It is reported that two much-loved characters on EastEnders will return well ahead of the show's Christmas episodes and the big festive storyline.

Warning: spoiler alert!

The Sun says that Patsy Palmer, who plays Bianca Butcher, and Lindsey Coulson, who plays her mother Carol Jackson, returned to the BBC soap's set this week.

They will be seen on screen again next month.

A source told the paper: "The cast and crew are excited that the Jackson family are due to return and their storylines are as colourful as ever.

"Bianca's thrilled she's got out of prison in time for Christmas to be reunited with her kids and her mum.

"She also makes it to her uncle's (Max Branning, played by Jake Wood) wedding and along with the kids has a heavy screen presence over the festive period.

"Bosses are hoping the return of Bianca and Carol will prove a big draw for viewers over Christmas."

It is reported that this year's big Christmas plot will be Max marrying Tanya (Jo Joyner) for the second time.

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Mother and daughter will be seen on screen again next month