The everyday lives of working-class inhabitants of Albert Square, a traditional Victorian square of terrace houses surrounding a park in the East End of London's Walford borough. The square includes the Queen Vic pub and a street market.
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 Pat / ... (1,818 episodes, 1986-2012)
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 Dot / ... (1,763 episodes, 1985-2016)
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 Billy / ... (1,420 episodes, 1998-2016)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,395 episodes, 1985-2016)
Sid Owen ...
 Ricky / ... (1,210 episodes, 1988-2012)
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 Sonia / ... (1,151 episodes, 1993-2016)
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 Bianca / ... (1,146 episodes, 1993-2014)
Jessie Wallace ...
 Kat / ... (1,122 episodes, 2000-2016)
Todd Carty ...
 Mark (1,082 episodes, 1990-2003)
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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

Janet Dibley turned down the BBC's £130,000 pay offer after discovering they were planning to turn her character, Lorna Cartwright, into a prostitute who was to be gang raped. It would have been the first time the soap had shown such an attack, but Dibley feared the "harrowing scenes" would lead to her 6 year old son being taunted. Dibley allegedly heard about Lorna's intended storyline from rumours on set, and approached co-executive producer, Mike Hudson, to talk it through. After several meetings, Dibley told Hudson she was unsatisfied with the storyline and refused to sign a new contract. The producers were reportedly upset over her decision, "because they saw Janet becoming one of the most important stars of the show". The scripts were subsequently re-written and Lorna made her final appearance in April 1998. See more »

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When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more »

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Ian Beale: [after Minty asks him about advice on weddings] Yes I've had three wives. One cheated on me, one Didn't make it past reception, and one shot me. What would you like to know?
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From 2000-2009, a satellite picture of East London was used with the Millennium Dome [now known as The O2] added to the picture. See more »

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Referenced in QI: Common Knowledge (2005) See more »

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The direst programme on TV?
9 March 2002 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Sorry, folks, to buck the trend and fly in the face of the perceived wisdom which says that EastEnders is the best soap - even the best programme - on TV, but I think it is the most overrated programme of all. A good drama should make us think, should move us, inspire us, stretch our minds, and enable us to identify with the ups and downs of the lives of its characters. However, with EastEnders no intellectual effort is required at all when watching each unfolding episode, because the plots are so laboriously developed, and the dialogue and acting so predictable and patronising to the viewer. Far from being uplifting and inspiring, the storylines are so dire and constantly negative as to leave the viewer feeling thoroughly depressed. In the name of "realism" the stories are in fact unreal and sensational, and not reflective of real life at all. Just as British viewers would, quite wrongly, assume Australians to be shallow and superficial if we were to believe the way they are portrayed in Australian soaps, then surely Australians and Americans must think that life in Britain is pretty dire and depressing, if they believe that EastEnders is representative of the lifestyle of the average working class Briton. When will British viewers remove the blinkers and see this programme for what it is - cheap, sensational, ratings-driven, self-indulgent and catering to the lowest common denominator and basest instincts of its mass audience. Have we no imaginative, innovative and ground-breaking screenwriters left in Britain, and where are the new generation of great British actors to come from? Not, I believe, from the ranks of Britains "best" soap.


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