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EastEnders confirms time jump as ‘series two’ begins three months after lockdown

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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.

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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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