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Residents of Walford turn against Ian Beale in protest

Ian Beale’s plans turn messy when the Walford residents discover them, next week on EastEnders. 

Ian is horrified when he finds a group of residents outside the cafe in protest over his plans to sell the restaurant to a supermarket chain. Worried about what the future holds for their market stalls, they decide to boycott all of Ian’s businesses.

Buster and Denise stand outside the cafe in protest.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/04/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 05/05/2016 - Episode: 5279 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th APRIL, 2016* ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE AND ALL ABOUT SOAP) Buster & Denise stand outside the cafe in protest at Ian. 'Buster' Briggs (KARL HOWMAN), Denise Fox (DIANE PARISH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/04/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 05/05/2016 - Episode: 5279 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th APRIL, 2016* ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE AND ALL ABOUT SOAP) Ian is horrified to find protesters outside his cafe. 'Buster' Briggs (KARL HOWMAN), Vincent (RICHARD BLACKWOOD), Denise Fox (DIANE PARISH), Ian Beale (ADAM WOODYATT), Jane Beale (LAURIE BRETT) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Ian calls the police wanting to end the protest.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/04/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 05/05/2016 - Episode: 5279 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th APRIL, 2016* ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE AND ALL ABOUT SOAP) Ian is horrified to find protesters outside his cafe. He calls the police. Ian Beale (ADAM WOODYATT), 'Buster' Briggs (KARL HOWMAN), Denise Fox (DIANE PARISH), Jane Beale (LAURIE BRETT) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Kathy leaps to Ian’s defence when the residents turn on him. She talks to Buster about the protest and pleads with him to help Ian, but will her efforts be successful?

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/04/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 06/05/2016 - Episode: 5280 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th APRIL, 2016* ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE AND ALL ABOUT SOAP) Kathy talks to Buster about the protest. 'Buster' Briggs (KARL HOWMAN), Kathy Beale (GILLIAN TAYLFORTH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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In the Vic, Ian tries to reason with the market stall holders.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/04/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 06/05/2016 - Episode: 5280 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th APRIL, 2016* ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE AND ALL ABOUT SOAP) Ian tries to reason with the market traders. Jane Beale (LAURIE BRETT), Ian Beale (ADAM WOODYATT), Kathy Beale (GILLIAN TAYLFORTH), Supporting Artists, Donna Yates (LISA HAMMOND) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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Will Ian have a change of heart and decide to keep his empire intact?

EastEnders airs these scenes next week, 5th & 6th May on BBC One and BBC One HD.

About the author

Melissa Berry

An EastEnders fan since the very first episode, Melissa has had the privilege to visit the EastEnders set twice (not many fans can say that!) and met many of the cast. She also appeared on EastEnders Revealed: Angie & Me, with Anita Dobson!