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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 5520, Series 297

Monday July 24 at 7:55am

The Carters prepare for Linda's surprise birthday party but will things go to plan? Sonia and Martin come to blows over Bex's future.

Episode 5521, Series 1

Monday July 24 at 8:30am

Karen grows suspicious of Bernadette's unusual behaviour. Abi gets up to no good.

Episode 5522, Series 1

Monday July 24 at 6:10pm

Steven goes to extreme lengths to find out what Lauren is up to.

Episode 5523, Series 1

Monday July 24 at 6:50pm

Abi learns of Steven's plan. What will she do?

Episode 5522, Series 1

Tuesday July 25 at 7:55am

Steven goes to extreme lengths to find out what Lauren is up to.

Episode 5523, Series 1

Tuesday July 25 at 8:30am

Abi learns of Steven's plan. What will she do?

Episode 5524, Series 1

Tuesday July 25 at 6:10pm

The Taylors cause trouble in the square. Steven struggles to stay in control.

Episode 5525, Series 1

Tuesday July 25 at 6:50pm

Lauren has an honest conversation with Josh.

Episode 5524, Series 1

Wednesday July 26 at 7:55am

The Taylors cause trouble in the square. Steven struggles to stay in control.

Episode 5525, Series 1

Wednesday July 26 at 8:30am

Lauren has an honest conversation with Josh.

Episode 5526, Series 1

Wednesday July 26 at 6:10pm

Abi sees an opportunity and decides to take advantage.

Episode 5527, Series 1

Wednesday July 26 at 6:50pm

Steven grows ever more paranoid and struggles to hold it together.

Episode 5526, Series 1

Thursday July 27 at 7:55am

Abi sees an opportunity and decides to take advantage.

Episode 5527, Series 1

Thursday July 27 at 8:30am

Steven grows ever more paranoid and struggles to hold it together.

Episode 5528, Series 1

Thursday July 27 at 6:10pm

Lauren makes a huge decision, but can anyone stop her?

Episode 5529, Series 1

Thursday July 27 at 6:50pm

Abi gives Stevan a stern warning about his actions. Will he listen?

Episode 5528, Series 1

Friday July 28 at 7:55am

Lauren makes a huge decision, but can anyone stop her?

Episode 5529, Series 1

Friday July 28 at 8:30am

Abi gives Stevan a stern warning about his actions. Will he listen?

Episode 5530, Series 1

Friday July 28 at 6:10pm

Max does some digging on Stevan. What will he discover?

Episode 5531, Series 1

Friday July 28 at 6:50pm

It's the day of the school prom but Alexandra and Madison are determined to cause trouble.

Episode 5522, Series 1

Saturday July 29 at 11:30pm

Steven goes to extreme lengths to find out what Lauren is up to.

Episode 5523, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 12:00am

Abi learns of Steven's plan. What will she do?

Episode 5524, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 12:35am

The Taylors cause trouble in the square. Steven struggles to stay in control.

Episode 5525, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 1:05am

Lauren has an honest conversation with Josh.

Episode 5526, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 1:40am

Abi sees an opportunity and decides to take advantage.

Episode 5527, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 2:10am

Steven grows ever more paranoid and struggles to hold it together.

Episode 5528, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 2:45am

Lauren makes a huge decision, but can anyone stop her?

Episode 5529, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 3:15am

Abi gives Stevan a stern warning about his actions. Will he listen?

Episode 5530, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 3:50am

Max does some digging on Stevan. What will he discover?

Episode 5531, Series 1

Sunday July 30 at 4:20am

It's the day of the school prom but Alexandra and Madison are determined to cause trouble.

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