'EastEnders' to return four nights a week but with shorter episodes
EastEnders will return to its four nights a week schedule when it comes back from its lockdown break, but the episodes with be shorter than usual.
The BBC soap had to stop filming in March because of the coronavirus pandemic and has aired two episodes a week since then, but the pre-filmed instalments have now run out.
It was recently confirmed that the programme will not air from 16 June.
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However, fans will be thrilled to hear that when they do get to catch up with their Walford favourites, it will be four times a week.
News: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, filming on #EastEnders will be postponed until further notice... We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two.”
Episodes will now air on Mondays, 8pm and Tuesdays, 7.30pm. pic.twitter.com/Ea9rodkqfh
— BBC EastEnders (@bbceastenders) March 18, 2020
One thing that will change though, will be the length of each instalment from Albert Square.
Episodes will now be 20 minutes long, around 10 minutes shorter than usual.
This is because filming is now more complicated as a result of the social distancing measures the cast and crew have to adopt.
Executive producer Jon Sen said: "Resuming production is incredibly exciting and challenging in equal measure.
"Since we postponed filming, we’ve been working non-stop trialling techniques, filming methods and new ways of working so that we can return to screens four times a week – as EastEnders should be.
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"Filming will inevitably be a more complex process now so creating 20 minute episodes will enable us to ensure that when we return, EastEnders will still be the show the audience know and love.”
Filming is expected to resume in the coming weeks.
🥁 @BBCOne celebrates #EastEnders with #SecretsFromTheSquare, hosted by @StaceyDooley as well as a selection of iconic episodes from the past: https://t.co/NHvjri7xHQ pic.twitter.com/QUmSYqFGDC
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) June 3, 2020
While EastEnders is off air, a new programme about the much-loved soap and old episodes are set to take its place.