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EastEnders is a British soap opera; the first episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 February 1985. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in the fictional London Borough of Walford in the East End of London. The series primarily centres on the residents of Albert Square, a Victorian square of terraced houses, and its neighbouring streets, namely Bridge Street, Turpin Road and George Street. The area encompasses a pub, street market, night club, community centre, funeral parlour, café, wine bar, various other small businesses, a park and allotments.

The series was originally screened as two half-hour episodes per week. Since August 2001, episodes are broadcast each weekday, apart from Wednesdays, on BBC One, and again on BBC Three at 10.00pm. An omnibus edition was broadcast at various times over the weekend, before being discontinued in April 2015.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

It is one of the UK's highest-rated programmes, often appearing near or at the top of the week's BARB ratings. Within eight months of its launch, it reached the number-one spot in the ratings, and has consistently remained among the top-rated TV programmes in Britain. As of July 2013, the average audience share for an episode is around 30 percent.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Created by producer Julia Smith and script editor Tony Holland, EastEnders has remained a significant programme in terms of the BBC's success and audience share, and also in the history of British television drama, tackling many controversial and taboo issues in British culture and social life, previously unseen on United Kingdom mainstream television.<ref>Pamela Demory, Christopher Pullen (2013). "Queer Love in Film and Television: Critical Essays". p. 35. Palgrave Macmillan,</ref>

EastEnders has won six BAFTA Awards, and has won the Inside Soap Award for 'Best Soap' for ten years running,<ref name="insidesoap">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> as well as eleven National Television Awards for "Most Popular Serial Drama"<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and ten awards for "Best Soap" at the British Soap Awards. It has also won eight 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.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


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Intro   Setting    Characters    Production    Realism    History    Scheduling    Spin-offs and merchandise    Popularity and viewership    In popular culture    Further reading    See also    References    External links   

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EastEnders is a British soap opera; the first episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 February 1985. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in the fictional London Borough of Walford in the East End of London. The series primarily centres on the residents of Albert Square, a Victorian square of terraced houses, and its neighbouring streets, namely Bridge Street, Turpin Road and George Street. The area encompasses a pub, street market, night club, community centre, funeral parlour, café, wine bar, various other small businesses, a park and allotments.

The series was originally screened as two half-hour episodes per week. Since August 2001, episodes are broadcast each weekday, apart from Wednesdays, on BBC One, and again on BBC Three at 10.00pm. An omnibus edition was broadcast at various times over the weekend, before being discontinued in April 2015.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

It is one of the UK's highest-rated programmes, often appearing near or at the top of the week's BARB ratings. Within eight months of its launch, it reached the number-one spot in the ratings, and has consistently remained among the top-rated TV programmes in Britain. As of July 2013, the average audience share for an episode is around 30 percent.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Created by producer Julia Smith and script editor Tony Holland, EastEnders has remained a significant programme in terms of the BBC's success and audience share, and also in the history of British television drama, tackling many controversial and taboo issues in British culture and social life, previously unseen on United Kingdom mainstream television.<ref>Pamela Demory, Christopher Pullen (2013). "Queer Love in Film and Television: Critical Essays". p. 35. Palgrave Macmillan,</ref>

EastEnders has won six BAFTA Awards, and has won the Inside Soap Award for 'Best Soap' for ten years running,<ref name="insidesoap">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> as well as eleven National Television Awards for "Most Popular Serial Drama"<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and ten awards for "Best Soap" at the British Soap Awards. It has also won eight 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.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>


EastEnders sections
Intro   Setting    Characters    Production    Realism    History    Scheduling    Spin-offs and merchandise    Popularity and viewership    In popular culture    Further reading    See also    References    External links   

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