'EastEnders' is to feature a birth scene in a partially live episode to be broadcast next week.
Lola Pearce, played by Danielle Harold, will go into labour during a special Olympics-themed episode which will feature her granddad Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick, carrying the torch through Walford.
The live part of the show, which goes out on Monday 23 July, will be the final seven minutes, during which Lola will give birth with Billy handing over the torch to rush to his granddaughter's side.
The live element has been added to allow the real torch time to arrive at the soap's Elstree studio, according to reports.
A source told The Mirror that 'everyone thinks the live show is all about Billy with the torch, but arguably Lola will steal the show when she gives birth in the live segment'.
“No-one has ever tried anything like this on 'EastEnders' live before so it is a real challenge to get the emotion of the situation right. It will be the toughest thing Danielle has done in her acting career,” they added.
“When we did the last live episode of 'EastEnders', it put a few million on the viewing figures obviously, because they’re going to watch it and they’re going to see if you’re going to mess up your lines,” said Fenwick.
“But the few million who’ll be joining this time will be seeing if [Billy] falls over.” [The Mirror]
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