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      22.09.2013 18:52

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      A good mix of characters to keep you watching

      Eastern sets is a long running soap opera set in the good old East End of London. The opening credits and soundtrack have never changed and it is distinctive what is on the TV even if you are in another room as soon as you hear that DUN DUN you know it's Eastenders.

      The setting is Albert Square in Walford, where everyone knows everyone (and their business!) and it seems they are all related in ine way it another.

      The normal schedule for TV airing is Monday 8pm, Tuesday and Thursday 7:30pm and Friday 8pm. There is also the omnibus on Sundays. Aswell as several special hour long episodes and extra episodes throughout the year.

      All the characters in Walford have their own individual personalities and problems! From Kat Slater not being able to say no to a man to Ian Beales wimpiness. The story lines can be a little unrealistic, but they have some good storyline that highlight current issues. Lauren's alcohol problem being a current one as well as previous ones including foster care, blackmail, bipolar and of course affairs!!

      It all happens in Albert Square. Weddings, funerals, births and murders. There's always something going on.

      I am not an avid soap opera fan and Eastenders is the only one I watch. Saying that I religiously watch every episode, I am hooked!

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      23.01.2013 02:17
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      watch it at least once

      I was never the sort of person to watch dramas and soaps, that was more my mother's thing. In fact I always used to make fun of her for wasting her time on soaps and dramas. That was, until I started watching Eastenders when I started my maternity leave and had loads of time on my hands.

      Strangely, it has me hooked and now, with a four month old baby, I somehow make the time to see it. I have also read up on a lot of past history on Wikipedia! Haven't told that to my mother, though.


      This series is about the lives of people living in the neighbourhood of Walford in , you guessed it, the East end. All the characters have their individual personalities, lives and stories and somehow they are all interconnected. There is always some crazy stuff going on with at least one of them, so there is never a dull moment.

      The very first episode I saw was the one in which in which Lola's baby was taken away, which was probably why I returned to watch it again as i wanted to know whether she got her baby back. Sadly, she hasn't. Her baby is being fostered by a bald old male relative of hers ( how on earth is this is better than the baby being looked after by her mother I dont know) and she only gets to see the child three hours a day.

      Eventually I have come to know all the other characters who are all very much human and imperfect, which is perhaps what makes this show so endearing.

      I feel quite bad for Kat and Kirsty, alone through no fault of theirs. Masood seems to be the only sensible one of the lot, and I must say, I really did not like Derek Branning!

      The story line is pretty good and the writers are able to keep the story interesting and end every episode at a thrilling and suspenseful turn of events.

      Expecting to see many more enjoyable episodes in future.

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        17.08.2012 19:51
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        It still earns 4 stars. Recommended TV programme

        I have been watching eastenders on and off since the 90's but only for the past 2 years have i been watching it every episode. I didn't see what the point of it was until i actually got quite gripped into the storyline and found that it actually makes sense once you start following the storyline.

        The acting in Eastenders is very good. I did recognise many of the characters as soon as i started watching. For example, the characters Michael and Derek were both in the film Layer Cake which is one of my favourites to date. The characters have their own twisted sides as well as their nice sides.

        There are never characters which just have their moment and then they're gone, all characters have their own individual storylines, lives and history. Even the characters that weren't around for long like Vanessa did have several episodes which almost entirely focused on them.

        The storyline is gripping all be it a bit inaccurate. By this i mean there are some things which simply wouldn't happen in the real world like when Lola gave birth to a baby in a kebab shop and somehow managed it live on air, in 20 minutes with no pain killers. in and out, job done. (Yeah right)

        Sometimes it can be a little hard to follow and I personally forget minor details which do hold some serious weight behind story lines. There are a few characters like pat and phil mitchell that have been in the series for ages and my memory of their past and history from 4, 5 and even more years ago, is a little checkered.

        I often find that eastenders ends with some pretty compelling cliff hangers like deaths, realisations and such. there are some times when i think it's too over dramatic but sometimes it's just right, and keeps me waiting for the next episode to come. Things like the murder of heather trott which is currently a big thing at the moment in the story, will keep me interested in every episode.

        Overall it seems like a pretty good soap opera. The show has won award and rightly so, it is good but in a few places it's just unbelievable, over the top etc. I think the acting is great and i hope they keep people like Phil and Dot in as long as they can. Seeing pat evans die was a big shock and a sad moment.

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          30.03.2011 00:03
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          Great soap opera!

