EastEnders: Why is the latest episode not on iPlayer?

If you’re a dedicated EastEnders fan you’ll have become used to catching the newest episode of the soap on BBC iPlayer before it’s shown on TV.

While the BBC has released all four episodes on the streaming service in box set form during busy summers of sport, it’s become a more permanent thing since the start of this year, with that day’s new episode dropping on to iPlayer at 6am on the day of broadcast.

However, fans won’t have had their fix today – and won’t be getting it tomorrow either – since those episodes have not been added to the platform.

Just why is EastEnders not on iPlayer for the next couple of days?

Why is EastEnders not on iPlayer?

While EastEnders normally appears on BBC iPlayer at the appointed time, sometimes episodes are held back in the event of a major twist or a huge storyline unfolding in the soap.

In the case of this week, the BBC has decided not to release Wednesday and Thursday’s episodes early as the mystery around George Knight (Colin Salmon)’s wife Rose deepens – with his secret finally set to be revealed.

‘Let’s make it a Knight to remember’, an EastEnders spokesperson said of the decision. ‘The truth about George Knight’s family is set to be revealed.

‘To find out what really happened all those years ago, Wednesday and Thursday’s episode of EastEnders will air on BBC One and iPlayer simultaneously at 1930 so that audiences can watch the truth unfold together.’

It’s not the first time that the BBC have held back an episode of late.

Others which have not been released on to iPlayer early have included Dot Branning’s funeral, as well as the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day episodes, and the recent returns of Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) and Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt).

EastEnders continues on BBC One on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.

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