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EastEnders 

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 Adam Woodyatt ...  Ian / ... 3,861 episodes, 1985-2019
Steve McFadden Steve McFadden ...  Phil / ... 3,009 episodes, 1990-2019
Pam St. Clement ...  Pat / ... 2,581 episodes, 1986-2016
Wendy Richard ...  Pauline / ... 2,133 episodes, 1985-2016
June Brown June Brown ...  Dot / ... 2,077 episodes, 1985-2018
Letitia Dean Letitia Dean ...  Sharon / ... 1,912 episodes, 1985-2018
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ...  Billy / ... 1,809 episodes, 1998-2019
Barbara Windsor ...  Peggy / ... 1,563 episodes, 1994-2016
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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. Written by ahmetkozan

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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UK

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English

Release Date:

19 February 1985 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

East 8 See more »

Filming Locations:

Weymouth, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Mono (1985-1991)| Stereo (1991-)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jill Gascoine was originally cast in the role of Glenda Mitchell, but withdrew from her filming commitments during her first day on set, as she felt that she "lacked the right experience to film such a big continuing drama". The part was subsequently recast to Glynis Barber. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

David Wickes: I am your Father.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Referenced in The Wright Stuff: Episode #17.71 (2012) See more »

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Utterly painful to watch
28 December 2004 | by pixelmixerSee all my reviews

I've never been sure if soaps are supposed to simulate real-life. If they are meant for this purpose, that's got to be the biggest waste of time in history. Why simulate real-life? We can all admit that most of our lives are repetitive and dull, so why would anyone want to watch a simulation of that, played out by people who don't even exist?

Eastenders is unconvincing to the extreme. Nobody seems to own a computer, washing machine or car. People seem to buy shares in local businesses within a matter seconds, with someone owning "half the Arches" or "half the Vic". Sam walks around with "the books", which really are books! Most business managers have computers and accountants to do that for them. Those who run stalls on the market like to leave their livelihoods with friends, simply handing over their money pouches. They're the lucky ones - a lot of the cast don't have jobs at all so how they manage to survive in east London is beyond me.

The "gangsters" are so unrealistic it's hard to watch. The scripts are terrible, mainly down to watershed restrictions, so the writers cannot include most swear-words and are forced to use words like "moron", "idiot" and "wally" which don't really work on the same scale.

Strangely enough, soaps are the shows that are watched the most in the UK, and I don't understand this. Numerous soap magazines are on the shelves, and these tell us what's going to happen in the coming weeks, so nobody really needs to watch at all.

I don't understand the concept of soaps, why anyone feels the need to watch and why there are so many.


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