Every EastEnders fan can relate to the impatience of finding out what happens next after the infamous ‘doof doofs’ – but they will have to prepare themselves for a longer wait than ever as the soap has confirmed it will indeed come off air for a number of weeks.
Some episodes already have elements completed, Metro.co.uk understands, but the last to transmit will air on Tuesday 16 June. And there may be a bit of a cliffhanger.
The show is currently putting the last pieces into place for a return to filming but it is not expected to take place until the end of the month.
With EastEnders keen to bank a number of episodes and see how it plays out in terms of ensuring safety is the top of priority – which inevitably means filming will take a longer time – it is likely not to be until August or even September when we have new episodes.
The show will be adhering to all guidelines and will introduce a number of measures such as social distancing and the avoidance of any scenes requiring contact. The number of people allowed on set at any one time will be strictly contained and make up artists will not be applying directly onto the actors but guiding them.
With the government lockdown rules and guidance changing regularly, it remains to be seen what the climate entails in the next few months but in the meantime, show boss Jon Sen has announced that a special behind the scenes show – EastEnders: Secrets From The Square will air on Mondays and each Tuesday will see an iconic episode from the past air.
The executive producer 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.’
Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, went on: ‘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.’
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