There are emotional scenes in next week’s episodes of EastEnders as the residents of Albert Square gather for the funeral of Lucy Beale.
And there’s further anguish for Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) when revelations about Max Branning’s (Jake Wood) affair with Lucy lead to him throwing his neighbour out of the church. Following the outburst, Ian will be seen struggling with his eulogy and leaving the service himself. It’s a tense situation that results in Peter taking over and paying a personal tribute to Lucy.
“There’s a lot of drama and Peter has to get up and do the eulogy. He feels like someone should say something for his sister and if other people can’t, then he should be the one to do it,” says actor Ben Hardy, who plays Peter. “It’s very tough for him. He talks about his relationship with Lucy and reminisces on times when they were children and what she was like. And then he talks about how it feels now that she’s gone.”
In other developments, Christian Clarke (John Partridge) and Denise’s daughter Libby (Belinda Owusu) will both be back in Walford for the sombre occasion, while Tamwar (Himesh Patel) gets a shock when he finds a discarded condolence card inscribed with the words ‘Rot in Hell’.
But it’s Max’s exposure that is sure to set most tongues wagging. So is Peter among those who get to know about what his sister was getting up to with her best friend’s dad? “Well, if he found out, he would be furious,” says Hardy. “But then again, Lucy had been with some idiots. So as surprising as it would be, it’s not going to be as big a shock as her death. Of course, his first question would be: did Lauren know what was going on? That could really mess things up if she did.”