17.03: A montage of EE's best moments. Altogether now: "Yes I aaaaaam!"
17.08: DS: The idea for the live episode came about because the team decided to have a murder at Christmas and the reveal of the whodunit in February. Grappling with the issue of protecting the secret, the team agreed to not tell anyone else until the night of a live episode in order to ensure it could not possibly leak.
17.11: JY: Very hard to keep a secret, things always end up sneaking out - like who shot Phil. The live episode seemed like a great idea.
DS: 6 people knew, the director knew that week and the actors knew just before the episode knew just before it went up.
17.15: Discussing how they decided which character committed the murder, Simon Ashdown explains: "Had a list of the cast and went down it to create that 'shiver' moment. Janine could have done it but she's killed before; we settled on Peggy, but then we found out that Barbara Windsor had decided to leave. Like most of these ideas it just appeared as a notion... we settled on Stacey. It gave us loads of story afterwards."
17.19: "It felt good" to be at the centre of the storyline, says Clemets. "Didn't get the script for ages, there was a real buzz about it. Put my money on Ryan as he was in love with Janine."
17.20: Secrecy was an added burden during the writing process, says Ashdown. In terms of the live episode, the logistics of how the actors could physically move from one location to another had to be taken into account. "It was a massive jigsaw puzzle."
17.21: DS says he wanted as many cast in the show as possible and have the episode be "as buzzy as possible". The line producer had produced two live eps of The Bill and supported the desire to be ambitious.
17.23: John Yorke: "There was a backup tape, but that would have been a disaster."
17.24: JY reveals an actor called the night beforehand and ranted down the phone. "They were letting off the terror of what you guys were facing," he said.
17.25: DS - the dress run went okay but they did some editing on the script. "I cheerfully issued the changed scenes to the actors and they all went kind of nuts. It was my mistake; I hadn't appreciated the extent to which the rehearsals and script had been agreed and that was their comfort blanket. We, er, had a conversation."
17.26: Scott Maslen: "No-one really knew what it was. No-one knew the sort of pressure of live because it hadn't been done before."
17.27: CC says he preferred having the opportunity to rehearse for this episode; normally, rehearsals are not part of the process at EastEnders.
17.28: There were three dress rehearsals but not all went to plan. We see a clip where the police car crashes.
17.29: DS rang JY to tell him that Lacey Turner lost her voice. "The doctor says she won't be able to speak for 2.5 weeks." They knew she was the killer; nobody else did. They got "the best throat specialist in the country" to look at Turner's throat; Yorke went to Jay Hunt to explain. Turner was not allowed to speak during rehearsals... cue amusing clips showing various crew standing in for her as the other actors nail down the dialogue.
17.34: DS called multiple people into his office so that people in the corridor wouldn't see Turner going in to get the news that she was going to be the killer. "It's you," he told her. She immediately started thinking about the scene - 10 different endings had been rehearsed.
17.36: The topic turns to Scott Maslen's experience at live episodes. He explained - given his slight slip on the night, which he and the audience are treated to seeing again - that "it was a space and time moment". "I was about to say 'can we go again' as we normally do... but then it came back. It was horrible, it lasted for a month, waking up and saying 'I know the line'."
17.39: Charlie Clements on his last-ever appearance in EastEnders. "I was so scared about running up and down and then playing dead... I was knackered. I was worried about holding my breath and being still."
17.44: We see footage of CC on BBC Three after the live episode came off air on One. SM explains CC had been holding it together all the way through - emotional because of it being his last episode. It didn't register when crew informed him Stacey was the killer.
17.46: Cuts of other characters coming to view the scene of Bradley lying on the ground were put in to cover the arrangements and removal of equipment.
17.47: DS reveals that Rita Simons jumped forward in the script, and that Barbara - "60 years in showbiz, doesn't use much of Simon's dialogue, has played the character for so long, pulls the show back into where it should be".
17.49: JY: Finding the next big reinvention of the genre will take a couple of years.
Now follows a preview of September scenes: Phil sets fire to the Queen Vic, which subsequently explodes in a sequence of huge fireballs; Alfie and Kat return to the Slater family.
17.54: JY responds to Tony Warren's comments from earlier today: "Coronation Street should probably credit General Hospital", jokes John Yorke. "No, they were there first and I respect them an awful lot. Of course we probably wouldn't be there without them."
17.55: DS: The backup plan, should Turner's voice not return, would be that her big scenes would have been dropped in on tape. "It would have just felt compromised."
18.00: DS always wanted to bring Kathy and Cindy Beale back - "but both characters were dead. Further shark jumping." SA would bring back David Wicks.