EastEnders reveals first look at new set as filming commences

EastEnders has started filming on its brand new set.

A revelation worthy of its very own ‘Doof Doof’ cliffhanger, we reckon!

The new set, which is in use as of Tuesday January 11, replaces the former Albert Square, which was built in 1984 with an intention to be used for only two years.

It is no longer fit for purpose. 

With filming underway in the new location, the BBC One soap has given fans a first-look of what they can expect, with new images revealing the new-and-improved Albert Square, as well as the iconic Queen Vic boozer.

The investment in the BBC’s longest-running serial drama and wider BBC Elstree Centre enables improved HD for the show’s audiences and enhanced filming options too.

The new set will allow EastEnders’ production to explore new areas on screen.

Writers, producers and directors, as a result, will have greater freedom to drive further creativity.

EastEnders resumed airing full-length episodes at the beginning of this year.

The serial drama had been airing shorter instalments since returning to screens last year following a production break during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With the exception of one or two, episodes averaged between 18 and 25 minutes in length, as opposed to the full half an hour.

It is thought that the methods used to ‘cheat’ Covid restrictions on set were largely to blame for the truncated instalments, but nonetheless fans have long been craving lengthy editions of serial drama, and they at last got their wish in January.

EastEnders airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One.

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