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Thursday, 5 April, 2001, 20:05 GMT 21:05 UK
Lisa is EastEnders culprit
Steve McFadden and Lucy Benjamin
Phil Mitchell confronts Lisa on EastEnders on Thursday
The ex-girlfriend of EastEnder's Phil Mitchell was revealed as his would-be assassin in a climax to what was billed as the biggest TV whodunnit since JR was shot on Dallas.

Mitchell confronted Lisa Shaw in Thursday's edition of EastEnders - telling her that she had pulled the trigger - and she admitted that she had.

Shaw was the odds on favourite at 8-11 in betting leading up to Thursday's broadcast.

Lucy Benjamin
A distraught Lisa Shaw played by actress Lucy Benjamin
Viewers who betted correctly will not get a pay out until a conviction for the murder is made, something that could be affected by yet another plot twist.

After the revelation Shaw and Mitchell traded insults in a dramatic row with Shaw admitting that she enjoyed shooting the ruthless Mitchell.

But Shaw ended up telling Mitchell that she still loves him and wanted to get back with him.


The EastEnders storyline has gripped viewers since the former Queen Victoria landlord was gunned down outside his Albert Square home five weeks ago.

In Tuesday's episode, viewers saw Phil, played by Steve McFadden, discharge himself from hospital to confront his would-be assassin.

Thursday's cliffhanger was eagerly awaited and is expected to have been a ratings winner.

Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden)
Going down: Phil's shooting attracted 17 million viewers
A Tesco store in Neath Abbey even went as far as installing television sets in the aisles so that shopping EastEnders fans would not miss the moment.

Thousands of bets were placed by punters who thought they knew the attacker's identity.

The BBC News Online poll had put Dirty Dan as the clear favourite to have pulled the trigger, with 29% of the votes.

The next favourites were Lisa and Mark, followed by Steve and finally Ian.

The five main suspects were Steve Owen (Martin Kemp), Dan Sullivan (Craig Fairbrass), Mark Fowler (Todd Carty), Lisa Shaw (Lucy Benjamin) and Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt).

Owen, Fowler and Beale also featured heavily in Thurday's episode, fueling questions as to their involvement in the shooting.

All were exonerated, but the programme ended with Mitchell vowing to "get" Owen and Sullivan.

The BBC had negotiated a delayed kick-off for a European football match to enable Thursday's special 40-minute episode of EastEnders.

The start of the Uefa Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Barcelona from the Nou Camp stadium began at 2010BST.

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