Filming has been halted on EastEnders in light of the UK’s coronavirus pandemic, and the BBC soap has also confirmed it is halving the episodes airing every week from four down to two.
Following the advice from the Government EastEnders, as well as the other soaps, has now stopped filming.
To make sure fans still get the soap for as long as possible, with immediate effect, the schedule for our visits to Walford will be halved from four episodes a week to just two.
The new schedule will be:
- Mondays at 8pm on BBC One
- Tuesdays at 7.30pm on BBC One
The schedule comes into effect on Monday 23rd March when the new temporary transmission pattern kicks in.
In a statement, a spokesperson said the decision to halt filming and alter viewing schedules was made after the latest government update.
Specifically discussing cutting how many times it airs, they added: “Reducing the amount of episodes broadcast each week to two ensures the audience can continue to enjoy EastEnders in their homes for as long a possible.”
Filming has also been temporarily suspended on all continuing dramas made by BBC Studios: Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, as well as Scotland’s River City and Welsh language soap Pobl y Cwm.
RadioTimes.com understands production on EastEnders has not shut down entirely, and any roles that can be performed remotely are still being carried out. Scripts and storylines continue to be worked on as normal, although no timescale has been given on how long the situation will last.
“We will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the World Health Organisation and Public Health England,” the statement said.
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