EastEnders episodes slashed to 20 minutes when soap returns – but will air four times a week


EASTENDERS episodes will be 20 minutes long when the show returns instead of the usual half-hour.

The difficulty of making episodes during social distancing restrictions mean the running time has been slashed – through it will air four times a week.

EastEnders executive producer Jon Sen said: “Resuming production is incredibly exciting and challenging in equal measure.

“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.”

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