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Eastenders

1106 of 1169 nominations

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Eastenders

By soap-opera standards, EastEnders is a mere whippersnapper, just 20 years old in 2005. When it was launched by the BBC on 19 February 1985, its unique selling-point was that it wasn’t set in the North, but on and around a fictional square in a fictional district of east London called Walford (with its own imaginary postcode, E20). At a time when other soaps had settled into comforting uneventfulness, Walford came roaring out of the traps with teenage pregnancies, disputed paternity, alcoholism and general mayhem. The very first episode began with the discovery of a murdered man. While its fortunes in the ratings have fluctuated, it has hung on to a hardcore fan base, who have tuned in loyally first twice, then three, now four times a week for the latest action. Everybody has their favourite moments from over the years, but can you name all the characters who have survived from the original cast? (Clue: there are only two.)

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NOMINATION 1106 OF 1169

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Cockney accents, the local chippy and cups of tea in times of disaster. What could be more English?!

Rachey


Perfect English drama - morose, moody, hard hitting, when at its best intelligent. A real mix of events that happen every day, and with the sense of community at its heart that is reflected in normal life throughout the country.
Lindsey Strachan


Morose, aggressive and full of itself, Eastenders encapsulates some of the worst of London and to equate London with England is to mistake the pimple for the visage.
Steven


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