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The BBC has released Zoom backgrounds so you can pretend you’re in ‘EastEnders’ at The Queen Vic

Download sets from ‘EastEnders’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘Match of the Day’ and more

Written by
Laura Richards

Glued to the television during lockdown? If you do manage to prise yourself away for a Zoom session or virtual quiz anytime soon, you can act like you’re still immersed in the televisual world by using one of the BBC’s new video-call backgrounds. 

The Beeb has released a series of memorable scenes from its shows that you can now use as the backdrop to your next video chat. If lockdown has made your home feel like a prison, you can set yourself up in one of the cells from ‘Porridge’. If you feel like escaping this world, jump in the Tardis and set your backdrop to a set from ‘Doctor Who’. Missing your football fix? Pretend you’re a pundit on ‘Match of the Day’ and that the Premier League is still a thing. Lockdown turned you into a right lush? There’s an ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ scene made for your next hangout with the huns. 

One of the best backdrops, though, has to be The Queen Vic. The BBC has shared seven different iterations of Eastenders’s famous boozer, spanning from 2005 to 2015. So you can play the part of Peggy Mitchell, Alfie Moon or Mick Carter, depending on your favourite vintage of soap landlord/lady. 

Here’s some more of our favourite backdrops for you to get lost in during lockdown, which can all be downloaded here

zoom background for only fools and horses
Photograph: BBC / Time Out
zoom background for only fools and horses
Photograph: BBC / Time Out
zoom background for match of the day
Photograph: BBC / Time Out

Need some more inspiration for that next Zoom call? Check out these public transport backgrounds from TfL

Got quiz fatigue? Here are five other fun activities you can do with your mates on Zoom

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