Could we be in for a Twin Peaks-style resolution to the Lucy Beale murder case? It’s certainly a question that needs answering after executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins likened EastEnders’s long-running whodunnit to the seminal David Lynch drama.
Speaking on Steve Wright in the Afternoon about the genesis of the plotline, Treadwell-Collins said: “We needed a story for the Beales, the original family on the show. And Lucy Beale is such a known character already. The blonde hair and the pretty face. We knew it had to be someone who would grab everyone. It’s also going back to things like Twin Peaks and Laura Palmer.”
Now, we know that the BBC1 soap’s head honcho is a huge fan of whodunnits. He gorged on Agatha Christie novels as a child and even had his first job in TV working on Midsomer Murders. So could he have sought inspiration from other famous fictional mysteries? We decided to speculate (and blow the endings of some famous TV and movie twists). And where better to begin than with…
TWIN PEAKS – MURDERER: IAN BEALE
Ian Beale has actually been possessed by Killer BOB, a demonic entity that has made him kill his own daughter. Expect shock scenes on Thursday when Ian/BOB chases Cindy Williams around the living room in slow motion before hitting her over the head with Auntie Pauline’s replica fruit bowl.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS – MURDERER: EVERYONE
Who knew that the whole murder had been a massive conspiracy that all the suspects had agreed to cover up? On that fateful night over Easter 2014, half of Walford took it in turns to bludgeon Lucy with her jewellery box before hiring a minibus to transport her body to the Common. Thursday’s episode will mainly consist of characters queuing around Albert Square as they await their chance to become homicidal. Back in the present day, Albert Finney will show up and decide to let everyone get away with it while talking in an unintelligible cod-Belgian accent.
IDENTITY – MURDERER: IAN BEALE
Again, Albert Square’s longest-serving resident will be in the frame, this time because he’s suffering from an extreme case of dissociative identity disorder. The entire history of EastEnders has been in Ian Beale’s imagination and he’s slowly but surely been killing off all of the personalities he’s been inhabiting. On the live episode, it is revealed that Ian has killed everyone who’s ever died on the show, from Reg Cox onwards.
BROADCHURCH – MURDERER: MAX BRANNING
Yes, Max – the partner of the police officer investigating the crime – is actually responsible for the murder. Thursday’s episode will see the finger of blame point initially at Phil, i.e. a similarly bald-headed Walford resident, only for Max to then be unmasked as the true culprit. The next six months will see the gripping nature of the initial whodunnit tarnished by an increasingly implausible court case.
SHERLOCK – MURDERER: THERE WAS NO MURDER IN THE FIRST PLACE
How did Lucy Beale survive the murder that killed her? It’s the question that will keep viewers guessing for the rest of 2015! At Ian and Jane’s wedding reception in the Vic, Lucy will be seen peering in at the window before vanishing until Christmas. Over the festive season, it will then be revealed that she colluded with Pam and Les Coker, who helped her escape at her own funeral. Lucy needed to make a quick dart from Walford because she’d got in too deep with Peter and the drug dealers, who wanted to do her harm after she failed to pay for her supply of cocaine. A seven per cent solution, of course.
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