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Now in its 30th successful year

Bust-ups and bankruptcy, marriages and murder - EastEnders is Britain's favourite soap. Set in the close-knit, multi-racial community of London's Albert Square, human interest stories, intertwining relationships, social issues, triumphs and tragedies, loves and losses keep fans glued to the screen.

Winner of countless awards, including a BANFF World Television Award in 2007 and a BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama in 2008, in 2015 it celebrated its 30th anniversary.

EastEnders facts

If you sat down and watched every episode of EastEnders back to back, it would take around 140 days!

All the pain used on EastEnders during 30 years could fill an Olympic sized swimming pool.

Ian Beale is the longest serving EastEnders character, featuring in the very first episode.

Pat Evans was Walford's most married female. (Pete Beale, Brian Wicks, Frank Butcher and Roy Evans)

The name Walford is a mix of Walthamstow and Stratford - the areas of Greater London where creators Julia Smith and Tony Holland were born.

The Christmas Day 1986 episode of EastEnders remains the highest rated episode of any soap in UK television history, with 30.15 million viewers.

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Episode 5598, Series 1

Wednesday November 22 at 9:30am

Ben is left seething by recent discoveries. Gethin's plan does not go how he hoped. Carmel pulls out all the stops to make amends with Stacey.

Episode 5599, Series 1

Wednesday November 22 at 7:50pm

Part 1 of 2: Ben makes a brave decision. Louise tries to help Shakil and Bex get back on track.

Episode 5599, Series 1

Thursday November 23 at 9:35am

Part 1 of 2: Ben makes a brave decision. Louise tries to help Shakil and Bex get back on track.

Episode 5600, Series 1

Thursday November 23 at 7:50pm

Part 2 of 2: Ian is concerned by Kathy's latest plan. Carmel worries about Shakil and asks Kush to find out what's bothering him. Kim makes a surprising discovery.

Episode 5600, Series 1

Friday November 24 at 9:35am

Part 2 of 2: Ian is concerned by Kathy's latest plan. Carmel worries about Shakil and asks Kush to find out what's bothering him. Kim makes a surprising discovery.

Episode 5597, Series 1

Sunday November 26 at 12:30am

Phil is forced to takes matters into his own hands. Mick comes to a decision about The Vic.

Episode 5598, Series 1

Sunday November 26 at 1:05am

Ben is left seething by recent discoveries. Gethin's plan does not go how he hoped. Carmel pulls out all the stops to make amends with Stacey.

Episode 5599, Series 1

Sunday November 26 at 1:35am

Part 1 of 2: Ben makes a brave decision. Louise tries to help Shakil and Bex get back on track.

Episode 5600, Series 1

Sunday November 26 at 2:10am

Part 2 of 2: Ian is concerned by Kathy's latest plan. Carmel worries about Shakil and asks Kush to find out what's bothering him. Kim makes a surprising discovery.

Episode 5601, Series 1

Monday November 27 at 7:50pm

Whitney gets a surprise visitor, causing tension with Woody. Lauren does her best to resist the chemistry between her and Josh. Karen's money problems worsen.

Episode 5601, Series 1

Tuesday November 28 at 9:35am

Whitney gets a surprise visitor, causing tension with Woody. Lauren does her best to resist the chemistry between her and Josh. Karen's money problems worsen.

Episode 5602, Series 1

Tuesday November 28 at 7:50pm

Karen tries to take control of her financial situation. Things grow fraught between Woody and Whitney as the visitor continues to cause problems.

Episode 5602, Series 1

Wednesday November 29 at 9:35am

Karen tries to take control of her financial situation. Things grow fraught between Woody and Whitney as the visitor continues to cause problems.

Episode 5603, Series 1

Wednesday November 29 at 7:50pm

Linda and Shirley get involved with Karen's problems. Whitney begins to have doubts. Ted and Joyce head to court - what will the verdict be?

Episode 5603, Series 1

Thursday November 30 at 9:35am

Linda and Shirley get involved with Karen's problems. Whitney begins to have doubts. Ted and Joyce head to court - what will the verdict be?

Episode 5604, Series 1

Thursday November 30 at 7:50pm

Whitney questions her relationship with Woody. Joyce gives Karen some potentially good news.

Episode 5604, Series 1

Friday December 1 at 9:30am

Whitney questions her relationship with Woody. Joyce gives Karen some potentially good news.

Episode 5601, Series 1

Sunday December 3 at 12:30am

Whitney gets a surprise visitor, causing tension with Woody. Lauren does her best to resist the chemistry between her and Josh. Karen's money problems worsen.

Episode 5602, Series 1

Sunday December 3 at 1:05am

Karen tries to take control of her financial situation. Things grow fraught between Woody and Whitney as the visitor continues to cause problems.

Episode 5603, Series 1

Sunday December 3 at 1:35am

Linda and Shirley get involved with Karen's problems. Whitney begins to have doubts. Ted and Joyce head to court - what will the verdict be?

Episode 5604, Series 1

Sunday December 3 at 2:10am

Whitney questions her relationship with Woody. Joyce gives Karen some potentially good news.

Episode 5605, Series 1

Monday December 4 at 7:50pm

Phil gets a surprise when an old friend arrives on his doorstep.

Episode 5605, Series 1

Tuesday December 5 at 9:30am

Phil gets a surprise when an old friend arrives on his doorstep.

Episode 5606, Series 1

Tuesday December 5 at 7:50pm

Mick and Linda try to help Whitney and Woody with their relationship struggles.

Episode 5606, Series 1

Wednesday December 6 at 9:25am

Mick and Linda try to help Whitney and Woody with their relationship struggles.

Episode 5607, Series 1

Wednesday December 6 at 7:50pm

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Episode 5607, Series 1

Thursday December 7 at 9:40am

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Episode 5608, Series 1

Thursday December 7 at 7:50pm

It's deadline day for the Carters but can they save their beloved Queen Victoria?

Episode 5608, Series 1

Friday December 8 at 9:40am

It's deadline day for the Carters but can they save their beloved Queen Victoria?

Episode 5605, Series 1

Sunday December 10 at 12:30am

Phil gets a surprise when an old friend arrives on his doorstep.

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