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EastEnders Cast (1989)

1990 Cast ©BBC

1990 was EastEnders' sixth year.

Main characters

Ranking Character Played by Duration Number of Episodes Running total Previous year's ranking
1Simon WicksNick BerryUntil December974642
2Pat ButcherPam St. ClementFull year853623
2Sharon WattsLetitia DeanFull year854476
3Cindy BealeMichelle CollinsUntil December841967
4Frank ButcherMike ReidFull year832334
5Ian BealeAdam WoodyattFull year784742
6Arthur FowlerBill TreacherFull year764714
7Pete BealePeter DeanFull year744808
8Dot CottonJune BrownFull year734401
9Kathy BealeGillian TaylforthFull year714639
10Michelle FowlerSusan TullyFull year694735
11Pauline FowlerWendy RichardFull year674558
12Ricky ButcherSid OwenFull year5816011
12Grant MitchellRoss KempFrom February5858 -
13Phil MitchellSteve McFaddenFrom February5757 -
14Steven BealeEdward FarrellUntil December555628
15Mo ButcherEdna DoréUntil November5413710
16Diane ButcherSophie LawrenceFull year4913712
17Eddie RoyleMichael MeliaFrom July4141 -
18Vicki FowlerSamantha Leigh MartinFull year3215919
19Clyde TavernierSteven WoodcockFrom July2929 -
20Mark FowlerTodd CartyFrom August2850 -
21Jules TavernierTommy EytleFrom July2525 -
22Martin FowlerJon Peyton-PriceFull year2415723
22Sam MitchellDanniella WestbrookFrom July2424 -
22Shireen KarimNisha KapurUntil June246824
23Etta TavernierJacqui Gordon-LawrenceFrom July2222 -
24Janine ButcherRebecca MichaelFull year214025
24Celestine TavernierLeroy GoldingFrom June2121 -
25Hattie TavernierMichelle GayleFrom July1919 -
25Ashraf KarimAftab SachakUntil June197218
26Lloyd TavernierGarey BridgesFrom July1717 -
27Rod NormanChristopher McHallemUntil February1614016
28Sohail KarimRonny JhuttiUntil June134127
28Sufia KarimRani SinghUntil June134422
29Danny WhitingSaul JephcottUntil February123026
30Laurie BatesGary PowellUntil March103521
31Julie CooperLouise PlowrightUntil March95914
31Marge GreenPat CoombsUntil February95914
31Trevor ShortPhil McDermottUntil March95815
32Kofi TavernierMarcel SmithFrom November77 -
33Vince JohnsonHepburn GrahamUntil March52524
34Paul PriestlyMark ThrippletonUntil March35513

Production

Diane frank homeless 1990

Diane Butcher's homelessness was a significant storyline in 1990.

Behind the scenes, 1990 was a year of significant change for EastEnders. Michael Ferguson, as executive producer, introduced a system of having two producers responsible for the making of each alternative pair of episodes, and Richard Bramall and Corinne Hollingworth were the first of these new producers. Also, Michael changed the way stories were found, by asking for all accounts to be written as complete narratives, with beginnings, middles and ends, before they were broken down into precise episodes for scriptwriters. These stories were to come from any of the writers, the producers or from the expanded script department, which now had two story editors (senior script editors) and a storyline editor, in addition to script editors working on individual scripts.

The new system led to some solid, intense story-telling. Another innovation that Michael Ferguson introduced was a far more significant amount of location work than had previously been the norm. Now EastEnders would have the opportunity on a regular basis, to move away from the Square to tell its stories. It was a challenging period, both for those who had worked on the show for some time and for the many new faces that appeared at Elstree, but the results on the screen were a programme with a new sense of vitality, and a plan more in touch with the real world than it had been for a while.

Viewing figures

1990 viewing figures
Throughout 1990, EastEnders aired two half-hour episodes in a time slot of 7.30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. The events were broadcast on BBC1. A hebdomadal omnibus version was also broadcast on Sundays.

1990 held a moderately fair year with the ratings. Initially reaching the top thirty. June was the bad month for the ranks when the viewers sank to 12.33 million when EastEnders had a tremendous honour of scoring 20 or more million viewers a night. January stood the famous month for the year when the ratings adjusted to 20.80 million on the 4th January.

