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EastEnders fans call for Tanya Branning to return after iconic 2007 Christmas episode re-airs

Tanya was last seen two years ago

EastEnders fans have called for Tanya Branning to return to the soap after the BBC re-aired the iconic 2007 Christmas episode which revealed Max and Stacey’s affair.

Back in 2007, Max famously had an affair with his son Bradley’s wife, Stacey. Just before Stacey and Bradley got married, Max tried to talk Stacey out of going through with it by confessing his love for her.

But as the pair shared a kiss, they had no idea they were being recorded by Lauren’s video camera.

EastEnders fans call for Tanya Branning to return after iconic 2007 Christmas episode re-airs
Max and Stacey’s affair was revealed on Christmas Day 2007 (Credit: BBC)

Lauren burned the recording onto a disc and put it under the tree for Bradley. But when the video was played in front of the entire Branning and Slater family, the drama really kicked off.

In the episode which re-aired last night (Tuesday, August 4), Max tried to tell Tanya that the video was a joke. However Stacey was unable to hide her guilt and confessed it was true.

Poor Tanya was heartbroken to discover her husband had been unfaithful and, throughout the episode, she struggled to process the revelation.

EastEnders fans call for Tanya Branning to return after iconic 2007 Christmas episode re-airs
Tanya was heartbroken by the revelation (Credit: BBC)

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She famously slapped Stacey before kissing Stacey’s brother Sean in an upset state. The episode ended with Tanya falling down the stairs as she tried to leave with Lauren, Abi and Oscar.

However fans thought the episode was some of Tanya’s best moments and want her to return to the soap.

EastEnders: What happened to Tanya Branning?

Tanya was played by actress Jo Joyner on and off from 2006 until 2018.

In 2018, Tanya and Max’s daughters Lauren and Abi both fell off the roof of The Vic while trying to get Max down.

Lauren survived the fall but a pregnant Abi was declared brain stem dead. After Abi’s daughter was delivered, her life support machine was turned off.

EastEnders fans call for Tanya Branning to return after iconic 2007 Christmas episode re-airs
Abi’s death devastated Tanya (Credit: BBC)

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Tanya struggled terribly with the grief of losing her youngest daughter and couldn’t attend the funeral. She had a nervous breakdown and it was revealed she had been committed to a psychiatric hospital.

Will Tanya ever return to EastEnders?

In 2018, Jo appeared on Lorraine to talk about returning to EastEnders saying: “Never say never.”

In 2017, Jo joined the cast of Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge and she is still a member of the main cast.

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