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?
In the 19th February 1985 broadcast, Reg Cox became the first character in the soap opera to be killed off and was murdered by Nick Cotton and his body discovered by Arthur Fowler. See more
When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more
What do you take me for? Some kind of Pilchard?
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