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EastEnders 1985

1985 was EastEnders' first year. The series premiered on 19 February, created by Julia Smith and Tony Holland.

Main Characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes
1Pete BealePeter DeanFebruary onward83
2Arthur FowlerBill TreacherFebruary onward82
3Michelle FowlerSusan TullyFebruary onward81
3Pauline FowlerWendy RichardFebruary onward81
3Den WattsLeslie GranthamFebruary onward81
4Kathy BealeGillian TaylforthFebruary onward78
4Angie WattsAnita DobsonFebruary onward78
5Ali OsmanNejdet SalihFebruary onward77
6Debbie WilkinsShirley CheritonMarch onward75
7Lou BealeAnna WingFebruary onward73
7Sue OsmanSandy RatcliffFebruary onward73
8Kelvin CarpenterPaul J. MedfordMarch onward72
8Tony CarpenterOscar JamesFebruary onward72
9Ethel SkinnerGretchen FranklinFebruary onward71
10Ian BealeAdam WoodyattFebruary onward68
10George 'Lofty' HollowayTom WattFebruary onward68
11Andy O'BrienRoss DavidsonMarch onward67
12Sharon WattsLetitia DeanFebruary onward65
13Mary SmithLinda DavidsonMarch onward63
14Harold LeggLeonard FentonFebruary onward62
14Saeed JefferyAndrew JohnsonFebruary to December62
15Naima JefferyShreela GhoshFebruary onward43
16Dot CottonJune BrownJuly onward41
17Annie SmithJenna AlembickMarch onward32
18Hassan OsmanMichael EvangelouFebruary to June22
19Simon WicksNick BerryOctober onward21
20Martin FowlerJon Peyton-PriceAugust onward18
21Roy QuickDouglas FieldingAugust onward11
22Cassie CarpenterDelanie ForbesNovember onward08

Recurring and Guest Characters

Character Played by Number of Episodes Last appeared
Nick CottonJohn Altman3728 November 1985
Mark FowlerDavid Scarboro1131 December 1985
Hannah CarpenterSally Sagoe1031 December 1985
Chris SmithAllan O'Keefe0524 December 1985
Mehmet OsmanHaluk Bilginer0320 June 1985
Guizin OsmanIshia Bennison0122 October 1985

Production and Storylines

The Beales and Fowlers

The Square's first family - the Fowler-Beale clan. From left to right: Ian (Adam Woodyatt), Pete (Peter Dean), Kathy (Gillian Taylforth), Pauline (Wendy Richard), Lou (Anna Wing), Arthur (Bill Treacher), Michelle (Susan Tully) and Mark (David Scarboro)

The Fowlers

When EastEnders began on 19 February 1985, there was no doubt in anyone's mind as to who the starts of the show were. The Fowler family were the essence of cockney kinship, a big, close-knit family with a long history, complete with a dominant matriarch in the shape of stubborn, opinionated Lou. As the year went on, Lou's position as Queen Bee in the Beale-Fowler families - and thus in Albert Square - was challenged by not one but two unexpected pregnancies from within her own family. 

Pauline, the eternally downtrodden daughter, started the ball rolling when she announced, in the very first episode, that she was expecting a baby after a gap of 15 years since the birth of her daughter, Michelle. Lou was horrified at first, but despite all her bluster she was secretly pleased - this would be another little Fowler to boss around - and was easily won over by a cheap holiday in Clacton with Michelle.

But that was just the beginning of the Fowler family's problems. By the summer, it wasn't just Pauline who was pregnant and struggling to make ends meet; the increasingly depressed and irritable Michelle revealed that she too was expecting a child, although she refused to name the father. Despite intense speculation throughout Albert Square, and some heavy sessions with her father in his shed at the allotments. Michelle stuck to her guns, ignored her family's wishes (they were all for an abortion) and decided to keep the baby and finish school. 

Gossip about Michelle's pregnancy quickly became a game that any number could play, and seldom were two or more Walfordians gathered together in the latter part of 1985 when talk did not turn to the identity of the mystery father. They had to keep guessing for a long time - but we knew that it was none other than Den Watts, the father of Michelle's best friend Sharon, to whom she had turned for a little bit of paternal sympathy during a difficult time over the summer, and from whom she got a little more than she'd bargained for. Den agreed to support Michelle and the baby, and to keep his paternity a deep, dark secret - after all, he had troubles of his own. 

