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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 5986, Series 1

Sunday September 22 at 12:20am

EastEnders

The events of last week continue to hang heavy over Walford, Chantelle shines with the support of her family, and Shirley makes a tempting offer to Tina.

Episode 5987, Series 1

Sunday September 22 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Bianca gets a reality check, Bobby learns a shocking truth, and Daniel tries his best to support Jean.

Episode 5988, Series 1

Sunday September 22 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Bobby gets support from an unlikely source, Rainie manipulates a situation to her advantage, and Karen and Mitch throw themselves into helping Chantelle.

Episode 5989, Series 1

Sunday September 22 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Kat has a surprise for Jean, leaving her elated, while Ian is dealt a crushing blow.

Episode 5990, Series 1

Monday September 23 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Kathy tries her best to protect Bobby, Linda gets more than she bargained for whilst taking Ollie to school, and Bex finds a distraction from the pressures of starting university.

Episode 5990, Series 1

Tuesday September 24 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Kathy tries her best to protect Bobby, Linda gets more than she bargained for whilst taking Ollie to school, and Bex finds a distraction from the pressures of starting university.

Episode 5991, Series 1

Tuesday September 24 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Bobby makes a worrying decision, Jay finds himself in an impossible situation, and Tiffany gives Keegan some inspiration.

Episode 5991, Series 1

Wednesday September 25 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Bobby makes a worrying decision, Jay finds himself in an impossible situation, and Tiffany gives Keegan some inspiration.

Episode 5992, Series 1

Wednesday September 25 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Bobby struggles to cope as past events continue to haunt him, while Louise's plan backfires. Determined to make his business idea a success, Keegan finds a surprise ally.

Episode 5992, Series 1

Thursday September 26 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Bobby struggles to cope as past events continue to haunt him, while Louise's plan backfires. Determined to make his business idea a success, Keegan finds a surprise ally.

Episode 5993, Series 1

Thursday September 26 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Tiffany and Keegan have a heart to heart, and the Mitchells put on a united front.

Episode 5993, Series 1

Friday September 27 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Tiffany and Keegan have a heart to heart, and the Mitchells put on a united front.

Episode 5990, Series 1

Sunday September 29 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Kathy tries her best to protect Bobby, Linda gets more than she bargained for whilst taking Ollie to school, and Bex finds a distraction from the pressures of starting university.

Episode 5991, Series 1

Sunday September 29 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Bobby makes a worrying decision, Jay finds himself in an impossible situation, and Tiffany gives Keegan some inspiration.

Episode 5992, Series 1

Sunday September 29 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Bobby struggles to cope as past events continue to haunt him, while Louise's plan backfires. Determined to make his business idea a success, Keegan finds a surprise ally.

Episode 5993, Series 1

Sunday September 29 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Tiffany and Keegan have a heart to heart, and the Mitchells put on a united front.

Episode 5994, Series 1

Monday September 30 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5994, Series 1

Tuesday October 1 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5995, Series 1

Tuesday October 1 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5995, Series 1

Wednesday October 2 at 10:20am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5996, Series 1

Wednesday October 2 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5996, Series 1

Thursday October 3 at 10:15am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5997, Series 1

Thursday October 3 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5997, Series 1

Friday October 4 at 10:20am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5994, Series 1

Sunday October 6 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5995, Series 1

Sunday October 6 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5996, Series 1

Sunday October 6 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5997, Series 1

Sunday October 6 at 4:00am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5998, Series 1

Monday October 7 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5998, Series 1

Tuesday October 8 at 11:20am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

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