EastEnders' new £87million set is FINALLY complete after five years

EastEnders’ new £87million set is FINALLY complete after five years of work, COVID-19 complications and backlash over soaring costs – and it could even feature a mosque next to the Prince Albert boozer!

  • The Elstree set features all of Albert Square’s familiar landmarks, including the Queen Victoria pub, the Arches and Walford East station – with the project originally intended for completion in August 2018
  • The soap previously sparked speculation and questions about upcoming storylines after it was reported show bosses were considering the inclusion of a mosque on the new set  
  • Filming at the new set began in January, however viewers will finally get to see the actors on screen at the new location for the first time this coming week 
  • The BBC spent millions on building a brand new set for EastEnders after the old site was deemed ‘not fit for purpose’ back in 2016, and sparked fury with the vast sum 

EastEnders’ new £87million set has finally been completed after five years of work hampered by the coronavirus pandemic and backlash over soaring costs.  

The Elstree set features all of Albert Square’s familiar landmarks, including the Queen Victoria pub, the Arches and Walford East station – with the project originally intended for completion in August 2018.

The soap previously sparked speculation and questions about upcoming storylines after it was reported show bosses were considering the inclusion of a mosque on the new set, right next door to the Prince Albert pub. 

New set: EastEnders’ new £87million set has finally been completed after five years of work and backlash over soaring costs

Filming at the new set began in January, however viewers will finally get to see the actors on screen at the new location for the first time this coming week. 

A BBC statement said that the new production home ‘enables improved HD for our audiences and enhanced filming options’.

The BBC spent millions on building a brand new set for EastEnders after the old site was deemed ‘not fit for purpose’ back in 2016, and sparked fury with the vast sum.

Out with the old: The soap previously sparked speculation and questions about upcoming storylines after it was reported bosses were considering adding a mosque to the new set, right next door to the Prince Albert pub (pictured) 

Iconic: The Elstree set features all of Albert Square’s staples, including the Queen Vic pub and the Walford East station – with the project originally intended for completion in August 2018

Queen Vic: Filming at the new set began in January, however viewers will finally get to see the actors on screen at the new location for the first time this coming week

After sparking fury over licence fee payers’ value for money, the new set is finally up and running, with first look images showing the brand spanking new Queen Vic pub, with a fresh lick of red paint.

The old set was built in 1984, with the intention of only being used for two years. The new set has been erected right next to the old set, based in Elstree Studios in Borehamwood.

What began as a rubble patch of land adjacent to the show’s original set has been transformed into the fictional East London enclave, after builders returned to work following a disruption prompted by the Covid outbreak and Britain’s subsequent lockdowns.

Many of Albert Square’s most iconic landmarks have been recreated for the new set, including the Queen Vic pub, Mitchell brothers’ mechanics garage, the Beale’s fish and chip shop and Ruby Allen’s night club.

Mitchell’s Autos: A BBC statement said that the new production home ‘enables improved HD for our audiences and enhanced filming options’

Cost: The BBC spent millions on building a brand new set for EastEnders after the old site was deemed ‘not fit for purpose’ back in 2016, and sparked fury with the vast sum

Albert Square: The old set was built in 1984, with the intention of only being used for two years. The new set has been erected right next to the old set, based in Elstree Studios in Borehamwood

Fresh: After sparking fury over licence fee payers’ value for money, the new set is finally up and running, with first look images showing the brand spanking new Queen Vic pub, with a fresh lick of red paint

Square Dealz: What began as a rubble patch of land adjacent to the show’s original set has been transformed into the fictional East London enclave, after builders returned to work following a disruption prompted by the Covid outbreak and Britain’s subsequent lockdowns

Market: Many of Albert Square’s most iconic landmarks have been recreated for the new set, including the Queen Vic pub, Mitchell brothers’ mechanics garage, the Beale’s fish and chip shop and Ruby Allen’s night club

The investment in the BBC’s longest-running TV serial drama enables improves HD experience for the audience and enhanced filming options.

EastEnders production are now able to explore new areas on screen and writers, producers and directors have greater freedom to drive further creativity.

Back in 2018, the BBC was accused of ‘outrageously overspending’ licence fee cash after it emerged that EastEnders’ new set would cost £86.7million.

That was £27million over the original budget – and the project was expected to be nearly five years late.

The BBC was accused of ‘complacency’ over the astonishing £87 million bill for its new EastEnders set in March 2020.

New: The investment in the BBC’s longest-running TV serial drama enables improves HD experience for the audience and enhanced filming options

Beer garden: EastEnders production are now able to explore new areas on screen and writers, producers and directors have greater freedom to drive further creativity

Overspending: Back in 2018, the BBC was accused of ‘outrageously overspending’ licence fee cash after it emerged that EastEnders’ new set would cost £86.7million

Budget: That was £27million over the original budget – and the project was expected to be nearly five years late

HD: The BBC was accused of ‘complacency’ over the astonishing £87 million bill for its new EastEnders set in March 2020

Prince Albert Bar: It comes after EastEnders sparked speculation that there could be a mosque appearing in the soap’s new £87 million set

It comes after EastEnders sparked speculation that there could be a mosque appearing in the soap’s new £87 million set.  

Images of the set have sparked questions about upcoming storylines, after it was reported bosses were considering adding a mosque to the set.

Images of the set show a part of the set where a Mosque could be placed, close to the chemist, betting shop and Beale’s famous Fish bar, and next to the wine and cocktail bar. 

Transition: Images of the set have sparked questions about upcoming storylines, as five years of work on the new set nears completion 

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