After ten months of twists and turns, double bluffs and red herrings, Eastenders fans were gripped to their television screens for the epic conclusion of the “Who Killed Lucy Beale?” mystery.
Please note: this article contains spoilers.
The televised version of Cluedo began in April 2014, when Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) was discovered dead on Walford Common. Since then, scriptwriters have kept viewers guessing by placing multiple suspects in the frame.
The identity of the killer was revealed over two episodes, both of which aired on BBC One on Thursday, February 19th, 2015. Both episodes contained live scenes (highlighted through the #EELive hashtag) to keep the closely-guarded secret under wraps.
More than 10 million people tuned in to see Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) confront his new wife Jane Beale (Laurie Brett) about Lucy’s death as the first episode came to a conclusion. However, this proved to be another red herring, as a “killer twist” was teased for the flashback episode an hour later.
The episode, which tied together loose plot threads, followed Lucy Beale, as she went through the events that lead up to her death.
The flashback ended with a live scene in which Jane Beale discovered Bobby Beale (Eliot Carrington), Lucy’s 11-year-old half-brother, was the killer, as he exclaimed: “Whatever she says, she started it. She made everyone unhappy!”
The aftermath to the events will be shown during a live episode on Friday, February 20th, 2015.
The conclusion to the “Who Killed Lucy Beale?” mystery coincides with the 30th anniversary of the soap opera, and the scriptwriters were keen to emphasise this point with a flood of nostalgia.
The first instalment began by echoing the opening line of the first ever episode (“It stinks in ‘ere”); there was the resurrection of Kathy Beale (Gillian Taylforth), who was one of the original cast, and Kim Fox (Tameka Empson) fittingly named her new-born daughter Pearl – the traditional gift for a 30th anniversary.
Eagle-eyed viewers would also have spotted newcomer Vincent (Richard Blackwood) handing Ronnie Mitchell (Samantha Womack) a gun within a bunch of flowers – a reference to Dirty Den being shot in 1989.