There are few things as iconic in telly as EastEnders’ signature opening credits, but with it being a huge week for the London-based serial drama as it celebrates is 35th anniversary with four special episodes that feature the highly-anticipated boat party on the Thames, the intro has been modified somewhat to mark the occasion.
Given that the Thames is as synonymous with EastEnders as the Queen Vic pub — what with it being the first shot that we see each and every night accompanied by the signature ‘Doof Doof’— it’s only fitting that the soap would celebrate its 35th anniversary with a week of special episodes set on the iconic London river, as Mick and Linda Carter (Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright) host a boat party on The Thames.
However, in order to mark the occasion, this week’s instalments will feature a somewhat altered version of the opening titles — one that befits the intensity and disaster that’s due to ensue.
The altered version of the titles are pretty much identical to those that we’re familiar with, but rather the overhead shot of the The Thames is at night — setting the scene for the no doubt dark events that will ensue on this very river.
This isn’t the first time that these particular opening credits have been used, as they were previously utilised during the flashback episode broadcast during 2015 as part of the soap’s then 30th anniversary, as Lucy’s (Hetti Bywater) killer was revealed.
EastEnders kicks off its unmissable 35th anniversary week Monday 17th February at 8pm on BBC One.
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