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 / ... 1,759 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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Janet Dibley turned down the BBC's £130,000 pay offer after discovering they were planning to turn her character, Lorna Cartwright, into a prostitute who was to be gang raped. It would have been the first time the soap had shown such an attack, but Dibley feared the "harrowing scenes" would lead to her 6 year old son being taunted. Dibley allegedly heard about Lorna's intended storyline from rumours on set, and approached co-executive producer, Mike Hudson, to talk it through. After several meetings, Dibley told Hudson she was unsatisfied with the storyline and refused to sign a new contract. The producers were reportedly upset over her decision, "because they saw Janet becoming one of the most important stars of the show". The scripts were subsequently re-written and Lorna made her final appearance in April 1998. See more »

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When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more »

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Fat Boy: Mrs B, alright, you need to chillax, yeah.
Dot: [Getting stressed] I do not need to chillax!
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From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more »

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Insulting and corrosive
24 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

This soap is worse than bad: it's poisonous. Of the many television shows that have had a corrosive influence on British society over the past twenty years, Eastenders is the prime example. For two decades this show has celebrated the oaf, the thug, the wide-boy, the tart, the gobby, the violent, the sexually-incontinent, the criminal, the ignorant, the unambitious ...

How many times has someone or other remarked that Eastenders "mirrors life"? Life on which planet, exactly?

It's written about "working-class" characters, as imagined by middle-class people who have taken a course in creative writing. Eager to show to their middle-class peers how familiar they are with the "working-class" they dream up the lumpen rabble that is the citizenry of Eastenders.

This has a toxic effect on some minds less well-equipped than others to handle fiction, and so we find members of the real population assuming the attitudes and demeanour of the inhabitants of Walford.

Thus, it came to pass that Eastenders mirrors life; but only after life had been hoodwinked into mirroring Eastenders.

Other soaps have followed in EE's footsteps, filled to their stinking gunwhales with ugly, potato-faced, shaven-headed, pot-bellied characters, scowling at each other and issuing threats constantly. This is the proletariat as perceived by the writers who produce this trash. The writers will grow rich on the proceeds of such output, and will go on to enjoy the finer things of life in their rarified enclaves. Meanwhile, the burgeoning number of new, TV-induced drones will proceed inexorably toward cultural bankruptcy.

And there you have the new priests and the new creatures of the early 21st century. Much of this is due to the immeasurable power of that illuminated boxful of dancing pixels in the corner of your living-room. It's your fault, gentle reader: that's what you chose as the only window through which to look out from your prison.


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