Spoilers

Ben Mitchell goes missing and Grant is back in Walford

Phil Mitchell’s world is once again turned upside down when his son disappears. Has Ben gone after the man he saw at the station or has something more sinister happened?

Viewers have seen Ben suffer over the guilt he feels about what happened to Paul. He’s refused to open up about that fateful night, despite Jay and Johnny trying to convince him to tell the police everything. Ben is once again in turmoil – torn between telling the truth and the feeling that Phil will never accept the fact that he is gay. With Johnny’s support, he made a statement to police and was told that there were leads. Ben was later called to identify possible suspects, but didn’t recognise any of them. Upon leaving the station, he sees one of the men who attacked them driving away.

Sharon fusses round Phil as he tells her that Ben has disappeared. She then comes up with a plan of her own to find Ben. Somehow, we don’t think Phil will be pleased once he discovers what it is!

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/07/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 02/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5326 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th JULY, 2016* Sharon fusses round Phil as he fills her in on Ben’s disappearance. Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
© BBC / Jack Barnes
WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/07/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 02/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5326 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th JULY, 2016* Sharon fusses round Phil as he fills her in on Ben’s disappearance. Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
© BBC / Jack Barnes

Shirley is the one who breaks the news to Kathy that Ben is missing and that Phil doesn’t want the police involved.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/07/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 01/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5325 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th JULY, 2016* Shirley tells Kathy that Ben is missing but that Phil doesn’t want the police involved. Kathy Sullivan (GILLIAN TAYLFORTH), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Sharon confides in Jane, who has recently returned home, and reveals that she has contacted Grant and asked him to help them find Ben.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/07/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5327 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th JULY, 2016* Sharon confides in Jane that she’s asked Grant for help in finding Ben. Jane Beale (LAURIE BRETT), Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
© BBC / Jack Barnes
WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/07/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5327 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th JULY, 2016* Sharon confides in Jane that she’s asked Grant for help in finding Ben. Jane Beale (LAURIE BRETT), Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
© BBC / Jack Barnes

Later, Sharon is surprised to find Grant leaving the police station. Has he gone against Phil’s wishes and told the police that Ben has gone missing?

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 26/07/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 05/08/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5328 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 26th JULY, 2016* Sharon is surprised to find Grant leaving the police station. Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Grant Mitchell (ROSS KEMP) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
© BBC / Jack Barnes

EastEnders airs these scenes next week 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!