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?
In January 2008, Dot Cotton became the first soap opera character to be featured in a monologue episode, known as a "single-hander". Written by Tony Jordan
, the episode features Dot recording a message for her husband, Jim, who is in hospital recovering from a stroke. June Brown
was nominated in the Best Actress category at the 2009 British Academy Television Awards for her performance in the episode, becoming the first soap actress nominated in the category since 1988, when Jean Alexander
was shortlisted for her role as Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street
(1960). See more
When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more
I'll tell you what, pal, you talk to me like that again and you're gonna get a dry slap.
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
Referenced in Spaced: Beginnings