EastEnders boss teases huge Denise story and climax to Chantelle's abuse

EastEnders is back on our screens on Monday (September 7), and the drama that lies ahead appears to have been very much worth the three-month wait.

Viewers have been craving the return of the BBC One soap for quite some time, and with our appetites having been whetted earlier this week as a result of a brand new trailer, its safe to say our expectations are already high.

Jon Sen — Executive Producer — has revealed what viewers can expect upon the soap’s return, and you’re not going to want to miss what’s ahead, that’s for sure!

He explained how, while viewers won’t necessarily see Covid-19 as a storyline in itself, the pandemic has provided a backdrop — and, to some degree, context — for the serial drama’s pre-existing stories.

Jon said on BBC Breakfast: ‘As a soap, our job is to reflect the real world, and we’re doing that.

‘Covid provided a context for the stories. We touch it, we can’t avoid it. The characters reference lockdown, we’ve got some mask-wearing, of course.

‘We are reflecting the world out there, but at the same time, we want to bring back compelling stories for our characters. We want to give the audience a bit of escapism as well.

‘It’s a drama and entertainment. We don’t want to major on just coronavirus. We have some great stories for all the families, including the Trueman/Fox’s story —Denise’s great story coming back.

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‘We’ve got the Carters — how are they going to survive outside the pub? We’ve got a brilliant culmination of a domestic violence storyline that we’ve been telling for 18 months.

‘All those stories and all that ambition is still there, it’s just in the context of Covid.’

Is it September 7 yet?

EastEnders returns Monday September 7 at 8.05pm on BBC One.

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