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 Adam Woodyatt ...  Ian / ... 3,962 episodes, 1985-2021
Steve McFadden Steve McFadden ...  Phil / ... 3,273 episodes, 1990-2021
Pam St. Clement ...  Pat / ... 2,520 episodes, 1986-2016
Letitia Dean Letitia Dean ...  Sharon / ... 2,344 episodes, 1985-2021
June Brown June Brown ...  Dot / ... 2,332 episodes, 1985-2020
Wendy Richard ...  Pauline / ... 2,037 episodes, 1985-2016
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ...  Billy / ... 1,973 episodes, 1998-2021
Gillian Taylforth Gillian Taylforth ...  Kathy / ... 1,787 episodes, 1985-2021


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. Written by ahmetkozan

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In November 2020, whilst the "Front Lot" (real brick) version of Albert Square, etc was still under construction, aerial photos were released which seemed to show the main featured buildings now had practical floors and interior walls, whereas the original exterior set was literally facades. Combined with some comments about the E21 Project being so expensive, that "they might as well have built the sets for real", this now raises the intriguing theory that the "exterior" set will also be used for the interiors, in effect the entire series shot on location, in real buildings, on the lot, similar to the defunct series "Brookside", which used real houses. This would also free up value Studio space at BBC Elstree, where all but one studio, currently houses all of the Eastenders interior sets, which could now be duplicated in the practical exteriors sets. See more »


When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more »


Frank Butcher: You're a wave short of an ocean, aint ya?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Room 101: Episode #9.2 (2004) See more »


by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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Full of repulsive characters
17 April 2017 | by DavidYZSee all my reviews

This has been one of the BBC's most popular programmes continuously since it began in 1985 - but I can't understand why millions of people still watch it.

In the '80s it was entertaining - with characters like Den and Angie Watts and their adopted daughter Sharon. The vast majority of the characters now and in recent years are nasty, selfish people. There are very frequent rows, threats and violence. It's not entertaining in the slightest. How is the audience supposed to care about, root for or sympathise with any of these dreadful people?

It's unrealistic in portraying most of the residents of the East End of London as working-class whites who all know each other well. In real life, most of the people who live there are non-white and/or are rich - and many people don't know their neighbours. The large majority of working-class white Londoners moved out of London years ago.

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Release Date:

19 February 1985 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Weymouth, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (1985-1991)| Stereo (1991-2010)| DTS (5.1 Surround Sound)| DTS (2010-)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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