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From million-pound sets to resident actors, Hertfordshire’s unique bond with EastEnders and the London borough of Walford

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If you’re no stranger to UK television then you will definitely know of EastEnders, the long-running BBC soap opera set in east London.

Created in February of 1985, the show has amassed a huge following across it’s 6,429 episodes, following the often bleak stories of the residents of Walford, a fictional borough in the East End of London.

The show has won ten baftas and the Inside Soap Award for Best Soap Opera for 14 years running.

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The show is beloved by many and although set in London, it has many ties to Hertfordshire.

The first being the shows set location at the BBC Elstree Centre in Borehamwood.

The exterior set of the fictional square of Walford is located on the permanent backlot of the Elstree Centre, outdoors and open to all weather.

It was built in 1984 for £750,000 with the intention of it lasting for at least 15 years.

Designed by Keit Harris, a senior designer within the production team alongside art supervisors, the main buildings were originally hollow, made from plywood and mounted on steel frames.

The walls and pavements were real brick and tarmac, with the idea to make the set look as if it had been standing for years.

Done through a process of weathering, the team chipped and cracked the paintwork, varnished the bridges and made the garden walls appear to sag.

Eastenders’ Lacey Turner

In 1984, Hertsmere Borough Council provided lampposts and a number of vehicles for the show.

In February of 2008, there were reports that the set would be moved to Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, as the old set looked tatty on new high definition screens.

However, in April 2010 the decision was made to keep the set at Elstree for another four years to coincide with the show’s 25th anniversary.

This meant the set was rebuilt and during filming at the time, real scaffolding could be seen which was worked into the show’s storylines.

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Since 2014, the set has received countless modern upgrades and a big rebuild was planned at a cost of £87.6 million.

Due to budget constraints this was delayed but in January 2022 the new set was unveiled with the first new set episodes set to broadcast in Spring this year.

But it’s not only the set that has its roots in Hertfordshire history, a number of cast members also hail from the county.

Luisa played Tina Carter in long-running soap opera, EastEnders

Luisa played Tina Carter in long-running soap opera, EastEnders

Luisa Bradshaw, who played Tina Carter left the soap in 2020 to pursue another passion.

Luisa set up her own ‘ecstatic’ dance classes in Hertfordshire.

Ecstatic dance is a form of dance and aerobic exercise, in which the participants abandon themselves to the rhythm and just let loose without a care in the world.

Luisa, along with her business partner, is setting up a class in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, after she found solace in the unique dance form years ago.

Stacey Slater is also a resident of the county, formerly played by Lacey Turner.

Lacey lives in Radlett and has since welcomed two children, with her youngest child born in March, 2020.

EastEnders has been running for over 37 years now, and still remains a popular programme for the BBC, hopefully the new studio stays put for a long-time in Hertfordshire.

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