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 / ... 3,962 episodes, 1985-2021
Steve McFadden Steve McFadden ...  Phil / ... 3,298 episodes, 1990-2021
Pam St. Clement ...  Pat / ... 2,520 episodes, 1986-2016
Letitia Dean Letitia Dean ...  Sharon / ... 2,366 episodes, 1985-2021
June Brown June Brown ...  Dot / ... 2,332 episodes, 1985-2020
Wendy Richard ...  Pauline / ... 2,037 episodes, 1985-2016
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ...  Billy / ... 1,983 episodes, 1998-2021
Gillian Taylforth Gillian Taylforth ...  Kathy / ... 1,815 episodes, 1985-2021


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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Albert Square was reputedly based on the architecture in Fasset Square in Hackney, London E8 (just off Graham Road). See more »


The birth dates and death dates of events often vary from the date of their broadcast. This is due to the episodes being set on different days. See more »


[When big Mo was 'Miss Whiplash', Little Mo answers the phone]
Little Mo: You've been a naughty boy?... What did you do?... Oh I'm sure you didn't mean to, you sound ever so sorry.
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Crazy Credits

From 1985-1993, the series titles was a black and white city with a bright blue river. See more »


Referenced in What's Up Doc?: Episode #1.31 (1993) See more »


by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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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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Release Date:

31 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Weymouth, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (1985-1991)| Stereo (1991-2010)| DTS (5.1 Surround Sound)| DTS (2010-)



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