TV Eastenders (BBC-1 1985, Leslie Grantham, Ross Kemp) Published 2 years ago on August 24, 2016 Soap Eastenders is set in the East End borough of Walford (Postcode E20). Focal figures in the shows early years were the Fowler family led by the indomitable Pauline and the her put upon husband Arthur (who would later have a nervous breakdown in spectacular fashion) and their kids Mark and Michelle. Pub landlord Den (Dirty Den as he became known) and his brassy wife Angie quickly became the focus of most of the media attention lavished on the show in its early days. Den and Angie’s daughter Sharon was best friends with Michelle Fowler who happened to get herself pregnant by Sharon’s father. Other important characters from the shows early years included Dot Cotton and her evil son Nick, Pauline’s Mum Lou and the elderly Ethel Skinner, local GP Dr Legg, Pauline’s brother Pete Beale and his family (wife Kathy and son Ian). Asian shopkeepers Saeed and Naima Jeffrey and Turkish cafe owner Ali Osman provided the ethnicity. During the early ‘Den and Angie’ years the show was incredibly popular beating all comers. Since Den’s departure (being ‘hit’ by gangsters) there has always been a ‘hard man’ type character in the show with the brutish Grant Mitchell ruling the roost at the Vic for many years. Eastenders has never been shy of tackling the big issues, Aids, murder, teenage pregnancy, cancer and even euthanasia have all had an airing on the show. The show is most probably the most depressing of the UK soaps (although Brookside runs it a close second). During its most popular spell several of the stars even had hit singles (Anita Dobson with a vocal version of the theme tune and Nick Berry getting to number one with Every Loser Wins). First episode broadcast 19 Feb 1985 and on 19 February 2010 a special live episode was broadcast as part of a long running storyline involving the characters of Arnie Mitchell who was murdered by Stacey Slater. Over the years there have also been various spin offs and “bubbles” aired on TV – these have been Civvy Street, Dot’s Story, Eastenders: E20, M.I.T, Pat And Mo, Perfectly Frank and Ricky and Bianca. There were also two direct to video stories (a few of the soaps experimented with these in the late 90’s but it was a fad quickly over) these were The Mitchells – Naked Truths and Slaters in Detentions (these were both around the hour long mark). Meanwhile Eastenders Revealed was an occasional BBC-3 series going behind the scenes of the show. production details UK / BBC-1 / x30 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 February 1985 – continuing Creators: Julia Smith, Tony Holland / Theme Music: Simon May Key cast members have included:- BILL TREACHER as Arthur Fowler LESLIE GRANTHAM as Den Watts ANITA DOBSON as Angie Watts WENDY RICHARD as Pauline Fowler SUSAN TULLY as Michelle Fowler DAVID SCARBOROUGH as Mark Fowler(1) TODD CARTY as Mark Fowler(2)(-September 2002) GILLIAN TAYLFORTH as Kathy Beale ADAM WOODYATT as Ian Beale LETITA DEAN as Sharon Watts JUNE BROWN as Dot Cotton JOHN ALTMAN as Nick Cotton GRETCHEN FRANKLIN as Ethel Skinner PAM ST CLEMENT as Pat Wicks/Evans TOM WATT as Lofty LINDA DAVIDSON as Mary Smith MIKE REID as Frank Butcher SOPHIE LAWRENCE as Diane Butcher SID OWEN as Ricky Butcher DANIELLA WESTBROOK as Sam Mitchell ROSS KEMP as Grant Mitchell STEVE McFADDEN as Phil Mitchell MARTINE McCUTCHEON as Tiffany LINDSAY COULSON as Carol Jackson DEAN GAFFNEY as Robbie Jackson MICHAEL FRENCH as David Wicks NICK BERRY as Simon Wicks PATSY PALMER as Bianca Butcher MICHAEL GRECO as Beppe Di Marco MARC BANNERMAN as Gianni Di Marco CARLY HILLMAN as Nicky Di Marco LOUISE JAMESON as Rosa Di Marco LEILA BIRCH as Teresa Di Marco SHAUN WILLIAMSON as Barry Evans JAMES ALEXANDROU as Martin Fowler TAMZIN OUTHWAITE as Melanie Healy DANIELA DENBY-ASHE as Sarah Hills NATALIE CASSIDY as Sonia Jackson MARTIN KEMP as Steve Owen NADIA SAWALHA as Annie Palmer LUCY SPEED as Natalie Price JOE ABSOLOM as Matthew Rose CRAIG FAIRBRASS as Dan Sullivan DEREK MARTIN as Charlie Slater LAILA MORSE as Mo Harris ELAINE LORDAN as Lynne Slater JESSIE WALLACE as Kat Slater KACEY AINSWORTH as Maureen Slater MICHELLE RYAN as Zoe Slater BBCCraig FairbrassDaniella WestbrookEastendersJo AbsolomJulia SmithLeslie Grantham. 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