Walford is set to get bigger

Thursday 23 January 2014, 10:46

 EastEnders News Team EastEnders News Team

Does anyone know a good builder? It's been announced that EastEnders has been granted approval to rebuild and expand its exterior set at Elstree in order to secure the long-term future of both the show and site.

EastEnders has been filming on the existing exterior set (seen here as it was originally being built) for nearly 30 years.

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The new set will replicate the appearance of the existing one, but will be 20 per cent bigger - to enable your favourite show to tell even more ambitious stories. In the long term, use of the temporary set may include visitor tours and educational opportunities.

Dominic Treadwell-Collins, Executive Producer, EastEnders, says: “This is a really exciting project and firmly demonstrates the BBC’s commitment to the future of EastEnders. We have ambitious plans for the show and the new exterior set will help bring those to life and better reflect the East End of London on screen for audiences. The bigger and improved set will increase the potential for storylines, increase quality and meet the demands of future technology requirements. Crucially, it will provide a greater sense of scale with more locations for our characters to spend time in, opening up new areas and opportunities that haven’t been possible before – all of which are in the best interest of our viewers.”

Kate Harwood, Head of Drama England at BBC Drama Production, added: “I’m glad the BBC Executive Board has agreed that this project is crucial to investing in the future of EastEnders. The improvements and modernisation are vital to the growth and development of the show. As we approach the show’s 30th anniversary, this is a really exciting opportunity to underpin the future of one of the BBC’s most important programmes.”

It is expected that initial work will begin at BBC Elstree later this year, followed by the start of construction work for the temporary set in early 2015.


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    Comment number 1.

    my boyfriends is a good builder lol

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    Comment number 2.

    Really exciting news .So let me get this right when they start rebuilding and expanding the set there going to have to make another to carry on filming at ??? With the set being 20% bigger I really hope they make the cafe a real location like the minute mart as they cover the windows with blinds that are nearly closed and the door so you can't see outside and to me you can tell it's a set.The set when the show first started was so much better than now.I think there to quick to paint a front door again if it starts to look old and worn as in the old episodes that's how they wanted the set to be witch came across much more realistic .I also think a block of flats would be good for the set and how do you get to the allotment ??? I think in the new set they show show this on screen. I really hope they do a tour for us fans to go to .But give enough tickets so everybody gets the chance not just a really small number.

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    Comment number 4.

    This is great news for Enders.another 30 years for sure!!!
    If they build a new set of homes in i want in as a new member of a family! Mr DTC the challenge has been thrown down :) come audition me :P

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    Comment number 5.

    Are they going to modernize the launderette? It will be exciting to see the changes and see the characters interacting more around different locations, maybe get a police officer living in the area, show more school interactions, get a full time doctor, a clinic shown more, a pizza parlor, a cheese shop, what will happen to Butcher's joint? taxi firm since Terry is a cab driver, a handyman office. A wine shop, an auction house or antique shop with Alfie running it, lots of possibilities, clean up the B&B, where is Kim?


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