EastEnders reveals Lucy Beale’s killer

EastEnders’ latest murder mystery storyline has reached its climax, with viewers of the BBC One soap finally learning who killed Lucy Beale.

After a long-running storyline and fevered guessing, Lucy’s young brother Bobby was revealed as the killer.The 11-year-old was found by his stepmother, Jane Beale, clutching what appeared to be the weapon used.The whodunnit storyline helped the show achieve its highest ratings for two years on Tuesday.The first of two episodes on the show’s 30th anniversary suggested Jane Beale might have been the killer when Ian Beale confronted her and told her to “tell me exactly what happened” on the night Lucy was killed.But in a flashback episode that followed, which returned to the night 20-year-old Lucy was killed, it revealed Jane had only discovered her stepdaughter’s body and that Bobby was the actual killer.Standing in the front room of their house and clutching what appeared to be the weapon used in the killing, Bobby told Jane: “Whatever she says, she started it.”She made everyone unhappy.”All episodes this week have had live segments, and the residents of Walford will be seen dealing with the news in a fully live episode on Friday.The storyline has been in progress since the body of Lucy, played by Hetti Bywater, was found on Walford Common last April.Lucy, the daughter of Ian Beale, has featured in EastEnderssince her birth in 1993 and has been played by several different actresses over the years.The first episode of EastEnders was broadcast on 19 February 1985.The soap previously went live for its 25th anniversary to reveal the killer of Archie Mitchell, played by Larry Lamb.After Archie was murdered on Christmas Day 2009, Stacey Branning was discovered to be the culprit during a live episode in February 2010.