ending up in the water where a battle for survival ensues. Mick is forced to make a decision which could have far-reaching consequences.

Danny Dyer and Matt Di Angelo in dramatic  EastEnders scene



Mick’s in trouble as Dean starts to overpower him (Phoebe Rudomino/BBC)

 

Danny recently revealed he had to fight for his life when he got into difficulties filming the water-based stunt.

The 38-year-old opened up about the incident at the famous Pinewood Studios.

“We went to Pinewood and we did it properly and I’ve got to say some of that stuff under the water, I was actually fighting for my life in real life. I couldn’t quite find the surface,” he said.

Matt Di Angelo as Dean



Is Dean watching Mick drown – or has he drowned? (Phoebe Rudomino/BBC)

 

“We did this big, epic battle, me and Dean, it’s a sad, sad story. The idea that he is me brother, it could’ve been so different. It tailed off into this madness,” Danny stated.

“I had to have me ear-hole syringed – a lot of lake in my ear-hole. It’s a strange feeling, but we’re committed to it. You’ve got to commit,” he continued.

EastEnders’ two special episodes will air on BBC1, January 1 at 6.30pm and 8.00pm.