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 / ... (3,664 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 / ... (2,010 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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Originally it had been planned for Chrissie Watts' trial for the murder of her husband Den to be screened. However the idea was scrapped because the actresses Tracy Ann Oberman (Chrissie Watts), Kim Medcalf (Sam Mitchell) and Michelle Ryan (Zoe Slater) had all moved on to other projects. 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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Joey Branning: What the hell are you doing here?
Michael Moon: I'm drinking tea.
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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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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 15 February 2010 (2010) See more »

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by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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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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