EastSpenders: BBC criticised for £87m cost of new Albert Square

MPs say ‘fundamental mistakes’ led to new set being late and over budget

The BBC’s attempt to build a new Albert Square for the filming of EastEnders has been heavily criticised by a group of MPs, who have questioned whether the enormous £87m cost of the project ain’t worth it.

The project to build an entire new stage set for the flagship soap opera is now running £27m over budget and is not due to be completed until May 2023, nearly five years later than originally planned. The new set is part of a wider programme called “E20” that also includes new production facilities.

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