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New series of EastEnders web show

8 April 10 10:01 GMT

EastEnders: E20 - the internet-based spin-off of the BBC One soap - is set to return for a second series, it has been announced.

The show, which will focus on the lives of four new teenage characters, will premiere online first and then be broadcast on BBC Three later.

The 14-minute episodes will continue to be written by a team of young people aged between 17-22.

More than three million viewers downloaded the first series.

'Positive feedback'

The next series will focus on four new young characters who live in a flat above Roxy's beauty salon.

The original quartet of E20 characters, including Zsa Zsa, appear in the main soap and some of the regular characters also make cameo appearances in the online show.

The writers were chosen through a competition, while the theme tune was selected through a contest run in conjunction with BBC Radio 1.

The idea of the web drama was originally created to celebrate EastEnders' silver anniversary this year.

EastEnders executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: "Not only have viewing figures been fantastic but - and most importantly - we've had such positive feedback from the viewers."

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