          For those of you who are unsure, Eastenders is a popular soap opera set in Albert Square, Walford, London. You may consider its competition to be the likes of Coronation Street and Emmerdale but personally Eastenders is my favourite. Being shown for half an hour on Mondays at 8pm, Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 7:30pm and Fridays at 8pm on BBC 1(as well at 10pm on BBC 3 and on iPlayer) it is frequently shown so it is difficult to imagine how the writers can keep it so interesting. It is based around a number of families that are all different but have one thing in common - they live in Albert Square. I have been watching Eastenders for as long as I can remember and it feels as if I have almost grown up with some of the characters. There are a number who have recognisable names even to those who don't watch it such as Phil Mitchell, Ian Beale, Alfie Moon and Kat Slater.

          During the last few years in particular of the Soap Awards, Eastenders have picked up a lot of awards and have won the best overall soap opera which I think is well deserved. I also watch Coronation Street and for me there is no comparison as Eastenders tackles all sorts of story lines and always involves each character in some way. They are portrayed really well, almost as if we, the audience, are living their lives with them - it really keeps me hooked. As it goes I'm not much of a television fan and this is the only soap I watch without fail and I think its because the program is so varied. There are frequently stories of marriage, divorce, births, deaths and general tragedies as well as happy story lines. In the past they have handled some touchy issues such as drug addictions with Phil Mitchell where the audience can literally see him pushing everyone away and getting into a rut as well as Ronnie Mitchell whose baby died and she swapped in with Kat Slaters baby (confusing I know, you'll have to watch it!). These controversial story lines often get a lot of media coverage and I think its good that they are shown to such a wide audience as people can often relate to them and find the relevance somewhere in their life.

          I often find myself having much empathy with the characters when they're going through a hard time as most of the characters have been in the program for years so you feel like you get to know them almost. That, combined with excellent acting skills and story lines is an excellent way to hook an audience like myself and keep you coming back for more. I often find relevance in the story lines to my life at present and I can relate to it sometimes which is something I haven't found with Coronation Street or other soaps. On top of that the varied story lines keep it interesting and not too gloomy while not too unrealistically happy either. The writers have definitely got the right balance! Another interesting episode was the live show which was done last Christmas and based on a murder - it was something I hadn't watched in this way before and I was looking forward to seeing how the characters reacted and I must say it was absolutely excellent and they improvised really well. Overall, a great show to watch if you're trying to pass the time - I bet you'll watch every episode after that initial 'accidental' one!

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          08.01.2011 12:52

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          It's probably the worst thing on tv. They seem to be enthusiastic about tackling all the worst elements of society and never encountering the best. Where is the wit, the positivity and the intellect that most of us witness at some point in the day.It seems to be focussed on dreary miserableness that just never ends. A truly awful programme that offers nothing except a will to end it all. Even all of the sets are purposefully dreary.Get rid of this rubbish from our lives. Please.

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          11.09.2010 22:50
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          The best soap opera in Britain, in my humble opinion.

          Part of being British includes watching the obligatory Soap Opera. In work each day, people can be found discussing the previous nights episode of their favourite soap. Mine is Eastenders, which was first broadcast in February 1985.

          Based in Albert Square in the ficticious town of Walford, Eastenders has been based around the lives of various families who live around the square. The soap has seen many actors come and go and some have amazing longevity, including Phil Mitchell, Ian Beale and Dot Cotton.

          Over the years, i have laughed, cried, and had every emotion, along with the characters. There have been births, deaths, marriages, shootings, stabbings, teenage pregnancies, drug addicts and much more. Eastenders is a soap you either love or hate.

          I have dipped in and out of most soaps, but find i have always stuck with this soap because it provides a never ending rollercoaster of drama . A recent story line has centred around the crack cocaine habit of a very lost and lonely Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden. Phil's young son is in Prison, and after reuniting with his daughter, has now lost her and has turned to crack as an escape. Steve McFaddens's portrayal of this part has been phenomenal to watch. He shows the depths that people with a habit will sink to and has given it 150%.

          I love this soap because the storylines run deep, going further than other soaps, sometimes shocking, sometimes making me laugh, sometimes making me cry. It takes real life situations, shakes them up and spits them out with passion and venom and creates situations that leave you wanting more.

          There have been times over the years when it has been disappointing and story lines have dragged on forever but it does raise subjects that are often taboo and the script writers are not afraid to shoot from the hip and leave the nation talking. Several characters over the years have not been to my liking and i have happily waved goodbye to them when they have sought pastures new, away from the soap.

          All in all, Eastenders has been the most well written, acted and enjoyable soaps on british tv. This review will also be found on Ciao.co.uk under flashjules123 which is me.

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            08.09.2010 20:04
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            A great long running soap thats watched by millions!

            Eastenders


            Eastenders is shown 5 days a week, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with an ominbus on Sundays.
            The times are between 7.30pm - 8.30pm on BBC 1, or 10pm on BBC 3, the ominibus is shown on a Sunday afternoon.

            This soap like most revolves around the few familes that live in Albert Square.