The ratings were very comparable to 1989, a year in which the ratings descended from the previous regular position in the ratings. In the 1980s, a single episode would usually achieve around 23 million and infrequently lift 25 or more million. Nevertheless, in 1990 it was very uncommon for EastEnders to accomplish such a quantity.

A few time slots were transferred to the standard schedule for EastEnders. This could be for many various purposes such as live coverage of a show or an alternative Christmas day schedule. The dates that this occurred was 25th January. 1st February. 21st and 26th June and 25th December.

Episodes

# Ep.
No.
Date Director Writer Duff Duff Viewers (millions)
512 1 2 January 1990 Mervyn Cumming Rob Gittins Dot Cotton 19.31
513 2 4 January 1990 Mervyn Cumming Tony McHale Frank Butcher 20.80
514 3 9 January 1990 Matthew Evans Tony Grounds Frank Butcher 17.87
515 4 11 January 1990 Matthew Evans Ayshe Raif Frank Butcher
Pat Butcher
18.85
516 5 16 January 1990 Darrol Blake Tony Jordan Pat Butcher 18.92
517 6 18 January 1990 Darrol Blake Tony Jordan Simon Wicks 20.11
518 7 23 January 1990 Philip Draycott Gilly Fraser Frank Butcher 18.45
519 8 25 January 1990 Philip Draycott Gilly Fraser Simon Wicks 17.46
520 9 30 January 1990 Mervyn Cumming Tony McHale Danny Whiting 18.02
521 10 1 February 1990 Mervyn Cumming Tony McHale Michelle Fowler 19.12
522 11 6 February 1990 Sheila Atha John Maynard Simon Wicks 17.65
523 12 8 February 1990 Sheila Atha Gillian Richmond Michelle Fowler 20.16
524 13 13 February 1990 Darrol Blake Tony Jordan Danny Whiting 17.73
525 14 15 February 1990 Darrol Blake Rob Gittins Arthur Fowler
Pete Beale
Pauline Fowler
18.76
526 15 20 February 1990 Philip Draycott Tony McHale Arthur Fowler
Michelle Fowler
19.80
527 16 22 February 1990 Philip Draycott Tony McHale Paul Priestly 20.78
528 17 27 February 1990 Mervyn Cumming Tony Grounds Dot Cotton 18.77
529 18 1 March 1990 Mervyn Cumming Juliet Ace Kathy Beale 19.33
530 19 6 March 1990 Sheila Atha Paul Doust Pat Butcher 17.57
531 20 8 March 1990 Sheila Atha Helen Millar Pat Butcher
Frank Butcher
18.58
532 21 13 March 1990 Christopher Hodson Tony Jordan Pete Beale*** 16.67
533 22 15 March 1990 Christopher Hodson Tony Jordan Nick Cotton 17.26
534 23 20 March 1990 Philip Casson Deborah Cook Dot Cotton 17.08
535 24 22 March 1990 Philip Casson Deborah Cook Janine Butcher 17.92
536 25 27 March 1990 Mike Barnes Tony McHale Diane Butcher 17.01
537 26 29 March 1990 Mike Barnes Tony McHale Matthew Taylor 17.36
538 27 3 April 1990 Michael Kerrigan Tony McHale Non Character, statue of Diane Butcher 18.96
539 28 5 April 1990 Michael Kerrigan Tony McHale Frank Butcher 19.78
540 29 10 April 1990 Matthew Evans Brendan J Cassin Frank Butcher 15.59
541 30 12 April 1990 Matthew Evans Brendan J Cassin Simon Wicks 16.39
542 31 17 April 1990 Christopher Hodson Gillian Richmond Canal 15.91
543 32 19 April 1990 Christopher Hodson Gillian Richmond Sharon Watts
Michelle Fowler
17.58
544 33 24 April 1990 Philip Casson John Maynard Simon Wicks 14.61
545 34 26 April 1990 Philip Casson John Maynard Michelle Fowler 15.43
546 35 1 May 1990 Michael Kerrigan Tony Jordan Sharon Watts 13.63
547 36 3 May 1990 Michael Kerrigan Tony Jordan Diane Butcher 13.48
548 37 8 May 1990 Matthew Evans Michael Russell Michelle Fowler 14.44
549 38 10 May 1990 Matthew Evans Michael Russell Simon Wicks 15.96
550 39 15 May 1990 Leonard Lewis Tony McHale Nick Cotton 14.92
551 40 17 May 1990 Leonard Lewis Tony McHale Simon Wicks 12.75
552 41 22 May 1990 David Crozier Peter J. Hammond Dot Cotton 12.53
553 42 24 May 1990 David Crozier Peter J. Hammond Nick Cotton 13.18
554 43 29 May 1990 Barry Letts Paul Doust Nick Cotton 15.84
555 44 31 May 1990 Barry Letts Paul Doust Ashraf Karim 16.78
556 45 5 June 1990 Mervyn Cumming Ayshe Raif Nick Cotton 15.27
557 46 7 June 1990 Mervyn Cumming Gerry Huxham Arthur Fowler 15.45
558 47 12 June 1990 Leonard Lewis John Maynard Nick Cotton 12.33
559 48 14 June 1990 Leonard Lewis John Maynard Sharon Watts 14.43
560 49 19 June 1990 David Crozier Linda Dearsley/Steve Waye Sharon Watts 12.84
561 50 21 June 1990 David Crozier Linda Dearsley/Steve Waye Simon Wicks 13.87
562 51 26 June 1990 Barry Letts Deborah Cook Pat Butcher 12.83
563 52 28 June 1990 Barry Letts Deborah Cook Kathy Beale 16.24
564 53 3 July 1990 Michael Ferguson Tony McHale Simon Wicks 12.77
565 54 5 July 1990 Michael Ferguson Michael Ellis Non Character, Market Stall falling over 14.82
566 55 10 July 1990 Mervyn Cumming Christopher Penfold Pete Beale 12.46
567 56 12 July 1990 Mervyn Cumming John Milne Cindy Beale 12.56
568 57 17 July 1990 Matthew Evans Tony Jordan Ian Beale 12.65
569 58 19 July 1990 Matthew Evans Tony Jordan Cindy Beale 12.90
570 59 24 July 1990 Barry Letts Gerry Huxham Non Character, ceiling collapse 13.25
571 60 26 July 1990 Barry Letts Rob Gittins Cindy Beale 14.53
572 61 31 July 1990 Alister Hallum Michael Russell Sharon Mitchell 13.25
573 62 2 August 1990 Alister Hallum Robin Mukherjee Cindy Beale

