The opening titles of EastEnders have been given a revamp for the first time in 10 years.
The soap’s famous map sequence has been updated, and now boasts a three-dimensional coloured map, complete with a boat, waves and clouds.
Executive producer Diederick Santer (pictured) said: “It’s not been tweaked or changed in the 10 years since the Millennium Dome was completed in 1999, and in my first week here, in 2006, it started to bug me.
“With everyone now so familiar with Google Earth, it struck me that the style of the map image, as well as the content, was a little out of date. I didn’t like how the ‘EastEnders’ title scrolled up, it’s always looked odd to me. It wasn’t until this year that we actually got around to doing anything about it.”
He also arranged for the iconic theme tune to be tweaked by original composer Simon May.
Diederick said the new version is essentially a remix, featuring ‘new warmth to the strings, humanising the whistle and the harp. There are a couple of tiny musical and rhythmic changes too.
“We made subtle changes that might not be obvious to a non-musician. Hopefully, every viewer will be left with the feeling that the theme is now ‘fresher’ and more 21st century.”
The new sequence will be broadcast for the first time on Monday 7 September at 8pm on BBC1.