EASTENDERS has confirmed it will have a time jump when it returns to screens next month following a three month hiatus.
The soap was forced to shut down production during the pandemic and go off the air, but it will return on September 7 with the characters emerging from lockdown.
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.
"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.
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.
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