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Derek's death leaves his family in shock

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Tanya, Carol, Lauren, Abi and Alice after Derek's death

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Aired Wednesday, Dec 26 2012 at 20:30 GMT on BBC One

The Branning family are in shock following the dramatic events of Christmas Day and news soon spreads around Albert Square that Derek is dead. Max is eager for everyone to get their stories straight before speaking to the police, and he advises Joey and Jack to avoid talking about the argument with Derek. Carol tries to keep it together for the sake of the family and finds herself waxing lyrical about Derek, while Alice is numb with grief. Later, Max, Jack and Carol head to the mortuary and say a final goodbye to their brother.

At the same time, Max is still struggling following the reveal of his big secret, which is now known by the whole family…

Meanwhile, over at The Vic, there is an awkward atmosphere between Roxy and Alfie after she confessed her love for him. Jean and Mo can't resist having their say as they warn Roxy that Alfie is fragile at the moment, but Roxy insists that she'd never do anything to hurt him.

Elsewhere, Kim wakes up ready to celebrate Christmas, only to discover that she slept through the whole day due to suffering from the effects of Mo's punch. Denise is furious as she was forced to spend Christmas Day playing charades with Shirley while Kim was sleeping. The tension between Denise and Kim escalates throughout the day, but in the end, Denise tries to make amends by recreating Christmas Day for her sister.

Also today, Patrick returns to the Square following his time away, while Zainab announces plans to host a New Year's Eve party.
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