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 24thJune: Ian returns home to an awkward reunion with Bobby, so Ben suggests they all go to the Vic to celebrate being back together. But when the locals make it clear Bobby is not welcome, he gets support from an unlikely source. Mel and Max get a little closer – leaving Rainie jealous, Jay begins to think Ruby is too good for him and Adam hurts Habiba by accusing her of trying to find someone else..
Tuesday 25thJune: Max struggles to get Mel off his mind and invites her for a drink – unaware today is the day of Hunter’s sentencing. Ian and Kathy are shocked when Bobby turns up with a bruised face and assume Max is responsible. Tiffany is fed up of Sonia worrying about her, so she tells Jack to drop things with Fraser. Jean meets a man at her chemotherapy appointment who proceeds to annoy her. Adrian Edmondson joins the cast.
Thursday 26thJune: Jack and Fraser come to blows and the situation soon gets out of hand. Mel spins Rainie a lie so she can get into Jack’s house and get her hands on his money. Kathy berates Ian for not being supporting enough of Bobby, Stacey tells Daniel to leave Jean alone and Gray tries to win Mitch round. Lola is pleased when Denise offers her a job at the salon – only to be deflated when she sees Jay and Ruby making amends..
Friday 27th June: Ben confronts Lola about her plans to leave Walford and resorts to desperate lengths to make her stay. Ian suggests home tutoring might be best for Bobby, but when the teenager dismisses the idea, his dad feels helpless. Chantelle has an idea how Gray can get in Mitch’s good books and Daniel continues to annoy Jean, causing her to storm off.
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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.
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 Branning
- Danny Dyer plays Mick Carter
- Davood Ghadami plays Kush Kazemi