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?
Following the decision of Natalie Cassidy
to leave the character of Sonia Fowler in 2007, it was originally planned for her on-screen former husband, Martin Fowler, portrayed by James Alexandrou
, to murder her after failing to come to terms with her new lesbian relationship. In the end scriptwriters decided to reconcile the couple and have them leave together. See more
When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more
You're a wave short of an ocean, aint ya?
From 2000-2009, a satellite picture of East London was used with the Millennium Dome [now known as The O2] added to the picture. See more
Referenced in Too Much TV: Episode #1.21