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Set in London’s East End, multi award-winning EastEnders charts the emotional highs and dramatic lows of life in the close-knit community of Albert Square, in the fictional borough of Walford. Renowned for its brave writing, challenging storylines and powerful performances, this gritty drama has established itself as a British cultural icon, reflecting the complexity and diversity of UK society over an impressive lifespan.

Classic characters old and new across thousands of episodes have shared a drink in The Queen Vic, shed tears of despair or joy, sat on Arthur's bench in the Square... and at some point or other they probably crossed paths with Ian Beale.

EastEnders facts

If you sat down and watched every episode of EastEnders back to back, it would take around 140 days!

All the pain used on EastEnders during 30 years could fill an Olympic sized swimming pool.

Ian Beale is the longest serving EastEnders character, featuring in the very first episode.

Pat Evans was Walford's most married female. (Pete Beale, Brian Wicks, Frank Butcher and Roy Evans)

The name Walford is a mix of Walthamstow and Stratford - the areas of Greater London where creators Julia Smith and Tony Holland were born.

The Christmas Day 1986 episode of EastEnders remains the highest rated episode of any soap in UK television history, with 30.15 million viewers.

Next on...

Episode 6098, Series 1

Sunday April 5 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Sharon makes a heart-wrenching decision, Mitch is left conflicted, and Jack is unimpressed by Isaac's actions.

Episode 6099, Series 1

Sunday April 5 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Everyone anxiously awaits the outcome of Whitney's bail hearing, Ben hatches a plan, and Ian makes a shocking proposition.

Episode 6100, Series 1

Sunday April 5 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Keegan takes matters into his own hands, Linda issues some home truths, and Callum is left distraught.

Episode 6101, Series 1

Sunday April 5 at 2:00am

EastEnders

It's the day of Dennis's funeral, but a surprise visitor threatens to ruin everything. Meanwhile, Dotty and Vinny strike up a friendship.

Episode 6102, Series 1

Monday April 6 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Sharon struggles to stay in control, Dotty plays with fire, and Mick and Linda make a big decision.

Episode 6102, Series 1

Tuesday April 7 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Sharon struggles to stay in control, Dotty plays with fire, and Mick and Linda make a big decision.

Episode 6103, Series 1

Tuesday April 7 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Ben is taken aback by Jay's news, Vinny is gutted when he doesn't get the help he needs, and Ian revels in his latest plan.

Episode 6103, Series 1

Wednesday April 8 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Ben is taken aback by Jay's news, Vinny is gutted when he doesn't get the help he needs, and Ian revels in his latest plan.

Episode 6104, Series 1

Wednesday April 8 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Bobby develops a crush, and Vinny is determined to prove himself.

Episode 6104, Series 1

Thursday April 9 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Bobby develops a crush, and Vinny is determined to prove himself.

Episode 6105, Series 1

Thursday April 9 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6105, Series 1

Friday April 10 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6106, Series 1

Monday April 13 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6106, Series 1

Tuesday April 14 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6107, Series 1

Tuesday April 14 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6107, Series 1

Wednesday April 15 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6108, Series 1

Wednesday April 15 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6108, Series 1

Thursday April 16 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6109, Series 1

Thursday April 16 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6109, Series 1

Friday April 17 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6106, Series 1

Saturday April 18 at 11:20pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6107, Series 1

Saturday April 18 at 11:55pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6108, Series 1

Sunday April 19 at 12:30am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6109, Series 1

Sunday April 19 at 1:00am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6110, Series 1

Monday April 20 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6110, Series 1

Tuesday April 21 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6111, Series 1

Tuesday April 21 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6111, Series 1

Wednesday April 22 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6112, Series 1

Wednesday April 22 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6112, Series 1

Thursday April 23 at 7:50am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

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