EastEnders bosses promise to bring spirit of Shoreditch to show

BBC plans to drag soap opera out of 1980s timewarp to reflect more closely the 21st-century gentrified east London

EastEnders fans still acclimatising to the arrival of screen hard man Danny Dyer as the Queen Vic's landlord, cast against type as a modern dad at ease with his son's homosexuality, had better prepare for some more upheaval.

The BBC plans to drag the long-running soap out of its 1980s timewarp to reflect more closely the 21st-century reality of gentrified east London, even promising to introduce "the edges of Shoreditch" to the show.

Last week the EastEnders writing team visited the Hackney square used as the inspiration for the show's location when it began in 1985, at the start of a four-day story conference to thrash out plots for the next three months.

#EastEnders story conference day one - writers in Fassett Square. Strange and familiar at the same time... pic.
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