EastEnders (1985– )

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The everyday lives of the inhabitants of Albert Square in the East-End of London.

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Steve McFadden ...
 Phil / ... (2,542 episodes, 1990-2015)
Adam Woodyatt ...
 Ian / ... (2,504 episodes, 1985-2015)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (1,818 episodes, 1986-2012)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (1,727 episodes, 1985-2015)
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 Peggy / ... (1,554 episodes, 1994-2015)
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 Pauline / ... (1,536 episodes, 1985-2010)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,367 episodes, 1998-2015)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,299 episodes, 1985-2015)
Sid Owen ...
 Ricky / ... (1,210 episodes, 1988-2012)
Patsy Palmer ...
 Bianca / ... (1,146 episodes, 1993-2014)
Jessie Wallace ...
 Kat / ... (1,095 episodes, 2000-2015)
Natalie Cassidy ...
 Sonia / ... (1,089 episodes, 1993-2015)
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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Pete Beale was initially scheduled to be a short-term character. It had been decided way in advance that the big New Year cliffhanger of 1986 would be the killing-off of a character and the chosen person had to have the greatest effect on the remaining characters. Pete Beale was the obvious choice as his death would leave Kathy a widow and Ian (his son) would have to take over as head of the house. Lou was his mother, Pauline his sister and Den Watts his best-friend, and everyone knew him from the fruit and veg stall, so story lines were planned in which Pete would have a heart-attack; a shock tactic to revive interest in the show after the excitement of Christmas. At the last minute, Julia Smith got 'cold feet' and decided that Pete was too useful a character to lose so early in the programme's history. See more »

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Frank Butcher: What do you take me for? Some kind of Donut?
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Allegedly, it's got better over the years.
19 August 2007 | by (Aberdeen, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I spent three months living in the East End of London in the latter half of 1987, when the show had been on the air for almost two years. It was considered a running joke there.

Why? Because it had an all-white cast. Every cast member and extra in the first couple of years was white.

The street where I lived was a long one, with over 800 houses, and to the best of my knowledge I was one of only three or four white faces living on that street. We were on the corner of the Indian and Turkish "quarters", and even if you excluded those two races the Asians and Afro-Caribbeans outnumbered the white people twenty-to-one. Plus, of course, of the very few white people who *did* live in the area, the vast majority were Scots like me - a "Cockney" accent was never heard.

That wasn't a racist rant, just a simple statement of fact. The BBC either couldn't be bothered crossing London to do their research before writing this soap, or else they only had white actors available and decided to bluff it out.

Either way, as I say, in the East End of the time, we considered it a comedy show. :-)


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