Gillian Taylforth, Michelle Collins, Pam St Clement and Hetti Bywater will make a comeback as Kathy, Cindy, Pat and Lucy for a one-off mini episode that sees Ian haunted by this spectral foursome.
“After being knocked unconscious Ian finds himself taken back in time and he comes into contact with Pat, Cindy, Kathy and Lucy in various iconic places around The Square,” explains actor Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian. “I don’t want to spoil it but Ian is really happy to see some faces and completely knocked for six by others but then again I think finding your late ex-wife in your kitchen is enough to shock anyone.”
Gillian Taylforth, who originally played Ian’s mum Kathy between 1985 and 2000, adds: “Once I was back in the café with my apron on and stirring the beans it was like I had never left.
“It was a joy to work with Adam Woodyatt, Perry Fenwick and the cast and crew again. I have so many great friends at EastEnders, so it was such a nice opportunity to get to see them again.”
Children in Need will be broadcast on Friday 14 November, with the special EastEnders episode seeing Ian’s home-wrecking ex-wife Cindy in his kitchen and Pat running the Queen Vic, while fans can also expect a touching encounter with the late Lucy.
Ian’s daughter was killed off over Easter 2014, with the resulting whodunit set to run until the soap’s 30th anniversary in February next year.
“Yes, I thought it was such a great idea that Lucy and Ian would be reunited one last time. Ian feels guilty as the last few conversations they had didn’t end well so it was nice for them to have a final moment together,” says Hetti Bywater, who reprises the role of Lucy. “Lucy and Ian have had their fair share of ups and downs but she always loved her family and to work with Adam again at such a prominent time for the Beale family was fantastic.”
Of his experience filming the ghostly encounter, Woodyatt adds: “It was one of the best days I have ever had at work. I never thought I would see the day where I was reunited with Gillian, Pam, Michelle and Hetti so to work with them all again and for such a great cause was an absolute dream.
“As soon as we got on set it was like none of them had ever left.”
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