            There's the Mitchell's. Peggy head of the family and once again owner of the Queen Victoria Pub, she has a son Phill who at the moment is an alcoholic crackhead druggy, who's life has gone down hill since his son Ben was sent to a young offenders prison for assualting Jordan..... We'll get to him later. Phill's daughter Louise has also left again and has chosen to go back with her mother Lisa, who a few years back shot Phill!
            There's Sam, Peggy's daughter who has just given birth to a baby boy and has also just been released from prison. The baby could either be Ricky Butchers or Jack Brannings! Who's the daddy?????
            Grant is Peggys other son, but he lives in Portugal and is very rarely seen nowdays. He may pop back for a special episode now and again.

            The Slater family. Big Mo, she's a little bit nutty and like's to sell knock off goods! Charlie is the man of the house and the only man I may add. He is a cabbie but I haven't seen him in a while. Jean, Stacey and baby Lily also live in the same house as did Staceys totally bonkers 'friend' Becca. Jean and Stacey both suffer with bipolar disorder, but controll it with medication. Recently Stacey has been persuaded by Becca to stop taking her tablets and is heading on a downwards spiral once again. Stacey has had some really excellent storylines and she is probably my favourite character. She married Bradley, they divorced, they remarried and then tragically he died, whilst trying to flee Albert Square with a heavily pregnant Stacey. He fell from the rooftop after being chased by police, they had recieved information that he was Archie Mitchells killer (from Becca) but it was actually Stacey who killed him!!!
            It was only recently that Stacey discovered it was Becca who called the police and they had a fight and during this fight Bradleys ashes were thrown over Stacey, I think she is heading for a breakdown.

            The Brannings. Dot and Jim. Dot works in the laundrette and looks after Jim, she has had a hard life, what with Nasty Nick Cotton being her son. He has tried killing her a few times and pretty much treats her like dirt. He also brought home a little girl 'Dotty' and tried to get her to fleece her grandma out of lots of money. Jim isn't around as much as usual, due to having a stroke in real life, but the writers have wrote this into his part and he is doing very well.
            Max, Tanya, Lauren, Abbie and baby Oscar are another part of the Branning family. Tanya has left (she has given birth to twins in real life) she couldn't put up with Max's lies and cheating any longer. She took the kids with her but Abbie came back to stay with Max. Max is also Bradley's father, but he did have an affair with Stacey!
            Jack is another of the Brannings, he is with Peggy's niece Ronnie but also has a baby girl with her sister Roxy and may also be the father of Sam's baby boy.

            The Beale family. Ian, Jane, Lucy, Peter and Bobby.
            Ian Beale is the owner of the chippy, the cafe and a market stall, he is also a smarmy slimey git! He has been married a good few times...... How I do not know! And he is now married to Jane who was shot/stabbed by Ian's other son. This left her unable to have children of her own and when 15 year old Lucy got pregnant, Jane was supposed to raise the baby as her own. Ian took Lucy for a termination and they told Jane that she had lost the baby. Lucy is a bit of a bitch, and her twin brother Peter is nothing like her, he is a bit dopey! Bobby is the child Ian had with Laura, and Jane has practically been there since he was a baby. Laura was killed off a few years ago.

            There's Patrick Truman, Denise and Jordan. Libby and Chelsea have recently left and are now holidaying in Spain with Libby's gran. Patrick see's himself as Denise's father, although he isn't. Denise has been through a tough time lately. Her husband Lucas the serial killer church pastor, killed his ex wife and Denises ex husband aswell as a few more prostitutes. Denise was initially blamed for the murders, untill Lucas abducted her and hid her in the basement of the house next door to Patricks, Denise didn't know that she was that close to home and when she escaped everything became clear for everyone. Lucas was arrested, and Denise has taken on his son Jordan as her own. This is the same Jordan that was beat up by Ben Mitchell for taking the micky out of him.

            Pat Butcher..... Her house is treated like a hotel! At the moment Bianca, Ricky and her brood are living there, Whitney, not Bianca's biological daughter but she treats her like her own, she's Biancas ex partners daughter. Liam and Tiffany, they are Ricky and Biancas children! It has only recently come to light that Ricky was Tiffanys dad. Bianca has another son too but he's young and isn't seen as much as the others, his name is Morgan.
            Bianca and Ricky were an item in the soap years ago and they are now married. Ricky could also be the father of Sams baby. Riiiiiiccccckkkkyyyyyy!!!!
            Whitney had a big storyline when she first arrived in the soap, she was being abused by Bianca's ex boyfriend and her step dad. This was a tough storyline.

            Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell turned up one day out of the blue and have never left. They opened a club R&R's, then Roxy inherited all of her dad Archies wealth. She gave it all up when she found out that Ronnie had been abused by Archie as a child.
            Ronnie was made to give up her daughter. She had her when she was young about 14 I think. She was led to believe that Amy was dead.
            Danielle turned up and befriended Stacey. This was Amy! Ronnie found out all to late when Danielle was tragically run over and died in Ronnies arms.
            Roxy ended up having a baby with Jack, who was Ronnies boyfriend. Everyone was led to believe that Sean Slater was the babies dad, untill the truth came out.

            The Massoods. They have just found out that their son Syed is gay and he is living with Janes brother Christian. This has been quite a controversial storyline as they are muslims and this is totally against their religion.

            Janine Butcher, Pat's step daughter. She's a soap bitch and has got away with so much stuff!! She is currently due to be wed to Ryan, Whitneys brother. Janine has been a prostitute, killer, gold digger and whatever else!
            Ryan is the father of baby Lily.... he just doesn't know it yet!

            Minty, Heather, Darren, Baby George, Shirley......
            Minty has decided he wants to be with Heather! Heather has a baby with Darren, Baby George is named after George Michael! Shirley is Heathers best friend and Phill's on/off girlfriend. She was also married to Denises ex husband.

            Billy and Jay.
            Billy has 2 of his own children with Honey. She left him taking the kids with her, although Janet and William do sometimes stay with Billy.
            Jay is Jase's son, Jase is dead, Billy watched him get beaten to death, Jase was with Dawn but she is now with Gary and they have left Albert Square with baby Summer.
            Billy now care's for Jay and they get on fine.
            Billy is a Mitchell, but is treated like the black sheep of the family unless it suits them.

            There's bound to be a few people missing from this list and if there is I appologise. I will update when I remember.

            There's a fire tonight and people will die......... But who??????

            I love the way the soap has controvesial subjects and brings things to light. I think it's a great fast paced soap that doesn't just jump from one thing to the next.
            I look forward to watching it in the evenings with a cuppa.

            It's a long running soap that I hope will have more years to come.

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            So whats changed in the last few years on Albert Square? Here's a quick low down on whats been going on since - (It is now 2013 - A very long time in soap years!)

            So having ran through the characters I will start by who is no longer in Eastenders -

            Peggy - Left after Queen Vic fire.
            Sam - She may have gone on the run with a fake passport? I can't quite remember, she wasn't a character who made a particularly big impact on me!
            Big Mo - Gone but rents out a house on the Square.
            Charlie - Moved away.
            Stacey & Baby Lily - Max too them to the airport after Bradleys tragic death, she killed Archie and Janine found out - (I think I am remembering that correctly!!)
            Becca - Gone.
            Jim - Had a stroke and Dot made the agonising decision to put him in a care home after she could no longer cope.
            Jane - Left Ian - Another one bites the dust!
            Peter - Gone somewhere?!
            Jordan - Gone.
            Pat - Died on New Years Day 2012 - Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which had already spread. Was a weepy episode I must admit!
            Ricky - Left after Bianca decides she can't forgive his one night stand with Mandy - Just read that he has actually retired from acting!
            Ronnie - Jailed, is due to be released but unaware of if she is coming back to the Square or not.
            Syed & Christian - Gone.
            Zainab - Recently left after Massood tells her he isn't happy and doesn't want to marry her again.
            Janine - Left after some kind of nervous breakdown (in the soap not real life!) you may remember her winning the title Queen of the Jungle after appearing on I'm a Celebrity. She is due to return sometime soon.
            Ryan - Gone, can't remember when or why!
            Minty - Gone.
            Heather - Killed by Ben Mitchell.
            Darren - He left and then when Heather was killed he took on his role of father to Baby George who has also left the soap.
            Ben Mitchell - Came back to the Square and then subsequently killed Heather so is now back in jail.


            There have been plenty of new comers in the soap. As well as old faces reappearing.

            Tanya and the kids are back. She had cervical cancer and ended up back with Max albeit briefly. They were to get re-married until Max's wife showed up! Duff, duff.

            So we have Max's wife - Kirsty. Not warming to her. Max is now living in the B&B with Kirsty as Tanya rightfully threw him out.

            Cora - Tanya's mother, Ava & Dexter - Cora's daughter and grandson, she gave Ava up for adoption as a baby, has been a recent addition to the soap.

            Lola - Billy's granddaughter, she is a fantastic actress and has grown with the soap, at first she was quite irritating but I have really warmed to her. She had a baby by Ben Mitchell (who is supposed to be gay) she kept this a secret but since having baby Lexi social services got involved and we saw Lexi being taken into care, she is currently being looked after by Phil who up until this week had no intention of ever returning the baby to her mum, however after a nasty scare which resulted in hospital treatment for baby Lexi, Phil saw how great Lola was with her daughter and told her about the social workers plans for returning Lexi to Lola's care. This has been a very turbulent and emotional storyline which I think Lola has played out extremely well.

