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HOORAY! EastEnders battleaxe Cora Cross is returning to the soap next month.
And it looks like she is going to be creating more havoc than ever.
Straight-talking Cora has not been in the BBC show since February when she attended the funeral of her granddaughter Abi Branning.
Since then, Cora has been looking after her great-grandchild - baby Abi - who miraculously survived her pregnant mum's deathplunge off the Queen Vic on Christmas Day.
Cora - played by Ann Mitchell, 79 - and the baby's scheming grandad Max Branning are in a bitter custody battle for the tot.
Max and his drug addict wife Rainie are only together as part of his attempts to get his clutches on the baby.
An insider said: "Max and Rainie are stunned when Cora shows up out of the blue with little Abi and are even more shocked when she allows them to spend time with her.
Cora in action "It soon becomes clear she has an ulterior motive is she about to ruin their chances of getting baby Abi?" Our guess is very much yes - and with good reason.
Max (Jake Wood) is about as far from being a good dad as you could imagine. Ultimately, he's responsible for his daughter Abi's death.
Cora is the mum of Rainie (Tanya Franks) and Max's ex-wife Tanya.
Max is paying his former sister-inlaw Rainie to play the part of doting wife. The pair, who married this year, have always hated each other.
He told her recently: "You're just a crackhead loser who's going to mess everything up for me and Abi unless you sort yourself out.
"It's a business deal. You ain't gonna get a penny unless I get Abi.
"So you better start working a damn-sight harder."
Good luck, Cora. Don't let them get their hands on that poor baby.
COMBATIVE Cora in action