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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Adam Woodyatt ...
 Ian / ... (3,532 episodes, 1985-2017)
Steve McFadden ...
 Phil / ... (2,751 episodes, 1990-2017)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (2,569 episodes, 1986-2016)
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 Pauline / ... (2,086 episodes, 1985-2016)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (1,867 episodes, 1985-2017)
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 Peggy / ... (1,562 episodes, 1994-2016)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,563 episodes, 1985-2017)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,536 episodes, 1998-2017)
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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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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19 February 1985 (UK)  »

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(1985-1991)| (1991-)

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Trivia

The child abuse storyline with Kat Slater and her uncle Harry saw calls to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) go up by 60%. The chief executive of the NSPCC praised the storyline for covering the subject in a direct and sensitive way, coming to the conclusion that people were more likely to report any issues relating to child protection because of it. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Zoe: My sister is my mum. My Dad is my granddad and my uncle, and my uncle is my dad.
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Crazy Credits

From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.137 (2010) See more »

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Theme
by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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User Reviews

The best and most realistic soap you're not watching
7 January 2003 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

BBC America runs an omnibus once a week of this popular British soap opera. If you don't get BBC America, call your cable company and ask about digital cable- it's generally only about 10 bucks more a month than regular cable, and you get more channels. That said, I was hooked from the first time I watched "EastEnders" a little over a year ago. It took a few episodes and a book ("EastEnders Who's Who", available from amazon.com)for me to catch on, but it was worth it. These characters, although sometimes predictable (cheating exes, guy gets fatal brain tumor, etc,)are more realistic than any lame-o American soap- maybe because they don't sport red sequinned dresses and 5 pounds of make-up at 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. There's a chock full of good stuff happening in Albert Square- call you cable operator and get the Beeb if, for nothing else, this fabulous show!


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