EastEnders will not be dropping storylines and ‘starting afresh’ when it returns in a few weeks, despite reports claiming that the soap would be ‘cleaning the slate’ and almost starting a second series.
A source is quoted by The Sun as claiming: ‘Everyone understands that this is an unprecedented moment in the soap’s history having to take this break, so they want to make a big event out of the comeback.
‘They’re planning big storylines and a big marketing push — but that may mean they just start new stuff from scratch rather than continuing where they’re already at so they can be dramatic as possible.
‘It would essentially mean the first series of EastEnders lasted 35 years — and the second starts in two months.’
While the return of EastEnders is indeed likely to come with heavy promotion and exciting storylines, any suggestion that existing storylines are being scrapped has been brushed away by Metro.co.uk’s source on the programme.
They told us: ‘There are many EastEnders storylines that are midway through – it’s not the case that any will be dropped.
‘All soaps will have to make tweaks and changes to the script due to the break in filming and the new safety regulations but long running storylines on’t be dropped. Of course, there may be some kind of time lapse but the storylines that have been planned for over a year are still very much on the go.’
After all, it would be pretty strange for Ben Mitchell to suddenly not be deaf, Whitney Dean’s upcoming trial to be forgotten about, Sharon Mitchell never to discover that Ian Beale played a part in Dennis’ death and the audience to forget that Gray Atkins is abusing Chantelle.
Over storylines on the go at the moment include the new ownership of the Queen Vic and Sharon’s adjustment to having baby Kayden.
It will certainly be less ‘brand new series’ and more back to business, it seems.
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