Sunday 17 December 2017

Murder specials most tweeted soap

Bobby Beale played by Eliot Carrington who was revealed as the killer of Lucy Beale in the BBC One soap, EastEnders
Bobby Beale played by Eliot Carrington who was revealed as the killer of Lucy Beale in the BBC One soap, EastEnders

More than a million tweets were sent during the EastEnders specials last night, making them the most tweeted-about episodes of a soap.

The nation, gripped by the mystery of Lucy Beale's murder, shared its thoughts on the twists and turns of the two episodes, climaxing in more than 30,000 tweets in the single minute after Bobby was revealed to be the killer.

The second episode eclipsed the 508,678 messages sent during the first special by more than 10,000, with 519,359 tweets posted as the killer came closer to being unmasked, data from social analytics firm Kantar Social TV UK showed.

And one unsuspecting Twitter user with the same name, albeit a different spelling, as the young killer was left bewildered after receiving a number of accusing messages from fans of the soap.

American Bobbie Beale said she thought the tweets referred to a real-life killer.

She told BuzzFeed News: "I was definitely confused. I saw the BBC tweet it, and then I realised. I looked up the show and I thought, Oh, this makes sense now, but at first I was really confused because I thought it was a real-life thing and I thought Bobby Beale killed someone and I was like, 'It's not me'."

She had initially sent a tweet asking why three people from Scotland were messaging her about "killing someone named Lucy". She then posted a selfie alongside the hashtag #IdidntKillLucy.

Viewers discussed their thoughts after finding out young Bobby, Lucy's step-sister, had killed her.

Queens Park Ranger striker Charlie Austin said he believed he knew the truth from the start, tweeting: "I told ya".

Hollyoaks actor Charlie Clapham was less shocked: "I like your style bob #EELive"

Comedian Chris Addison saw parallels with cartoon comedy The Simpsons: "Brilliant. Maggie Simpson did it. #EELive"

National Grid also reported a spike in activity during the broadcast: "National Grid control saw a 500MW pickup in elec demand for #EELive part 1 & 300MW for part 2.

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