As the UK prepare to tighten their plans to combat coronavirus, BBC soap 'Eastenders' has decided to suspend filming.
BBC Studios released a statement in relation to 'Eastenders' suspending filming, saying: "In light of the spread of Covid-19, filming on 'EastEnders 'will be postponed until further notice... We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two."
News: “In light of the spread of Covid-19, filming on #EastEnders will be postponed until further notice... We have also taken the decision to reduce the amount of episodes we broadcast each week to two.”
Episodes will now air on Mondays, 8pm and Tuesdays, 7.30pm. pic.twitter.com/Ea9rodkqfh
— BBC EastEnders (@bbceastenders) March 18, 2020
The soap will also air fewer episodes each week for the foreseeable future, cutting down to just two a week. Other BBC Studios soaps including 'Holby City' and 'Casualty' have also suspended filming due to the coronavirus.
Of course, unfortunately this means that many cast and crew of the soap will be left without a job for the foreseeable future. But in this desperate hour, we have to see the funny side to things, and this is where all of the 'Eastenders' memes fit in.
Here's some of the best meme responses from 'Eastenders' suspending filming.
— Ellis (@EllisCole_) March 18, 2020
Ahhh man. Self isolation is gonna even worse now ? but wise decision to stop filming and space them out! pic.twitter.com/7NUcJpa4OG
— Queen Of Hearts (@Queen_Qualities) March 18, 2020
ok corona, now it's PERSONAL pic.twitter.com/iu8v9AlywF
— joe (@louisemitchells) March 18, 2020
KEEP LETITIA DEAN SAFE AT ALL COSTS pic.twitter.com/QSYGTMHpHk
— Sharon Watts. Disinfected Walford Queen. (@WalfordWatts) March 18, 2020
— Maśon ? (@MasonDaBear) March 18, 2020
Can you launch ‘Classic Episodes’ in the absence of new episodes? Replace Tuesday & Friday episodes with iconic episodes to keep us all going?? pic.twitter.com/Fi0jCng1VQ
— Rich (@MrRichieW) March 18, 2020
— Mo Harris Comedy Queen (@MoharrisfanEE) March 18, 2020
No football, no large gatherings, wrestling behind closed doors and we maybe going into lockdown soon - now Eastenders on a reduced schedule ?. Coronavirus got me like... #EastEnders #Corvid19uk #Coronavirus #Covid19 ? pic.twitter.com/dbbOsFHZCW
— Raphael Wilson (@089968Raph_) March 18, 2020
On Monday, it was announced that a number of big-budget TV shows had been suspended, including 'Peaky Blinders' and 'Lord of the Rings'.