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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 6197, Series 1

Monday January 18 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Martin gives Sonia some words of encouragement. Ben finds himself in a tricky situation with the police.

Episode 6197, Series 1

Tuesday January 19 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Martin gives Sonia some words of encouragement. Ben finds himself in a tricky situation with the police.

Episode 6198, Series 1

Tuesday January 19 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Shirley is stunned when she learns the truth and takes matters into her own hands. Denise is left questioning who she should believe.

Episode 6198, Series 1

Wednesday January 20 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Shirley is stunned when she learns the truth and takes matters into her own hands. Denise is left questioning who she should believe.

Episode 6199, Series 1

Wednesday January 20 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Jean is determined to do things her way, and Frankie spirals, leaving Callum worried. Ash and Iqra are drifting apart whilst an unlikely pair get closer.

Episode 6199, Series 1

Thursday January 21 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Jean is determined to do things her way, and Frankie spirals, leaving Callum worried. Ash and Iqra are drifting apart whilst an unlikely pair get closer.

Episode 6200, Series 1

Thursday January 21 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Jean forges ahead with her plan and offers some words of wisdom to a struggling Sheree. Shirley is determined to put her family first and wants answers. Martin finally realises what…

Episode 6200, Series 1

Friday January 22 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Jean forges ahead with her plan and offers some words of wisdom to a struggling Sheree. Shirley is determined to put her family first and wants answers. Martin finally realises what…

Episode 6197, Series 1

Sunday January 24 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Martin gives Sonia some words of encouragement. Ben finds himself in a tricky situation with the police.

Episode 6198, Series 1

Sunday January 24 at 12:45am

EastEnders

Shirley is stunned when she learns the truth and takes matters into her own hands. Denise is left questioning who she should believe.

Episode 6199, Series 1

Sunday January 24 at 1:05am

EastEnders

Jean is determined to do things her way, and Frankie spirals, leaving Callum worried. Ash and Iqra are drifting apart whilst an unlikely pair get closer.

Episode 6200, Series 1

Sunday January 24 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Jean forges ahead with her plan and offers some words of wisdom to a struggling Sheree. Shirley is determined to put her family first and wants answers. Martin finally realises what…

Episode 6201, Series 1

Monday January 25 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

When Denise hears the truth, she fears the worst. Gray struggles with Karen's new role, and Kathy is distraught and at a loss for what to do next.

Episode 6201, Series 1

Tuesday January 26 at 9:05am

EastEnders

When Denise hears the truth, she fears the worst. Gray struggles with Karen's new role, and Kathy is distraught and at a loss for what to do next.

Episode 6202, Series 1

Tuesday January 26 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6202, Series 1

Wednesday January 27 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6203, Series 1

Wednesday January 27 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6203, Series 1

Thursday January 28 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6204, Series 1

Thursday January 28 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6204, Series 1

Friday January 29 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6201, Series 1

Sunday January 31 at 12:20am

EastEnders

When Denise hears the truth, she fears the worst. Gray struggles with Karen's new role, and Kathy is distraught and at a loss for what to do next.

Episode 6202, Series 1

Sunday January 31 at 12:45am

EastEnders

Episode 6203, Series 1

Sunday January 31 at 1:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6204, Series 1

Sunday January 31 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Episode 6205, Series 1

Monday February 1 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6205, Series 1

Tuesday February 2 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6206, Series 1

Tuesday February 2 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6206, Series 1

Wednesday February 3 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6207, Series 1

Wednesday February 3 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6207, Series 1

Thursday February 4 at 9:05am

EastEnders
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