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
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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
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
I'll tell you what, pal, you talk to me like that again and you're gonna get a dry slap.
From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more
Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #4.15