Ben was left conflicted when Callum revealed that he wanted to join the police. Having a boyfriend as a police officer would be something of a conflict of interest for him, given that he’s got a reputation for dodgy deals. However, after he informed Callum of his worries, he realised that he doesn’t want to have to live without his lover, and thus he resolved to go legit.
It took some effort, but Ben has come on tremendously well in regards to operating his business above board. He’s packed in the money lending operation with Tubbs, and he’s let go of the hold he’s got over Martin (James Bye). He’s even resolved to be a better person, and assisted Sonia (Natalie Cassidy) when she was in need of help.
However, it appears as if Ben’s will find himself conflicted once more, as his old ways of life come calling courtesy of Phil’s (Steve McFadden) dilemma. With Phil believing Sharon (Letitia Dean) to be having an affair with Jack (Scott Maslen) he sets about seeking revenge — and Ben finds himself caught in the middle.
However, Ben does his utmost to not sacrifice the progress he’s made, and thus he attempts to talk Phil out of his bloodthirsty plan, but after realising just how much his dad is struggling, he delivers some home truths and promises to sort Jack.
Later in the week, Callum becomes rather concerned, and he opens up to Lola (Danielle Harold) about what’s on his mind. However, she’s quick to praise Callum for how he’s made Ben a better person.
Will Callum come to learn that Ben is being drawn back to the dark side once more? If so, will he seek action?
It’s true that Callum has made Ben a better person, and in the same way Ben gave Callum the strength to be true to himself, Callum has given Ben a reason to want to be a better human being.
Will he be able to leave his life of crime in the past for a better, more fulfilling one with Callum?
One to watch: Friday 20thDecember at 8pm on BBC One.