Change is afoot! Again! (Picture: BBC)
You may get that déjà vu feeling reading this article as next week, EastEnders box sets will return.
Due to the summer of sport ahead on BBC One, every week, the soap will drop 4 episodes (a week’s worth) on BBC iPlayer.
Beginning June 27, the move will allow EastEnders fans to watch episodes whenever or wherever they want – but fear not, as they will still air on television – just on BBC Two while Wimbledon is on, and at different times.
With the change happening until mid-August, each box set will launch at 6am on BBC iPlayer every Monday.
So, what’s ahead over the next few weeks?
Phil lands himself into more trouble in prison (Picture: BBC)
Ultimately, the Mitchell family will be at the heart of the drama as Phil (Steve McFadden) makes an enemy in prison, which leaves him to wonder if it’s the end.
Back in Walford, Sam’s (Kim Medcalf) true intentions will be revealed, causing huge consequences, and Ben’s (Max Bowden) behaviour spirals as he continues to struggle in the aftermath of his rape.
When it comes to new faces, Mitch (Roger Griffiths) is surprised to see his brother, Avery and two sons, Finlay and Felix arrive.
It doesn’t take Mitch long to realise his brother is keeping a secret from him but as always in Walford, things never stay secret for long…
Avery isn’t the only person keeping secrets and the Panesar family will face one of their toughest times yet as their loyalty is tested to the limit.
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With secrets set to explode, tensions simmering away and families close to breaking point, this summer in Albert Square will be anything but a quiet one…
EastEnders will move to BBC Two to coincide with the Wimbledon coverage (Pictures: BBC)
Ahead of the change, Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer said: ‘With such a big summer of sport ahead, box setting all four episodes again this year feels like the perfect solution to enable EastEnders viewers to choose when and where they want to get their weekly fix from Albert Square. We have a big summer ahead, so this is the perfect way to ensure that no one has to miss out.’
This isn’t the first time EastEnders episodes have been uploaded in advance.
Last year, due to the Euros coverage, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale all uploaded weekly episodes to the BBC and ITV on-demand platforms.
Back in February, Hollyoaks became the first soap to put all episodes online before transmitting on television, which changed the TV landscape.
With the way we watch TV shows changing all of the time, could EastEnders follow in Hollyoaks’ footsteps?
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