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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 5845, Series 1

Friday January 18 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5842, Series 1

Sunday January 20 at 12:20am

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

Episode 5843, Series 1

Sunday January 20 at 12:55am

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

Episode 5844, Series 1

Sunday January 20 at 1:25am

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

Episode 5845, Series 1

Sunday January 20 at 2:00am

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

Episode 5846, Series 1

Monday January 21 at 7:50pm

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

Episode 5846, Series 1

Tuesday January 22 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5847, Series 1

Tuesday January 22 at 7:50pm

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

Episode 5847, Series 1

Wednesday January 23 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5848, Series 1

Wednesday January 23 at 7:50pm

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

Episode 5848, Series 1

Thursday January 24 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5849, Series 1

Thursday January 24 at 7:50pm

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

Episode 5849, Series 1

Friday January 25 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5846, Series 1

Sunday January 27 at 12:20am

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

Episode 5847, Series 1

Sunday January 27 at 12:55am

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

Episode 5848, Series 1

Sunday January 27 at 1:25am

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

Episode 5849, Series 1

Sunday January 27 at 2:00am

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

Episode 5850, Series 1

Monday January 28 at 7:50pm

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

Episode 5850, Series 1

Tuesday January 29 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5851, Series 1

Tuesday January 29 at 7:50pm

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

Episode 5851, Series 1

Wednesday January 30 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5852, Series 1

Wednesday January 30 at 7:50pm

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

Episode 5852, Series 1

Thursday January 31 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5853, Series 1

Thursday January 31 at 7:50pm

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

Episode 5853, Series 1

Friday February 1 at 9:30am

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

Episode 5850, Series 1

Sunday February 3 at 12:20am

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

Episode 5851, Series 1

Sunday February 3 at 12:55am

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

Episode 5852, Series 1

Sunday February 3 at 1:25am

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

Episode 5853, Series 1

Sunday February 3 at 2:00am

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

Episode 5854, Series 1

Monday February 4 at 7:50pm

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

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