Nick returns from the Grave in Eastenders

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Nick Cotton is set to return to Eastenders, even though his funeral was only a matter of months ago.

There has been a question mark over the fate of “nasty” Nick – who last appeared five years ago – with viewers not totally convinced by his policeman son Charlie’s claim that his dad had died as a result of a heroin overdose.

And during last night’s edition of the BBC soap, it became clear he is still alive – and he is now poised to cause further trouble for his “Ma” Dot Cotton, played by June Brown.

He was last seen on screen in June 2009, having survived an explosion at the cafe, and viewers saw his funeral take place in March this year.