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?
Albert Square was reputedly based on the architecture in Fasset Square in Hackney, London E8 (just off Graham Road). See more
When Nick Cotton returned to the square in October 2008, the tattoo on his neck had disappeared. See more
You know what they say, darlin', the course of true love never runs smooth.
I don't want smooth, just something that's less like roller-blading down the Himalayas with a rocket up me backside.
From 1985-1993, the series titles was a black and white city with a bright blue river. See more
Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #3.9