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Ian and Cindy spend Boxing Day giving the café a thorough clean after its closure by the environmental health officer. A mysterious treasure hunt gets under way in the Square.

Trevor watches Shireen in the shop from Bridge Street with a present to give to her in his hand.

Cindy and Ian start their Boxing Day cleaning the café until Ian gets a note through the door telling him to go to the Christmas tree in Albert Square for 3pm. Cindy falls off a ladder trying to get decorations down. Ian worries about the baby and gets Doctor Legg to check her over. Doctor Legg is happy that there is nothing wrong.

Diane remains in a mood following Paul's abrupt departure.

Cindy worries that the note is from someone who knows about her and Simon. She tells Simon she thinks Ian is about to find out and they panic.

Michelle visits Pauline in the hospital.

Cindy tries to get Ian away from the Christmas tree but is unable to. She is relieved when other residents gather around the tree after receiving the same note. A cryptic clue is left under the tree and Arthur, Barbara, Cindy, Ian, Kathy, Laurie, Martin, Trevor and Vicki all search for the next clue. The next clue is found, which leads to a series of further clues. After a run around of the Square, the residents involved end up at the hospital with Pauline, where Arthur and Michelle reveal they planned the treasure hunt so that the residents could see Pauline and enjoy her company.

Danny phones the Vic whilst Michelle is out. Sharon answers it.

After spending time with Pauline, the residents return to the Square. Cindy walks over to the Christmas tree, where she then goes into labour.


Main cast[]

Guest cast[]

  • Barbara - Alannah O'Sullivan
  • Ward Nurse - Doreen Ingleton
  • Angry Man - Ronald Nunnery


  • Albert Square
  • The Queen Victoria - Public and cellar
  • 45 Albert Square - Kitchen
  • Bridge Street
  • First Til Last
  • Bridge Street Café
  • Turpin Road
  • Turpin Way
  • Playground
  • Walford General Hospital - Ward


  • This episode was broadcasted at the earlier time slot of 6.50pm due to the Boxing Day schedule.
  • A homeless woman is uncredited despite having dialogue.
  • Radio Times synopsis: 'Ian, if you want to discover something interesting, 3.00pm by the tree in the square.'
  • Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,880,000 viewers (chart placing unknown).