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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 6264, Series 1

Friday May 14 at 8:50am

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Episode 6261, Series 1

Sunday May 16 at 12:20am

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Episode 6262, Series 1

Sunday May 16 at 12:40am

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Episode 6263, Series 1

Sunday May 16 at 1:00am

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Episode 6264, Series 1

Sunday May 16 at 1:20am

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Episode 6265, Series 1

Monday May 17 at 8:00pm

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Episode 6265, Series 1

Tuesday May 18 at 8:50am

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Episode 6266, Series 1

Tuesday May 18 at 8:00pm

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Episode 6266, Series 1

Wednesday May 19 at 8:50am

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Episode 6267, Series 1

Wednesday May 19 at 8:00pm

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Episode 6267, Series 1

Thursday May 20 at 8:50am

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Episode 6268, Series 1

Thursday May 20 at 8:00pm

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Episode 6268, Series 1

Friday May 21 at 8:50am

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Episode 6265, Series 1

Sunday May 23 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Episode 6266, Series 1

Sunday May 23 at 12:40am

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Episode 6267, Series 1

Sunday May 23 at 1:00am

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Episode 6268, Series 1

Sunday May 23 at 1:20am

EastEnders

Episode 6269, Series 1

Monday May 24 at 8:00pm

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Episode 6269, Series 1

Tuesday May 25 at 8:50am

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Episode 6270, Series 1

Tuesday May 25 at 8:00pm

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Episode 6270, Series 1

Wednesday May 26 at 8:50am

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Episode 6271, Series 1

Wednesday May 26 at 8:00pm

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Episode 6271, Series 1

Thursday May 27 at 8:50am

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Episode 6272, Series 1

Thursday May 27 at 8:00pm

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