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?
Bobby Beale was voted online as one of Eastender's "Most evil characters". See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
[Talking to Charlie about Kat
She's got a loud mouth and a foul temper. I dunno where she gets it from.
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