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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 6166, Series 1

Wednesday November 25 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Kat, Phil, Ben and Shirley make their move. Callum is caught between a rock and a hard place. Will he do the right thing?

Episode 6167, Series 1

Wednesday November 25 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Tina makes a desperate plea to Shirley, and Denise is encouraged to pursue things with Jack again.

Episode 6167, Series 1

Thursday November 26 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Tina makes a desperate plea to Shirley, and Denise is encouraged to pursue things with Jack again.

Episode 6168, Series 1

Thursday November 26 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Sharon gives Linda some advice, but will she listen? Ian arranges an interview with the Walford Gazette to show off his business empire - what could possibly go wrong?

Episode 6168, Series 1

Friday November 27 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Sharon gives Linda some advice, but will she listen? Ian arranges an interview with the Walford Gazette to show off his business empire - what could possibly go wrong?

Episode 6165, Series 1

Sunday November 29 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Kat has a plan that could save her family's financial woes, but it comes with great risk. Meanwhile, a surprise is in store for Denise.

Episode 6166, Series 1

Sunday November 29 at 12:45am

EastEnders

Kat, Phil, Ben and Shirley make their move. Callum is caught between a rock and a hard place. Will he do the right thing?

Episode 6167, Series 1

Sunday November 29 at 1:05am

EastEnders

Tina makes a desperate plea to Shirley, and Denise is encouraged to pursue things with Jack again.

Episode 6168, Series 1

Sunday November 29 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Sharon gives Linda some advice, but will she listen? Ian arranges an interview with the Walford Gazette to show off his business empire - what could possibly go wrong?

Episode 6169, Series 1

Monday November 30 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6169, Series 1

Tuesday December 1 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6170, Series 1

Tuesday December 1 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6170, Series 1

Wednesday December 2 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6171, Series 1

Wednesday December 2 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6171, Series 1

Thursday December 3 at 9:10am

EastEnders

Episode 6172, Series 1

Thursday December 3 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6172, Series 1

Friday December 4 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6169, Series 1

Sunday December 6 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Episode 6170, Series 1

Sunday December 6 at 12:45am

EastEnders

Episode 6171, Series 1

Sunday December 6 at 1:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6172, Series 1

Sunday December 6 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Episode 6173, Series 1

Monday December 7 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6173, Series 1

Tuesday December 8 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6174, Series 1

Tuesday December 8 at 8:00pm

EastEnders

Episode 6174, Series 1

Wednesday December 9 at 9:05am

EastEnders

Episode 6175, Series 1

Wednesday December 9 at 8:00pm

EastEnders
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