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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 5878, Series 1

Sunday March 24 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Keegan struggles to cope and demands drugs from Tiffany, the Slaters worry about Jean still being missing , and Iqra and Habiba fail to strike a deal with Shirley.

Episode 5879, Series 1

Sunday March 24 at 12:55am

EastEnders

A furious Karen wants answers about the drugs, Rainie decides to play Stuart at his own game, and Tina announces a pancake race at the Vic.

Episode 5880, Series 1

Sunday March 24 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Stacey's concern about her mother's welfare prompts Kat to hatch a plan, Karen issues Keegan with a few home truths, and Mel receives a letter about Hunter's plea hearing.

Episode 5881, Series 1

Sunday March 24 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Tiffany sneaks home after being out all night, Karen realises Bailey knows the true extent of her mother Dinah's illness, and Martin's concerns grow when he sees Sonia trying to reassure…

Episode 5882, Series 1

Monday March 25 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Jean tries to settle into her caravan, Mel is desperate for cash to pay for Hunter's solicitor, and Mitch realises he has to tell Bailey the truth about her mother.

Episode 5882, Series 1

Tuesday March 26 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Jean tries to settle into her caravan, Mel is desperate for cash to pay for Hunter's solicitor, and Mitch realises he has to tell Bailey the truth about her mother.

Episode 5883, Series 1

Tuesday March 26 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Stacey is disappointed when Jean does not turn up at the hospital, Rainie is horrified to come across a picture on Jack's phone of Max and a new woman, and Mitch begs Karen to allow…

Episode 5883, Series 1

Wednesday March 27 at 9:35am

EastEnders

Stacey is disappointed when Jean does not turn up at the hospital, Rainie is horrified to come across a picture on Jack's phone of Max and a new woman, and Mitch begs Karen to allow…

Episode 5884, Series 1

Wednesday March 27 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

The Slaters desperately try to get Jean to come out of the caravan, Karen is fed up of Keegan's sulking, and Billy sees how Jay is coping since splitting up with Ruby.

Episode 5884, Series 1

Thursday March 28 at 9:35am

EastEnders

The Slaters desperately try to get Jean to come out of the caravan, Karen is fed up of Keegan's sulking, and Billy sees how Jay is coping since splitting up with Ruby.

Episode 5885, Series 1

Thursday March 28 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Stuart offers to deliver a letter from Dot to the solicitor about Dr Legg's estate, Mitch pushes Karen to let him move, and Billy tries to bring Jay and Ruby back together.

Episode 5885, Series 1

Friday March 29 at 9:35am

EastEnders

Stuart offers to deliver a letter from Dot to the solicitor about Dr Legg's estate, Mitch pushes Karen to let him move, and Billy tries to bring Jay and Ruby back together.

Episode 5882, Series 1

Sunday March 31 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Jean tries to settle into her caravan, Mel is desperate for cash to pay for Hunter's solicitor, and Mitch realises he has to tell Bailey the truth about her mother.

Episode 5883, Series 1

Sunday March 31 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Stacey is disappointed when Jean does not turn up at the hospital, Rainie is horrified to come across a picture on Jack's phone of Max and a new woman, and Mitch begs Karen to allow…

Episode 5884, Series 1

Sunday March 31 at 1:25am

EastEnders

The Slaters desperately try to get Jean to come out of the caravan, Karen is fed up of Keegan's sulking, and Billy sees how Jay is coping since splitting up with Ruby.

Episode 5885, Series 1

Sunday March 31 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Stuart offers to deliver a letter from Dot to the solicitor about Dr Legg's estate, Mitch pushes Karen to let him move, and Billy tries to bring Jay and Ruby back together.

Episode 5886, Series 1

Monday April 1 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Mel and Sharon butt heads over a repair at the restaurant and Bex is upset after failing a practice exam.

Episode 5886, Series 1

Tuesday April 2 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Mel and Sharon butt heads over a repair at the restaurant and Bex is upset after failing a practice exam.

Episode 5887, Series 1

Tuesday April 2 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Kush makes a deal with Mo to sell a batch of fake fur coats, only for Bex to make a worrying discovery about the stock.

Episode 5887, Series 1

Wednesday April 3 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Kush makes a deal with Mo to sell a batch of fake fur coats, only for Bex to make a worrying discovery about the stock.

Episode 5888, Series 1

Wednesday April 3 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Ruby takes matters into her own hands as she sets out to get her own back on Ross, while Matt opens up to Martin about everything that has happened.

Episode 5888, Series 1

Thursday April 4 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Ruby takes matters into her own hands as she sets out to get her own back on Ross, while Matt opens up to Martin about everything that has happened.

Episode 5889, Series 1

Thursday April 4 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Linda feels bad for forgetting the anniversary of Heather's death, so she hatches a plan to cheer Shirley up. Denise hopes to convince Patrick to invest in her salon idea.

Episode 5889, Series 1

Friday April 5 at 9:45am

EastEnders

Linda feels bad for forgetting the anniversary of Heather's death, so she hatches a plan to cheer Shirley up. Denise hopes to convince Patrick to invest in her salon idea.

Episode 5886, Series 1

Sunday April 7 at 12:20am

EastEnders

Mel and Sharon butt heads over a repair at the restaurant and Bex is upset after failing a practice exam.

Episode 5887, Series 1

Sunday April 7 at 12:55am

EastEnders

Kush makes a deal with Mo to sell a batch of fake fur coats, only for Bex to make a worrying discovery about the stock.

Episode 5888, Series 1

Sunday April 7 at 1:25am

EastEnders

Ruby takes matters into her own hands as she sets out to get her own back on Ross, while Matt opens up to Martin about everything that has happened.

Episode 5889, Series 1

Sunday April 7 at 2:00am

EastEnders

Linda feels bad for forgetting the anniversary of Heather's death, so she hatches a plan to cheer Shirley up. Denise hopes to convince Patrick to invest in her salon idea.

Episode 5890, Series 1

Monday April 8 at 6:50pm

EastEnders

Keanu returns to Walford and quickly gets down to business. Bernadette tries to help Tiffany. Patrick sets Denise, Kim and Mitch a challenge.

Episode 5890, Series 1

Tuesday April 9 at 8:45am

EastEnders

Keanu returns to Walford and quickly gets down to business. Bernadette tries to help Tiffany. Patrick sets Denise, Kim and Mitch a challenge.

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