Set in the East End of London, the show focuses on the tensions between love and family with stories ranging from hard-hitting social issues, to personal, human tragedies. And there's plenty of funny moments too. 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.
Did You Know?
Originally it had been planned for Chrissie Watts' trial for the murder of her husband Den to be screened. However the idea was scrapped because the actresses Tracy Ann Oberman
(Chrissie Watts), Kim Medcalf
(Sam Mitchell) and Michelle Ryan
(Zoe Slater) had all moved on to other projects. See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
Ooh, I say!
From 1985-1993, the series titles was a black and white city with a bright blue river. See more