Despite it all, Michelle was a beacon of purity compared with Pauline and Arthur's firstborn Mark, who started out as a semi-criminal sidekick of Nick Cotton's, constantly involved in dodgy deals and even dodgier politics. On the day Nick was arrested for the murder of Reg Cox, Mark fled Walford - did he know more than was good for him? Or could he simply not stand another day under the same roof as bossy Lou, feckless Arthur, nagging Pauline and whingeing Michelle? Whatever his reasons, Mark lay low until finally contacting his family through a runaways' agency. The end of the year saw Pauline and Arthur racing down to Southend in pursuit of their long-lost son and heir who was by then working on a go-cart track and living with an older woman called Ingrid. 

Lou, who began the year as the undisputed boss of the family, ended it as a shadow of her former self. Rapidly deteriorating health made her more dependant on her children than she liked, and, during Pauline's pregnancy, she was obliged to move in with her son Pete and his wife Kathy. Less able to rule the roost than she once was, Lou exercised power in the only way she knew how - by causing trouble. 

Despite it all, there was one piece of good news for the beleaguered Fowlers: on 30 July Pauline gave birth to a son, Martin Albert.

EVERYONE TALKED ABOUT...

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Viewing figures

Viewing Figures (1985)

Ratings chart of the year

Anticipation and rumor grew in equal measure until the first transmission at 7 p.m. on 19 February 1985. Both Holland and Smith could not watch; they both instead returned to the place where it all began, Albertine's Wine Bar on Wood Lane. The next day, viewing figures were confirmed at 17 million. The reviews were largely favorable, although, after three weeks on air, BBC1's early evening share had returned to the pre-EastEnders figure of seven million, though EastEnders then climbed to highs of up to 23 million later on in the year. Following the launch, both group discussions and telephone surveys were conducted to test audience reaction to early episodes. Detailed reactions were taken after six months and since then regular monitoring was conducted.

