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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 5705, Series 1

Monday May 28 at 7:50pm

The tension between Sonia and Stacey boils over at Kathy's party. Phil digs up some dirt on Max.

Episode 5705, Series 1

Tuesday May 29 at 9:30am

The tension between Sonia and Stacey boils over at Kathy's party. Phil digs up some dirt on Max.

Episode 5706, Series 1

Tuesday May 29 at 7:50pm

Mo continues with her latest money-making scheme. Hayley's return does not go down well with the locals. Phil puts the pressure on Robbie.

Episode 5706, Series 1

Wednesday May 30 at 9:30am

Mo continues with her latest money-making scheme. Hayley's return does not go down well with the locals. Phil puts the pressure on Robbie.

Episode 5707, Series 1

Wednesday May 30 at 7:50pm

Hayley stirs up trouble. Halfway makes a confession. Sonia has a proposition for Martin.

Episode 5707, Series 1

Thursday May 31 at 9:30am

Hayley stirs up trouble. Halfway makes a confession. Sonia has a proposition for Martin.

Episode 5708, Series 1

Thursday May 31 at 7:50pm

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Episode 5708, Series 1

Friday June 1 at 9:30am

EastEnders

Episode 5709, Series 1

Friday June 1 at 8:20pm

EastEnders

Episode 5705, Series 1

Sunday June 3 at 12:25am

The tension between Sonia and Stacey boils over at Kathy's party. Phil digs up some dirt on Max.

Episode 5706, Series 1

Sunday June 3 at 1:00am

Mo continues with her latest money-making scheme. Hayley's return does not go down well with the locals. Phil puts the pressure on Robbie.

Episode 5707, Series 1

Sunday June 3 at 1:30am

Hayley stirs up trouble. Halfway makes a confession. Sonia has a proposition for Martin.

Episode 5708, Series 1

Sunday June 3 at 2:05am

EastEnders

Episode 5709, Series 1

Sunday June 3 at 2:35am

EastEnders

Episode 5709, Series 1

Monday June 4 at 10:05am

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Episode 5710, Series 1

Monday June 4 at 7:50pm

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Episode 5710, Series 1

Tuesday June 5 at 9:30am

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Episode 5711, Series 1

Tuesday June 5 at 7:50pm

EastEnders

Episode 5711, Series 1

Wednesday June 6 at 9:30am

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Episode 5712, Series 1

Wednesday June 6 at 7:50pm

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Episode 5712, Series 1

Thursday June 7 at 9:30am

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Episode 5713, Series 1

Thursday June 7 at 7:50pm

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Episode 5713, Series 1

Friday June 8 at 9:30am

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Episode 5714, Series 1

Friday June 8 at 8:20pm

EastEnders

Episode 5710, Series 1

Sunday June 10 at 12:25am

EastEnders

Episode 5711, Series 1

Sunday June 10 at 1:00am

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Episode 5712, Series 1

Sunday June 10 at 1:30am

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Episode 5713, Series 1

Sunday June 10 at 2:05am

EastEnders

Episode 5714, Series 1

Sunday June 10 at 2:35am

EastEnders

Episode 5714, Series 1

Monday June 11 at 10:05am

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