IAN Beale is arrested next week in EastEnders as his family turn on him.
The unpopular businessman will then be left for dead in a horror attack sparking a huge whodunit mystery this Christmas.
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Viewers know that Ian Beale has a growing list of enemies in the Square after stealing from Max Branning to buy the pub for Sharon.
Ian then got himself into more of a pickle when he remortgaged his mum Kathy’s cafe behind her back in an attempt to pay Max back.
Next week’s episodes of EastEnders will see Ian cause more trouble when he lets slip that Tiffany is planning to be Rainie and Stuart’s surrogate in front of Whitney, who then puts doubts in Tiff’s mind.
Later, Bobby asks Ian for help to pick a winner for the Lucy Beale Award but Ian makes out he’s too busy.
When Max threatens to kick Sharon out of the pub if Ian doesn’t pay up, Ian warns him he’s now got the upper hand after seeing him kiss Linda.
Meanwhile, Tina pays a visit to Mick and is gutted to see how sad visiting the care home has made him.
Convinced he’s down because he’s lost The Vic, Tina starts her mission to get rid of Ian for good.
As Bobby prepares for the Lucy Beale Award night at the pub, Ian tells Sharon he’s sorted things with Max and won’t be selling the pub.
But Max pops up in the kitchen and threatens Ian, ordering him to give him his money back or he’ll put him out his misery.
Ian watches Sharon do the banking and forms an idea – what’s he planning now?
Later, the Lucy Beale Award night kicks off and everyone is shocked when the big announcement is made.
As Ian shows off about the award to Elliot from the Gazette, Ben arrives furious but notices that the police are approaching.
Ben assumes they’re here to talk to him but everyone is shocked when the police arrest Ian.
Kathy heads to the station to help Ian, but he quickly lashes out and blames Kathy for his arrest.
Later, Rainie lashes out at Ian for putting doubts in Tiffany’s mind about the surrogacy by telling Whitney.
Ian shares some harsh truths, leaving Stuart furious and desperate for revenge.
Tina tells Mick he can get the pub back, but Mick tells her she doesn’t understand what she’s going through.
Later, viewers will see Ian lying motionless on the floor after an attack.
With Ian hardly the most popular man in Walford, who’s the attacker?