EastEnders: E20 is a 12-part British Internet soap opera. A spin-off from the established BBC soap EastEnders, it is set in EastEnders' regular setting of Albert Square, a Victorian square in the fictional borough of Walford, in the East End of London. It follows four teenage characters, Zsa Zsa Carter (Emer Kenny), Leon Small (Sam Attwater), Fatboy (Ricky Norwood) and Mercy Olubunmi (Bunmi Mojekwu), who have all arrived in Albert Square to try to escape from various problems. The show's title comes from Walford's fictional London postal district, E20. The four characters also appear EastEnders.
EastEnders: E20 started in January 2010 as part of the main show's 25th anniversary celebrations. It was devised in a bid to develop and nurture new talent, including writers, actors, composers and remixers, and target a younger audience, as well as to attempt to drive more people onto the Internet. The series was the idea of executive producers Diederick Santer, who wanted a show where regular EastEnders characters would be in the background, and John Yorke, who wanted to improve the portrayal of teenagers in EastEnders and to get younger people writing for it.
The show's writers, all newcomers aged between 17 and 22, were selected through a writing competition, and created the series at a BBC summer school. The theme tune was also selected through a competition, promoted on BBC Radio 1. The series took six months to produce from commissioning to completion. It primarily operates as a standalone series but also cross-references storylines of the main soap, and features cameo appearances from several of the regular characters from EastEnders. The twelve episodes are between four and 16 minutes each in length and are being made available via EastEnders' official website with omnibus editions available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.