Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer) is about to find herself on the receiving end of another barrage of verbal and violent abuse from her out of control husband Gray (Toby Alexander-Smith) in EastEnders as his frustrations explode, leaving her terrified for her safety and the children’s.
While the EastEnders villain seems charming and amiable on the outside, the unstable lawyer is secretly hiding a brutal temper which regularly explodes behind closed doors, leaving Chantelle physically and emotionally injured.
The stress of Whitney Dean’s (Shona McGarty) case presses on Gray and he has found himself sacked by the firm but is humiliated at the prospect of Chantelle’s family finding out so he swears her to silence.
Meanwhile, Chantelle assures Gray that she can bring in the money for now but she gets the bad news from Denise Fox (Diane Parish) that she is no longer needed full time at the salon. She accepts a job from Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol) but how will this go down with Gray?
Meanwhile, Gray has decided to take on Whitney’s case himself to try and get his job back at the law firm but Mitch Baker (Roger Griffiths) has become suspicious of him after hearing from jack Branning (Scott Maslen) that Gray came out of a hotel room.
Mitch is determined to find out the truth, despite objections from Chantelle and also Karen (Lorraine Stanley) but after some digging, he learns that Gray has lost his job. Mitch confronts Gray and offers him money, leaving him furious and he assumes Chantelle has been bad mouthing him to her family.
He arrives home in a temper and loses it with Chantelle while Karen and Mitch plan a surprise and invite him to the Vic. As Chantelle recovers from another vicious attack from her monstrous husband, Gray gets a warm reception at the Vic and an apology from Mitch, which makes him realise that Chantelle hadn’t told anyone.
But will he be able to cover what has happened? And will Chantelle confide in anyone?
One to watch: Friday 13 March at 7pm on BBC One.
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