Bobby Beale revealed as killer of sister Lucy in EastEnders' 30th anniversary twist!

Bobby Beale was revealed as the killer of his big sister Lucy in the long-awaited conclusion to the EastEnders storyline which started last Easter when her body was found on Walford Common.

Tonight, in a flashback episode, stepmum Jane walked into the Beales' to find Bobby standing near Lucy's body holding a music box.

Chillingly, like an East End Damian from The Omen, he said: "Whatever she says, she started it. She made everyone unhappy."

The finger of suspicion swung wildly throughout the flashback episode, which featured the return of Hetti Bywater in the role of Lucy. Initially it looked like Jane was responsible, then the spotlight swung to Billy Mitchell, after she caught him pilfering cod, of all things.

After he was rebuffed, the shadowy, hooded Lee Carter revealed himself to be an admirer rather than an attacker.

Next, Lucy encountered Jake Stone, who was too drunk to be capable of anything apart from vomiting violently while she was helping him home – a 'Kodak moment' according to Max Branning – then Lucy bumped into a vicious Abi Branning.

Abi belted her as she told her what she thought of Lucy's affair with her father, Max: "Can you imagine me with Ian? His hands all over me,"

Back at the Beales' it looked like Denise was the killer when Lucy's harsh words led to a bedroom brawl, but it wasn't the case... When Jane received a call and rushed to the Beales' she gasped as she found nine-year-old Bobby standing over Lucy's body.


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.