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 / ... (2,690 episodes, 1990-2016)
Adam Woodyatt ...
 Ian / ... (2,642 episodes, 1985-2016)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (1,819 episodes, 1986-2016)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (1,785 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 / ... (1,466 episodes, 1998-2016)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,455 episodes, 1985-2016)
Sid Owen ...
 Ricky / ... (1,209 episodes, 1988-2012)
Natalie Cassidy ...
 Sonia / ... (1,191 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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East 8  »

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Following the decision of Natalie Cassidy to leave the character of Sonia Fowler in 2007, it was originally planned for her on-screen former husband, Martin Fowler, portrayed by James Alexandrou, to murder her after failing to come to terms with her new lesbian relationship. In the end scriptwriters decided to reconcile the couple and have them leave together. 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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Zoe: My sister is my mum. My Dad is my granddad and my uncle, and my uncle is my dad.
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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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Referenced in A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Episode #4.3 (1995) 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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