EastEnders confirms plans to show classic episodes and spinoff series as the soap goes off air

EastEnders confirms plans to show classic episodes and spinoff series as the soap goes off air

Postby dutchman » Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:33 am

It'll be taking a short break through the summer

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EastEnders fans will continue to get their weekly Walford fix, even after the show goes off air later this month.

The last episode of BBC soap will air on Tuesday, June 16 and the break is expected to last for a few weeks. Cast and crew are planning to resume filming in the coming weeks.

EastEnders was forced to shut down filming in mid March, dropping its weekly input down to two episodes a week in an attempt to keep it on air for as long as possible.

All is not lost though, as BBC One will be celebrating EastEnders with a brand new Secrets From The Square series and by showing classic episodes from the past.

EastEnders: Secrets From The Square will air kick off on Monday, June 22 and will offer fans a chance to get a sneak peek into life behind the scenes.

Hosted by Stacey Dooley, various members of the cast will be sharing some juicy secrets from behind the scenes, as well as offering insight on what it’s like to play their characters.

Letitia Dean, Adam Woodyatt, Diane Parish, Tameka Empson, Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright will be among those sitting down with Stacey, in Ian Beale's restaurant Walford East, to reflect on their time on the show.

On Tuesday nights, viewers will have the chance to continue to reminisce and relive iconic episodes from the past, such as the classic two-hander between Den and Angie, Sharongate and the explosive reveal of Max and Stacey's affair.

Discussing the BBC's plans to keep EastEnders on air during the break, Controller of BBC Entertainment, Kate Phillips, said: "EastEnders has been at the heart of BBC One since its inception 35 years ago.

"While going off air was never in their plan, we and the EastEnders team knew straight away that this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the show, look back on cherished memories of all those momentous episodes whilst taking a look around Albert Square and they may just give us some teasers as to what’s to come when they return."

Suzy Lamb – BBC Studios Managing Director, Entertainment & Music – said: "I’ve always been a fan of EastEnders and have been keen to collaborate with the team there. I’m delighted that the entertainment department have this special opportunity to work with the cast and production team."

Suzy added: "Together we've developed a new format, exploring the wonderful characters and great moments from the last 35 years. With Stacey Dooley guiding us through, I know this will be a fun and revealing look back and forward at the residents of Albert Square."

Also speaking about the new EastEnders content, EastEnders' Executive Producer, Jon Sen, said: "Although the drama from Albert Square will be off our screens for a short time, we are thrilled that fans will have a unique opportunity to see from the cast themselves just what it is like to be part of EastEnders when they see Secrets From The Square.

"As the cast look back – as well as forward – we can relive some of their most memorable moments and to add a selection of iconic episodes into the mix means viewers will be able to get their regular Walford fix until the drama returns."

EastEnders is currently airing on Monday and Tuesday nights on BBC One, with new episodes of the soap due to run out from Tuesday, June 16.


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Re: EastEnders confirms plans to show classic episodes and spinoff series as the soap goes off air

Postby rebbonk » Thu Jun 04, 2020 1:45 am

Dear God, do we really need this?
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