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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 Ian / ... (3,572 episodes, 1985-2017)
Steve McFadden ...
 Phil / ... (2,801 episodes, 1990-2017)
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 Pat / ... (2,619 episodes, 1986-2016)
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 Pauline / ... (2,086 episodes, 1985-2016)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (1,903 episodes, 1985-2017)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,602 episodes, 1985-2017)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,580 episodes, 1998-2017)
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 Peggy / ... (1,562 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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19 February 1985 (UK)  »

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The outdoor Albert Square set was built on the plot of land used for the building site in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983). See more »

Goofs

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

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Frank Butcher: What do you take me for? Some kind of Donut?
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From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more »

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Referenced in Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Episode #3.2 (2010) See more »

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Insulting and corrosive
24 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This soap is worse than bad: it's poisonous. Of the many television shows that have had a corrosive influence on British society over the past twenty years, Eastenders is the prime example. For two decades this show has celebrated the oaf, the thug, the wide-boy, the tart, the gobby, the violent, the sexually-incontinent, the criminal, the ignorant, the unambitious ...

How many times has someone or other remarked that Eastenders "mirrors life"? Life on which planet, exactly?

It's written about "working-class" characters, as imagined by middle-class people who have taken a course in creative writing. Eager to show to their middle-class peers how familiar they are with the "working-class" they dream up the lumpen rabble that is the citizenry of Eastenders.

This has a toxic effect on some minds less well-equipped than others to handle fiction, and so we find members of the real population assuming the attitudes and demeanour of the inhabitants of Walford.

Thus, it came to pass that Eastenders mirrors life; but only after life had been hoodwinked into mirroring Eastenders.

Other soaps have followed in EE's footsteps, filled to their stinking gunwhales with ugly, potato-faced, shaven-headed, pot-bellied characters, scowling at each other and issuing threats constantly. This is the proletariat as perceived by the writers who produce this trash. The writers will grow rich on the proceeds of such output, and will go on to enjoy the finer things of life in their rarified enclaves. Meanwhile, the burgeoning number of new, TV-induced drones will proceed inexorably toward cultural bankruptcy.

And there you have the new priests and the new creatures of the early 21st century. Much of this is due to the immeasurable power of that illuminated boxful of dancing pixels in the corner of your living-room. It's your fault, gentle reader: that's what you chose as the only window through which to look out from your prison.


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