BBC One will air the first episode of Secrets From The Square, an EastEnders special, on June 22 with Stacey Dooley as host.
The British soap opera EastEnders has been greatly affected by the global pandemic. It was forced to halt filming in mid-March. As a result, the series has been running on a reduced schedule ever since.
EastEnders goes off-air
After airing for over two months, EastEnders has run out of episodes to release. Henceforth, the show has recently decided to go off the air. As of press time, the series has not revealed any announcements regarding the date of its return. However, the break is expected to last through the majority of this summer.
BBC One announces new EastEnders spinoff
To compensate for the hiatus, BBC One opted to produce EastEnders spinoff Secrets From The Square. Starting on June 22, the spinoff will grace fans with the famous EastEnders storylines and moments. Furthermore, it will be sprinkled with some behind-the-scenes gossip as well.
After being asked to comment on the new content, EastEnders’ Executive Producer, Jon Sen said:
“As the cast look back – as well as forward – we can relive some of their most memorable moments and to add a selection of iconic episodes into the mix means viewers will be able to get their regular Walford fix until the drama returns.”
NEW: #EastEnders guests for first five weeks of 'Secrets From The Square' confirmed. Lots of great chats coming up!
1) Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright
2) Letitia Dean and Adam Woodyatt
3) James Bye and Davood Ghadami
4) Max Bowden and Tony Clay
5) Diane Parish and Tameka Empson pic.twitter.com/A8wumg9lyx
— Digital Spy Soaps (@soapscoop) June 14, 2020
Stacey Dooley hosts Secrets From The Square
The network has appointed Strictly Come Dancing star and documentary filmmaker Stacey Dooley as the host of the special edition. Dooley shared her excitement over her new job and further revealed:
“I’m delighted to be hosting Secrets From the Square. I grew up watching EastEnders, so walking on to Albert Square was a surreal experience as well as taking a trip down memory lane and interviewing some of the legends of Walford has been great, I’ve loved every minute of it!”
Secrets From The Square guests
BBC One has recently disclosed the list of EastEnders stars who will join Stacey Dooley in the new spinoff. Throughout the course of the series, two different EastEnders cast will make an appearance in every episode, which will air weekly.
Danny Dyer, along with his on-screen wife, Kellie Bright will star in the first episode. The latter will apparently reveal a wardrobe malfunction that she had onset.
The other pairings that will respectively guest in the 2nd and 3rd week are Letitia Dean and Adam Woodyatt (Sharon and Ian), James Bye, and Davood Ghadami (Martin and Kush). Max Bowden and Tony Clay (Ben and Callum), as well as Diane Parish and Tameka Empson (Denise and Kim), will then follow the line-up in week 4 and 5.
— Walford Web (@walfordweb) June 13, 2020
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