Trouble looms for Ian Beale
09:30 11 October 2005
Ian Beale is to face a campaign of intimidation from the Mitchell brothers when they make their long-awaited return to 'EastEnders'.
The Walford businessman, played by Adam Woodyatt, is left fearing for his life when Phil and Grant, played by Steve McFadden and Ross Kemp, return to the popular soap intent on reclaiming the lost Mitchell empire.
The brothers launch an all-out war against the rest of the Square and hapless Ian is a prime target because he now owns the Arches garage and café previously in the hands of Phil.
An 'EastEnders' insider said: "Everyone knows the Mitchells had a big empire, including the Queen Vic. They will believe, with some justification, they have been conned out of their assets - and they'll want them back as soon as possible. If that means they have to use violence and intimidation, then they will gladly do so."
It is not the first time Ian - whose screen mum Kathy Beale was married to Phil - has been on the receiving end of Phil's bully-boy tactics.
In April this year, the soap hardman, who was on the run from police, stuffed Ian's head down a toilet demanding cash, but was later shopped to the police by the fish 'n' chop owner.
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