Following on from the shocking revelation that it was Lucy’s younger brother, Bobby, who killed Lucy, Jane and Ian fled the country to go on their honeymoon with plenty to discuss.
And Laurie Brett, who plays Jane Beale, has now admitted that she was (understandably) in need of a break after EastEnders’ 30th anniversary ‘Live Week’ was watched by more than 20,000,000 viewers.
“I was shattered, I got three very welcome days off. I’d had so much adrenalin going through me and wasn’t sleeping or eating well. I won’t be doing that again!”
Jo Joyner reprised her role during EastEnders’ historic week also, but, in a live scene slipped up when she referred to Ian Beale’s character by his real name (Adam Woodyatt) leading to #HowsAdam trending on various social media sites.
“Any one of us could have done it, the thing was, I didn’t have any lines after that. My reaction to: ‘How’s Adam?’ was the same as it would have been to: ‘How’s Ian?’ We were trying to direct the audience into thinking it might be Ian who was the killer. So I couldn’t do anything to save her.”
Brett also praised Eliot Carrington, who plays her on-screen-son Bobby: “It was like water off a duck’s back for him, we were all like: ‘Wow. Go, Eliot!’”
Viewers saw Jane and Ian return from their honeymoon to a new problem, wayward teenager Cindy Williams [Jnr], who is now considering giving up her baby, Beth, for adoption.
“If it’s not taking bodies to Walford Common, it’s dealing with wayward 16 year olds!” laughs Laurie “[However] we probably won’t see scripts that address the aftermath properly for a while because even the writers didn’t know,” she says. “I think they’re just letting us breathe out for now before they go: ‘And then this happens!’.