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 / ... (3,665 episodes, 1985-2017)
Steve McFadden ...
 Phil / ... (2,918 episodes, 1990-2017)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (2,737 episodes, 1986-2016)
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 Pauline / ... (2,086 episodes, 1985-2016)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (2,013 episodes, 1985-2017)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,703 episodes, 1985-2017)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,690 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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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19 February 1985 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Penned scripts for the exit of Sid Owen as Ricky Butcher in April 2000 had to be rewritten to account for the absence of Mike Reid who played Ricky's father Frank. The storyline initially planned to have Frank and Ricky involved in one of EastEnders renowned two-hander episodes, but due to Reid's off-screen ill-health, Steve McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell, had to stand in for the episode, which saw Ricky flee Walford. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Frank Butcher: What do ya take me for? Some kind of ice cream?
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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 »

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Featured in Paws, Claws & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Theme
by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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Unremittingly awful in every way
15 January 2015 | by (London, England.) – See all my reviews

Coarse, vulgar, repetitive, clichéd, unimaginative, tawdry, aggressive, nasty, this feeble excuse for entertainment seeks out the worst aspects of human nature and magnifies them across a community, never contrasting them in any meaningful way with any of the characteristics that make living in human society tolerable, let alone joyous. New writers seem to buy into the milieu immediately (yes that word, I don't apologise for erudition) by recycling plots, adultery, rape, murder, gangsters, family betrayal, sexual abuse, etc. etc. etc. in this supposedly ordinary London square. In the UK they used to call these 'continuing drama serials', but this truly is 'soap' in the American sense, trite observations on supposedly current societal shifts, hypocritical public defences of 'shocking' and 'offensive' material broadcast in the early evening on a public channel, the constant refrain that 'we merely reflect society' as if that is any defence to the constant depiction of ever coarsening human relations. If I make the mistake of being on this channel as the theme music starts up, my mouth dries and my mood sinks as I reach to turn the TV over, or at least change channels! Save yourselves from this opiate for the foolish, run, run fast, run far and keep on running!


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