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.
EastEnders everyone's talking about it.
Did You Know?
In the 19th February 1985 broadcast, Reg Cox became the first character in the soap opera to be killed off and was murdered by Nick Cotton and his body discovered by Arthur Fowler. See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
I know you're here, Nick. You ain't gonna scare me tonight.
[appears from the next room
[She stares at him in shock
[holding up a lighter to her cigarette
As of 2009, an updated satellite picture of East London is being used. And the title faded onto the picture rather than scroll up onto the screen. See more
Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year