Thank you for your message to BBC Entertainment Europe.
We are unable to bring viewers of BBC Entertainment any closer than 3 weeks within UK transmission of EastEnders, and this is due to issues with materials. When we show the programme internationally, the programme needs to be complied, re-versioned, and appropriate subtitles prepared and supplied. It would simply not be possible to achieve this in a shorter time period. With regards to our plans for longer episodes, we compile our schedules months in advance and we schedule EastEnders in a 30 minute slot. Therefore, any 60 minute episodes are split into two so that we can retain our usual scheduling pattern and minimise disruption to the rest of the schedule.
You will be pleased to know that, from Monday 20th April we will be showing premiere episodes of EastEnders on BBC Entertainment from Monday to Friday. This will continue until Friday 29th May, when we will have regained the three week difference between BBC One and BBC Entertainment.