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Title Card - First Episode 1985

1989 was EastEnders' fifth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Dot CottonJune BrownFull year883677
2Ian BealeAdam WoodyattFull year863964
2Simon WicksNick BerryFull year863675
3Pat ButcherPam St. ClementFull year852772
4Frank ButcherMike ReidFull year8415011
4Arthur FowlerBill TreacherFull year843959
5Michelle FowlerSusan TullyFull year774043
6Sharon WattsLetitia DeanFull year7536210
7Cindy BealeMichelle CollinsFull year7311218
8Pete BealePeter DeanFull year674063
8Pauline FowlerWendy RichardFull year673889
9Kathy BealeGillian TaylforthFull year663926
10Mo ButcherEdna DoréFull year648327
11Ricky ButcherSid OwenFull year6110217
12Diane ButcherSophie LawrenceFull year588822
13Paul PriestlyMark ThrippletonFrom April5252 -
14Julie CooperLouise PlowrightFrom June5050 -
14Marge GreenPat CoombsFrom May5050 -
15Trevor ShortPhil McDermottFrom June4949 -
15Ali OsmanNejdet SalihUntil October4935611
16Carmel JacksonJudith JacobUntil August4716813
17Rod NormanChristopher McHallemFull year4412416
18Ethel SkinnerGretchen FranklinFull year4126323
19Junior RobertsAaron CarringtonUntil October396628
20Ashraf KarimAftab SachakFull year335327
20Matthew JacksonSteven HartleyUntil July336322
21Vicki FowlerSamantha Leigh MartinFull year3012722
21David SamuelsChristopher ReichUntil September305525
22Harold LeggLeonard FentonFull year2820821
23Laurie BatesGary PowellFrom September2525 -
24Sufia KarimRani SinghFull year233132
25Martin FowlerJon Peyton PriceFull year2213325
26Vince JohnsonHepburn GrahamFrom August2020 -
26Shireen KarimNisha KapurFull year204426
27Janine ButcherRebecca MichaelFrom June1919 -
27Donna LudlowMatilda ZieglerUntil April191188
28Danny WhitingSaul JephcottFrom August1818 -
28Aisha RobertsAisha JacobUntil August183830
29"Little" Ali OsmanOmer Mustafa SalihUntil October174324
30Sohail KarimRonny JhuttiFull year162830
31Colin RussellMichael CashmanUntil February1418612
32Den WattsLeslie GranthamUntil February123891
33Mehmet OsmanHaluk BilginerUntil March1010921
34Sue OsmanSandy RatcliffUntil May928415
35Guizin OsmanIshia BennisonUntil March68914
36James Willmott-BrownWilliam BoydeUntil May313914
37Steven BealeEdward FarrellFrom December11 -

Production

Frank Butcher and his new car lot 1989

Would you buy a used car from this man? Meet Frank Butcher - always ready to make you a deal.

For EastEnders, 1989 was a funny year - in more ways than one. It was a transitional year with another three of the original characters leaving, along with half a dozen other regulars.

Off-screen changes

It was also a year of change behind the scenes as original production designer, Keith Harris, left the show. Co-creators Julia Smith and Tony Holland had both decided that the time had come for them to move on to other things as well, and their final contribution to the programme coincided with Den's exit in February. Without their hands to guide the programme, the new producer Mike Gibbon turned to the most experienced of the writers to take over the task of storylining the programme, so Charlie Humphreys, Jane Hollowood and Tony McHale shared this job for much of the year.

There was a deliberate effort to increase the lighter, more comic, aspects of life in the Square. By this stage in the programme's history, it had earned its long-standing reputation for being unrelenting doom and gloom, and the programme-makers were determined to change this. That led to the introduction of some characters who deliberately conceived as 'comic' characters. In many ways, this was a brave experiment, and the results were entertaining, but many viewers felt that this period of EastEnders lacked a certain edge. In reality, looking back at the stories that covered during the year, that analysis doesn't hold water because issues like domestic violence, drugs, rape, homoeopathic medicine and racism were all featured. Perhaps it was the new emphasis on a more balanced mix between light and heavy storylines that gave the illusion that the show had lost something.

Popular television had also been given a boost by the introduction in July of the previous year of the twice-weekly version of The Bill, a hard-hitting, gritty slice of police life drama which seemed to be challenging EastEnders in providing a realistic vision of modern life in London. So perhaps it was understandable that at the end of the year Peter Cregeen, the new Head of Series at the BBC, poached Michael Ferguson who had been a producer on The Bill to become executive producer of EastEnders.

