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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Series cast summary:
Adam Woodyatt ...  Ian / ... 3,778 episodes, 1985-2018
Steve McFadden ...  Phil / ... 2,987 episodes, 1990-2018
Pam St. Clement ...  Pat / ... 2,570 episodes, 1986-2016
...  Pauline / ... 2,088 episodes, 1985-2016
June Brown ...  Dot / ... 2,027 episodes, 1985-2018
Letitia Dean ...  Sharon / ... 1,824 episodes, 1985-2018
Perry Fenwick ...  Billy / ... 1,763 episodes, 1998-2018
...  Peggy / ... 1,563 episodes, 1994-2016
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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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Maggie O'Neill was removed from the show only months into her contract due to reported extensive conflict with costars namely Samantha Womack who plays Ronnie Mitchell and Robert Kazinsky who played Sean Slater. Some of the stories meant to be including her character, Suzy Branning, had to be re-written such as the storyline in which Ronnie Mitchell finally finds out that her daughter Danielle Jones is still alive only to be killed by a car accident in which Suzy was originally meant to be driving the car until it was later changed to Janine Butcher being the driver. See more »

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

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[Repeated line when about to be hit/slapped by another character]
Michael Moon: Not the face!
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From 1985-1993, the series titles was a black and white city with a bright blue river. See more »

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Featured in The IT Crowd: Return of the Golden Child (2007) See more »

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by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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Unremittingly awful in every way
15 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Coarse, vulgar, repetitive, clichéd, unimaginative, tawdry, aggressive, nasty, this feeble excuse for entertainment seeks out the worst aspects of human nature and magnifies them across a community, never contrasting them in any meaningful way with any of the characteristics that make living in human society tolerable, let alone joyous. New writers seem to buy into the milieu immediately (yes that word, I don't apologise for erudition) by recycling plots, adultery, rape, murder, gangsters, family betrayal, sexual abuse, etc. etc. etc. in this supposedly ordinary London square. In the UK they used to call these 'continuing drama serials', but this truly is 'soap' in the American sense, trite observations on supposedly current societal shifts, hypocritical public defences of 'shocking' and 'offensive' material broadcast in the early evening on a public channel, the constant refrain that 'we merely reflect society' as if that is any defence to the constant depiction of ever coarsening human relations. If I make the mistake of being on this channel as the theme music starts up, my mouth dries and my mood sinks as I reach to turn the TV over, or at least change channels! Save yourselves from this opiate for the foolish, run, run fast, run far and keep on running!


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