Set in the East End of London, the show focuses on the tensions between love and family with stories ranging from hard-hitting social issues, to personal, human tragedies. And there's plenty of funny moments too. Classic characters old and new across thousands of episodes have shared a drink in The Queen Vic, shed tears of despair or joy, sat on Arthur's bench in the Square - and at some point or other they probably crossed paths with Ian Beale.
Did You Know?
As of February 2010 only one original cast member remains in the series: Adam Woodyatt
has played Ian Beale continuously since 1985. The second longest serving was Wendy Richard
who played Pauline Fowler for nearly 22 years between 1985 and 2006. See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
My sister is my mum. My Dad is my granddad and my uncle, and my uncle is my dad.
From 1985-1993, the series titles was a black and white city with a bright blue river. See more