EastEnders starts 2014 with dramatic murder storyline
Fans of Eastenders were left reeling on New Year's Day after Ronnie Mitchell brutally murdered Carl White by slamming a car boot on his head. Some viewers complained about the brutality of the murder which aired pre-watershed, and also featured some strong language. Ronnie, played by Samantha Womack, had already shown her darker side after she knocked Carl, played by Daniel Coonan, unconscious with a champagne bottle after he refused to be blackmailed, in a violent showdown. An estimated 7.8million viewers had tuned in for the Christmas Day Special which saw Janine Butcher, played by Charlie Brooks, arrested for the murder of Michael Moon, but fans have been speculating about whether Ronnie will be the soap's villain for 2014.