EastEnders’ Jack Branning faces losing custody of his step-son Matthew after attacking Charlie Cotton. The businessman – who is played by actor Scott Maslen in the BBC soap – was pushed to breaking point at the possibility of losing Matthew after his wife Ronnie Mitchell’s death over Christmas.

And all it took was some prodding from Charlie and Jack lost it and flew at him in front of shocked onlookers in the Square. “I don’t believe a word you say anymore,” Jack told Charlie, forcing him to push back with an insult of his own.

Stepping up to Jack, Charlie said: “I don’t need to learn anything from the likes of you.” “And I didn’t need to learn anything from the wicked witch either,” he spat at Jack, sending him into a fury. “That cow deserved everything she got,” he added as Jack began to punch him. After watching the fight unfold from behind a corner, Max swooped in and screamed at Jack to stop, causing everyone to see what Jack had done and telling Jack he’d blown his chances of keeping Matthew.

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