Radio Times reviewer David Brown previews the opening episode…
“Since its earliest days, EastEnders has always loved a whodunnit. Who killed Reg Cox? Who’s the father of Michelle’s baby? Who shot Phil? Who murdered Archie Mitchell? And, for the past ten months, the question on everybody’s lips: who killed Lucy Beale? Sustaining the tension in a murder mystery for the best part of a year was a gamble, but the BBC1 soap has managed to pull it off, largely thanks to some classic Agatha Christie-style misdirection, a couple of killer twists and the odd spooky trailer.
“Expect the case to be closed in later 30th-anniversary special episodes, but first we have Barbara Windsor, who totters back into view as Peggy Mitchell – and clashes with Danny Dyer’s Mick Carter in the process. Richard Blackwood makes his debut as a new Walford villain. And Samantha Womack (who, let’s face it, has had the easiest job in the acting profession since New Year’s Day) also gets her fair share of scenes as the doctors prepare to turn off Ronnie’s ventilator.”
The live episodes continue as Dot heads to the hospital, where she asks her family for forgiveness – then makes a shocking confession about Nick…
EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins admits he finds the live episodes “terrifying”, saying he’s mad to take on the challenge “Yes, you have to be,” he says. “But doing it live means we can keep all our secrets. It’s terrifying, though. All I can do now is hand the work over to actors I trust.”
Using the actual sound effects from that episode, as well as references to that memorable dialogue, viewers will see three characters kick down the door to No 23 – the exact same house where Arthur Fowler, Den Watts and Ali Osman found Reg Cox shortly before he died.
Watch the scene below, and find out more about how it will all work here.