The main reasons for the week of live shows, was to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the very popular British Soap Opera, and to reveal the killer of Lucy Beale.
It was billed as a week of live shows, yet for anyone that was interested in looking it up on the internet, the episodes were not completely live. Each show had 'live inserts', so some of it was pre-recorded as usual and others bits were live. Personally, while watching it, I don't think I could tell which bits were the live or pre-recorded sections, so the producers and editors etc must have done a pretty good job of stitching it all together.
There was also a number of different program's shown before and after the live shows, speaking to the cast etc. The weeks schedule of shows looked a little bit like this:
One was Jo Joyner, who plays Tanya. Whilst taking to Jane at the Beale house, she called Ian Beale by his real life name Adam.
The second was from Jake Wood, the actor who plays Max. He apparently mumbled the end of a line so badly that viewers were left reeling as to whether he had said 'you' or 'who' while speaking to his daughter Abi about the murder of Lucy. I believe this was on purpose, with the intention of throwing the viewers off the scent as Abi was one of the main suspects.
On another note, a fire broke out on set just hours after the first live show, in Dr Legg's old surgery. The fire was caused by a stray firework and emergency services were called immediately to the scene. No one was hurt and there was no major damage that occurred.
As you can see from the picture, throughout the plot line they had given us a possible thirteen suspects, all with reason and validation to be the guilty party. Bookkeepers across the country were taking bets on who it was. Abi was favourite at 4/1, with Ben close behind at 5/1. Next up were Ian, Denise and Phil with 12/1, 14/1 and 16/1 retrospectively.
After Thursday nights sixty minute show, they showed a flashback episode later that evening which showed the whole story run through what happened on the night of Lucy's murder. This flashback episode also saw the return of Hetti Bywater to reprise her role as Lucy for the one off special episode.
If you didn't watch the final episodes of this story line, but want to know who killed Lucy, then highlight the next line of text:
The result was a shocker to most parties involved, although a lot of people had suspected that there was going to be a final twist to the story.