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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 6033, Series 1

Friday December 6 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Lisa reaches the end of her patience, Billy hatches a plan, and Mick thinks Mitch is the answer to one of his problems.

Episode 6030, Series 1

Sunday December 8 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Linda is left shocked by some news, Gray takes matters into his own hands, and Sharon makes a surprising proposition.

Episode 6031, Series 1

Sunday December 8 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6032, Series 1

Sunday December 8 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Mick comes to a realisation, Ruby makes a risky decision, and Ash finds out the truth.

Episode 6033, Series 1

Sunday December 8 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Lisa reaches the end of her patience, Billy hatches a plan, and Mick thinks Mitch is the answer to one of his problems.

Episode 6034, Series 1

Monday December 9 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Adam's lies begin to catch up with him, Denise lets Sheree know who's in charge, and Max makes a surprising discovery.

Episode 6034, Series 1

Tuesday December 10 at 9:50am

EastEnders

Adam's lies begin to catch up with him, Denise lets Sheree know who's in charge, and Max makes a surprising discovery.

Episode 6035, Series 1

Tuesday December 10 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Phil struggles to contain his suspicions, Mick puts his plan into action, and Ben realises he has put Phil's business at risk.

Episode 6035, Series 1

Wednesday December 11 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Phil struggles to contain his suspicions, Mick puts his plan into action, and Ben realises he has put Phil's business at risk.

Episode 6036, Series 1

Wednesday December 11 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Ben makes a drastic move, the pressure mounts on Sharon, and Mick's concerns grow for Linda.

Episode 6036, Series 1

Thursday December 12 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Ben makes a drastic move, the pressure mounts on Sharon, and Mick's concerns grow for Linda.

Episode 6037, Series 1

Thursday December 12 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6037, Series 1

Friday December 13 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6034, Series 1

Sunday December 15 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Adam's lies begin to catch up with him, Denise lets Sheree know who's in charge, and Max makes a surprising discovery.

Episode 6035, Series 1

Sunday December 15 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Phil struggles to contain his suspicions, Mick puts his plan into action, and Ben realises he has put Phil's business at risk.

Episode 6036, Series 1

Sunday December 15 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Ben makes a drastic move, the pressure mounts on Sharon, and Mick's concerns grow for Linda.

Episode 6037, Series 1

Sunday December 15 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6038, Series 1

Monday December 16 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6038, Series 1

Tuesday December 17 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6039, Series 1

Tuesday December 17 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6039, Series 1

Wednesday December 18 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6040, Series 1

Wednesday December 18 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6040, Series 1

Thursday December 19 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6041, Series 1

Thursday December 19 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6041, Series 1

Friday December 20 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6038, Series 1

Sunday December 22 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6039, Series 1

Sunday December 22 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6040, Series 1

Sunday December 22 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6041, Series 1

Sunday December 22 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6042, Series 1

Monday December 23 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

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