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 ...  Ian / ... 3,772 episodes, 1985-2018
Steve McFadden ...  Phil / ... 2,985 episodes, 1990-2018
Pam St. Clement ...  Pat / ... 2,570 episodes, 1986-2016
...  Pauline / ... 2,088 episodes, 1985-2016
June Brown ...  Dot / ... 2,027 episodes, 1985-2018
Letitia Dean ...  Sharon / ... 1,822 episodes, 1985-2018
Perry Fenwick ...  Billy / ... 1,760 episodes, 1998-2018
...  Peggy / ... 1,563 episodes, 1994-2016
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A British soap that has been running since 1985, about the lives of people living on Albert Square in the fictitious Walford borough of East London. Written by James2001

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19 February 1985 (UK)  »

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Trivia

On 19 February 2015, as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the first episode being broadcast, Danny Dyer (Mick Carter) made the public-address station announcements at Bromley-by-Bow underground station which is the real-life station which is replaced by the fictional Walford East station on Tube maps in the show. See more »

Goofs

When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Nana Moon: Alfie, I've decided I want to get cremated.
Alfie: Come on then, get your coat.
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Crazy Credits

From 1985-1993, the series titles was a black and white city with a bright blue river. See more »

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Referenced in Sex, Lies & Soaps: Family Conflict (2006) See more »

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by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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Full of repulsive characters
17 April 2017 | by See 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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