EastEnders’ Ian Beale – actor Adam Woodyatt – will be haunted by some faces from the past in a Children In Need sketch next month.
The Albert Square stalwart is to be reunited with his troublesome ex-wife Cindy (Michelle Collins) and mum, Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) in a ‘Ghosts of Walford’ themed short to raise money for the charity.
Hetti Bywater and Pam St. Clement will also be making appearances as Ian’s recently murdered daughter Lucy and old friend Pat Butcher.
“We are getting some of the show’s most iconic names back for one night only. It’s going to be historic. All the characters have a link to Ian Beale and they are going to come back to haunt him in scenes that will feature his past and present. This is going to be an absolute must-watch evening of TV for any EastEnders fan.” – EastEnders source speaking to The Sun
Cindy Beale was killed off in 1998 after Collins was unavailable to film scenes that would see her character stand trial for hiring a hit man to shoot Ian. Off-screen the character suffered a fatal blood clot while giving birth to her daughter Cindy in prison. Kathy Beale also met an off-screen demise in 2006, dying in a car accident in South Africa, in a move that continues to baffle the show’s fans. The decision reportedly came about after producers also failed to lure Taylforth back to the long-running series.
The characters of Pat and Lucy were each afforded an on-screen departure storyline, with the former dying of cancer on New Year’s Day 2012 and the latter being murdered on Good Friday of this year in a plot that is currently on-going in the BBC soap.
The sketch will air as part of the annual Children In Need appeal next month on BBC One.