            Sharon - Like a boomerang she is! She's back and due to marry Jack Branning! She's a quick mover - Came back with little Denny, Dennis' son. She loves to ruffle the poor kids hair an awful lot! Still does her grating whisper voice too!

            There's Fatboy & Poppy. Poppy was originally Darren's girlfriends friend but she has become a regular character, fatbay has been in the soap for a while and is pretty much in it at all times now. He and poppy are an item! He is currently staying in the B&B whilst Poppy is living with Dot.

            Alice & Joey Branning - Derek's children, Derek has since died after having a heart attack, Alice and Joey remain. Despite being cousins Joey is in a relationship with Lauren!

            Carol Jackson - Back and living with Bianca and kids in Pat's old house which Janine is renting to them.

            Kim Fox - Denises sister, owns the B&B, another surprise - Denise & Ian are getting it on!!!

            AJ - Massoods brother, getting divorced from his wife, turned up and hasn't left.

            So a nice bunch of characters there for you.

            So in the Square, where everyone knows everything and nobody owns a washing machine, what has been going on -

            In recent weeks we have seen Dot having a struggle with her house. She left for a period of time and left the responsibility of the rent up to Cora, who didn't pay! The council has caught up with her and she needed to go to court, she feared the worse but thankfully they were lenient on her and she got to keep the house. All's well that ends well.

            Liam got involved with a gang. This ended up with him being stabbed. Bianca was out of her mind with worry when he decided to run away but things seem to be getting back on track. I hope Liam comes good again, I don't think he was ever actually really bad but I quite like the kid!

            I have already explained the Lola, Billy, Phil, Lexi situation above, but we did see Lola run away with little Lexi out of sheer desperation. She's a good mum, I hope she gets Lexi back soon.

            Kat & Alfie are no more *sob, sob*. It's not Alfie & Roxie - Doesn't have the same bell to it does it!? He couldn't handle Kats lies and cheating anymore, especially when it was Derek Branning she was having the affair with.
            Kat is trying to get Michael to pay maintenance money towards his son but he doesn't want no part of it.

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              I would just like to write a short review on Eastenders, which is of course one of those soaps that has become such a big part of the lives of so many people in this country. I know that a lot of people find a lot of stuff about it far fetched, and to some extent I agree or diasgree on some points with them all as we shall soon find out.

              Eastenders is normally shown four nights a week on BBC 1 (Monday; Tuesday; Thursday, and Friday) at slots that start any time nromally between seven o'clock and half past eight (thus finishing at nine o'clock in the evening at the very latest) and goes on for half an hour. This is of course dependant on whatever else is on around that time, for example during the World Cup sometimes only two hour long episodes would be shown because of the games that were being shown. All programmes are repeated over on BBC 3 at ten o'clock, and there is an omnibus edition on Sunday afternoons at variable times (on BBC 1).
              Being based in the inner city suburb of Walford in London's east end (hence the name, believe it or not), it is set around the lives and working patterns of a fictional street known only to us all as Albert Square (and of course taking in the nearest streets or parts to it also). Most people live and work within spitting distance of one another, and even socialise together in the local public house or out in the main gardens of the Square.

              Those businesses include the local cafe; the local chippy (both owned by Ian Beale along with other businesses); the street market; the Queen Victoria pub (also known more commonly for ease of use as the Queen Vic by one and all); a mechanics' garage, and the local community centre that also houses among other things a church (although in light of recent events I am not sure if the church is open for business). Along this, we also see the local launderette; a mini market, and allotments.
              As we all know, the people who live in the Square have done so (or at least many of their families have done so) for many generations although there are still some that come and go from time to time. One thing that I cannot fathom is why everybody has to be related in some way, either through marriage (both directly related by blood to other eople or indirectly through inter marriages so there are step families involved); or by having children with other people in the Square or simply just by 'shacking up' with other people.

              Having grown up in a small community such as this, I can also vouch for the fact that news travels faster than the speed of light in this setting! You know what I mean, even before something has finished happening to somebody it has been around the Square more times than a greyhound around the track.
              In terms of the storylines, I do feel strongly that they keep as true to life as they possibly can. People runnning away and leaving their children behind because they can't cope; families trying to stick together no matter what else may be going on around them; abuse happening in the family; religion and other such instances and the part that those things play in the lives of those people who are affected by it, and so on.

              One thing that I am impressed by (although this is something that I think has come from higher up within the general organisation of the BBC), is that if there are issues that are seen as things that will affect people (and also knowing that a large proportion of the population could be watching what is happening) then there will be a helpline number and/ or a website in which people can confidentially access for further help and support.

              All in all, I am impressed with the show and shall continue to watch it for as long as I can!

