GIMME FIVE; ...more brilliant new characters to join EastEnders' confederacy of strangers...
1 NORMAN FOWLER The former Tory minister turns out to be a long-lost relative of Pauline Fowler and returns to the bosom of his Cockney family to help barrow-boy Martin deal with his crap wife Sonia.
2 ANTHONY COTTON Would you Adam and Eve it! Corrie's Cotton is a distant nephew of Dot's! And he needs her loving care to recover from the shell-shock he suffered while fighting the soap wars.
3 JONI MITCHELL Yet another astonishing family connection emerges as Mitchell twins Phil and Grant's singing Aunt Joni strums her way into Walford and hails cabby Charlie's big yellow taxi.
4 CHRISTIAN SLATER Horrid Iraq war veteran Sean isn't Stacey Slater's only brother we'd never heard about. Incredibly, her other secret sibling is Hollywood heart-throb Christian!
5 MICHAEL J. FOX Good lord! It transpires that the diminutive US star is Denise Fox's father! Rings about as true as the rest of the succession of weirdos who keep arriving in Albert Square at such an alarming rate.
Norman: long-lost Fowler