BBC One soap EastEnders will be broadcast in HD for the first time on Christmas Day.

The EastEnders set is currently undergoing a revamp in time for switch to HD. Executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said “Christmas Day in Walford is traditionally turkey, tinsel and turmoil for the residents of Albert Square. This year will be even more spectacular with viewers having the opportunity to watch the festive drama unfold in HD for the first time.”

It was also announced that BBC One HD will launch at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd November on all HD platforms. The One Show will be the first programme to air on BBC One HD, which is a 24 hour simulcast of the main BBC One channel. The BBC HD channel will also continue to broadcast various HD programming.

Director of BBC Vision, Jana Bennett said “Whether it is seeing the flicker of irritation on Lord Sugar’s face in a boardroom showdown or watching the beads of sweat fly from the dancers on Strictly, BBC One HD is the biggest sign yet that HD viewing is now part of the mainstream.”

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