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  • 1985
  • Drama
  • Soap
  • 15


"EastEnders" was the brainchild of Julia Smith and Tony Holland, and premiered on BBC One in 1985. Storylines centre on people living and working in the fictional London borough of Walford. The series was originally screened as two half-hour episodes per week. Four episodes have been broadcast each week since August 2001. Within eight months of its launch, it reached number one in the ratings and has remained one of the top-rated programmes on British TV ever since. At the height of its popularity, more than 30 million viewers tuned in on Christmas Day 1986 to see Den Watts hand divorce papers to wife Angie. Large families have always been a strong feature of the long-running soap. The first central family was the Beale and Fowler clan consisting of Pauline Fowler, her husband Arthur, and teenage children Mark and Michelle. Pauline's twin brother Pete Beale, his wife Kathy and their son Ian lived nearby. Lou, Pauline and Pete's domineering mother, resided with Pauline. Strong female characters are central to the programme. Such characters have included Angie Watts, Kathy Mitchell, Sharon Rickman, Pat Evans and Peggy Mitchell. Macho male personalities such as Phil and Grant Mitchell have rubbed shoulders with bad boys including Den Watts and Dennis Rickman and handsome figures such as Simon Wicks and Jamie Mitchell. EastEnders has always featured a culturally diverse cast and never shied away from gritty storylines. For its 25th anniversary in February 2010, a live episode was broadcast where Archie Mitchell's killer was revealed. Ian Beale, played by Adam Woodyatt, is currently the only character to have been in the show from the first episode.


Episode 6381: 22/11/2021


Dotty is shocked and relieved when her mum Sandy appears at Ruby's and she offers her a place to stay - then tells Rocky he needs to swindle Peter out of more money for her mother's rehab. Chelsea and Denise both face a big hurdle in planning their nuptials, Sharon tells Phil about Alyssa and Peter faces competition in his bid to sponsor the Albert Square Christmas tree

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Chelsea FoxZaraah Abrahams
Frankie LewisRose Ayling-Ellis
Honey MitchellEmma Barton
Isaac BaptisteStevie Basaula
Mila MarwaRuhtxjiaih Bellenea
Harvey MonroeRoss Boatman
Jay BrownJamie Borthwick
Ben MitchellMax Bowden
Linda CarterKellie Bright
Janine ButcherCharlie Brooks
Martin FowlerJames Bye
Jada LennoxKelsey Calladine-Smith
Sonia FowlerNatalie Cassidy
Stuart HighwayRicky Champ
Callum `Halfway" HighwayTony Clay
Tom `Rocky" CottonBrian Conley
Sandy GibsonMartha Cope
Iqra AhmedPriya Davdra
Sharon WattsLetitia Dean
Liam ButcherAlfie Deegan
Kheerat PanesarJaz Deol
Mick CarterDanny Dyer
Kim FoxTameka Empson
Zack HudsonJames Farrar
Billy MitchellPerry Fenwick
Rainie HighwayTanya Franks
Ash KaurGurlaine Kaur Garcha
Mitch BakerRoger Griffiths
Lola PearceDanielle Harold
Shirley CarterLinda Henry
Nancy CarterMaddy Hill
Peter BealeDayle Hudson
Vinny PanesarShiv Jalota
Sheree TruemanSuzette Llewellyn
Jack BranningScott Maslen
Phil MitchellSteve McFadden
Whitney DeanShona McGarty
Bobby BealeClay Milner Russell
Keegan Butcher-BakerZack Morris
Bernadette TaylorClair Norris
Denise FoxDiane Parish
Dana MonroeBarbara Smith
Tiffany Butcher-BakerMaisie Smith
Gray AtkinsToby-Alexander Smith
Suki Kaur PanesarBalvinder Sopal
Karen TaylorLorraine Stanley
Violet HighwayGwen Taylor
Kathy BealeGillian Taylforth
Stacey SlaterLacey Turner
Patrick TruemanRudolph Walker
Kat SlaterJessie Wallace
Jean SlaterGillian Wright
Dotty CottonMilly Zero
Arthur FowlerHunter Bell
Ernie MoonCody Briffett
Bert MoonElliot Briffett
Lexi PearceIsabella Brown
Amy MitchellAbbie Burke
Scarlett MoonTabitha Byron
Ricky MitchellFrankie Day
Ollie CarterHarry Farr
Bailey BakerKara-Leah Fernandes
Janet MitchellGrace
Tommy MoonSonny Kendall
Mackenzie AtkinsIsaac Lemonius
Mia AtkinsMahalia Malcolm
Will MitchellFreddie Phillips
Lily SlaterLillia Turner


WriterLee Saczak
DirectorDavid Tucker
Executive producerJon Sen

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