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                I find Eastenders is a watchable programme, but certainly not as good as it was in it's early days. I do still watch, as it's become a habit. I've been viewing from the start and only had short breaks when I've found the story lines too nasty and depressing.

                This programme was first aired on BBC1 in February, 1985. It was shown twice weeky and now it has increased to four viewings per week plus a Sunday omnibus edition.

                It centres around Albert Square, the fictional east London borough of Walford, E.20. It featured (and still does) a market, a pub (The Queen Victoria familiarly known as the Queen Vic) and a launderette and cafe, as well as several homes in the square. (Today, the beauticians, nightclub, The Arches (car repair workshop) fish and chip shop, mini cab portacabin with car lot. Also, an Indian restaurant occasionally) Albert Square is made up of Victorian terraced houses.


                In it's early days the programme mainly featured three families:

                The Beales
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                Peter Beale (owner of the market's fruit and veg stall)l and his wife Kathy and their son, Ian (still in the programme today) Lou Beale, matriarch, mother of Peter and Pauline. (Lou lives with Pauline and Arthur)

                The Fowlers
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                Arthur Fowler married to Peter Beale's twin, Pauline, and their children, Mark and Michelle. Pauline is pregnant.

                The Watts
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                Den and Angie, a volatile couple ran the Queen Vic, the market's public house. They have an adopted daughter, Sharon. This couple were brilliant and the best couple featured, in my opinion, with their blazing rows. Their chemistry was wonderful and although Alfie Moon and Cat Slater as a couple who came close but weren't quite in the same class as these original characters.



                The series started with a murder in the square and a whodunit. In those days I loved the programme, along with millions of others. It was different, dramatic, sometimes humorous, and the acting was better, in my opinion, than most other previous soaps. Not everyone was good but those that were good were VERY good.


                I am a working class girl, born in Islington and then moving a few miles to spend my teenage years in Hackney, East London. My dad is a cockney, supposedly born within the sound of Bow Bells, and his family had a fruit and vegetable stall in Hoxton Market...very east end. Because of this I think I can say that, although the programme is entertaining, it didn't portray east enders accurately. The EastEnders I knew, dressed smartly and travelled to work. They didn't all beg for jobs in a launderette, market or cafe! The young people I knew from Hackney were more likely to travel to the city and obtain office work.


                I had two young children when the programme began, aged about three and nineteen months. They would sing the theme tune and then play while the programme was on if they weren't already in bed. As they grew they watched the programme with us but, there came a point when I stopped watching as, I felt the programmes content was too harsh. There was always someone looking to extract revenge in a particularly nasty way. However, when I began to work in a primary school, I realised that the most talked about topic with the pupils, and even the teachers in the staffroom, was Eastenders. I relented, and would sometimes allow this programme to be watched as felt if I didn't I was setting my children apart from their peers. I did try to distract them from it and find out beforehand what the content was likely to be. I may seem strange in objecting to a soap but I do think children shouldn't see such dark programme content.


                Eastenders has covered just about every topic imaginable: AIDS, teenage pregnancy, abortion, adoption, downs syndrome, manic depression, mental breakdown, drug and alcohol addiction, adultery, homophobia, and you name it it's probably been covered in EastEnders. Usually, I would say, in a sensitive and thought provoking way.


                My problem with Eastenders is the malice often involved. Often there will be several nasty and vengeful characters in this soap at the same time. I don't think this is at all accurate of society. Obviously real life has it's villains but surely not so commonplace.


                Also, in Eastenders, whenever a love affair begins or a marriage takes place you just know it's days are well and truly numbered. No one is allowed to stay happily married for long in this Square. Although there are many divorces today there are still many couples living faithful and happy, or even if not happy, lengthy partnerships. If I were writing scripts for this I would want to inject more humour and lighter story lines, as I think people like to see happy times as long as the acting is good. I would make sure the Christmas episode is full of, 'good cheer.'


                Other things I find unrealistic is the non locking of street doors and over use of the launderette and cafe. Why would you regularly pay to have a cup of tea in a cafe when you've just left your house opposite?
                And Charlie Slater, the poor taxi driver. Sorry, but I've yet to come across a skint cabby!


                But over the years I've enjoyed watching. There have been some topics that have greatly moved me, one being when Michelle Fowler, pregnant teenager goes into labour still with the baby's paternity a secret. And baby Janet, a down's baby, whose mother is scared to love he,r and tries to put up a shield, while Billy, the father falls deeper in love with his baby daughter, and doesn't know where to turn as he desperately tries to keep his family together.


