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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 5779, Series 1

Wednesday September 26 at 9:30am

Halfway reveals some alarming news, Stacey comes face to face with a blast from her past, and Hayely is shocked when she receives an unwelcome visitor.

Episode 5780, Series 1

Wednesday September 26 at 7:50pm

Things get even worse for the Carters. Martin is taken aback by Kush's behaviour.

Episode 5780, Series 1

Thursday September 27 at 9:30am

Things get even worse for the Carters. Martin is taken aback by Kush's behaviour.

Episode 5781, Series 1

Thursday September 27 at 7:50pm

Hayley fears the worst, it's a race against time for the Carters, and Carmel is on a mission to make a change.

Episode 5781, Series 1

Friday September 28 at 9:30am

Hayley fears the worst, it's a race against time for the Carters, and Carmel is on a mission to make a change.

Episode 5778, Series 1

Sunday September 30 at 12:25am

The Carters anxiously wait for an update on Stuart, Shirley takes matters into her own hands, and Kush is enraged by Sophie's presence.

Episode 5779, Series 1

Sunday September 30 at 1:00am

Halfway reveals some alarming news, Stacey comes face to face with a blast from her past, and Hayely is shocked when she receives an unwelcome visitor.

Episode 5780, Series 1

Sunday September 30 at 1:30am

Things get even worse for the Carters. Martin is taken aback by Kush's behaviour.

Episode 5781, Series 1

Sunday September 30 at 2:05am

Hayley fears the worst, it's a race against time for the Carters, and Carmel is on a mission to make a change.

Episode 5782, Series 1

Monday October 1 at 7:50pm

Mick is given a harsh wake-up call, Jack and Ray struggle to keep the peace, and Keanu becomes determined to prove himself.

Episode 5782, Series 1

Tuesday October 2 at 9:30am

Mick is given a harsh wake-up call, Jack and Ray struggle to keep the peace, and Keanu becomes determined to prove himself.

Episode 5783, Series 1

Tuesday October 2 at 7:50pm

Mick fears for his life, Hunter is knocked back by Ray, and Sonia meddles in Bex's future.

Episode 5783, Series 1

Wednesday October 3 at 9:30am

Mick fears for his life, Hunter is knocked back by Ray, and Sonia meddles in Bex's future.

Episode 5784, Series 1

Wednesday October 3 at 7:50pm

Mick gets a threat he cannot ignore, Bex continues to struggle following Shakil's death, and Keanu is conflicted over an offer from Sharon.

Episode 5784, Series 1

Thursday October 4 at 9:30am

Mick gets a threat he cannot ignore, Bex continues to struggle following Shakil's death, and Keanu is conflicted over an offer from Sharon.

Episode 5785, Series 1

Thursday October 4 at 7:50pm

Hunter grows suspicious of Ray and makes a shocking discovery, a worrying headline hangs over Mick, and Linda tries to take control.

Episode 5785, Series 1

Friday October 5 at 9:30am

Hunter grows suspicious of Ray and makes a shocking discovery, a worrying headline hangs over Mick, and Linda tries to take control.

Episode 5782, Series 1

Sunday October 7 at 12:25am

Mick is given a harsh wake-up call, Jack and Ray struggle to keep the peace, and Keanu becomes determined to prove himself.

Episode 5783, Series 1

Sunday October 7 at 1:00am

Mick fears for his life, Hunter is knocked back by Ray, and Sonia meddles in Bex's future.

Episode 5784, Series 1

Sunday October 7 at 1:30am

Mick gets a threat he cannot ignore, Bex continues to struggle following Shakil's death, and Keanu is conflicted over an offer from Sharon.

Episode 5785, Series 1

Sunday October 7 at 4:05am

Hunter grows suspicious of Ray and makes a shocking discovery, a worrying headline hangs over Mick, and Linda tries to take control.

Episode 5786, Series 1

Monday October 8 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5786, Series 1

Tuesday October 9 at 10:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5787, Series 1

Tuesday October 9 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5787, Series 1

Wednesday October 10 at 10:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5788, Series 1

Wednesday October 10 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5788, Series 1

Thursday October 11 at 10:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5789, Series 1

Thursday October 11 at 8:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5789, Series 1

Friday October 12 at 10:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5786, Series 1

Sunday October 14 at 1:25am

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