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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 5917, Series 1

Friday May 24 at 9:45am

EastEnders

All hell breaks loose for Max and Rainie, and Dinah worries about Bailey.

Episode 5914, Series 1

Sunday May 26 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Ben is desperate to make things up to Phil and Lola, the Atkins family move into No 1, and Shirley has a Mick-sized present for Tina's birthday.

Episode 5915, Series 1

Sunday May 26 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Rainie stirs up trouble for Stuart, Jay is stunned by Ben' revelation, and Iqra and Habiba are caught off guard.

Episode 5916, Series 1

Sunday May 26 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Keanu receives some tough love from Karen, Jay receives a tempting business proposition, and Max tries to put things right with Rainie.

Episode 5917, Series 1

Sunday May 26 at 2:00am

EastEnders

All hell breaks loose for Max and Rainie, and Dinah worries about Bailey.

Episode 5918, Series 1

Monday May 27 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Karen worries for Dinah, Kathy receives some surprising news, and Jack warns Mel to keep her distance.

Episode 5918, Series 1

Tuesday May 28 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Karen worries for Dinah, Kathy receives some surprising news, and Jack warns Mel to keep her distance.

Episode 5919, Series 1

Tuesday May 28 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Keanu resorts to desperate measures, Stacey plays matchmaker for Kat, and Rainie is left annoyed by Max's actions.

Episode 5919, Series 1

Wednesday May 29 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Keanu resorts to desperate measures, Stacey plays matchmaker for Kat, and Rainie is left annoyed by Max's actions.

Episode 5920, Series 1

Wednesday May 29 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

The Taylors' world is turned upside down, Sharon finds herself in hot water, and Callum lies to Whitney about his future.

Episode 5920, Series 1

Thursday May 30 at 9:45am

EastEnders

The Taylors' world is turned upside down, Sharon finds herself in hot water, and Callum lies to Whitney about his future.

Episode 5921, Series 1

Thursday May 30 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Keanu's plan backfires, and Martin and Stacey make a shocking discovery.

Episode 5921, Series 1

Friday May 31 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Keanu's plan backfires, and Martin and Stacey make a shocking discovery.

Episode 5918, Series 1

Sunday June 2 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Karen worries for Dinah, Kathy receives some surprising news, and Jack warns Mel to keep her distance.

Episode 5919, Series 1

Sunday June 2 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Keanu resorts to desperate measures, Stacey plays matchmaker for Kat, and Rainie is left annoyed by Max's actions.

Episode 5920, Series 1

Sunday June 2 at 1:25am

EastEnders

The Taylors' world is turned upside down, Sharon finds herself in hot water, and Callum lies to Whitney about his future.

Episode 5921, Series 1

Sunday June 2 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Keanu's plan backfires, and Martin and Stacey make a shocking discovery.

Episode 5922, Series 1

Monday June 3 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5922, Series 1

Tuesday June 4 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5923, Series 1

Tuesday June 4 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5923, Series 1

Wednesday June 5 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5924, Series 1

Wednesday June 5 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5924, Series 1

Thursday June 6 at 9:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5925, Series 1

Thursday June 6 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5925, Series 1

Friday June 7 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5922, Series 1

Sunday June 9 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5923, Series 1

Sunday June 9 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5924, Series 1

Sunday June 9 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5925, Series 1

Sunday June 9 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

Episode 5926, Series 1

Monday June 10 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Welcome to Walford, E20.

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