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Writer Director Viewers (millions)
1 1 19 February 1985 Gerry Huxham Matthew Robinson 17.35
2 2 21 February 1985 Jane Hollowood Matthew Robinson 14.45
3 3 26 February 1985 Valerie Georgeson Vivienne Cozens 14.20
4 4 28 February 1985 Bill Lyons Matthew Robinson 12.61
5 5 5 March 1985 Jane Hollowood Peter Edwards 13.90
6 6 7 March 1985 Jane Hollowood Peter Edwards 10.82
7 7 12 March 1985 Gerry Huxham Matthew Robinson 12.90
8 8 14 March 1985 Gerry Huxham Matthew Robinson 11.43
9 9 19 March 1985 Rosemary Mason Sue Butterworth 12.81
10 10 21 March 1985 Jim Hawkins Sue Butterworth 12.14
11 11 26 March 1985 Jim Hawkins Peter Edwards 12.05
12 12 28 March 1985 Gilly Fraser Peter Edwards 10.59
13 13 2 April 1985 Michael Robartes Matthew Robinson 12.20
14 14 4 April 1985 Valerie Georgeson Matthew Robinson 12.16
15 15 9 April 1985 Bill Lyons Sue Butterworth 12.50
16 16 11 April 1985 Glen McCoy Sue Butterworth 13.15
17 17 16 April 1985 Christopher Russell Peter Edwards 11.00
18 18 18 April 1985 Bill Lyons Peter Edwards 10.90
19 19 23 April 1985 Valerie Georgeson Malcolm Taylor 9.80
20 20 25 April 1985 Michael Robartes Malcolm Taylor 10.55
21 21 30 April 1985 Frances Galleymore Jeremy Ancock 11.60
22 22 2 May 1985 Bill Lyons Jeremy Ancock 11.85
23 23 7 May 1985 Bev Doyle Sue Butterworth 12.55
24 24 9 May 1985 Valerie Georgeson Sue Butterworth 12.45
25 25 14 May 1985 Jane Hollowood Malcolm Taylor 12.50
26 26 16 May 1985 Juliet Ace Malcolm Taylor 11.25
27 27 21 May 1985 Bill Lyons Jeremy Ancock 11.15
28 28 23 May 1985 Tony Dennis Jeremy Ancock 11.80
29 29 28 May 1985 Bill Lyons Sue Butterworth 8.34
(Average for that week)
30 30 30 May 1985 Tony McHale Sue Butterworth
31 31 4 June 1985 Rosemary Mason Malcolm Taylor 11.50
32 32 6 June 1985 Valerie Georgeson Malcolm Taylor 12.45
33 33 11 June 1985 Bill Lyons Jeremy Ancock 11.55
34 34 13 June 1985 Jim Hawkins Jeremy Ancock 10.60
35 35 18 June 1985 Harry Duffin Sue Butterworth 11.65
36 36 20 June 1985 Jane Hollowood Sue Butterworth 11.70
37 37 25 June 1985 Gilly Fraser Brian Morgan 10.55
38 38 27 June 1985 Michael Robartes Brian Morgan 10.75
39 39 2 July 1985 Jane Hollowood Matthew Robinson 7.75
40 40 4 July 1985 Glen McCoy Matthew Robinson 7.75
41 41 9 July 1985 Gerry Huxham Antonia Bird 9.95
42 42 11 July 1985 Bill Lyons Antonia Bird 11.70
43 43 16 July 1985 Valerie Georgeson Brian Morgan 11.10
44 44 18 July 1985 Liane Aukin Brian Morgan 11.80
45 45 23 July 1985 Rosemary Mason Matthew Robinson 11.75
46 46 25 July 1985 Michael Robartes Matthew Robinson 12.30
47 47 30 July 1985 John Crisp Antonia Bird 12.85
48 48 1 August 1985 Jane Hollowood Antonia Bird 13.30
49 49 6 August 1985 Valerie Georgeson Brian Morgan 13.85
50 50 8 August 1985 Peter Batt Brian Morgan 15.85
51 51 13 August 1985 Bill Lyons Matthew Robinson 14.00
52 52 15 August 1985 Bev Doyle Matthew Robinson 15.15
53 53 20 August 1985 Michael Robartes Antonia Bird 14.10
54 54 22 August 1985 Jane Hollowood Antonia Bird 13.55
55 55 27 August 1985 Gilly Fraser Stephen Butcher 15.40
56 56 29 August 1985 Tony McHale Stephen Butcher 13.70
57 57 3 September 1985 Rosemary Mason Mike Gibbon 14.55
58 58 5 September 1985 Billy Hamon Mike Gibbon 11.95
59 59 10 September 1985 Bill Lyons Robert Gabriel 13.25
60 60 12 September 1985 Juliet Ace Robert Gabriel 15.10
61 61 17 September 1985 Chris Anstis Stephen Butcher 13.50
62 62 19 September 1985 Bill Lyons Stephen Butcher 15.30
63 63 24 September 1985 Jane Hollowood Mike Gibbon 13.80
64 64 26 September 1985 Valerie Georgeson Mike Gibbon 15.10
65 65 1 October 1985 Bill Lyons Julia Smith 16.10
66 66 3 October 1985 Tony Holland Julia Smith 17.75
67 67 8 October 1985 Jane Hollowood Stephen Butcher 15.95
68 68 10 October 1985 Charlie Humphreys Stephen Butcher 16.60
69 69 15 October 1985 Tony McHale Mike Gibbon 16.20
70 70 17 October 1985 Chris Anstis Mike Gibbon 16.70
71 71 22 October 1985 Peter Batt Robert Gabriel 16.60
72 72 24 October 1985 Harry Duffin Robert Gabriel 16.85
73 73 29 October 1985 Michael Robartes Antonia Bird 18.05
74 74 31 October 1985 Bill Lyons Antonia Bird 19.25
75 75 5 November 1985 Liane Aukin William Slater 17.45
76 76 7 November 1985 Jane Hollowood William Slater 21.15
77 77 12 November 1985 Gilly Fraser Chris Clough 19.80
78 78 14 November 1985 Tony McHale Chris Clough 20.90
79 79 19 November 1985 Allan Swift Antonia Bird 19.95
80 80 21 November 1985 Rosemary Mason Antonia Bird 20.80
81 81 26 November 1985 Gerry Huxham William Slater 20.65
82 82 28 November 1985 Susan Boyd William Slater 21.60
83 83 3 December 1985 Hugh Miller Chris Clough 19.15
84 84 5 December 1985 Michael Robartes Chris Clough 20.20
85 85 10 December 1985 Bill Lyons Antonia Bird 19.50
86 86 12 December 1985 Jane Hollowood Antonia Bird 20.20
87 87 17 December 1985 David Ashton William Slater 19.35
88 88 19 December 1985 Rosemary Mason William Slater 21.25
89 89 24 December 1985 Hugh Miller Jim Hawkins 23.40
90 90 26 December 1985 Chris Clough Tony McHale 23.55
91 91 31 December 1985 Bill Lyons Julia Smith 19.90

Who lives where

Albert Square


Walford Towers


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