Another live show and another slip up from the Eastenders cast as Lucy Beale’s killer creeps ever closer to being revealed.
Unfortunately for those looking to make a quick buck on the biggest soap opera betting event in history, the latest mishap had nothing to do with the mystery.
Referring to an actor by their soap name has become commonplace for the casual high-street celebrity spotter.
But seeing Jo Joyner, who plays Tanya Branning, refer to Ian Beale as “Adam” proved that the blurred lines between reality and soapland effect the professionals too.
By the end of the episode that blunder was completely forgotten as Peter Beale burst into the family home to point an accusing finger at the rest of his family for his twin sister’s death.
The latest clue, that Lucy was killed at home, narrows the suspect list to four before Thursday night’s climactic exposé, with Ian, his wife Jane, their 11-year-old son Bobby and Cindy Beale Jr all supposedly sweating it out at the sharp end of the betting.
Even more likely than one of Lucy’s nearest and dearest offing her close to a year ago, though, is a verdict of manslaughter being given at any subsequent court case.
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If it transpires that Lucy indeed snuffed it in her own home then her demise coming unintentionally at the hands of one of her relatives – an accidentally fatal blow to the head from Bobby for instance – seems all the more plausible.
Consider that Beale minimus, Ian, Jane and Cindy all have far inferior motives to want Lucy dead compared to other non-family suspects and the chances of a manslaughter verdict increases again.
Ian’s recent mental-health problems, which saw the east-end’s answer to Alan Sugar disappear for an extended period to live under a motorway overpass leaving Lucy to head the family, make weaving a diminished responsibility verdict into the storyline another option for the scriptwriters.
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