Fans of the BBC One soap can expect the show to be (almost) back to business as usual when it returns from its summer break, once again airing four episodes a week. However, each instalment will have a slightly shorter runtime of 20 minutes.
As shown in the images below, production on the series is now back underway, with cast and crew adhering to government guidelines and social distancing measures.
As you can see, the likes of Danny Dyer (Mick Carter), Luisa Bradshaw-White (Tina Carter), Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale), Milly Zero (Dotty Cotton), Jake Wood (Max Branning), and Clay Milner Russell (Bobby Beale) have all been practising social distancing while filming.
The EastEnders production team have been working on plans throughout the break to ensure the quality of the soap is upheld with the filming restrictions in place.
Some of the production team members already have experience in producing socially distanced shows, having worked on the revival of BBC One’s Talking Heads. They’re now applying their techniques on the much larger scale needed for the soap.
“Resuming production is incredibly exciting and challenging in equal measure,” said Jon Sen, executive producer of EastEnders.
“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.
“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.”
EastEnders airs on BBC One.
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