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.
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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
You're a wave short of an ocean, aint ya?
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