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Set in London’s East End, multi award-winning EastEnders charts the emotional highs and dramatic lows of life in the close-knit community of Albert Square, in the fictional borough of Walford. Renowned for its brave writing, challenging storylines and powerful performances, this gritty drama has established itself as a British cultural icon, reflecting the complexity and diversity of UK society over an impressive lifespan.

Classic characters old and new across thousands of episodes have shared a drink in The Queen Vic, shed tears of despair or joy, sat on Arthur's bench in the Square... and at some point or other they probably crossed paths with Ian Beale.

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 5649, Series 1

Monday February 19 at 7:50pm

Mel tries to take advantage of Louise but is stopped by Sharon. Masood attempts to make things up to Mariam but gets more than he bargained for. Billy gets some worrying news.

Episode 5649, Series 1

Tuesday February 20 at 9:30am

Mel tries to take advantage of Louise but is stopped by Sharon. Masood attempts to make things up to Mariam but gets more than he bargained for. Billy gets some worrying news.

Episode 5650, Series 1

Tuesday February 20 at 7:50pm

Mel gets closer than ever to being reunited with her son. Billy receives a surprise visitor, but what news do they bring?

Episode 5650, Series 1

Wednesday February 21 at 9:30am

Mel gets closer than ever to being reunited with her son. Billy receives a surprise visitor, but what news do they bring?

Episode 5651, Series 1

Wednesday February 21 at 7:50pm

Things start to look up for Mel, but for how long? Karen's new business venture takes a turn for the worse. Billy struggles to accept what has happened.

Episode 5651, Series 1

Thursday February 22 at 9:30am

Things start to look up for Mel, but for how long? Karen's new business venture takes a turn for the worse. Billy struggles to accept what has happened.

Episode 5652, Series 1

Thursday February 22 at 7:50pm

Mel is faced with a difficult situation which threatens to tear her family apart. Things go from bad to worse for Billy. Martin and Stacey attempt to stay civil.

Episode 5652, Series 1

Friday February 23 at 9:30am

Mel is faced with a difficult situation which threatens to tear her family apart. Things go from bad to worse for Billy. Martin and Stacey attempt to stay civil.

Episode 5649, Series 1

Sunday February 25 at 12:25am

Mel tries to take advantage of Louise but is stopped by Sharon. Masood attempts to make things up to Mariam but gets more than he bargained for. Billy gets some worrying news.

Episode 5650, Series 1

Sunday February 25 at 1:00am

Mel gets closer than ever to being reunited with her son. Billy receives a surprise visitor, but what news do they bring?

Episode 5651, Series 1

Sunday February 25 at 1:30am

Things start to look up for Mel, but for how long? Karen's new business venture takes a turn for the worse. Billy struggles to accept what has happened.

Episode 5652, Series 1

Sunday February 25 at 2:05am

Mel is faced with a difficult situation which threatens to tear her family apart. Things go from bad to worse for Billy. Martin and Stacey attempt to stay civil.

Episode 5653, Series 1

Monday February 26 at 7:50pm

Tension mounts between Stacey and Martin as they struggle to put their differences aside. Mariam and Arshad ponder their future.

Episode 5653, Series 1

Tuesday February 27 at 9:30am

Tension mounts between Stacey and Martin as they struggle to put their differences aside. Mariam and Arshad ponder their future.

Episode 5654, Series 1

Tuesday February 27 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5654, Series 1

Wednesday February 28 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5655, Series 1

Wednesday February 28 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5655, Series 1

Thursday March 1 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5656, Series 1

Thursday March 1 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5656, Series 1

Friday March 2 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5653, Series 1

Sunday March 4 at 12:25am

Tension mounts between Stacey and Martin as they struggle to put their differences aside. Mariam and Arshad ponder their future.

Episode 5654, Series 1

Sunday March 4 at 1:00am

EastEnders

Episode 5655, Series 1

Sunday March 4 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5656, Series 1

Sunday March 4 at 2:05am

EastEnders

Episode 5657, Series 1

Monday March 5 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5657, Series 1

Tuesday March 6 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5658, Series 1

Tuesday March 6 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5658, Series 1

Wednesday March 7 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5659, Series 1

Wednesday March 7 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5659, Series 1

Thursday March 8 at 9:30am

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