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?
To celebrate the soap's 25th anniversary, the Friday 19th February 2010 edition was performed and broadcast live on BBC1; it revealed which of the regular characters had killed Archie Mitchell during Walford's New Year festivities. See more
When Phil and Grant are in the woods with Danny, the camera's shadow is visible several times. See more
Dr. Anthony Trueman
I want to be with Kat, Kat wants nothing to do with me. I don't want to be with Zoe, Zoe wants everything to do with me. Happy Christmas.
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