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
So they killed him then, because he didn't fit in?
Dot, I'm not saying that.
Yes you are, you've said it very well. He was always a help to me. If you had no respect for him while he was alive, the least you can do is have respect for him now he's dead!
From 1993-1999, the series titles was an updated version which included a green river with a coloured city of East London. Drum beat were also added to the beginning of the theme. See more
Referenced in The Cult of...: Howards' Way