Some important issues

As ever, there were also the big 'issue' stories. For the first time, the programme told a complete drugs story, with the sad tale of Donna's descent into heroin addiction. Matilda Ziegler's performance gave the story credibility, and the final death scenes were the most powerful anti-drugs images ever screened in the programme.

The programme also dealt with the issue of domestic violence for the first time, with the break-up of Carmel and Matthew's marriage. Another story involved Pauline ignoring a health problem she had and trying to use homoeopathic remedies rather than seek medical help. In the end, her fibroids were discovered by chance after Ricky knocked her over in his Mini, and Pauline spent Christmas in hospital.

Some lighter moments

Duff Duff Count

  • Please note: We have calculated the Duff Duffs based on which character/s appeared at the end of an episode in frame.
Character Solo Group Total Julia's Theme
Michelle Fowler 10 2 12 No
Pat Wicks/Butcher 4 4 8 No
Pete Beale 4 3 7 No
Ian Beale 2 5 7 No
Cindy Beale 3 3 6 No
Pauline Fowler 3 3 6 No
Kathy Beale 3 3 6 No
Non Character 5 0 5 No
Simon Wicks 2 3 5 No
Arthur Fowler 2 3 5 No
Dot Cotton 3 2 5 No
Frank Butcher 3 2 5 No
Sue Osman 4 0 4 No
Sharon Watts 1 3 4 No
Mo Butcher 3 1 4 No
Trevor Short 4 0 4 No
Rod Norman 3 0 3 No
Donna Ludlow 3 0 3 No
Carmel Jackson 2 1 3 No
Ali Osman 3 0 3 No
Colin Russell 1 2 3 No
Den Watts] 2 0 2 No
Matthew Jackson 1 1 2 No
Paul Priestly 1 1 2 No
Diane Butcher 1 1 2 No
Vince Johnson 1 1 2 No
Dr. David Samuels 1 1 2 No
Danny Whiting 1 1 2 No
Ashraf Karim 1 1 2 No
Brad Williams 1 0 1 No
Vicki Fowler 0 1 1 No
Guizin Osman 1 0 1 No
James Willmott-Brown 1 0 1 No
Ruth 0 1 1 No
Ethel Skinner 0 1 1 No
Willy 0 1 1 No
Shireen Karim 1 0 1 No
Julie Cooper 1 0 1 No
Laurie Bates 0 1 1 No
Marge Green 1 0 1 No
Barbara] 0 1 1 No
Guido Smith 0 1 1 No
Cindy Williams 0 1 1 No

