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?
Ben Hardy (Peter Beale) quit the soap opera to star in "X-Men: Apocalypse". It was decided, Peter leaves with Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) to begin a new life in New Zealand. See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
I am your Father.
From 2012, the Olympic Park is visible on the opening credits. See more