When EastEnders producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins announced that they will be celebrating thirty years of the soap with ‘Live Week’, we have to admit, we were looking forward to all of the mistakes and blunders that we’d see just as much as we were looking forward to finally finding out who killed Lucy Beale.
After the shocking 25th anniversary live ep that saw Jack Branning seemingly forget how to speak English, Max Branning be caught on camera making himself gag, and Peggy Mitchell fluff her lines – to name just a few – we have to admit, we did think that we would be in for a hilarious treat during last night’s thirty minute, fully live episode.
However, instead of loling at the cast, we actually found ourselves in tears by the end of it as every single actor gave expert performances, without a single mistake in sight.
Pretty impressive, eh?
Despite Laurie Brett (Jane Beale), Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale), and Ben Hardy (Peter ‘Abs’ Beale)’s emotional, powerhouse performances, it was the two young actors who had everybody and their mum, and Adam Woodyatt, talking.
Twelve-year-old Eliot Carrington who plays Lucy’s killer, Bobby Beale, was entrusted with a whole load of screentime throughout the live episode, which is an honour when you keep in mind his age, and the fact that over ten million people across the country were watching him didn’t even appear to phase the child actor.
Speaking to Zoe Ball immediately after the live episode, Adam was full of praise for his onscreen son, sharing: “He was amazing, such a brilliant actor – but we mustn’t forget Mimi (Keene) either, she’s only sixteen!”
In case you’re wondering, it was teenager Mimi’s heartrending performance as Cindy Beale that had the nation blubbing into their hankies as she was given the mammoth task of reciting Lucy’s emotional final letter to her dad.
In full, the note read: “Dear Dad, Sorry for what I said earlier, I didn’t mean it. I’m a wreck, but I’m going to change – from tonight.
“Look at me, home before midnight and the drugs have gone.
“When you get home, look in on me. I’ll be sleeping but wake me up. I want to tell you how much I love you.
“Don’t forget, Dad, wake me up. Lucy Lou.”
We mean, how Mimi didn’t collapse into a sobbing mess of tears and mascara like we did is beyond us.
All in all, it was a massively impressive episode that celebrated thirty years of the show in style, and we can’t bloomin’ wait to see what’s going to happen to all of our fave characters next…
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