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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Series cast summary:
Steve McFadden ...
 Phil / ... (2,956 episodes, 1990-2017)
Adam Woodyatt ...
 Ian / ... (3,701 episodes, 1985-2017)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (2,047 episodes, 1985-2017)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (2,786 episodes, 1986-2016)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,740 episodes, 1985-2017)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,729 episodes, 1998-2017)
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 Peggy / ... (1,562 episodes, 1994-2016)
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 Pauline / ... (2,093 episodes, 1985-2016)
Natalie Cassidy ...
 Sonia / ... (1,210 episodes, 1993-2016)
Sid Owen ...
 Ricky / ... (1,209 episodes, 1988-2012)
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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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 Patrick / ... (1,058 episodes, 2001-2017)
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 Stacey / ... (1,037 episodes, 2004-2017)
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 Alfie Moon / ... (1,028 episodes, 2002-2016)
Shona McGarty ...
 Whitney Dean / ... (1,028 episodes, 2008-2017)
Lorna Fitzgerald ...
 Abi Branning / ... (1,022 episodes, 2006-2017)
Gillian Taylforth ...
 Kathy / ... (1,016 episodes, 1985-2017)
Laurie Brett ...
 Jane / ... (1,013 episodes, 2004-2017)
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 Max Branning / ... (1,010 episodes, 1990-2017)
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 Grant / ... (1,008 episodes, 1990-2016)
Laila Morse ...
 Mo / ... (994 episodes, 2000-2016)
Samantha Womack ...
 Ronnie / ... (988 episodes, 2007-2017)
Linda Henry ...
 Shirley Carter / ... (981 episodes, 1991-2017)
Diane Parish ...
 Denise Fox / ... (977 episodes, 1998-2017)
Rita Simons ...
 Roxy Mitchell / ... (973 episodes, 2007-2017)
Scott Maslen ...
 Jack Branning / ... (939 episodes, 2007-2017)
Charlie Brooks ...
 Janine / ... (918 episodes, 1999-2014)
Lindsey Coulson ...
 Carol Jackson / ... (913 episodes, 1993-2015)
John Bardon ...
 Jim / ... (883 episodes, 1996-2016)
Derek Martin ...
 Charlie / ... (793 episodes, 2000-2016)
Ricky Groves ...
 Garry (783 episodes, 2000-2009)
Jacqueline Jossa ...
 Lauren Branning (769 episodes, 2010-2017)
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 Martin (707 episodes, 1996-2007)
Jamie Borthwick ...
 Jay Brown / ... (706 episodes, 2006-2017)
Dean Gaffney ...
 Robbie / ... (681 episodes, 1993-2015)
Jo Joyner ...
 Tanya / ... (675 episodes, 2006-2015)
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 Mick Carter / ... (660 episodes, 2013-2017)
Tameka Empson ...
 Kim Fox / ... (659 episodes, 2009-2017)
Shaun Williamson ...
 Barry / ... (656 episodes, 1994-2004)
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 Masood Ahmed / ... (655 episodes, 2007-2016)
Susan Tully ...
 Michelle / ... (606 episodes, 1985-2010)
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 Arthur / ... (1,104 episodes, 1985-2010)
Mike Reid ...
 Frank / ... (582 episodes, 1987-2005)
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 Tamwar Masood / ... (566 episodes, 2007-2016)
Tony Caunter ...
 Roy (565 episodes, 1994-2003)
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 Minty / ... (559 episodes, 2002-2010)
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 Zoe (532 episodes, 2000-2005)
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 Little Mo (515 episodes, 2000-2006)
Gillian Wright ...
 Jean Slater / ... (471 episodes, 2004-2016)
Lucy Benjamin ...
 Lisa / ... (467 episodes, 1998-2010)
Charlie G. Hawkins ...
 Darren / ... (459 episodes, 2004-2011)
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 Natalie (457 episodes, 1994-2004)
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 Zainab / ... (453 episodes, 1994-2013)
Ricky Norwood ...
 Arthur 'Fat Boy' Chubb / ... (439 episodes, 2010-2015)
Paul Bradley ...
 Nigel (432 episodes, 1992-1998)
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 Melanie (420 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Linda Carter (416 episodes, 2013-2016)
Michael French ...
 David / ... (413 episodes, 1993-2014)
Gavin Richards ...
 Terry (412 episodes, 1996-2002)
Elaine Lordan ...
 Lynne (410 episodes, 2000-2004)
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 Bradley (410 episodes, 2006-2010)
Peter Dean ...
 Pete / ... (1,097 episodes, 1985-2010)
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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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(1985-1991)| (1991-)

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Trivia

Steve McFadden and Ross Kemp had attempted to persuade EastEnders writer Tony Jordan to develop a spin-off for their characters, Phil and Grant Mitchell, which would star Barbara Windsor as their mother Peggy. The idea never advanced beyond informal discussions, but when the producers decided to reintroduce Peggy, McFadden and Kemp suggested Windsor play her. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Bianca: RICKY!
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Crazy Credits

From 1985-1993, the series titles was a black and white city with a bright blue river. See more »

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Spin-off EastEnders: Perfectly Frank (2003) See more »

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Theme
by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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Predictable week in, week out tension and shock tactics
9 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

How can people be addicted to this rubbish. It's the same old story lines, just mixed up, repeated and revolved, over and over again. I bet the producers have a list that goes something like this . . . argument, divorce, fight, name calling, awkward moment, bankruptcy, pub standoff, family feud, an affair, a car accident, an unwanted person from the past turning up, a troublemaker, a mafia type guy, a bad boy thing happening, a faulty toaster etc . . . I think that The Sun red-top newspaper lovers or The Daily Sport readers in England would probably argue otherwise - but I would guess that they just cycle through a list of tragedies and film a few weeks in advance, because there is redundant cinematography, dogmatic camera angles and filming techniques, plus just the same old list of tragedies cycling week in, week out, with the odd awkward happy moment being used as contrast between the 10 odd tragedies being thrust at us in blocks. I have been forced to watch Eastenders on many a Christmas meal visiting relatives in England. Everybody sits on the sofa at the time of the airing, where electricity is drawn from France as the show is so popular, then in the meantime I am subjected to what is like reading through the Daily Sport's past year back issues whilst witnessing a kind of public execution in originality and taste. It is torture much more arduous than physical forms of torture. It is like watching a chef making instant noodles and everyone clapping and saying "Yay, what a great meal that was!" If I had to sum this show up in a sentence, I'd say that it is 'predictable Daily Sport (red tabloid shock headline) material translated into video'. It has become a parody of Britain's view on negative events as being somehow more 'realistic' than positive events. Other shows are following suit on the revolving tragedy storyline method, and who can blame them as it works, because there are enough people addicted to drama not to see the monotony in it all, such as coronation street and Emmerdale farm have. Again, who can blame them. But really, can't people see the commercial spin of weaving these same old dramatic situations week in, week out? Or is it just me - is it wrong for me to feel bored watching the 127th affair, or 245th family argument or the 1245th shouting match?


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