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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 5948, Series 1

Tuesday July 16 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Stuart goes for a drink with his dad, Kat tries to get to the bottom of the stolen money, and Iqra and Habiba receive shocking news about Adam's plans for the future.

Episode 5949, Series 1

Tuesday July 16 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5949, Series 1

Wednesday July 17 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5950, Series 1

Wednesday July 17 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5950, Series 1

Thursday July 18 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5951, Series 1

Thursday July 18 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5951, Series 1

Friday July 19 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5952, Series 1

Friday July 19 at 8:20pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5948, Series 1

Sunday July 21 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Stuart goes for a drink with his dad, Kat tries to get to the bottom of the stolen money, and Iqra and Habiba receive shocking news about Adam's plans for the future.

Episode 5949, Series 1

Sunday July 21 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5950, Series 1

Sunday July 21 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5951, Series 1

Sunday July 21 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5952, Series 1

Sunday July 21 at 2:30am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5952, Series 1

Monday July 22 at 10:15am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5953, Series 1

Monday July 22 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5953, Series 1

Tuesday July 23 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5954, Series 1

Tuesday July 23 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5954, Series 1

Wednesday July 24 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5955, Series 1

Wednesday July 24 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5955, Series 1

Thursday July 25 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5956, Series 1

Thursday July 25 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5956, Series 1

Friday July 26 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5957, Series 1

Friday July 26 at 8:20pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5953, Series 1

Sunday July 28 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5954, Series 1

Sunday July 28 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5955, Series 1

Sunday July 28 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5956, Series 1

Sunday July 28 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5957, Series 1

Sunday July 28 at 2:30am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5957, Series 1

Monday July 29 at 10:15am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5958, Series 1

Monday July 29 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

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