Poor old Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick) has always been considered the runt of the Mitchell litter, and he doesn’t often have much to look forward to or feel proud of…
However, by being chosen to run through Walford with the Olympic torch, he now has both, but he’s being dogged by a recurring nightmare in which his pants fall down as he’s making his triumphant run.
And fans of the show will be able to drop in on his nightmare via a Red Button Special which will air after the regular episode on July 16th.
In addition, on the 23rd, Billy and the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay procession will make its way live through Walford during the regular episode.
Featuring in Billy’s run will be encounters with One Show hosts Matt Baker and Alex Jones, and sportswoman Tessa Sanderson as well as a host of other guest stars, including comedian Omid Djalili…
However, despite all the obstacles in the way of his run, Billy does eventually make it to Upton Park, where he’s cheered on by granddaughter Lola and his children William and Janet.
Of the storyline, an EastEnders insider told the Daily Star, “We were always going to do something fun to tie in with the Olympics and Billy was the perfect character to be involved.
“He never has much luck in life and was chuffed to bits when he was chosen to be a torchbearer.
“It’s all he’s been thinking about these last few months and as the date draws nearer he starts to panic.
“He can’t help but worry about all the things that could go wrong and his main fear is that his shorts fall down as he carries the torch through the Square…
“Everyone had great fun filming the special episode and it was made all the more special with the guest appearances.
“It’s typical Billy – but luckily it’s all a dream.
“Fans will have to wait just a little while longer to see what actually happens on his big day.
“But knowing Billy it won’t all go to plan.”
As mentioned, a special episode will be available on BBC Red Button and BBC iPlayer straight after EastEnders on Monday 16th July 2012.
For now, here’s a teaser clip of Billy’s Olympic nightmare…