EastEnders will air a flashback episode in February as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations.
The special episode will reveal the truth behind Lucy Beale’s untimely demise, with actress Hetti Bywater set to reprise the role. Show runner Dominic Treadwell-Collins has described the episode as “the pearl” in EastEnders’ anniversary week.
The instalment, penned by Jesse O’Mahoney, will also see Tanya Franks and Jamie Lomas reprise their roles as Rainie Cross and Jake Stone respectively.
“When we first created the ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale?’ storyline, we knew that we had to flash back to the night that she died on screen. So much happened on Good Friday 2014 after viewers saw Lucy leave her home and walk off into the night – and this flashback episode will fill in the pieces for the rest of that night, before she was killed.
“This also gives us the opportunity to have some fun with other characters, with new twists appearing in old storylines as secrets from the year before are revealed. With the added live element for some scenes, this is going to be an extremely special episode and the pearl within our week of celebratory episodes for EastEnders’ 30th birthday.” – Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins
After heading off alone, Lucy was killed by an unknown person on Good Friday. As the story has played out several characters have come under suspicion over her untimely demise, with the soap promoting the fact that anyone in the cast could be responsible.
However, a dramatic episode on New Year’s Day saw the suspect list whittled down to just 14 characters: Ian Beale, Jane Beale, Peter Beale, Cindy Williams, Max Branning, Lauren Branning, Abi Branning, Whitney Dean, Lee Carter, Denise Fox, Ben Mitchell, Jay Brown and Pam & Les Coker.
The BBC One soap has previously ventured into flashback territory with the characters of Diane Butcher, Kat Slater, Phil Mitchell & Lisa Fowler and Alfie & Nana Moon.
“It’s great to be part of the conclusion and find out what really happened the night Lucy Beale died.” – Hetti Bywater