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?
Den, Angie and Sharon were originally going to be called Jack, Pearl and Tracy. See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
This ain't the Sound of Music, he's not going to marry you.
From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more