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Watch the new EastEnders opening titles

Watch the new EastEnders opening titles
Watch the new EastEnders opening titles (Image credit: BBC)

The opening titles of EastEnders have been given a revamp for the first time in 10 years. The soap's famous map sequence has been updated, and now boasts a three-dimensional coloured map, complete with a boat, waves and clouds. Executive producer Diederick Santer (pictured) said: "It's not been tweaked or changed in the 10 years since the Millennium Dome was completed in 1999, and in my first week here, in 2006, it started to bug me. "With everyone now so familiar with Google Earth, it struck me that the style of the map image, as well as the content, was a little out of date. I didn't like how the 'EastEnders' title scrolled up, it's always looked odd to me. It wasn't until this year that we actually got around to doing anything about it." He also arranged for the iconic theme tune to be tweaked by original composer Simon May. Diederick said the new version is essentially a remix, featuring 'new warmth to the strings, humanising the whistle and the harp. There are a couple of tiny musical and rhythmic changes too. "We made subtle changes that might not be obvious to a non-musician. Hopefully, every viewer will be left with the feeling that the theme is now 'fresher' and more 21st century." The new sequence will be broadcast for the first time on Monday 7 September at 8pm on BBC1.

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.