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 / ... 1,847 episodes, 1985-2018
Perry Fenwick Perry Fenwick ...  Billy / ... 1,785 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 reality, at least two Albert Squares do exist in the East End of London, one in Stratford and the other in Ratcliff, E1. However, the show's producers actually based the Square's design on the real life Fassett Square in Dalston. See more »

Goofs

When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more »

Quotes

Frank Butcher: I'll tell you what, pal, you talk to me like that again and you're gonna get a dry slap.
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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 Who's Doing the Dishes?: Su Pollard (2016) See more »

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Utterly painful to watch
28 December 2004 | by Phil WattsSee 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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