Look what the Kat’s dragged in!
EastEnders fan-favourite Kat Moon (Jessie Wallace) is to make a sensational return to Albert Square next year with her nan Big Mo (Laila Morse) and Stacey Fowler’s mum Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) in tow.
Speaking on her return, a thrilled Wallace said: “I love Kat and Walford dearly and I cannot wait to get started – watch out Walford Kat’s coming home.”
Last seen in her own spin-off show Kat and Alfie: Redwater, Kathleen, as she was known in the Irish production, went looking for her long-lost son – only to discover he was a murderous priest named Dermott.
When we last saw Kat, she was left for dead floating in the Irish sea. Meanwhile Alfie was undergoing treatment for his cancer when the doctors lost his pulse and desperately tried to resuscitate. His fate is as yet unknown.
Kat is also returning without her son Tommy, who appeared in Redwater, or her twins Bert and Ernie, who did not appear.
Kat departed EastEnders in Spring 2015, however she and Alfie both returned in January 2016 for a guest stint to set the wheels in motion for the aforementioned Redwater.
Meanwhile, Jean has made guest appearances every year since her departure in 2013, returning for Stacey’s wedding, Charlie Slater’s funeral and various different holidays.
Big Mo, however, has not been seen in almost two years. She was quietly written out of the soap and even the actress herself did not know she was filming her final scenes.
Speaking on ‘leaving’ in 2016, Morse said: “I had no idea that would be the end of it. Really and truly, I never left… But there was no party or anything like that when I left – and that’s after 16 years on the show!”
Mo’s final appearance.
Soap bosses are remaining tight-lipped on what brings the Slater trio back to Walford – nevertheless, it has been teased they’ll be back in Spring 2018 to “sort out” Stacey.
John Yorke, the current boss of EastEnders, said: “The Slaters are one of the all-time great families in EastEnders and Albert Square has never felt quite the same since they scattered to different ends of the country, and in some cases beyond.
“It has been a real joy to find a way to bring them back together and we’re incredibly excited about where we are taking them next. It won’t just be familiar Slaters either as there are a couple of twists and characters to add fresh spice to an iconic creation.”
Teasing what’s to come, he continued: “It won’t just be familiar Slaters either as there are a couple of twists and characters to add fresh spice to an iconic creation.”
EastEnders airs the Slater reunion in Spring 2018.