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EastEnders set to be demolished

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EastEnders set to be demolished

BBC bosses are planning to demolish the 'EastEnders' set.

The 30-year-old soap is set to get a facelift with bosses ready to tear down Albert Square at Elstree Studios in North London and replace it in order to modernise it and make it up to 20 per cent bigger.

According to the Mail On Sunday newspaper: "Changes include rebuilding character homes out of real brick to replace temporary facades in an effort to keep up with the demands of high-definition television, a new Tube station, a high street and new shops and businesses."

The Queen Vic pub - currently run by Danny Dyer's character Mick Carter - is the focal point of Albert Square.

EastEnders executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: "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 plans were submitted to Hertsmere Borough Council in July.

According to the documents the current set will not be demolished until the new one is completed.