Many people have carried the Olympic torch – sports men and women, entertainers, individuals who have contributed something to their community – so why oh why did Walford choose Billy for the honour? Failed husband, failed father – heck, even failed criminal, it’s hard to see how he will manage to do anything with it other than burn down Albert Square.
Anyway, his big day arrives on Monday and Billy is boring everyone senseless with details of the route he will be taking. But all does not go according to plan (you don’t say), and after the football team lose their game, a row on the train results in Anthony pulling the emergency button. With the police waiting for the group at the next stop, Billy must think quickly (never an easy activity for him) if he is to make it to the torch relay rendezvous (left). Will he get there in time? You’ll have to wait until the last part of Monday’s episode to find out – and it’s a live insert, presumably so that the episode can feature footage of the torch in London in readiness for Friday’s opening of the Games. Or maybe just so that Billy can ruin the thing for the whole nation, as opposed to just Walford.
We are still no nearer to discovering the identity of Kat’s lover, and on Monday, the usual suspects – Derek, Jack, Max, Ray – are sitting on the train when one of their phones lights up with a text from her. Unfortunately, it’s at the moment when the train is in a tunnel. Now, sorry to be pedantic, but in all the years I’ve lived in London, the light has never gone off in the carriage just because the train enters a tunnel. And even if the foursome were down a mine, the light from mobiles these days emits a veritable Olympic torch of light. Just saying.