13:07 20 November 2009
Scripts for Christmas episodes of the BBC soap EastEnders have been stolen in a burglary at one of the writer's homes, the broadcaster has confirmed.
Executive producer Diederick Santer said he is "keen" to recover the laptop which "contains the twists and turns of our exciting EastEnders Christmas".
Actors were obliged to destroy their scripts after filming seasonal scenes in order for the plot twists to not fall into the hands of the press.
This year's specials will focus on dramatic events in the Queen Vic pub. Main details of the plot, however, have not been revealed.
The festive double bill will be screened on Christmas Day. It often receives the soap's biggest viewing figures of the year.
2007's Christmas special attracted 14 million viewers and was the most-watched programme of the year.
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