is a popular BBC television soap opera, first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC1 on 19 February 1985 and airing since then. EastEnders
storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in Albert Square, a Victorian square of terraced houses, a pub, a street market and various small businesses in the East End of London, England.
It is one of the UK's highest-rated programmes, often appearing near or at the top of the week's BARB ratings. The series was initially created to be a rival against ITV's long-running flagship soap opera Coronation Street