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EastEnders fans have heaped praise on last night's emotional episode of the BBC soap, which saw Billie Jackson's family discover that he had passed away.

Yesterday evening, viewers watched as Billie was found dead on the morning after his alcohol-fuelled birthday party, leaving his family in a state of deep shock.

Writing on the Digital Spy forums last night, many fans voiced particular support for the performances of Lindsey Coulson and Patsy Palmer, who portray Billie's mum Carol and half-sister Bianca respectively.

Forum user Thomas Carr commented: "This is a fantastic sign of things to come under [executive producer] Bryan Kirkwood I reckon. I have to hand it to him. I felt so drawn into the episode. Almost as if we were watching like we were there with them. Lindsey Coulson, Patsy Palmer, Sid Owen and Shona McGarty were brilliant."

Dan2008 remarked: "Tonight's EastEnders was spot on. The episode was so realistic, every detail was spot on, so a massive well done to them. I hope it will give a lot of people a wake up call now and not turn a happy moment into a sad one."

Umr3000 also commended the soap's team, saying: "The whole episode was beautifully put together, fantastic writing, direction and of course performances. Lindsey Coulson was terrific to watch and Patsy Palmer just had me in tears, a real brilliant performance from her. It just had a whole different feel to it unlike what we've seen from EastEnders before. Very understated yet so powerful."

Meanwhile, Dd68 said: "Lindsey Coulson and Patsy Palmer were outstanding tonight, when Carol walked through the Square on her way home - with almost no background noise - I couldn't help but be reminded of the cot death episode in 1985. Outstanding TV, I bet Julia Smith and Tony Holland would have been proud."

Episodes to air over the coming days will see Carol struggling to cope with her grief and lashing out at those closest to her.

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