A satellite image of a city with a winding river in blue in the bottom half of the image. In the top half are the words "EastEnders" and "BBC" in white.
GenreSoap opera
Created by
Written byVarious
Directed byVarious
Theme music composer
Opening themeEastEnders theme tune
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6,421
Executive producersVarious (currently Jon Sen executive producer; Kate Oates senior executive producer)
ProducersVarious (currently Sharon Batten)[1]
Production locationBBC Elstree Centre
Camera setupVideo, multiple-camera setup
Running time20–60 minutes
Production companyBBC Studios Continuing Drama Productions
Original network
Picture format
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original release19 February 1985 (1985-02-19) –
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EastEnders is a British soap opera created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland which has been broadcast on BBC One since 1985. Set in Albert Square in the East End of London in the fictional borough of Walford, the programme follows the stories of local residents and their families as they go about their daily lives. Initially there were two 30-minute episodes per week, later increasing to three, but since 2001, episodes have been broadcast on every weekday except Wednesday (outside of special occasions). The three-month suspension of production in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, led to broadcasts of the show being reduced to two 30-minute episodes per week, and eventually, the show going on a transmission break. Restrictions to filming resulted in the programme returning to transmission, with four 20-minute episodes per week resuming on 7 September 2020.

Within eight months of the show's original launch, it had reached the number one spot in BARB's TV ratings and has consistently remained among the top rated series in Britain. In 2013, the average audience share for an episode was around 30 per cent.[2] Today, EastEnders remains a significant programme in terms of the BBC's success and audience share. It has also been important in the history of British television drama, tackling many subjects that are considered to be controversial or taboo in British culture, and portraying a social life previously unseen on UK mainstream television.[3]

As of September 2019, EastEnders has won ten BAFTA Awards and the Inside Soap Award for Best Soap for 14 years running (from 1997 to 2012),[4] as well as twelve National Television Awards for Most Popular Serial Drama[5] and 11 awards for Best British Soap at The British Soap Awards. It has also won 13 TV Quick and TV Choice Awards for Best Soap, six TRIC Awards for Soap of The Year, four Royal Television Society Awards for Best Continuing Drama and has been inducted into the Rose d'Or Hall of Fame.[6]

  1. ^ "'EastEnders' reveals production team changes". Digital Spy. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  2. ^ "'Coronation Street': 7.9m watch Paul and Lloyd's showdown". Digital Spy. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  3. ^ Pamela Demory, Christopher Pullen (2013). "Queer Love in Film and Television: Critical Essays". p. 35. Palgrave Macmillan,
  4. ^ "Rival soaps tie on awards night". BBC News. London. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 4 November 2009. EastEnders won the top soap title for the 10th consecutive year, voted for by readers of Inside Soap magazine.
  5. ^ "Past Winners – The National Television Awards 2011". National Television Awards. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Rose D'Or honour for EastEnders". BBC News. 27 April 2006. Retrieved 4 November 2009.

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