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Director Writer Duff Duff Viewers (millions)
408 1 3 January 1989 Jeremy Silberston John Maynard Brad Williams 19.70
409 2 5 January 1989 Julia Smith Tony Holland Ian Beale
Kathy Beale
Colin Russell
Guido Smith
Cindy Williams
21.60
410 3 10 January 1989 Mervyn Cumming Jane Galletly Pat Wicks 18.91
411 4 12 January 1989 Mervyn Cumming Mark Wheatley Simon Wicks
Pat Wicks
19.62
412 5 17 January 1989 Philip Draycott Tony McHale Colin Russell 17.62
413 6 19 January 1989 Philip Draycott Bill Lyons Kathy Beale
Pete Beale
19.76
414 7 24 January 1989 William Slater Gillian Richmond Matthew Jackson 17.60
415 8 26 January 1989 William Slater Gilly Fraser Pete Beale 20.01
416 9 31 January 1989 Steve Goldie Juliet Ace Non Character, Pete Beale leaves a knife next to a photo of him and Kathy Beale. 19.75
417 10 2 February 1989 Steve Goldie Jane Hollowood Non Character, Mehmet Osman car is stolen from outside the Cafe a speed away. 20.95
418 11 7 February 1989 Terry Iland Charlie Humphreys Rod Norman 19.68
419 12 9 February 1989 Terry Iland Tony McHale Donna Ludlow 19.96
420 13 14 February 1989 William Slater Tony Holland Michelle Fowler 20.21
421 14 16 February 1989 William Slater Bill Lyons Den Watts 20.90
422 15 21 February 1989 Julia Smith Bill Lyons Den Watts 21.26
423 16 23 February 1989 Julia Smith John Lewis Non Character, screen goes blank and implies Den Watts is shot and fell in the canal. 24.08
424 17 28 February 1989 Steve Goldie Michael Robartes Pauline Fowler
Vicki Fowler
20.41
425 18 2 March 1989 Steve Goldie Rosemary Mason Donna Ludlow 20.12
426 19 7 March 1989 Terry Iland Charlie Humphreys Pauline Fowler 19.74
427 20 9 March 1989 Terry Iland Rob Gittins Pete Beale 21.09
428 21 14 March 1989 William Slater Gilly Fraser Sue Osman 19.09
429 22 16 March 1989 William Slater Gilly Fraser Sue Osman 20.73
430 23 21 March 1989 Steve Goldie Susan Boyd Guizin Osman 17.61
431 24 23 March 1989 Steve Goldie Juliet Ace Michelle Fowler 19.02
432 25 28 March 1989 Mervyn Cumming Juliet Ace Sharon Watts 17.28
433 26 30 March 1989 Mervyn Cumming Allan Swift Michelle Fowler 17.95
434 27 4 April 1989 Mike Gibbon Tony McHale Michelle Fowler 19.52
435 28 6 April 1989 Chris Lovett Tony Jordan Arthur Fowler 19.35
436 29 11 April 1989 Garth Tucker Charlie Humphreys Mo Butcher
Dot Cotton
19.60
437 30 13 April 1989 Garth Tucker Charlie Humphreys Donna Ludlow 19.55
438 31 18 April 1989 Philip Draycott Gilly Fraser Dot Cotton 17.45
439 32 20 April 1989 Philip Draycott Ayshe Raif Cindy Beale 17.87
440 33 25 April 1989 Gerald Blake Michael Robartes Simon Wicks
Sharon Watts
17.22
441 34 27 April 1989 Chris Lovett Jane Hollowood Kathy Beale 18.14
442 35 2 May 1989 Christopher Lovett Jane Hollowood James Willmott-Brown 15.32
443 36 4 May 1989 Gerald Blake Gerry Huxham Arthur Fowler
Mo Butcher*See notes
14.36
444 37 9 May 1989 Garth Tucker Rob Gittins Matthew Jackson
Carmel Jackson
(No Duff Duff)
15.50
445 38 11 May 1989 Garth Tucker John Maynard Simon Wicks 18.00
446 39 16 May 1989 Philip Draycott Tony McHale Pauline Fowler 14.47
447 40 18 May 1989 Philip Draycott Tony McHale Sue Osman 15.79
448 41 23 May 1989 Gerald Blake Gilly Fraser Sue Osman 14.11
449 42 25 May 1989 Gerald Blake Tony Jordan Paul Priestly 15.25
450 43 30 May 1989 Christopher Lovett Susan Boyd Pat Wicks 15.33
451 44 1 June 1989 Christopher Lovett Tony McHale Pat Wicks
Frank Butcher
17.15
452 45 6 June 1989 Garth Tucker Gillian Richmond Pat Wicks 15.84
453 46 8 June 1989 Garth Tucker Ayshe Raif Dot Cotton 15.86
454 47 13 June 1989 Philip Draycott Bill Lyons Ali Osman 12.90
455 48 15 June 1989 Philip Draycott Rob Gittins Cindy Beale 14.01
456 49 20 June 1989 Christopher Lovett Tony McHale Paul Priestly
Diane Butcher
13.09
457 50 22 June 1989 Christopher Lovett Tony Jordan Non Character, Frank Butcher and Pat Butcher just married drive away as newlyweds. 15.58
458 51 27 June 1989 Gerald Blake Tony McHale Dot Cotton 15.01
459 52 29 June 1989 Gerald Blake Charlie Humphreys Trevor Short 15.04
460 53 4 July 1989 Garth Tucker Jane Hollowood Rod Norman 12.83
461 54 6 July 1989 Garth Tucker Michael Robartes Rod Norman 13.58
462 55 11 July 1989 Philip Draycott Gerry Huxham Frank Butcher 13.35
463 56 13 July 1989 Philip Draycott Juliet Ace Non Character, an ambulance arrives in the Square, after Matthew Jackson goes to attack Carmel and Junior Roberts stabs him. 13.68
464 57 18 July 1989 Gerald Blake Juliet Ace Diane Butcher 13.64
465 58 20 July 1989 Gerald Blake Gilly Fraser Carmel Jackson 13.53
466 59 25 July 1989 William Slater Graeme Curry Ian Beale 14.74
467 60 27 July 1989 William Slater Charlie Humphreys Frank Butcher 15.19
468 61 1 August 1989 Darrol Blake Tony McHale Ian Beale 14.31
469 62 3 August 1989 Darrol Blake Tony McHale Carmel Jackson 14.79
470 63 8 August 1989 Robert Gabriel Jane Hollowood Pete Beale 14.77
471 64 10 August 1989 Robert Gabriel Jane Hollowood Frank Butcher 15.55
472 65 15 August 1989 Mervyn Cumming Tony Jordan Vince Johnson 14.89
473 66 17 August 1989 Mervyn Cumming Michael Robartes Trevor Short 15.21
474 67 22 August 1989 William Slater Susan Boyd Michelle Fowler 14.81
475 68 24 August 1989 William Slater Rob Gittins Pat Butcher 15.20
476 69 29 August 1989 Darrol Blake Tony Jordan Trevor Short 15.77
477 70 31 August 1989 Darrol Blake Tony Jordan Mo Butcher 15.54
478 71 5 September 1989 Robert Gabriel Gilly Fraser Dr. David Samuels 16.06
479 72 7 September 1989 Robert Gabriel Gilly Fraser Ruth
Dr. David Samuels
15.69
480 73 12 September 1989 Mervyn Cumming Tony McHale Ethel Skinner
Willy
14.96
481 74 14 September 1989 Mervyn Cumming Tony McHale Pauline Fowler
Arthur Fowler
15.82
482 75 19 September 1989 William Slater Charlie Humphreys Pat Butcher
Sharon Watts
14.31
483 76 21 September 1989 William Slater Charlie Humphreys Pauline Fowler 14.50
484 77 26 September 1989 Darrol Blake Juliet Ace Michelle Fowler 16.52
485 78 28 September 1989 Darrol Blake Graeme Curry Pete Beale 16.48
486 79 3 October 1989 Peter Boisseau Gillian Richmond Simon Wicks 16.01
487 80 5 October 1989 Peter Boisseau John Maynard Ali Osman 16.64
488 81 10 October 1989 Mervyn Cumming Tony McHale Ali Osman 16.56
489 82 12 October 1989 Mervyn Cumming Tony Jordan Cindy Beale 17.53
490 83 17 October 1989 William Slater Michael Robartes Michelle Fowler 15.56
491 84 19 October 1989 William Slater Charlie Humphreys Danny Whiting
Michelle Fowler
16.68
492 85 24 October 1989 Darrol Blake Liane Aukin Arthur Fowler 16.89
493 86 26 October 1989 Darrol Blake John Crisp Pat Butcher
Frank Butcher

