Rehearsals for EastEnders' live anniversary week underway

Published Thursday, Jan 22 2015, 16:52 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Rehearsals for EastEnders' live anniversary week in February are now underway. Exciting!

Cast of the BBC One soap have begun to run through their scripts for the 30th anniversary specials, which kick off next month.

EastEnders' Mick and Shirley rehearse scenes for the live episode.

© Instagram / bbcone

A photo of Danny Dyer and Linda Henry, who play Mick and Shirley Carter, walking around Albert Square was shared on Instagram today.

Posted on BBC One's official Instagram account, the caption reads: "Rehearsals are underway for a week of live episodes to mark the #EastEnders 30th anniversary in February!"

Last night (21 January), fans were treated to a vital clue regarding Lucy Beale's murder during a live broadcast at the National Television Awards.

It was revealed earlier in the day that the clue will perhaps help to eliminate potential suspects in the long-running whodunnit plot, which began last Easter.

Host Dermot O'Leary told the audience "this is the last thing Lucy heard", before playing a clip from Lucy's music box. Intriguing!

It was also a successful night for EastEnders, as they won the award for best 'Serial Drama'.

EastEnders dedicate NTA win to Coronation Street: Adam Woodyatt gives speech, 21 January 2015


Adam Woodyatt gives touching speech at the NTAs.

Long-running cast member Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, said: "Thank you so much for voting for us in what is going to be our 30th year. A big thank you to Dom and his team. He's the man who's picked our programme up and dragged us back up here because we haven't been up here for this for something like four years."

Paying a touching tribute to late Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, Adam continued: "I would like to say a big thank you to Coronation Street, because without you there would be no EastEnders.

"There would be no Phil and Ian. There'd be no Mick and Linda, no Kat and Alfie without your enduring characters like Ken and Deirdre. So, if you don't mind, we'd like to accept this for the Weatherfield One."

EastEnders won a total of three awards. Maddy Hill won the title of 'Best Newcomer', while Danny Dyer picked up the 'Serial Drama Performance' gong.

EastEnders cast photo - March 2014.

© BBC/Kieron McCarron

Soap bosses are pulling out all the stops to make it a memorable and exciting week of TV in February, when Lucy's killer will finally be revealed.

Viewers will see the return of Jo Joyner as Tanya Branning, John Partridge as Christian Clarke, and soap favourite Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell.

Also, Hetti Bywater, Jamie Lomas and Tanya Franks will reprise their roles for a special flashback episode to uncover how Lucy died.

Comedian Richard Blackwood will also make his debut during the live episode.

The anniversary week will see EastEnders air a special 30-minute live episode, while all other episodes will feature live elements.

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