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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 5738, Series 1

Tuesday July 17 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5739, Series 1

Tuesday July 17 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5739, Series 1

Wednesday July 18 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5740, Series 1

Wednesday July 18 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5740, Series 1

Thursday July 19 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5741, Series 1

Thursday July 19 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5741, Series 1

Friday July 20 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5738, Series 1

Sunday July 22 at 12:25am

EastEnders

Episode 5739, Series 1

Sunday July 22 at 1:00am

EastEnders

Episode 5740, Series 1

Sunday July 22 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5741, Series 1

Sunday July 22 at 2:05am

EastEnders

Episode 5742, Series 1

Monday July 23 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5742, Series 1

Tuesday July 24 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5743, Series 1

Tuesday July 24 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5743, Series 1

Wednesday July 25 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5744, Series 1

Wednesday July 25 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5744, Series 1

Thursday July 26 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5745, Series 1

Thursday July 26 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5745, Series 1

Friday July 27 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5742, Series 1

Sunday July 29 at 12:25am

EastEnders

Episode 5743, Series 1

Sunday July 29 at 1:00am

EastEnders

Episode 5744, Series 1

Sunday July 29 at 1:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5745, Series 1

Sunday July 29 at 2:05am

EastEnders

Episode 5746, Series 1

Monday July 30 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5746, Series 1

Tuesday July 31 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5747, Series 1

Tuesday July 31 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5747, Series 1

Wednesday August 1 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5748, Series 1

Wednesday August 1 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5748, Series 1

Thursday August 2 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5749, Series 1

Thursday August 2 at 7:50pm

EastEnders
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