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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Steve McFadden ...
 Phil / ... (2,700 episodes, 1990-2016)
Adam Woodyatt ...
 Ian / ... (2,655 episodes, 1985-2016)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (1,819 episodes, 1986-2016)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (1,793 episodes, 1985-2016)
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 Peggy / ... (1,561 episodes, 1994-2016)
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 Pauline / ... (1,545 episodes, 1985-2010)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,471 episodes, 1998-2016)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,465 episodes, 1985-2016)
Sid Owen ...
 Ricky / ... (1,209 episodes, 1988-2012)
Natalie Cassidy ...
 Sonia / ... (1,200 episodes, 1993-2016)
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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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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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(1985-1991)| (1991-)

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At the 2016 British Soap Awards, Steve McFadden won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his performances over the year as Phil Mitchell, which he has played since 1990 for a record breaking 26 years. See more »

Goofs

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

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Frank Butcher: I'll tell you what, pal, you talk to me like that again and you're gonna get a dry slap.
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As of 2009, an updated satellite picture of East London is being used. And the title faded onto the picture rather than scroll up onto the screen. See more »

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Referenced in Witless: Episode #1.3 (2016) See more »

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The direst programme on TV?
9 March 2002 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Sorry, folks, to buck the trend and fly in the face of the perceived wisdom which says that EastEnders is the best soap - even the best programme - on TV, but I think it is the most overrated programme of all. A good drama should make us think, should move us, inspire us, stretch our minds, and enable us to identify with the ups and downs of the lives of its characters. However, with EastEnders no intellectual effort is required at all when watching each unfolding episode, because the plots are so laboriously developed, and the dialogue and acting so predictable and patronising to the viewer. Far from being uplifting and inspiring, the storylines are so dire and constantly negative as to leave the viewer feeling thoroughly depressed. In the name of "realism" the stories are in fact unreal and sensational, and not reflective of real life at all. Just as British viewers would, quite wrongly, assume Australians to be shallow and superficial if we were to believe the way they are portrayed in Australian soaps, then surely Australians and Americans must think that life in Britain is pretty dire and depressing, if they believe that EastEnders is representative of the lifestyle of the average working class Briton. When will British viewers remove the blinkers and see this programme for what it is - cheap, sensational, ratings-driven, self-indulgent and catering to the lowest common denominator and basest instincts of its mass audience. Have we no imaginative, innovative and ground-breaking screenwriters left in Britain, and where are the new generation of great British actors to come from? Not, I believe, from the ranks of Britains "best" soap.


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