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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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
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
Honestly, Si, you don't know whether you're Arthur or Martha!
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