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?
and Ross Kemp
had attempted to persuade EastEnders writer Tony Jordan
to develop a spin-off for their characters, Phil and Grant Mitchell, which would star Barbara Windsor
as their mother Peggy. The idea never advanced beyond informal discussions, but when the producers decided to reintroduce Peggy, McFadden and Kemp suggested Windsor play her. See more
When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more
[on seeing a miserable-looking Pauline
They cancelled public hangings or something?
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