EastEnders bosses to 'move soap to 30-minute slots'

‘Bosses are keen to stop the slide’: EastEnders will ‘move to 30-minute slots in a bid to halt ratings slumpafter pandemic disrupted production

东区人 bosses are ‘planning to move the soap back to 30-minute episodesin a bid to stop ratings falling.

英国广播公司 has been showing four shows per week, running at less than half an hour, as social distancing rules mean it takes longer to film.

在星期一, the first 30-minute episode of the Walford-based serial will air, with channel executives hoping uniform scheduling will keep fans interested.

做出改变: EastEnders bosses are reportedly planning to move the soap back to 30-minute episodes in a bid to stop ratings falling (Danny Dyer pictured on the soap)

做出改变: EastEnders bosses are reportedly planning to move the soap back to 30-minute episodes in a bid to stop ratings falling (Danny Dyer pictured on the soap)

一位消息人士告诉 太阳: ‘Bosses are keen to stop the slide. Ideally, fans would get uniformity and regularity rather than guessing when it is on and for how long.

相比下, Coronation Street airs on ITV up to six times a week, with the channel’s adverts filling out each 30-minutes show. The BBC is free of advertisements.

BBC’s drama chief Piers Wenger admitted the shorter shows have affected the soap’s viewing figures.

Difficulties: The BBC has been showing four shows per week, running at less than half an hour, as social distancing rules mean it takes longer to film (Charlie Brooks pictured this month)

Difficulties: The BBC has been showing four shows per week, running at less than half an hour, as social distancing rules mean it takes longer to film (Charlie Brooks pictured this month)

他说: ‘It being scheduled off-junction and not being the full half-hour has impacted its audience.

‘But we are very focused on getting the show back into its usual slot and duration.

然而, many viewers are watching after the initial air slot, with fans catching up on BBC iPlayer.








While Piers confirmed bosses wanted longer episodes, 他说: ‘It’s not going to happen overnight.

An EastEnders spokesperson told the MailOnline that ‘there are no plans for EastEnders to air five times a week’.

EastEnders continues tomorrow on BBC One at 8pm.

一位消息人士告诉《太阳报》 : 'Bosses are keen to stop the slide. Ideally, fans would get uniformity and regularity rather than guessing when it is on and for how long.'

一位消息人士告诉《太阳报》 : ‘Bosses are keen to stop the slide. Ideally, fans would get uniformity and regularity rather than guessing when it is on and for how long.

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