EastEnders’ new £87m set nearly complete as Queen Vic’s fresh look is finally unveiled


The BBC look to be putting the finishing touches to their shiny new EastEnders set.

Costing the Beeb an estimated £87 million, they opted to give Albert Square new breath of life by overhauling the old one that’s been in use since the 80s.

And while the new set – being built at Elstree Studios just outside London – has been mostly kept under wraps until now, aerial shots have finally given fans a proper look at the fresh looks for every iconic Walford spot.

With the Square’s greenery looking especially fresh and the Queen Vic’s burgundy facade more eye-popping than ever, fans can rest assured that it’s been faithfully recreated down to the smallest detail.

Aerial snaps show the slick new set

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Mitchell Autos and Ian Beale’s chippy look like they’ve been given a more up-tp-date vibe as cherry pickers and forklift trucks keep up the good work on the set.

But it’ll be a bit of a wait for fans to see the set put into use on screen – with it expected not to be in use until 2023.

It’ll be worth the wait, however, with the new set being built from brick – meaning the BBC can shoot the iconic soap in crystal-clear HD.

It’s been faithfully recreated, albeit with more modern touches

The new Queen Vic looks a touch more modern with a freshly done paint job

The broadcaster said in a statement: “The set of EastEnders was built in 1984 and only intended for use for two years.

“Over 30 years later, the show remains one of the BBC’s flagship programmes and yet is filming from a set that is no longer fit for purpose.

“The new set will be suitable for HD filming for the first time and extend Walford to better reflect modern East End London.”

Fans recently breathed a sigh of relief as EastEnders made its return with new episodes after coronavirus brought filming to a grinding halt.

The soap’s back after the Covid disruption

Fans were overjoyed to see it back

But despite its much awaited return, last week’s returning episode failed to keep up with the numbers of its big ITV soap rivals,  Coronation Street  and Emmerdale.

3.35 million viewers tuned into Albert Square, whereas Emmerdale drew 4.51 million and Corrie even more with 5.31 million.

The viewing figures don’t include those who watched on catch-up services like BBC  iPlayer  or ITV Hub.

Still, fans were overjoyed to see the show back on their screens, and flooded  Twitter  with adoring comments.

*EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8.05pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays and 7.35pm on BBC One.





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