EastEnders fans get first glimpse at new filming set and filming has started (PA)

Popular soap opera EastEnders has given fans a look at its new set as filming begins.

Built in 1984, the former Albert Square set was supposed to be used for two years and the BBC said it was no longer “fit for purpose.”

Filming on the new and improved set began on Tuesday, including in the famous Queen Vic.

Fans of the soap can expect scenes to air in Spring 2022.

Albert Square (BBC handout)

The investment in the BBC’s longest-running TV serial drama and wider BBC Elstree Centre will enable improved high definition for Walford fans.

It has also enhanced filming options, with EastEnders production now able to explore new areas on screen.

It’s a big day at BBC Elstree today as filming starts on the new EastEnders set. The ‘new’ Walford allows production to explore new areas on screen giving us greater freedom to drive further creativity. We can’t wait to see it on our screens in the next few months! #EastEnders pic.twitter.com/cYNI5UVosE

— BBC EastEnders (@bbceastenders) January 11, 2022

As a result, the soap’s writers, producers and directors will have greater freedom to drive further creativity.

The serial drama returned to full-length episodes at the beginning of 2021 following a production break during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can watch EastEnders on BBC One throughout the week.