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?
Until 2011, the postal district E20 for Walford was fictitious: the highest "E" code that had been allocated was E18, South Woodford. However in March 2011 it was announced that the Olympic Stadium and surrounding area would be given E20 postcodes by the Royal Mail. See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
So they killed him then, because he didn't fit in?
Dot, I'm not saying that.
Yes you are, you've said it very well. He was always a help to me. If you had no respect for him while he was alive, the least you can do is have respect for him now he's dead!
From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more