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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 5480, Series 297

Sunday May 28 at 1:50am

The Carters' problems grow even more. Michelle comes up with an idea to help Louise, while Lauren takes a big step.

Episode 5481, Series 297

Sunday May 28 at 2:20am

Shirley is faced with the unthinkable. Carmel is made to rethink recent choices. Steven tries to cheer Lauren up as she waits to hear some important news.

Episode 5482, Series 297

Sunday May 28 at 2:55am

The Carters are shocked by Shirley's solution to their money problems. Carmel joins Kush and Denise for a drink - will they remain civil?

Episode 5483, Series 297

Sunday May 28 at 3:25am

A new arrival immediately gets on the wrong side of one family. Ben and Jay are taken back by Donna's latest suggestion. Keegan gets up to no good.

Episode 5484, Series 297

Monday May 29 at 6:50pm

Max meddles with someone's future. Abi is faced with a tough decision.

Episode 5484, Series 297

Tuesday May 30 at 8:35am

Max meddles with someone's future. Abi is faced with a tough decision.

Episode 5485, Series 297

Tuesday May 30 at 6:50pm

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Episode 5485, Series 297

Wednesday May 31 at 8:35am

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Episode 5486, Series 297

Wednesday May 31 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5486, Series 297

Thursday June 1 at 8:35am

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Episode 5487, Series 297

Thursday June 1 at 6:50pm

Louise is thrown a curveball by Madison and Alexandra.

Episode 5487, Series 297

Friday June 2 at 8:35am

Louise is thrown a curveball by Madison and Alexandra.

Episode 5484, Series 297

Sunday June 4 at 1:50am

Max meddles with someone's future. Abi is faced with a tough decision.

Episode 5485, Series 297

Sunday June 4 at 2:20am

EastEnders

Episode 5486, Series 297

Sunday June 4 at 2:55am

EastEnders

Episode 5487, Series 297

Sunday June 4 at 3:25am

Louise is thrown a curveball by Madison and Alexandra.

Episode 5488, Series 297

Monday June 5 at 6:50pm

The pressure rises for Denise, will she admit the truth?

Episode 5488, Series 297

Tuesday June 6 at 8:35am

The pressure rises for Denise, will she admit the truth?

Episode 5489, Series 297

Tuesday June 6 at 6:50pm

Denise sees a glimmer of hope. Lauren is excited for her new challenge.

Episode 5489, Series 297

Wednesday June 7 at 8:35am

Denise sees a glimmer of hope. Lauren is excited for her new challenge.

Episode 5490, Series 297

Wednesday June 7 at 6:50pm

Kush grows frustrated at Carmel's interference.

Episode 5490, Series 297

Thursday June 8 at 8:35am

Kush grows frustrated at Carmel's interference.

Episode 5491, Series 297

Thursday June 8 at 6:50pm

Whitney gets a shock when a familiar face arrives with some news.

Episode 5491, Series 297

Friday June 9 at 8:35am

Whitney gets a shock when a familiar face arrives with some news.

Episode 5488, Series 297

Sunday June 11 at 1:50am

The pressure rises for Denise, will she admit the truth?

Episode 5489, Series 297

Sunday June 11 at 2:20am

Denise sees a glimmer of hope. Lauren is excited for her new challenge.

Episode 5490, Series 297

Sunday June 11 at 2:55am

Kush grows frustrated at Carmel's interference.

Episode 5491, Series 297

Sunday June 11 at 3:25am

Whitney gets a shock when a familiar face arrives with some news.

Episode 5492, Series 297

Monday June 12 at 6:50pm

Whitney receives support from an unexpected friend. Sharon reaches out to Denise.

Episode 5492, Series 297

Tuesday June 13 at 8:35am

Whitney receives support from an unexpected friend. Sharon reaches out to Denise.

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