Fear not those who don’t want this to be a change for life – it will only be for three weeks while the football is on.
While TV ratings will ultimately fall, BBC bosses are hoping that the views to iPlayer will make up for this.
They boast EastEnders as one of the most requested programmes on the platform, with 196 million streams for the show since its return in September.
Producer Jon Sen enthused: ‘Giving EastEnders viewers the ability to decide when they drop in on all things Albert Square is something we’re excited about.
‘With the inevitable scheduling changes due to the Euros, something we’ll be celebrating in Walford on screen, box setting all four episodes will ensure everyone gets their dose of drama and football fans won’t miss out.
‘From indulging them all in one night, staggering across a few days or continuing to watch the episodes play out on BBC One, we hope the endless streaming options on BBC iPlayer keeps viewers content over the next few weeks.’
It is not known whether this is an experiment for the concept to be used again in the future.
The show also gave a tease for what’s ahead with a spokesperson saying: ‘Things certainly aren’t quiet in E20, with the Carter’s at odds over Linda’s pregnancy, Mick and Linda have to make a decision as Frankie and Nancy team up to help Shirley find love.
‘Phil and Kat look at taking a big step in their relationship while Ben and Callum’s honeymoon period is cut short.
‘The Panesars face heartbreak, things with Isaac worsen and Mila struggles to tell Iqra the truth as both Bernie and Tiffany grapple with secrets.’
It remains to be seen if the most drama will be in Walford or the football pitch but the choice is yours!
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