The BBC has announced that it will broadcast classic Eastenders episodes as well as a spin-off featuring Stacey Dooley when the soap goes off the air on June 16.

Cameras are set to roll again on the square at the end of June after production on the Walford-based soap halted in March amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Previously shot episodes will run out on June 16 and to fill the gap before new instalments are ready the BBC has announced a "celebration" of EastEnders - which first hit TV screens 35 years ago - will air on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Stacey Dooley will host EastEnders: Secrets From The Square on Monday nights, from soap restaurant Walford East, with two members of the cast.

They will "reflect on their time on the show, tease what's to come when EastEnders returns as well as the occasional sneak peek behind the scenes" in the show, which launches on June 22.

EastEnders stars Letitia Dean, Adam Woodyatt, Danny Dyer, Diane Parish, Tameka Empson and Kellie Bright are among those taking part.

BBC One will also screen "a selection of iconic episodes including the classic two-hander between Den and Angie, Sharongate and the explosive reveal of Max and Stacey's affair" on Tuesday nights.

Coronation Street will resume filming next week, while Emmerdale's cast returned to work last month.

Older cast members will be absent when Corrie returns, meaning stalwarts such as William Roache (Ken Barlow), Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner) and Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) will be off-screen