EastEnders fans are giving their theories
With the new runtime, EastEnders fans believe the BBC is ‘killing off’ the show.
After a viewer asked why ‘EastEnders gets more of a hard time’ from viewers than any other soap, fans of the show took to Digital Spy’s Forums.
After Jon Sen stepped down to oversee Casualty and develop two new BBC drama projects, Chris Clenshaw was named EastEnders’ new executive producer last year.
Some people on the Digital Spy forum thought EastEnders deserved the criticism it gets from fans because of the storylines they don’t like. They also claimed it was the reason for EastEnders’ shorter episodes.
Due to production difficulties during the pandemic, it was announced last year that EastEnders would air for 20 minutes instead of 30 minutes.
ITV, on the other hand, recently announced that Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be rescheduled. Emmerdale will now air at 7:30 p.m., rather than 7:00 p.m.
In addition, instead of six 30-minute episodes during the week, Coronation Street will now have three one-hour episodes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
On the digital forum, one person said: “I’m sorry, did you watch last nights episode of EE? Or anything recent for that matter??
“It deserves the hard time it’s getting. It’s the exact reason why ITV have cottoned on and have thought now is a good time to go in for the killer blow in their rescheduling.”
A second wrote: “The episodes of EastEnders have been shorter so there is actually less to discuss.”
And another said: “It’s also been very badly neglected by the BBC management. The ITV soaps aren’t and EE is. The BBC have taken their eye off the ball for years.
“ITV has a super soap week every year and promotes them. EE has Christmas Day and that’s it, and based on the ratings, no one seems to mind.”
The Christmas Day special of EastEnders reportedly only drew in 2.9 million viewers, which was lower than Emmerdale and Coronation Street. EastEnders’ Christmas Day special drew 3.54 million viewers the year before.
Many people took to Twitter after the episode aired to express their dissatisfaction with the Christmas episode.
One said: “Why did I waste 45 mins of my time on this s****? #EastEnders.”
A second wrote: “The nation having eagerly waited all week for todays episode, only for it to be s****. #EastEnders.”
And another tweeted: “Eh that was … okay? But can we have these Christmas specials again? #EastEnders.”
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