EASTENDERS bosses have broken their silence after the BBC put all productions on lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Show runner Jon Sen has taken to Twitter to thanks fans for their messages and support, and to reveal how the writes are continuing hard at work to plan future storylines.
“Thank for all your messages (sic),” wrote Jon.
“Just to let you know that after the news last week that we are postponing filming, we are all still working hard behind the scenes planning stories for when we return.”
After the British government put restriction in place to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus, a statement confirmed that “after much consideration, it has been decided that filming on EastEnders will be postponed until further notice”.
“The decision was made after the latest government update,” it read, “we will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.”
The BBC One soap recently saw ratings surge by over three million as the coronavirus pandemic continued.
The BBC soap hit a high of 9.32m with an average across the episode of 6.49m – easily the soap’s highest ratings of the past few years.
In an effort to keep the soaps airing for as long as possible, EastEnders will now broadcast just twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Coronation Street and Emmerdale will air just three times per week each – going out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7pm.
And on Channel 4, Hollyoaks will broadcast Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4 and a first look episode following at 7pm on E4.