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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 5561, Series 1

Sunday September 24 at 2:35am

Families are left in pieces following the disastrous events of the previous week. One resident is faced with demons from the past.

Episode 5562, Series 1

Sunday September 24 at 3:05am

Kush has a proposition for Denise. Bernadette is devastated by Karen's actions.

Episode 5563, Series 1

Sunday September 24 at 3:40am

Karen receives welcome support from an unexpected friend.

Episode 5564, Series 1

Sunday September 24 at 4:10am

The Kazemis receive some worrying news. Tom pursues a hesitant Michelle.

Episode 5565, Series 1

Monday September 25 at 7:50pm

Stacey receives some worrying news. Kathy is distraught to learn about recent events.

Episode 5565, Series 1

Tuesday September 26 at 9:35am

Stacey receives some worrying news. Kathy is distraught to learn about recent events.

Episode 5566, Series 1

Tuesday September 26 at 7:50pm

Kathy is given some upsetting home truths. Two residents attempt to put the past behind them, but can they move on?

Episode 5566, Series 1

Wednesday September 27 at 9:35am

Kathy is given some upsetting home truths. Two residents attempt to put the past behind them, but can they move on?

Episode 5567, Series 1

Wednesday September 27 at 7:50pm

Sharon and Kathy make an unexpected discovery. Bex is left heartbroken.

Episode 5567, Series 1

Thursday September 28 at 9:35am

Sharon and Kathy make an unexpected discovery. Bex is left heartbroken.

Episode 5568, Series 1

Thursday September 28 at 7:50pm

It is an emotional day in the square as the residents prepare to say a final goodbye to one of their own. A shocking truth turns someone's world upside down.

Episode 5568, Series 1

Friday September 29 at 9:35am

It is an emotional day in the square as the residents prepare to say a final goodbye to one of their own. A shocking truth turns someone's world upside down.

Episode 5565, Series 1

Sunday October 1 at 12:30am

Stacey receives some worrying news. Kathy is distraught to learn about recent events.

Episode 5566, Series 1

Sunday October 1 at 1:00am

Kathy is given some upsetting home truths. Two residents attempt to put the past behind them, but can they move on?

Episode 5567, Series 1

Sunday October 1 at 1:35am

Sharon and Kathy make an unexpected discovery. Bex is left heartbroken.

Episode 5568, Series 1

Sunday October 1 at 4:05am

It is an emotional day in the square as the residents prepare to say a final goodbye to one of their own. A shocking truth turns someone's world upside down.

Episode 5569, Series 1

Monday October 2 at 8:50pm

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Episode 5569, Series 1

Tuesday October 3 at 10:35am

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Episode 5570, Series 1

Tuesday October 3 at 8:50pm

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Episode 5570, Series 1

Wednesday October 4 at 10:35am

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Episode 5571, Series 1

Wednesday October 4 at 8:50pm

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Episode 5571, Series 1

Thursday October 5 at 10:35am

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Episode 5572, Series 1

Thursday October 5 at 8:50pm

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Episode 5572, Series 1

Friday October 6 at 10:35am

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Episode 5569, Series 1

Sunday October 8 at 3:35am

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Episode 5570, Series 1

Sunday October 8 at 4:05am

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Episode 5571, Series 1

Sunday October 8 at 4:40am

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Episode 5572, Series 1

Sunday October 8 at 5:10am

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Episode 5573, Series 1

Monday October 9 at 8:50pm

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Episode 5573, Series 1

Tuesday October 10 at 10:30am

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