EastEnders to undergo £15m makeover
EastEnders is set to undergo an impressive £15 million makeover, including a new tube station.
The BBC soap has been on our TV screens since 1985 and over 30 years later, it's finally ready for a 21st century makeover. Albert Square, based at the Elstree Centre studios in Hertfordshire, will be given a brand new high street featuring new shops, businesses and an underground station. This will result in the set expanding by 20 per cent.
As for the much-loved characters, viewers will see their homes upgraded to feature real bricks. Dominic Treadwell-Collins, EastEnders' executive producer, told Britain's The Sun newspaper: “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.”
It's hoped renovations will begin within the next three years.
Fans of the programme have recently been teased with exciting storylines to come. One of them focuses on Stacey Branning (Lacey Turner), who has been left feeling unsettled since Halloween. After spotting a man watching her from outside her window, Stacey had been led into believing someone was following her. A mystery to viewers, details have now been revealed about the elusive man spying on her, who is played by EastEnders' first transgender cast member. Actor Riley Carter Millington takes on the role of Kyle and stills of him and Stacey talking together outside of a church have been released, suggesting they will discuss the stalking.
Riley has shared his delight at joining the popular programme and how much it means to him as being recognised as a male. "I can honestly say that I have now fulfilled my two biggest dreams - to be living my life as a man and to be an actor,” he recently said in a statement.
- Cover Media