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When is EastEnders back on BBC One? Everything you need to know from return date to storylines...

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It's good news at last for EastEnders fans...

It's the news we have all been waiting for - EastEnders will be back on our screens next month.

The BBC announced today that EastEnders will be returning after talking a break from our screens thanks to lockdown forcing filming to shut down back in March.

TV tonight EastEnders: Secrets From the Square

Stacey Dooley has been speaking to Walford's stars while the soap has been off air... (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron)

But while we knew that filming has begun again at the Elstree studios with social distancing measures in place, it was yet to be announced when the episodes would be on screen.

Today is has been revealed that, after nearly three months away, EastEnders episodes will return on Monday 7th September.

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Speaking about the return of EastEnders, Executive Producer Jon Sen said: "From the moment we turned the lights out in The Queen Vic our ambition was to come back with a bang and this autumn certainly does that.

"As soon as Albert Square reawakens the drama returns at a pace and, although working within social distancing guidelines has certainly given us some new challenges, I am incredibly proud of what everyone has achieved.

"The show is looking fantastic and we can’t wait for “series two” to begin…"

New storylines revealed - what is happening in Walford this autumn?

Like the rest of the world, Walford residents have been trying to get used to post-lockdown life.

But of course there is plenty of drama in store...

Chantelle plans her escape

Gray Atkins quizzes Chantelle Atkins about Jags Panesar in EastEnders

Gray has been abusing Chantelle for years, but lockdown has given her the strength to make plans to leave (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: Kieron McCarron)

While life in lockdown has been tough on everyone, no one has struggled more than Chantelle who has been trapped at home with abusive husband, Gray.

Lockdown has left Chantelle more determined than ever to escape her awful marriage, and she decides to put the wheels in motion to leave her husband.

But as she meets with a divorce lawyer, will she manage to escape Gray's clutches and take the kids with her?

Secrets and lies for Ian and Sharon 

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How long will Ian and Sharon's harmony behind the bar last for? (Picture: BBC)

After taking over The Vic from the Carters, Sharon (Letitia Dean) and Ian found themselves forced to close the doors of the pub during lockdown.

But while it might be back to business behind the bar, things don't look good for Ian as Dotty decides it is time Sharon knew the truth about what happened the night Denny died.

Romance for Ruby and Martin 

Ruby tells Martin the news about his friends

Stacey's return will cause drama for Martin and Ruby (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Kieron McCarron)

Things have got steamy between Ruby and Martin during lockdown, but as they make their own entertainment things start to unravel when money begins to go missing from Ruby's bank account.

Panicked, Ruby takes matters into her own hands with terrible consequences... and to make matters even more complicated - Stacey is back!

Danger for Denise 

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Denise is facing challenging times this autumn (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

A shock accident leads to Denise's past catching up with her with life-changing consequences.

But what past events could have such a dramatic effect on both Denise and another Albert Square resident?

New start for the Carters 

Linda refuses to return to her support group in EastEnders

Mick and Linda have moved away from The Vic, but their troubles are far from over (Picture: BBC)

Things are finally looking up for the Carters now they have moved away from The Vic... but little do they know more trouble is lurking around the corner.

A new face in Walford takes a shine to one member of the family, and soon secrets are causing a rift in their marriage once again.

Will their lack of honesty manage to destroy Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda (Kellie Bright) this time?

Drama for Ballum 

EastEnders Ben Mitchell and Callum Highway

Callum's new job with the police is set to cause trouble in his relationship with Ben (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Jack Barnes)

Things are about to get a lot trickier for loved up couple Ben (Max Bowden) and Callum now that Callum is a fully-fledged police officer.

Callum will soon find himself torn between his love for Ben, his new role in the police.

Will he manage to keep himself out of hot water?

BBC One airs EastEnders: Secrets from the Square, hosted by Stacey Dooley, at 8pm on Mondays.

Classic episodes of the soap will air at 7.30pm on Tuesdays.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.