EastEnders boss rules out longer episodes in near future
30th August 2021

EastEnders will continue to produce shorter episodes for the time being, says boss Jon Sen.

The BBC One soap has been airing slightly shorter instalments since returning to screens last year following a production break during the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the exception of one or two, episodes now average between 18 and 25 minutes in length, as opposed to the full half an hour.

Fans had been hoping that, as we head towards the autumn, the long-running serial drama would return to 30-minute episodes, but Executive Producer Jon Sen has confirmed that, for the time being, the truncated outings will continue.

‘We’re doing 20 minute episodes at the moment,’ he told Metro.co.uk. ‘We are looking to a future where we can get back to full length EastEnders episodes and hopefully that will be soon.’

The new complex filming methods, which have been employed in order to ‘cheat’ the two metre social distancing restrictions, are thought to be responsible for the shortened episode lengths.

‘It’s been an incredibly challenging year for us all, but we have continued to make the show,’ added Jon.

‘We’ve got through Covid and lockdowns and the pingdemic and we’re still making the show!

‘The cast and crew have been amazing. They’ve learned new techniques!

‘The cast have been completely revolutionising the way they work. They now work doing plate shots, acting to tennis balls like you would do in a Marvel movie and it’s been amazing to watch!’

‘The crew have done the same, they’ve changed the way they work beyond recognition, so I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved together and now we’re just looking forward to working our way to more normal circumstances as soon as it’s safe to do so.’

EastEnders airs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on BBC One.

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