Vince Johnson
16.92
494 87 31 October 1989 Peter Boisseau Tony Jordan Kathy Beale 15.61
495 88 2 November 1989 Peter Boisseau Jane Galletly Kathy Beale 17.52
496 89 7 November 1989 Mervyn Cumming Charlie Humphreys Shireen Karim 16.71
497 90 9 November 1989 Mervyn Cumming Sarah Daniels Trevor Short 17.51
498 91 14 November 1989 Darrol Blake Juliet Ace Ashraf Karim 17.87
499 92 16 November 1989 Darrol Blake Tony McHale Arthur Fowler
Pauline Fowler
Michelle Fowler
18.29
500 93 21 November 1989 Philip Draycott Susan Boyd Michelle Fowler 17.63
501 94 23 November 1989 Philip Draycott Gary Hopkins Danny Whiting 17.07
502 95 28 November 1989 Mervyn Cumming Ayshe Raif Michelle Fowler 18.04
503 96 30 November 1989 Mervyn Cumming Tony Jordan Michelle Fowler 18.39
504 97 5 December 1989 Matthew Evans Tony McHale Julie Cooper 17.55
505 98 7 December 1989 Matthew Evans Tony McHale Ian Beale
Pete Beale
Laurie Bates
18.11
506 99 12 December 1989 Nicholas Prosser Charlie Humphreys Dot Cotton
Mo Butcher
16.92
507 100 14 December 1989 Nicholas Prosser Charlie Humphreys Marge Green 16.81
508 101 19 December 1989 Darrol Blake Jane Galletly Ashraf Karim 16.25
509 102 21 December 1989 Darrol Blake Paul Doust Barbara
Pete Beale
18.03
510 103 26 December 1989 Philip Draycott Tony McHale Ian Beale
Cindy Beale
13.88
511 104 28 December 1989 Philip Draycott Sarah Daniels Sharon Watts
Ian Beale
Simon Wicks
Cindy Beale
20.31
  • Notes
     

4 May 1989 Duff Duff - Although multiple characters were in shot, it was more aimed at Arthur Fowler Mo Butcher.

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