EastEnders return date revealed after long hiatus

EastEnders will return “with a bang” on September 7 after nearly three months off-air.

Filming – which was paused because of coronavirus restrictions – resumed in Albert Square at the end of June.

Soap bosses have now confirmed when those new episodes – filmed with cast and crew at a social distance – will air.

Executive producer Jon Sen said: “From the moment we turned the lights out in The Queen Vic our ambition was to come back with a bang and this autumn certainly does that.

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“As soon as Albert Square reawakens, the drama returns at a pace.

“Although working within social distancing guidelines has certainly given us some new challenges, I am incredibly proud of what everyone has achieved.

“The show is looking fantastic and we can’t wait for ‘series two’ to begin,” he said.

The soap will air four nights a week after making its return on BBC One at 8pm on Monday September 7.

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Each episode will be 20 minutes long, around 10 minutes shorter than the usual running time.

While off-air, classic episodes and a spin-off featuring Stacey Dooley have been plugging the gap.

EastEnders said that with “things returning to normal for the residents of Walford, that can only mean one thing – drama is set to follow”.

Fans will see “friendship rocked when a huge secret is revealed, tragedy for one Albert Square family, trouble brew for the Carters … new love in lockdown” and Stacey Fowler returning.