I've got a response from UKTV who handed the information straight to the team responsible. Whether things can happen quickly enough to get the episode on air next Wednesday... probably not. But as least it's known this episode does still exist on a broadcast format, and hopefully will get returned to the BBC. The BFI seem to only have a handful of EastEnders episodes, so it's lucky that this is one of them (the missing 1986 episode isn't amongst them, sadly).
Actually wondering how it comes to which episodes the BFI gets copies of. When I've looked through their holdings it seems to be a fairly random selection of episodes with many shows, whereas some shows (like The Chart Show), they seem to have copies of virtually every episode. I know the BFI hold original quad tapes from many ITV companies of course, but in the post-quad era it's a lot more scattered.
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