EastEnders to get a Gogglebox-style spin-off

Stars including Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace will be seen reflecting on their most notable storylines

EastEnders stars including Shane Richie, Jessie Wallace and Nitin Ganatra are to take part in an iPlayer series that sees them look back on their pivotal moments from the BBC1 soap.

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The Gogglebox-style show – named EastEnders: Back to Ours – will see the actors view scenes from their on-screen homes while sharing memories and behind the scenes stories.

Other actors set to take part include Diane Parish, Tameka Empson, Rudolph Walker and Himesh Patel, with more names expected to be announced in the near future. The series will begin in early January in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of EastEnders during February 2015.

Speaking about his experiences filming the spin-off, Shane Richie said: “What a wonderful time I had sitting on the sofa with Jessie watching 12 years of Kat and Alfie. We laughed, we cried and we giggled as we remembered the past 12 years.”

Victoria Jaye, Head of TV Content for BBC iPlayer, added: “It doesn’t get much bigger than the 30th anniversary, so we’re delighted to offer the millions of fans who enjoy EastEnders on BBC iPlayer each week, this exclusive treat.”

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You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below: