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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 6245, Series 1

Sunday April 18 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Whitney makes a big gesture, and Mick bonds with Frankie in true Carter style. Vinny starts to make his mark in the Panesar family, but not everyone is happy.

Episode 6246, Series 1

Sunday April 18 at 12:40am

EastEnders

Lily has a plan to try to help her mum, Sharon decides it's time for new ventures, and Mick makes a stand for his daughter.

Episode 6247, Series 1

Sunday April 18 at 1:00am

EastEnders

Jean desperately tries to keep the family together, Bobby's new persona comes into full effect, and Mick's reservations about Katy are confirmed.

Episode 6248, Series 1

Sunday April 18 at 1:20am

EastEnders

Ben tries to scupper Sharon's plan, Callum's wedding plans leave Phil feeling awkward, and Lily's scheming comes into action.

Episode 6249, Series 1

Monday April 19 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Jean's desperation lands her in hot water, Lily does her best to get under Ruby's skin, and Sheree and Isaac clash over what's best for Patrick.

Episode 6249, Series 1

Tuesday April 20 at 8:50am

EastEnders

Jean's desperation lands her in hot water, Lily does her best to get under Ruby's skin, and Sheree and Isaac clash over what's best for Patrick.

Episode 6250, Series 1

Tuesday April 20 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Sharon gets an unwelcomed surprise as Jean interferes, Lola has a decision to make, and Bernadette is forced to go against her better judgement.

Episode 6250, Series 1

Wednesday April 21 at 8:50am

EastEnders

Sharon gets an unwelcomed surprise as Jean interferes, Lola has a decision to make, and Bernadette is forced to go against her better judgement.

Episode 6251, Series 1

Wednesday April 21 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Kat considers going public with Phil, Kush feels crushed as Whitney's determination grows stronger, and Bernie's sacrifice doesn't end well.

Episode 6251, Series 1

Thursday April 22 at 8:50am

EastEnders

Kat considers going public with Phil, Kush feels crushed as Whitney's determination grows stronger, and Bernie's sacrifice doesn't end well.

Episode 6252, Series 1

Thursday April 22 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Kush knows what he wants, Kat lets her conscience guide her, and Karen is let down on the worst day.

Episode 6252, Series 1

Friday April 23 at 8:50am

EastEnders

Kush knows what he wants, Kat lets her conscience guide her, and Karen is let down on the worst day.

Episode 6249, Series 1

Sunday April 25 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Jean's desperation lands her in hot water, Lily does her best to get under Ruby's skin, and Sheree and Isaac clash over what's best for Patrick.

Episode 6250, Series 1

Sunday April 25 at 12:40am

EastEnders

Sharon gets an unwelcomed surprise as Jean interferes, Lola has a decision to make, and Bernadette is forced to go against her better judgement.

Episode 6251, Series 1

Sunday April 25 at 1:00am

EastEnders

Kat considers going public with Phil, Kush feels crushed as Whitney's determination grows stronger, and Bernie's sacrifice doesn't end well.

Episode 6252, Series 1

Sunday April 25 at 1:20am

EastEnders

Kush knows what he wants, Kat lets her conscience guide her, and Karen is let down on the worst day.

Episode 6253, Series 1

Monday April 26 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Kush has a huge surprise for Whitney, and Karen faces an unusual proposition. It's a proud day for Keegan, but what is Tiffany hiding?

Episode 6253, Series 1

Tuesday April 27 at 8:50am

EastEnders

Kush has a huge surprise for Whitney, and Karen faces an unusual proposition. It's a proud day for Keegan, but what is Tiffany hiding?

Episode 6254, Series 1

Tuesday April 27 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

An unexpected guest at Frankie's birthday surprises everyone, and a mistake on social media puts the spotlight on Keegan.

Episode 6254, Series 1

Wednesday April 28 at 8:50am

EastEnders

An unexpected guest at Frankie's birthday surprises everyone, and a mistake on social media puts the spotlight on Keegan.

Episode 6255, Series 1

Wednesday April 28 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

It's time for Kush to face the music, Isaac hides his true feelings from Sheree and Patrick, and Ruby wants in on the action.

Episode 6255, Series 1

Thursday April 29 at 8:50am

EastEnders

It's time for Kush to face the music, Isaac hides his true feelings from Sheree and Patrick, and Ruby wants in on the action.

Episode 6256, Series 1

Thursday April 29 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

A big blunder leaves Tiffany in hot water, Gray fumbles at his own game, and Martin faces a big decision.

Episode 6256, Series 1

Friday April 30 at 8:50am

EastEnders

A big blunder leaves Tiffany in hot water, Gray fumbles at his own game, and Martin faces a big decision.

Episode 6253, Series 1

Sunday May 2 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Kush has a huge surprise for Whitney, and Karen faces an unusual proposition. It's a proud day for Keegan, but what is Tiffany hiding?

Episode 6254, Series 1

Sunday May 2 at 12:40am

EastEnders

An unexpected guest at Frankie's birthday surprises everyone, and a mistake on social media puts the spotlight on Keegan.

Episode 6255, Series 1

Sunday May 2 at 1:00am

EastEnders

It's time for Kush to face the music, Isaac hides his true feelings from Sheree and Patrick, and Ruby wants in on the action.

Episode 6256, Series 1

Sunday May 2 at 1:20am

EastEnders

A big blunder leaves Tiffany in hot water, Gray fumbles at his own game, and Martin faces a big decision.

Episode 6257, Series 1

Monday May 3 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6257, Series 1

Tuesday May 4 at 8:50am

EastEnders
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