Exclusive Insider Gossip: ATV Network has seen a leaked part of an up-coming EastEnders script, which seemingly reveals the name of the father of Sam Mitchell’s baby.

The script, which is for an episode airing two weeks after the recently recorded birth scenes, says that the baby boy will be the son of Jack – which suggests that Jack Branning – played by Scott Maslen – is the father of the new-born.

In a typical spreading of doom and gloom this ‘Enders plot with Jack appearing to be the baby’s father will cause eruptions in the Mitchell family – as Jack is about to marry Sam’s cousin.

One of our Elstree insiders (Elstree was expanded for television by ATV in 1959-60 – before being sold to the BBC in 1983 – and many links to the studios remain) says; “You never know with EastEnders, the scripts often have twists and turns, but from the script you can see, the baby’s father is named Jack.”

Sam – actress Danniella Westbrook – is returning to Albert Square after a stint in prison for her part in the murder of Den Watts. Her first scenes air next month. There are suggestions from the studios the baby may be called Richard after Sam tries to pass it off as Ricky Butcher’s, but as yet this is pure speculation. 

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