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?
Ian Beale attempted suicide twice in the soap. In 1990, Cindy Beale exposed to Ian the terrible truth that Steven Wicks was not his son and that she had an affair with Steven's biological father Simon Wicks and he attempted suicide by crashing his van into a ship and in 2015, Ian tried to commit suicide again by jumping off a bridge following the murder of his daughter Lucy, but Jane stopped him. See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
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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