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EastEnders shooting sparks power surge.

EASTENDERS sparked Britain's third largest power surge on record last night as millions saw Lisa Shaw unmasked as the woman who shot Phil Mitchell.

Only a penalty shoot-out between England and Germany in the semi-finals of football's 1990 World Cup and the climax of the Thorn Birds drama in 1984 caused a bigger increase in electricity demand, a National Grid spokesman said.

A normal midweek episode of EastEnders would trigger an increase of about 700 megawatts, but by the end of last night's episode it had shot up by 2,300 megawatts - enough to boil 750,000 kettles, the spokesman said.

Lucy Benjamin - who stars as Lisa - admitted today she told her mother the plotline despite being sworn to secrecy. Lucy, the real-life girlfriend of actor Steve McFadden, who plays Phil, was sworn to secrecy for two months.

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GRIPPING: Lucy Benjamin and Steve McFadden in a scene from the soap
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