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?
Ben Mitchell was voted "One of Eastender's most hated characters". See more
When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more
Aw, Pat, what have you done to me?
From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more