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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 6129, Series 1

Monday September 21 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6129, Series 1

Tuesday September 22 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6130, Series 1

Tuesday September 22 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6130, Series 1

Wednesday September 23 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6131, Series 1

Wednesday September 23 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6131, Series 1

Thursday September 24 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6132, Series 1

Thursday September 24 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6132, Series 1

Friday September 25 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6129, Series 1

Sunday September 27 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6130, Series 1

Sunday September 27 at 12:45am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6131, Series 1

Sunday September 27 at 1:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6132, Series 1

Sunday September 27 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6133, Series 1

Monday September 28 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6133, Series 1

Tuesday September 29 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6134, Series 1

Tuesday September 29 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6134, Series 1

Wednesday September 30 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6135, Series 1

Wednesday September 30 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6135, Series 1

Thursday October 1 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6136, Series 1

Thursday October 1 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6136, Series 1

Friday October 2 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6137, Series 1

Monday October 5 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6137, Series 1

Tuesday October 6 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6138, Series 1

Tuesday October 6 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6138, Series 1

Wednesday October 7 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 6139, Series 1

Wednesday October 7 at 9:00pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

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