On Monday nights fans will get a unique chance to look behind the curtains of EastEnders and gain insight from the cast on what it’s like to play their iconic characters when EastEnders: Secrets From The Square premieres on Monday 22 June.
On Tuesday nights, viewers will have the chance to continue to reminisce and relive some of the unforgettable moments from the past as BBC One shows a selection of iconic episodes including the classic two hander between Den and Angie, Sharongate and the explosive reveal of Max and Stacey’s affair to name just a few.
EastEnders: Secrets From The Square will be hosted by Stacey Dooley who will sit down each week in Ian Beale’s restaurant, Walford East, with two different members of the cast to reflect on their time on the show, tease what’s to come when EastEnders returns as well as the occasional sneak peek behind the scenes.
Legends of Albert Square including Letitia Dean, Adam Woodyatt, Diane Parish, Tameka Empson, Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright to name just a few, will be looking back to their first memories of the show, the juiciest dramas to hit Walford and telling stories from behind-the-scenes.
In the past year Stacey Dooley has hosted BBC’s Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make Up Star and The One Show, now taking on the role of host on EastEnders: Secrets From The Square, Stacey says: “I’m delighted to be hosting Secrets From The Square. I grew up watching EastEnders, so walking on to Albert Square was a surreal experience as well as taking a trip down memory lane and interviewing some of the legends of Walford has been great, I’ve loved every minute of it!”
Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, says: “EastEnders has been at the heart of BBC One since its inception 35 years ago. While going off air was never in their plan, we and the EastEnders team knew straight away that this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the show, look back on cherished memories of all those momentous episodes whilst taking a look around Albert Square and they may just give us some teasers as to what’s to come when they return.”
Suzy Lamb, Managing Director, Entertainment & Music, BBC Studios, adds: “I’ve always been a fan of EastEnders and have been keen to collaborate with the team there. I’m delighted that the Entertainment Department have this special opportunity to work with the cast and production team. Together we’ve developed a new format, exploring the wonderful characters and great moments from the last 35 years. With Stacey Dooley guiding us through, I know this will be a fun and revealing look back and forward at the residents of Albert Square.”
Speaking about the array of EastEnders content, Jon Sen, Executive Producer, EastEnders, says: “Although the drama from Albert Square will be off our screens for a short time, we are thrilled that fans will have a unique opportunity to see from the cast themselves just what it is like to be part of EastEnders when they see Secrets From The Square. As the cast look back – as well as forward – we can relive some of their most memorable moments and to add a selection of iconic episodes into the mix means viewers will be able to get their regular Walford fix until the drama returns.”
EastEnders: Secrets From The Square is a BBC Studios production commissioned by Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment and Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor for BBC One. Caroline Wright will be Executive Producer for BBC Studios Entertainment alongside Liza Mellody Consultant Executive for EastEnders.