What time is EastEnders on TV? What’s happening tonight? Who’s in the cast?

Everything you need to know about the BBC1 soap...

EastEnders, Midge, Louise Mitchell

The trials and tribulations of the residents of Walford have gripped audiences ever since the first episode of EastEnders in 1985. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the nation’s favourite shows…


What days of the week is EastEnders on TV?

EastEnders is usually on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week with four episodes in total.

What time is EastEnders on TV?

Usually episodes air on BBC1 on Monday at 8pm, Tuesday at 7.30pm and Thursday at 7.30pm and Friday at 8pm. Changes are sometimes made to this schedule in order to accommodate special event programming and sport.

Can I live stream EastEnders online?

Yes, if you’re in the UK you can live stream episodes of EastEnders on BBC iPlayer.

Can I catch up on EastEnders episodes if I miss them live?

Yes, if you’re in the UK, episodes of EastEnders remain available for catch up on BBC iPlayer for a month after their initial broadcast on BBC1.

Can I watch EastEnders on BBC iPlayer from outside the UK?

Unfortunately not. Due to rights agreements, you need to be in the UK to stream and download programmes or watch BBC TV channels.

What’s going to happen in EastEnders tonight and this week?


Monday: Ben is pleased when Phil tells him they can move forward with their plan but his happiness is short-lived when Jay and Keanu arrive. A vandal throws a brick through Mel’s window, so she calls on Jack, who realises just how fragile she has become. Mitch and Bailey find Dinah in a worrying situation, Bex tells Martin she does not want to go to university and Stacey is hurt when Jean refuses to come home.

Tuesday: Kathy is surprised to learn Lola’s news, while Mel tries to impress Jack with breakfast but he sees through her efforts, knowing she just wants him to let her keep the house. Karen tells Mitch off for shirking his responsibilities with Bailey, who is alarmed when she overhears them discussing her mother moving into a home. Sonia and Martin help Bex prepare her university open day.

Thursday: Ben overhears Phil turning down another job from Danny, so he meets up with the money-launderer and offers to take him up on the deal instead. Keanu feels uneasy when Louise wants to take their relationship to the next stage, Mel continues to play games with Jack and Bex sneaks out of the university event.

Friday: Sharon and Louise leave the others to prepare lunch while they pop out – unaware they are being watched by Midge. The salon’s opening day does not attract as many customers as Denise had hoped for, while a disappointing mock exam prompts Bex to go out and get drunk. A few dodgy Easter eggs come Mo’s way and Mel tries to make Jack jealous by chatting to Gray.

You can get all the latest spoilers, gossip and news and plot information for EastEnders on our hub.

Who is the EastEnders showrunner?

Kate Oates is the current EastEnders producer. She took over the role in 2018 following the departure of John Yorke. Oates was previously the producer of ITV soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street. She is also the senior executive producer for BBC shows Casualty and Holby City.

Is Walford a real place?

No, Walford is not a real place – it’s a fictional borough of east London. Find out more about Walford and how it got its name, here.

Where is EastEnders filmed? Is it filmed on the real streets of London?

EastEnders has been filmed at BBC Elstree Centre since it premiered in 1985. Shooting also takes place in Hertfordshire, about 13 miles northwest of London. Find out more about the set here.

Can I visit the set of EastEnders?

Sadly not. There are no tours of the EastEnders sets or of the studio due to the show’s packed production schedule (four 30-minute episodes are produced every week) and what the BBC states as being “additional security concerns”.

Where can I watch classic EastEnders clips?

The BBC hosts a selection of EastEnders clips from over the decades on its website.

Where can I watch video previews of EastEnders episodes?

Our new EastEnders spoilers video will be available here every week:

Who’s in the cast of EastEnders?

EastEnders has a very large cast due to the sheer number of storylines and the demanding schedule required to output four episodes a week.

Some of the best known current cast members include:

  • Gillian Taylforth who plays Kathy Beale
  • Letitia Dean who plays Sharon Watts
  • Adam Woodyatt who plays Ian Beale
  • June Brown who plays Dot Cotton
  • James Bye who plays Martin Fowler
  • Steve McFadden who plays Phil Mitchell
  • Natalie Cassidy who plays Sonia Fowler
  • Dean Gaffney who plays Robbie Jackson
  • Tamzin Outhwaite who plays Mel Owen
  • Perry Fenwick who plays Billy Mitchell
  • Jessie Wallace who plays Kat Slater
  • Laila Morse who plays Mo Harris
  • Jasmine Armfield who plays Bex Fowler
  • Rudolph Walker who plays Patrick Trueman
  • Tilly Keeper who plays Louise Mitchell
  • Lacey Turner who plays Stacey Slater
  • Gillian Wright who plays Jean Slater
  • Louisa Lytton who plays Ruby Allen
  • Emma Barton who plays Honey Mitchell
  • Diane Parish who plays Denise Fox
  • Jake Wood who plays Max Branning
  • Linda Henry who plays Shirley Carter
  • Jamie Borthwick plays Jay Brown
  • Tanya Franks plays Rainie Cross
  • Danny Dyer plays Mick Carter
  • Davood Ghadami plays Kush Kazemi