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.
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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