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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 6405, Series 1

Sunday January 23 at 1:20am

EastEnders

Mick is desperate to talk to Linda but ends up opening to Nancy and Janine's scheming knows no bounds.

Episode 6406, Series 1

Sunday January 23 at 1:40am

EastEnders

Stacey receives a grilling at her job interview and Denise insists that Phil can't see Raymond until after New Year.

Episode 6407, Series 1

Sunday January 23 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Sharon realises that Kat is hiding something, Martin has news and Nancy seeks support from Zack.

Episode 6408, Series 1

Sunday January 23 at 2:20am

EastEnders

Kat admits the truth and panics and tensions run high between the Carters.

Episode 6409, Series 1

Monday January 24 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Tensions are high in the Trueman-Fox household. Denise's ordeal with Phil is not over.

Episode 6409, Series 1

Tuesday January 25 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Tensions are high in the Trueman-Fox household. Denise's ordeal with Phil is not over.

Episode 6410, Series 1

Tuesday January 25 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Ash defies Suki and heads out to let her hair down with Ben and Callum.

Episode 6410, Series 1

Wednesday January 26 at 10:05am

EastEnders

Ash defies Suki and heads out to let her hair down with Ben and Callum.

Episode 6411, Series 1

Wednesday January 26 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Honey persuades Suki to come clean and Bobby is forced to think on his feet.

Episode 6411, Series 1

Thursday January 27 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Honey persuades Suki to come clean and Bobby is forced to think on his feet.

Episode 6412, Series 1

Thursday January 27 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Bobby makes a promise he is not likely to keep.

Episode 6412, Series 1

Friday January 28 at 10:10am

EastEnders

Bobby makes a promise he is not likely to keep.

Episode 6409, Series 1

Sunday January 30 at 1:20am

EastEnders

Tensions are high in the Trueman-Fox household. Denise's ordeal with Phil is not over.

Episode 6410, Series 1

Sunday January 30 at 1:40am

EastEnders

Ash defies Suki and heads out to let her hair down with Ben and Callum.

Episode 6411, Series 1

Sunday January 30 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Honey persuades Suki to come clean and Bobby is forced to think on his feet.

Episode 6412, Series 1

Sunday January 30 at 2:20am

EastEnders

Bobby makes a promise he is not likely to keep.

Episode 6413, Series 1

Monday January 31 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Harvey does his best to protect his children and Dotty is running out of options.

Episode 6413, Series 1

Tuesday February 1 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Harvey does his best to protect his children and Dotty is running out of options.

Episode 6414, Series 1

Tuesday February 1 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Harvey does his best to protect his children and Dotty is running out of options.

Episode 6414, Series 1

Wednesday February 2 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Harvey does his best to protect his children and Dotty is running out of options.

Episode 6415, Series 1

Wednesday February 2 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Vinny take a chance on Dotty and Callum appeals to Phil to go easy on Ben.

Episode 6415, Series 1

Thursday February 3 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Vinny take a chance on Dotty and Callum appeals to Phil to go easy on Ben.

Episode 6416, Series 1

Thursday February 3 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

A surprise visitor provides much needed support for Ben.

Episode 6416, Series 1

Friday February 4 at 10:05am

EastEnders

A surprise visitor provides much needed support for Ben.

Episode 6413, Series 1

Sunday February 6 at 1:20am

EastEnders

Harvey does his best to protect his children and Dotty is running out of options.

Episode 6414, Series 1

Sunday February 6 at 1:40am

EastEnders

Harvey does his best to protect his children and Dotty is running out of options.

Episode 6415, Series 1

Sunday February 6 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Vinny take a chance on Dotty and Callum appeals to Phil to go easy on Ben.

Episode 6416, Series 1

Sunday February 6 at 2:20am

EastEnders

A surprise visitor provides much needed support for Ben.

Episode 6417, Series 1

Monday February 7 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Ben opens up about his feelings and makes a shocking decision.

Episode 6417, Series 1

Tuesday February 8 at 10:00am

EastEnders

Ben opens up about his feelings and makes a shocking decision.

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