EastEnders to return to full episodes in the New Year – but NOT every night

EASTENDERS will return to full length episodes over the New Year.

The BBC soap has been producing reduced-length episodes of around 20 minutes since returning to screens last September.

Episodes have started to return to 30 minutes occasionally but now in the new year it's set to become more permanent.

In fact Monday, Thursday and Friday night episodes will be back at full length.

Meanwhile Tuesday's edition will remain shorter to fit in with Holby City's 40 minute episodes.

And fans are overjoyed at the news.

One wrote: "Great news. The 30 minute episodes are invariably so much better and give much more scope for writers to flesh out scenes and focus on character.

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"Stories benefit too because they're more detailed and don't seem so rushed."

Another added: "Good to hear."

Filming techniques to work around pandemic restrictions mean bosses have had to cut time to produce as many episodes.

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Outgoing executive producer Jon Sen recently told The Sun: “It’s been an incredibly challenging year for us all, but we have continued to make the show. 

“We’ve got through covid and lockdowns and the pingdemic and we’re still making the show. 

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“The cast and crew have been amazing, they’ve learnt new techniques, the cast have been completely revolutionising the way they work, they now work doing play shots, acting to tennis balls like you would do in a Marvel movie and it’s been amazing to watch. 

“The crew have done the same, they’ve changed the way they work beyond recognition, so I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved together and now we’re just looking forward to working our way to more normal circumstances as soon as it’s safe to do so. 

“So we’re doing 20 minute episodes at the moment, we are looking to a future where we can get back to full length EastEnders episodes and hopefully that will be soon.”

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