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 / ... (2,585 episodes, 1985-2016)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (1,818 episodes, 1986-2012)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (1,763 episodes, 1985-2016)
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 Pauline / ... (1,536 episodes, 1985-2010)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,420 episodes, 1998-2016)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,395 episodes, 1985-2016)
Sid Owen ...
 Ricky / ... (1,210 episodes, 1988-2012)
Natalie Cassidy ...
 Sonia / ... (1,151 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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Crime | Drama

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19 February 1985 (UK)  »

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(1985-1991)| (1991-)

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Trivia

In 2006, Ricky Butcher was voted as the UK's favourite soap opera car mechanic in a poll of 500 people organised by car hire firm, Lingscar. 36% voted for Ricky played by Sid Owen, above Michael Le Vell, as Kevin Webster from Coronation Street (1960), who scored 34%; EastEnders' Steve McFadden as Phil Mitchell with 12%, and Kylie Minogue as Charlene Robinson from Neighbours (1985) with 7%. See more »

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

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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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