EastEnders fans devastated as much loved Albert Square set is demolished

EastEnders fans have been left "devasted" as they discover that the show's original Albert Square set has been demolished.

The set, built in 1984, was originally meant to be temporary, but was ultimately used to film the popular soap for 30 years until 2020.

Filming has now been moved to Elstree Studios, with the original set sitting abandoned once filming stopped during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision to switch to a new set was in part, due to the advent of HD TV. With most of 30 year old set being built out of plywood, as TV's increase in quality it's much more likely that viewers would be able to tell that the buildings are not real.

With the new set built out of bricks the buildings will look real no matter the quality of television the show is being watched on.

And while this modernisation of the set is likely a good move, it's one that has left some fans devasted as instead of being kept, the original set has been demolished.

A clip of the set being demolished was shared to Twitter by professional magician Stephen Barry, captioned it: "Old @bbceastenders set being demolished 🙁 @BBCNews #bbc #eastenders"

Fans were quick to comment, with many wondering why the BBC didn't run any set tours, like ITV has for Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

Replying to Stephen's tweet, on fan wrote: "Such a wasted opportunity to let the fans have a look around first."

Another argued: "40 years of history, gone. All because the @BBC (who whinge non stop about their budget) were to short sighted to realise the money that opening this up to public tours would have brought in!"

A third joked that the demolition was "A modern day burning of the library of Alexandria."

"This made me sad, such a shame and a missed opportunity to not open it up for tours" shared a fourth.

The popular BBC soap is heading towards its notoriously dramatic Christmas episodes, with this year's set to see the departure of Mick Carter, who has been played by Danny Dyer for the last decade.

While it's not yet been revealed how he'll be leaving the show, Danny's co-star Kellie Bright, who plays Linda Carter, revealed that there were "lots of tears" on set as the scenes were filmed.

Speaking to OK! at the 2022 TV Choice Awards, she said: "There were a lot of tears on and off screen from me, but I have spoke to him nearly every day – the reality is, he’s still my friend and still going to be in my life. It’s the end of a chapter.

"I'm not very good at saying goodbye at the best of times and everything about that job has been me and him it did feel like the end."

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