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?
Penned scripts for the exit of Sid Owen
as Ricky Butcher in April 2000 had to be rewritten to account for the absence of Mike Reid
who played Ricky's father Frank. The storyline initially planned to have Frank and Ricky involved in one of EastEnders renowned two-hander episodes, but due to Reid's off-screen ill-health, Steve McFadden
, who plays Phil Mitchell, had to stand in for the episode, which saw Ricky flee Walford. See more
When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more
What the hell are you doing here?
I'm drinking tea.
From 2000-2009, a satellite picture of East London was used with the Millennium Dome [now known as The O2] added to the picture. See more
Referenced in Countdown: Episode #74.11