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 / ... (2,679 episodes, 1990-2016)
Adam Woodyatt ...
 Ian / ... (2,633 episodes, 1985-2016)
Pam St. Clement ...
 Pat / ... (1,819 episodes, 1986-2016)
June Brown ...
 Dot / ... (1,784 episodes, 1985-2016)
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 Peggy / ... (1,561 episodes, 1994-2016)
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 Pauline / ... (1,544 episodes, 1985-2010)
Perry Fenwick ...
 Billy / ... (1,456 episodes, 1998-2016)
Letitia Dean ...
 Sharon / ... (1,452 episodes, 1985-2016)
Sid Owen ...
 Ricky / ... (1,209 episodes, 1988-2012)
Natalie Cassidy ...
 Sonia / ... (1,188 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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Trivia

According to former EastEnders writer, David Yallop, it had been agreed in September 1989, that Steven Beale would be killed off in the serial. This was part of producer Mike Gibbon's plan to increase the ratings by culling a large number of the soap's long-running cast. Yallop said, "We had to reach a decision with the illegitimate child who was in the process of being born as a result of an earlier storyline. We wanted to know what to do with it. Either the child would be allowed to live or it would die. They decided to make the child 'seriously ill', but the reprieve was temporary. In episode 606 I resolved the problem." He claimed that on his draft of the storyline he wrote the words "Baby die". The plot never came to fruition, as Gibbon was abruptly replaced as the soap's boss and Yallop's plots were scrapped. See more »

Goofs

When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Honestly, Si, you don't know whether you're Arthur or Martha!
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From 2000-2009, a satellite picture of East London was used with the Millennium Dome [now known as The O2] added to the picture. See more »

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Referenced in The Thick of It: Episode #1.2 (2005) See more »

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Predictable week in, week out tension and shock tactics
9 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

How can people be addicted to this rubbish. It's the same old story lines, just mixed up, repeated and revolved, over and over again. I bet the producers have a list that goes something like this . . . argument, divorce, fight, name calling, awkward moment, bankruptcy, pub standoff, family feud, an affair, a car accident, an unwanted person from the past turning up, a troublemaker, a mafia type guy, a bad boy thing happening, a faulty toaster etc . . . I think that The Sun red-top newspaper lovers or The Daily Sport readers in England would probably argue otherwise - but I would guess that they just cycle through a list of tragedies and film a few weeks in advance, because there is redundant cinematography, dogmatic camera angles and filming techniques, plus just the same old list of tragedies cycling week in, week out, with the odd awkward happy moment being used as contrast between the 10 odd tragedies being thrust at us in blocks. I have been forced to watch Eastenders on many a Christmas meal visiting relatives in England. Everybody sits on the sofa at the time of the airing, where electricity is drawn from France as the show is so popular, then in the meantime I am subjected to what is like reading through the Daily Sport's past year back issues whilst witnessing a kind of public execution in originality and taste. It is torture much more arduous than physical forms of torture. It is like watching a chef making instant noodles and everyone clapping and saying "Yay, what a great meal that was!" If I had to sum this show up in a sentence, I'd say that it is 'predictable Daily Sport (red tabloid shock headline) material translated into video'. It has become a parody of Britain's view on negative events as being somehow more 'realistic' than positive events. Other shows are following suit on the revolving tragedy storyline method, and who can blame them as it works, because there are enough people addicted to drama not to see the monotony in it all, such as coronation street and Emmerdale farm have. Again, who can blame them. But really, can't people see the commercial spin of weaving these same old dramatic situations week in, week out? Or is it just me - is it wrong for me to feel bored watching the 127th affair, or 245th family argument or the 1245th shouting match?


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