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Welcome to Watford

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 5806, Series 1

Tuesday November 13 at 9:30am

Keegan is forced to face reality. Carmel makes a touching gesture. The Slaters worry about Hayley.

Episode 5807, Series 1

Tuesday November 13 at 7:50pm

Max is suspicious when he sees Cora. Mel revels in her plan. Stuart reels Linda in.

Episode 5807, Series 1

Wednesday November 14 at 9:30am

Max is suspicious when he sees Cora. Mel revels in her plan. Stuart reels Linda in.

Episode 5808, Series 1

Wednesday November 14 at 7:50pm

Cora has a close call. Tina is alarmed by what she discovers. Mariam and Arshad find themselves in a difficult situation.

Episode 5808, Series 1

Thursday November 15 at 9:30am

Cora has a close call. Tina is alarmed by what she discovers. Mariam and Arshad find themselves in a difficult situation.

Episode 5809, Series 1

Thursday November 15 at 7:50pm

Kat makes a desperate plea. Louise and Hunter's birthday party goes awry. Ray tries to cover his tracks.

Episode 5809, Series 1

Friday November 16 at 9:30am

Kat makes a desperate plea. Louise and Hunter's birthday party goes awry. Ray tries to cover his tracks.

Episode 5806, Series 1

Sunday November 18 at 12:25am

Keegan is forced to face reality. Carmel makes a touching gesture. The Slaters worry about Hayley.

Episode 5807, Series 1

Sunday November 18 at 1:00am

Max is suspicious when he sees Cora. Mel revels in her plan. Stuart reels Linda in.

Episode 5808, Series 1

Sunday November 18 at 1:30am

Cora has a close call. Tina is alarmed by what she discovers. Mariam and Arshad find themselves in a difficult situation.

Episode 5809, Series 1

Sunday November 18 at 2:05am

Kat makes a desperate plea. Louise and Hunter's birthday party goes awry. Ray tries to cover his tracks.

Episode 5810, Series 1

Monday November 19 at 7:50pm

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5810, Series 1

Tuesday November 20 at 9:30am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5811, Series 1

Tuesday November 20 at 7:50pm

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5811, Series 1

Wednesday November 21 at 9:30am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5812, Series 1

Wednesday November 21 at 7:50pm

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5812, Series 1

Thursday November 22 at 9:30am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5813, Series 1

Thursday November 22 at 7:50pm

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5813, Series 1

Friday November 23 at 9:30am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5810, Series 1

Sunday November 25 at 12:25am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5811, Series 1

Sunday November 25 at 1:00am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5812, Series 1

Sunday November 25 at 1:30am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5813, Series 1

Sunday November 25 at 2:05am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5814, Series 1

Monday November 26 at 7:50pm

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5814, Series 1

Tuesday November 27 at 9:30am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5815, Series 1

Tuesday November 27 at 7:50pm

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5815, Series 1

Wednesday November 28 at 9:30am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5816, Series 1

Wednesday November 28 at 7:50pm

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5816, Series 1

Thursday November 29 at 9:30am

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

Episode 5817, Series 1

Thursday November 29 at 7:50pm

Welcome to Albert Square, Walford, E20 where the residents deal with the dramas of their daily lives.

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