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 / ... 3,791 episodes, 1985-2018
Steve McFadden Steve McFadden ...  Phil / ... 2,999 episodes, 1990-2018
Pam St. Clement Pam St. Clement ...  Pat / ... 2,570 episodes, 1986-2016
Wendy Richard ...  Pauline / ... 2,088 episodes, 1985-2016
June Brown June Brown ...  Dot / ... 2,027 episodes, 1985-2018
Letitia Dean Letitia Dean ...  Sharon / ... 1,846 episodes, 1985-2018
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ...  Billy / ... 1,784 episodes, 1998-2018
Barbara Windsor ...  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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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

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

In May 2007 a storyline involving the kidnapping of the newborn baby of Dawn Swann (Kara Tointon) was scrapped because of similarities to the much-publicised abduction of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann in the Algarve, Portugal on 3 May 2007. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
Peggy: Get outta ma pub!
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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 Have I Got News for You: Episode #30.5 (2005) See more »

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Theme
by Simon May and Leslie Osborne
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Unremittingly awful in every way
15 January 2015 | by HillstreetBunzSee all my reviews

Coarse, vulgar, repetitive, clichéd, unimaginative, tawdry, aggressive, nasty, this feeble excuse for entertainment seeks out the worst aspects of human nature and magnifies them across a community, never contrasting them in any meaningful way with any of the characteristics that make living in human society tolerable, let alone joyous. New writers seem to buy into the milieu immediately (yes that word, I don't apologise for erudition) by recycling plots, adultery, rape, murder, gangsters, family betrayal, sexual abuse, etc. etc. etc. in this supposedly ordinary London square. In the UK they used to call these 'continuing drama serials', but this truly is 'soap' in the American sense, trite observations on supposedly current societal shifts, hypocritical public defences of 'shocking' and 'offensive' material broadcast in the early evening on a public channel, the constant refrain that 'we merely reflect society' as if that is any defence to the constant depiction of ever coarsening human relations. If I make the mistake of being on this channel as the theme music starts up, my mouth dries and my mood sinks as I reach to turn the TV over, or at least change channels! Save yourselves from this opiate for the foolish, run, run fast, run far and keep on running!


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