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'EastEnders' bosses celebrate 'E20' series three success

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Faith, Donnie and Ava from EastEnders: E20

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EastEnders bosses have today expressed their delight after the new series of EastEnders: E20 surpassed 1.2 million views across BBC Online and BBC Three.

E20 returned for its third run on September 20 and show producers have seen a 50% increase in the programme's online audience since the launch.

This year's series, which is now half-way through its run, focuses on troubled trio Faith (Modupe Adeyeye), Donnie (Samuell Benta) and Ava (Sophie Colquhoun), who all came together on Albert Square amid desperate times in their lives.

Covering topics such as family breakdown, bullying and teen sex, the new episodes were developed in conjunction with BBC Learning to address issues in the PSHE curriculum.

EastEnders: E20 producer Deborah Sathe commented: "I am thrilled to see E20 has sustained its position as a front-runner in online drama.

"Coming off the back of the Webby Award win earlier in the year, and with more people watching programmes online via their computer and tablet, it seems like it is an exciting time for multi-platform drama."

BBC Drama and Learning also recently organised a regional schools tour to accompany EastEnders: E20's return, which saw pupils writing short scenes based on scenarios tying in with the PSHE curriculum. These scenes were then performed, filmed and edited.

BBC Learning commissioner Sarah Miller explained: "The schools tour was a terrific opportunity to deliver powerful face-to-face workshops, giving students and teachers the opportunity to develop key media production skills and to get behind the scenes of a top BBC drama."

EastEnders: E20 airs three times a week on the EastEnders website. An omnibus edition is screened each Friday at 8.30pm on BBC Three.

> Read our recent interview with EastEnders: E20 star Modupe Adeyeye
> Read our recent interview with EastEnders: E20 star Sophie Colquhoun
> Read our recent interview with EastEnders: E20 star Samuell Benta

Watch a video preview of the next EastEnders: E20 episode below:

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