Live episode of EastEnders to air on Friday 19 February 2010

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Tuesday 15 October 2009

EastEnders turns 25 next year!

To celebrate EastEnders birthday, a live episode will air on Friday 19 February 2010.

See all the latest on the live episode and 26th anniversary

Ricky and Bianca

The award-winning soap first broadcast on BBC One in 1985. Since then the show has brought some of the most notorious characters and memorable moments in British 'soap' history to the small screen.

Who can forget all the magical weddings, like the one between Ricky and Bianca? Then there are the family feuds full of intrigue and menace. Remember when Den served the divorced papers to Angie on Christmas Day in 1986? It's still the highest rated episode of a soap in British television history!

And of course there are also those unforgettable storylines which have tackled issues from teenage pregnancy and HIV through to the more recent mental health and child abuse storylines. The bold stories and colourful characters make EastEnders a talking point for the nation.

The live episode aims to do just the same.

Diedrick Santer

EastEnders Executive Producer, Diederick Santer says: "It's too early to discuss the exact storyline at this point, but viewers are assured that this live episode will bring them all the high drama and excitement they expect from EastEnders and then some."

He continues: "The episode will feature - amongst other things - the resolution to a big storyline which will keep the audience (as well as the cast and crew) guessing until the very last moment. Every time I think about this episode I get excited as well as a little nervous, but nonetheless we are all thrilled to be celebrating our 25 years on screen with a live episode. It's a big test for every member of the production here, and hopefully a big treat for the audience."

The 30-minute episode will transmit from BBC Elstree, the home of EastEnders, at 8.00pm on Friday 19 February 2010 on BBC One. This will be the culmination of a week of special episodes that will celebrate 25 years as one of Britain's best loved soaps.

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