                Memorable characters who have featured in this famous soap are:

                Den Watts- Leslie Grantham
                Angie Watts- Anita Dobson
                Pauline Fowler- Wendy Richards
                Melanie Owen-T mzin Outhwairte
                Grant Mitchell- Ross Kemp
                Alfie Moon- Shane Ritchie
                Kat Slater- Jessie Wallace
                Tiffany Raymond/Mitchell- Martine McCutcheon

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                  11.06.2010 11:25
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                  t half an hour long it's not quite enough to take over your life

                  I must admit that I used to laugh at my husbands friend because he always makes sure that he's home to watch Eastenders, he won't answer his phone when it's on the telly and woe betide you if you call round and disrupt his viewing. As I said I used to laugh at him, now I sympathise with him lol.

                  I've always dipped in and out of the soaps but not really stuck with them just if I was bored and it happened to be on. I started watching it more regularly once I had children and was home every night but only the eight o'clock episode, I'd miss the 7.30 episode as I'd be putting the children to at this time. Now I've gotten so into it that I record it just in case I can't watch it! How sad is that lol. In fact when my husband comes in to talk to me I pause it and purse my lips until he leaves me alone, well it is only a half hour long.

                  Although I have found the storylines lately to be gripping and really got behind the characters I like, it's only because I have no life of my own. Most of the story lines aren't original or new but as with anything the different characters tend to handle their success or tragedy in various ways so that can put a bit of a twist on things. I think the latest major story lines are quite original in soap land though.

                  Lucas having a breakdown and turning into a religious fanatic and serial killer is quite interesting as they're also showing the strain on the family and the suspicion start to mount. He began with killing his wife, he could have saved her after he injured her but instead he locked her in a summerhouse and left her to be found weeks later, by their son. This was the beginning of a downward spiral. On marrying his second wife he took a detour on his wedding day to murder his new wife's ex and father to her second child, who he buried beneath the tree his son planted to commemorate his Mother. He then murdered the dog who threatened to give him away by digging up the body, all the while slowly turning into a religious fanatic. The plan was to have him murder a prostitute in a religious fervour, the production team altered this in light of recent events. We saw him take a young girl who was flirting with men in a pub out into the country and instruct her to prey for her soul but we don't really know what happened, just that he came home with scratches on his neck. His wife thinks he's having an affair, is she the next victim, or will it be the woman on the square who's flirting with him in order to get him to kiss her and win a bet?

                  The other recent storyline is the one surrounding Ben, abused physically and emotionally by his Dad's ex he has turned into an abuser himself. Although previously a good boy, like all soap children he has to go through something major. He began by being cruel to his newly found younger sister, in order to prevent her telling tales on him, resulting in him locking her in the previously mentioned summer house for a whole day then pretending to find her when others noticed she was missing. Now having snapped and hit someone who has been bullying him over the head with a huge spanner he's facing the prospect of prison. This is exploring how emotional abuse can affect children. It is quite an extreme example though,

                  If your life is incredibly full and fun in the evenings then it might not grip you in the way it's got me but if, like me, you've put the kids to bed and aren't expecting your husband home for a couple of hours then it might captivate you and, after a while get you hook

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                    10.06.2010 16:24
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                    Bring back the old days of Eastenders

                    Eastenders

                    I have to admit that I used to watch this soap opera quite often though of late I have really started to avoid it. When it first started the storylines were new and exciting and the characters were well rounded and full of action and fun. It was fully believable and was dramatic without being over the top. These days it has, in my opinion, gone downhill.

                    The storylines have begun to repeat themselves with little success. Whilst years ago the self same storylines were new and never seen before, now they are simply old news. Yes, they are performed well in the main though it just seems as though the writers have little ideas. Occasionally a great storyline will pop its head out of the sand and bring my attention back though even then these storylines take forever to play out and seem never-ending which in the end just looses my attention. Obviously there are only so many storylines in the world that can be used unless they bring in something completely wrong for the show like aliens (though Phil Mitchell does come close!!) though it is their ways of portraying the storylines which fall short of being good.

                    The characters are a mixed bunch. There are some great actors though there are also some really average actors. The characters in themselves are vast and some very interesting though the storylines for many of them don't allow the character to grow enough and when they attempt to allow this they occasionally throw the wrong storylines at the wrong characters (with some great surprises here and there).

                    Overall, Eastenders appeals greatly to many people and often voted top soap of the year though in my opinion in the number of years it has been running it has simply gone from a great soap to a repetitive average show which has to bring back old (and often dead) characters to keep it alive.

                    One last thought;

                    Does no one in Eastenders own a washing machine?!?

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                      08.06.2010 20:16
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                      ok for midweek viewing, but they need to do more

                      I have watched East Enders for as long as I can remember. It is currently celebrating it's 25th year on our screens and often wins best soap at the British soaps awards.

