Well, it was quite the special night in Walford yesterday, when Billy Mitchell carried the Olympic Torch through Albert Square. The segment was filmed live – which meant actor Perry Fenwick had a very special evening doing - not only his bit for London 2012 - but also ensuring the live Eastenders broadcast when without a hitch. Not an easy task.
From all your tweets, we know you were watching with us. In fact, the official ratings tell us a staggering 7.32 million of you were watching. And just like us, you were all in absolute hysterics when Billy (well, Perry) casually looked over at the camera and uttered the words, “’Ere we go’,” before giving all of us at home a cheeky wink. Then he ran off to accept the torch! Brilliant.
His nod at the camera just showed how real the whole thing was – and that the Torch Relay really was running through London’s most famous made-up borough. And we would be lying if we said we didn’t get emotional watching Billy run through the square with his flame lit – there was definitely a tear in our eye.
Big props also go to Danielle Harold, who plays Lola, who did her labour scenes live too. The actress, 20, did the best fake birth screaming we’ve seen in a long while – and she did it in front of pretty much the whole Eastenders cast by the looks of it (she also works a spray tan well too as you can see in the clip). Pretty impressive work, we're sure you'll agree.
So just in case you missed it, you can catch Billy’s big moment (and that wink) below.
Team Eastenders, we salute you! That was a mighty fine bit of telly.