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.
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.
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