EastEnders (1985– )

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The everyday lives of the inhabitants of Albert Square in the East-End of London.

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Series cast summary:
Steve McFadden ...
 Phil / ... (2,425 episodes, 1990-2014)
Adam Woodyatt ...
 Ian / ... (2,389 episodes, 1985-2014)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (1,818 episodes, 1986-2012)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (1,656 episodes, 1985-2014)
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 Peggy / ... (1,551 episodes, 1994-2013)
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 Pauline / ... (1,536 episodes, 1985-2010)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,295 episodes, 1998-2014)
Sid Owen ...
 Ricky / ... (1,210 episodes, 1988-2012)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,185 episodes, 1985-2014)
Patsy Palmer ...
 Bianca / ... (1,102 episodes, 1993-2014)
Todd Carty ...
 Mark (1,081 episodes, 1990-2003)
Jessie Wallace ...
 Kat / ... (1,023 episodes, 2000-2014)
Natalie Cassidy ...
 Sonia / ... (1,009 episodes, 1993-2014)
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 Grant (997 episodes, 1990-2006)
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A British soap that has been running since 1985, about the lives of people living on Albert Square in the fictitious Walford borough of East London. Written by James2001

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Trivia

Penned scripts for the exit of Sid Owen as Ricky Butcher in April 2000 had to be rewritten to account for the absence of Mike Reid who played Ricky's father Frank. The storyline initially planned to have Frank and Ricky involved in one of EastEnders renowned two-hander episodes, but due to Reid's off-screen ill-health, Steve McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell, had to stand in for the episode, which saw Ricky flee Walford. See more »

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When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more »

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Dr. Anthony Trueman: I want to be with Kat, Kat wants nothing to do with me. I don't want to be with Zoe, Zoe wants everything to do with me. Happy Christmas.
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From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #17.180 (2012) See more »

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Utterly painful to watch
28 December 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I've never been sure if soaps are supposed to simulate real-life. If they are meant for this purpose, that's got to be the biggest waste of time in history. Why simulate real-life? We can all admit that most of our lives are repetitive and dull, so why would anyone want to watch a simulation of that, played out by people who don't even exist?

Eastenders is unconvincing to the extreme. Nobody seems to own a computer, washing machine or car. People seem to buy shares in local businesses within a matter seconds, with someone owning "half the Arches" or "half the Vic". Sam walks around with "the books", which really are books! Most business managers have computers and accountants to do that for them. Those who run stalls on the market like to leave their livelihoods with friends, simply handing over their money pouches. They're the lucky ones - a lot of the cast don't have jobs at all so how they manage to survive in east London is beyond me.

The "gangsters" are so unrealistic it's hard to watch. The scripts are terrible, mainly down to watershed restrictions, so the writers cannot include most swear-words and are forced to use words like "moron", "idiot" and "wally" which don't really work on the same scale.

Strangely enough, soaps are the shows that are watched the most in the UK, and I don't understand this. Numerous soap magazines are on the shelves, and these tell us what's going to happen in the coming weeks, so nobody really needs to watch at all.

I don't understand the concept of soaps, why anyone feels the need to watch and why there are so many.


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