                      East Enders is a British soap opera based on the London borough of Walford. It is on BBC1 every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and lasts for half an hour. It is also available on demand and on BBC3 at 10PM on the same days as above.

                      I used to be a big fan of East Enders and enjoyed episodes such as Sharon gate where Grant found out that Sharon had been having an affair with his brother Phil. However recently I have found it rather boring and certainly don't feel it worthy of the title of best British soap.

                      I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or because I live in London myself, or even if it's the storylines, but I find this soap really depressing and grim. The storylines are rarely positive and they are desperately trying to inject some humour into the soap with characters such as Fat boy, who is very good and make me laugh, but still, it's so transparent.

                      I have enjoyed some recent storylines such as the Christina and Syed love triangle and the Pat, Peggy and Harvey problem. When they put their mind to it, the writers can be great and have developed some very interesting storylines. Sometimes though, I feel they are just trying to fill a timeslot.

                      East Enders has quite a large cast, I could list them all here, but I am confident that lot's of other reviewers will have done just that and the cast changes all the time anyway. The cast includes some long running characters such Dot Branning, Pat Evans and Peggy Mitchell, and other, newer, members such as the Masood family and Fatboy and Leon. The longest serving cast member is Ian Beal, who has been in the show for ---years, since he was very young. He has had all kinds of storylines including 4 marriages, several children and mutliple deaths in his family.

                      This year East Enders is due to lose some of their characters including Libby, Liz, Patrick and Charlie. They are also due to bring in some new characters and bring back some older members of the cast such as Tanya.

                      East Enders was once great. It has all the factors that mean it could be great, but they just don't seem to have the right formula for me. I am a big fan of Corrie and believe that the difference between the two soaps may be that Corrie know how to balance tragedy with humour and could teach East Enders a lot. It could be great again, but not until they stop bringing characters back every now and then just to boost the ratings.

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                      07.06.2010 21:26
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                      I'll watch it if nothing else more interesing is on!

                      Eastenders... also known as 'Enders'!... is a british soap opera which is shown on BBC1 4 times a week for 30 minutes each time, usually at 19:30... it is also repeated on BBC3 at a later time of 22:00..

                      It's based around the lives of people who live in Walford Square which is in the East End of London (clue is in the title there!) The characters have all sorts of backgrounds which make for interesting storylines...

                      Enders first bounced onto our screens in 1985 and revolved around the local pub, The Queen Victoria, (referred to as The Vic) by locals. This was run by Den and Angie who were a fiery couple... Angie being a drunk landlady most of the time and Den being a 'wheeler dealer' who ended up dead...

                      Over the years the landlord has changed several times with Roxy being the latest landlady at the helm taking over from Peggie Mitchell (played by Barbara Windsor) and of course the infamous Mitchell Brothers...

                      The programme covers all sorts of topics such as young teen pregnancy, murder, gay and lesbian relationships, religion... the list goes on!

                      Sometimes it can be a bit depressing to watch but the good thing is that you can miss a few weeks and still pick it up!

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                      17.05.2010 10:54
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                      Eastenders is a successful soap with great story lines.

                      Eastenders is a popular soap to watch. It is entertaining and has some great characters in it at present.

                      Eastenders has been going for a long time now on BBC television. It has grown into a famous soap that is shown on television four times per week. The story line gives an every day life situation. The life of each character is played out brilliantly making it a trendy program to watch these days.

                      When the show first started with Angie and Den running the Vic it became very famous very quickly. The character of Den was a huge success and made Eastenders one of the famous soaps on television today. There have been other memorable characters in the show since then, but Angie and Den were what made the soap into what it is today. The east end cockney life of all the characters gave a uniqueness like no other soap on BBC television. The drama and story lines are very much like an every day situation that people can relate to when they are watching and this is what makes the program so popular. It can also be quite depressing to watch at times, but it still brings a great atmosphere when watching. It is now a successful soap and will continue to be for a very long time to come.

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                        A good Soap

                        This review is about eastenders for anyone that does not know what it is about. It is the longest running British Television soap opera. It is very popular and my weekdays would not be the same or exciting if eastenders was never produced.

                        The first show was in 1985 it has been running longer than my life. It is ranked number one in the most watched thing in the UK.

                        Eastenders is based in the east end of London in the fictional London Bourough of Walfrid. The series is all based on the residents around albert square and it is all about the lives and work lives of the people who live in walfrid and gives you an insight in everyones private life. It is a great wee soap and it is funny sometimes and also scary sometimes and also sad sometimes it is just unpredicatable and I just love it a lot of the soap is recorded in the famous Queen Victoria Public House. The charcters are class and they are all different from Gay to foriegn residents living in walfrid to postmen to bar men and my favourite is Hard man Phil Mitchell. It is shown on bbc one at half seven most weekdays and a repeat on sundays to catch up.

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