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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.

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Episode 6378, Series 1

Wednesday December 1 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Phil arrives home to Slater family chaos. Whitney uncovers the truth, but will she let on?

Episode 6379, Series 1

Wednesday December 1 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Sparks fly for Jean and Harvey. Dotty is surprised at Sonia's kind offer.

Episode 6379, Series 1

Thursday December 2 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Sparks fly for Jean and Harvey. Dotty is surprised at Sonia's kind offer.

Episode 6380, Series 1

Thursday December 2 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Dotty is stunned when her mum returns. Peter bids to sponsor the Square's Christmas tree.

Episode 6380, Series 1

Friday December 3 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Dotty is stunned when her mum returns. Peter bids to sponsor the Square's Christmas tree.

Episode 6377, Series 1

Sunday December 5 at 1:20am

EastEnders

Dana gives Harvey an ultimatum, and Stacey desperately appeals to Kheerat for help.

Episode 6378, Series 1

Sunday December 5 at 1:45am

EastEnders

Phil arrives home to Slater family chaos. Whitney uncovers the truth, but will she let on?

Episode 6379, Series 1

Sunday December 5 at 2:10am

EastEnders

Sparks fly for Jean and Harvey. Dotty is surprised at Sonia's kind offer.

Episode 6380, Series 1

Sunday December 5 at 2:35am

EastEnders

Dotty is stunned when her mum returns. Peter bids to sponsor the Square's Christmas tree.

Episode 6381, Series 1

Monday December 6 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

A big surprise for Rocky forces him to rethink everything.

Episode 6381, Series 1

Tuesday December 7 at 9:50am

EastEnders

A big surprise for Rocky forces him to rethink everything.

Episode 6382, Series 1

Tuesday December 7 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Phil is wary of Jada and wants answers. A devious Janine tries to teach Peter a lesson.

Episode 6382, Series 1

Wednesday December 8 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Phil is wary of Jada and wants answers. A devious Janine tries to teach Peter a lesson.

Episode 6383, Series 1

Wednesday December 8 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Phil appeals to Martin and Zack for help, and Vinny saves the day for Dotty.

Episode 6383, Series 1

Thursday December 9 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Phil appeals to Martin and Zack for help, and Vinny saves the day for Dotty.

Episode 6384, Series 1

Thursday December 9 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Sharon takes a big step, only for things to fall through when Zack gets involved.

Episode 6384, Series 1

Friday December 10 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Sharon takes a big step, only for things to fall through when Zack gets involved.

Episode 6381, Series 1

Sunday December 12 at 1:35am

EastEnders

A big surprise for Rocky forces him to rethink everything.

Episode 6382, Series 1

Sunday December 12 at 1:55am

EastEnders

Phil is wary of Jada and wants answers. A devious Janine tries to teach Peter a lesson.

Episode 6383, Series 1

Sunday December 12 at 2:20am

EastEnders

Phil appeals to Martin and Zack for help, and Vinny saves the day for Dotty.

Episode 6384, Series 1

Sunday December 12 at 2:45am

EastEnders

Sharon takes a big step, only for things to fall through when Zack gets involved.

Episode 6385, Series 1

Monday December 13 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Things get awkward when Tiffany spots Keegan out on a date.

Episode 6385, Series 1

Tuesday December 14 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Things get awkward when Tiffany spots Keegan out on a date.

Episode 6386, Series 1

Tuesday December 14 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Tiffany learns a valuable lesson the hard way, and Phil steps up for Sharon.

Episode 6386, Series 1

Wednesday December 15 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Tiffany learns a valuable lesson the hard way, and Phil steps up for Sharon.

Episode 6387, Series 1

Wednesday December 15 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Kim realises she needs to move forward, but her plan is halted by Howie.

Episode 6387, Series 1

Thursday December 16 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Kim realises she needs to move forward, but her plan is halted by Howie.

Episode 6388, Series 1

Thursday December 16 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Kim questions everyone around her and Stuart gets concerning news.

Episode 6388, Series 1

Friday December 17 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Kim questions everyone around her and Stuart gets concerning news.

Episode 6385, Series 1

Sunday December 19 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Things get awkward when Tiffany spots Keegan out on a date.

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