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?
On the day of broadcast of the 2010 live episode, it was reported that EastEnders producers may have had to re-write the episode or run a pre-recorded rehearsal tape rather than go ahead with the live transmission, as Lacey Turner
, who played Stacey Slater, was suffering from the flu and was unable to speak. In the event, Turner recovered enough to appear, though was given permission to whisper her lines if necessary. In the episode though she was able to deliver her dialogue as planned. See more
When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more
I know you're here, Nick. You ain't gonna scare me tonight.
[appears from the next room
[She stares at him in shock
[holding up a lighter to her cigarette
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