With famed families like the Fowlers, the Mitchells, Slaters and Butchers, the show has become a staple watch for many UK households. The soap has won 10 BAFTAs, 12 National Television Awards & countless addition gongs. Viewing figures have remained consistently high with the show ranking as one of the BBC's most popular outputs.
Many establish actors have featured in the show over the years, some of the most famous including, Danny Dyer, Amanda Holden, Barbara Windsor, Leslie Grantham, Ross Kemp, Martin kemp, Himish Patel, Richard Blackwood and Samantha Womack.
The soap has done an excellent job of developing its community of characters over the 30+ year run to continually reflect the cultural, social and economic makeup of the UK. This has allowed the output to remain relevant and engaging for families across the country.
The show has evolved over the years to include live episodes and has masterfully utilised publicity to create public buzz around key storylines such as those surrounding Dirty Den & the shooting of Phil Mitchel.
The show has long competed with the ITV soap Coronation Street. It is the second longest running BBC soap after the Welsh language Pobol y Cwm.
Many Mandy members have found themselves walking the streets of Albert Square and visiting the iconic Queen Vic pub as they work on the show. With 4 episodes per week the number of cast and crew has risen over the years, meaning there is more opportunity to find a job on the show that ever before.