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EastEnders‘ Adam Woodyatt has told us that the response to the Lucy Beale storyline has been ‘phenomenal’.

The actor, who portrays Ian Beale in the BBC soap, also told whatsontv.co.uk that Ian was “a dad in grief”.

Meanwhile, Diane Parish – who plays Ian’s partner Denise Fox – added of the storyline: “We have been amazed, but I think it’s all been in Dominic’s [Treadwell-Collins] plan.

“He wanted to get this show being what it [the show] always was – something people were talking about at the water coolers, on the bus when they’re going home from work. And we’re back to our best and doing really well.”