She’s been busy scheming as she pursues the married Mick Carter.

And EastEnders‘ Janine Butcher’s plan to keep Mick’s wife, Linda away from Walford appears to be working as she plans a New Year’s Eve party. 

In the first look at photos from Friday’s episode Mick looks deep in thought as he sits with Janine in her bedroom during an awkward encounter. 

EastEnders spoiler: Janine Butcher's plan to keep Mick's wife Linda away from Walford appears to be working as she presses ahead with her pursuit

EastEnders spoiler: Janine Butcher's plan to keep Mick's wife Linda away from Walford appears to be working as she presses ahead with her pursuit

EastEnders spoiler: Janine Butcher’s plan to keep Mick’s wife Linda away from Walford appears to be working as she presses ahead with her pursuit

In the images, Janine (played by Charlie Brookes) can be seen perched on the hot pink sheets in a plunging glitzy dress as she speaks with Mick. 

Pub landlord Mick (played by Danny Dyer) appears distant and perplexed as he nervously plays with his wedding ring amind Janines words of criticism.  

Janine previously shocked Mick with proof that Linda (Kellie Bright) was drinking again as she made it her mission to end his marriage once and for all. 

Scheme: In the first look at photos from Friday's episode Mick looks deep in thought as he sits with Janine in her bedroom during an awkward encounter on New Years Eve

Scheme: In the first look at photos from Friday's episode Mick looks deep in thought as he sits with Janine in her bedroom during an awkward encounter on New Years Eve

Scheme: In the first look at photos from Friday’s episode Mick looks deep in thought as he sits with Janine in her bedroom during an awkward encounter on New Years Eve

In previous episodes, she continued her flirtatious behaviour as she got into the festive spirit and tried to impress him. 

Although, he rejected her advances as she tried to kiss him underneath the mistletoe.  

But Mick’s daughter, Nancy (Maddy Hill) was quick to berate Janine’s behaviour, after noticing that he had taken a shine to her during their time working behind the bar at the Queen Vic.  

Janine had been determined to make this Christmas her best yet with daughter Scarlett, formed an unlikely alliance with Mick during a bidding war with Peter Beale over who should sponsor Albert Square’s Christmas tree.     

'Kiss my baubles': In previous episodes, she continued her flirtatious behaviour as she got into the festive spirit and tried to impress Mick

'Kiss my baubles': In previous episodes, she continued her flirtatious behaviour as she got into the festive spirit and tried to impress Mick

‘Kiss my baubles’: In previous episodes, she continued her flirtatious behaviour as she got into the festive spirit and tried to impress Mick 

According to Digital Spy, Mick is in for a tough New Year as his plans to reunite his broken family don’t go to plan.

His mum, Shirley believes that it is time for him to come clean and tell his son Ollie about what’s really going on between himself and his absent wife, Linda.

This comes as EastEnders episodes will return to their usual duration of 30 minutes in January, after being shortened by up to ten minutes by the coronavirus pandemic.

The BBC soap will air three full-length instalments a week, with a fourth being reduced in time since less cast and crew members are allowed on set.

What's happening? But Mick's daughter, Nancy (Maddy Hill) was quick to berate Janine's behaviour and he rejected her

What's happening? But Mick's daughter, Nancy (Maddy Hill) was quick to berate Janine's behaviour and he rejected her

What’s happening? But Mick’s daughter, Nancy (Maddy Hill) was quick to berate Janine’s behaviour and he rejected her 

A spokesperson for the TV channel told The Mirror: ‘Three out of four EastEnders episodes will return to their usual 30 minute duration in January, with Tuesday’s duration continuing to be around 20 minutes.’

Production was thrown into crisis last March when filming was suspended and its weekly number of episodes was cut to just two in a bid to ‘ration’ their content. 

Production was thrown into crisis last March when filming was suspended and its weekly number of episodes was cut to just two in a bid to ‘ration’ their content. 

EastEnders airs Friday 31st December 2021 at 7:10pm on BBC One 

Oh dear: Mick is in for a tough New Year as his plans to reunite his broken family don't go to plan with his mum Shirley saying that he should come clean to his children

Oh dear: Mick is in for a tough New Year as his plans to reunite his broken family don't go to plan with his mum Shirley saying that he should come clean to his children

Oh dear: Mick is in for a tough New Year as his plans to reunite his broken family don’t go to plan with his mum Shirley saying that he should come clean to his children 

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