15 certificateEastEnders is a Soap programme that first aired in 1985 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

EastEnders is a 4 star programme

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EastEnders (1985)

EastEnders is the BBC's long-running prime time soap opera set in fictional borough of Walford in the East End of London. The show is based around an extended and often overlapping network of families and friends who live out the many dramas and tragedies that life throws at them around the show's central location - Albert Square.

Created in 1983 by the Z-Cars writers and producers Tony Holland and Julia Smith, the show often features gritty story lines about difficult subjects with an emphasis on the working classes. These story lines often feature a way to dramatise contemporary social issues such as homelessness, religious tensions, discrimination, drugs or crime, among many others.

As befits a soap, the show also interweaves stories about dysfunctional families, relationship breakdowns, extra-marital affairs, births, marriages and deaths.

EastEnders is often controversial in its tackling of contemporary issues, but is similarly also praised by bringing apparently difficult subjects to greater public awareness. It has had a deep impact on TV programming and UK television culture in general.

Genre: Soap

Production Year: 1985

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK

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Main Cast

Letitia Dean
Image for Steve McFaddenSteve McFadden...Phil Mitchell
Harry Reid...Ben Mitchell
Image for Danny DyerDanny Dyer...Mick Carter
Image for Shona McGartyShona McGarty...Whitney Dean
Annette Badland...Babe Smith
Danny-Boy Hatchard...Lee Carter
Luisa Bradshaw-White...Tina Carter
Image for Jenna RussellJenna Russell
Image for Scott MaslenScott Maslen...Jack Branning
Image for June BrownJune Brown...Dot Branning
Image for Jake WoodJake Wood...Max Branning
Image for Diane ParishDiane Parish...Denise Johnson
Ted Reilly
Richard Blackwood
Tilly Keeper
Image for Linda HenryLinda Henry...Shirley Carter
Gillian Taylforth
Image for Lacey TurnerLacey Turner
Emma Barton