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 / ... (3,707 episodes, 1985-2017)
Steve McFadden ...
 Phil / ... (2,907 episodes, 1990-2017)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (2,569 episodes, 1986-2016)
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 Pauline / ... (2,087 episodes, 1985-2016)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (2,020 episodes, 1985-2017)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,750 episodes, 1985-2017)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,689 episodes, 1998-2017)
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 Peggy / ... (1,563 episodes, 1994-2016)
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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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East 8  »

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Trivia

Angie Watts was originally due to be played by Jean Fennell. Publicity photos for the Radio Times magazine were taken of her alongside Leslie Grantham (Den Watts) and Letitia Dean (Sharon Watts). However she was sacked before the first episode was filmed because producers decided that she looked too elegant for the role and because she tried to change the character of Angie instead of playing her as directed. At the last minute, after Jean Fennell was sacked, the role of Angie was offered to Anita Dobson. 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 1993-1999, the series titles was an updated version which included a green river with a coloured city of East London. Drum beat were also added to the beginning of the theme. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Comedy Connections: Don't Wait Up (2007) See more »

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by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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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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