Ian Beale Steven Beale

13.74
574 63 7 August 1990 Mervyn Cumming John Lewis Ian Beale 15.77
575 64 9 August 1990 Mervyn Cumming Liane Aukin Cindy Beale 15.10
576 65 14 August 1990 Matthew Evans Brendan J Cassin Ian Beale 15.36
577 66 16 August 1990 Matthew Evans Gillian Richmond Cindy Beale
Simon Wicks
16.41
578 67 21 August 1990 Barry Letts Tony McHale Michelle Fowler 14.09
579 68 23 August 1990 Barry Letts Tony McHale Ricky Butcher 14.15
580 69 28 August 1990 Alistair Hallum Charlie Humphreys Sam Mitchell 13.83
581 70 30 August 1990 Alistair Hallum Charlie Humphreys Michelle Fowler 14.71
582 71 4 September 1990 Paul Harrison Tony Jordan Simon Wicks 14.10
583 72 6 September 1990 Paul Harrison Tony Jordan Ian Beale 14.90
584 73 11 September 1990 Matthew Evans Deborah Cook Ian Beale 14.00
585 74 13 September 1990 Matthew Evans Deborah Cook Ian Beale 15.91
586 75 18 September 1990 Barry Letts Christopher Penfold Simon Wicks
Steven Beale
Cindy Beale
16.29
587 76 20 September 1990 Barry Letts Gerry Huxham Mark Fowler
Michelle Fowler
17.72
588 77 25 September 1990 Nicholas Prosser Susan Boyd Ian Beale 15.37
589 78 27 September 1990 Nicholas Prosser Jez Simons/Jyoti Patel Mark Fowler 16.20
590 79 2 October 1990 Paul Harrison Linda Dearsley/Steve Waye Michelle Fowler 15.93
591 80 4 October 1990 Paul Harrison Linda Dearsley/Steve Waye Steven Beale 17.42
592 81 9 October 1990 Mervyn Cumming Sarah Daniels Cindy Beale 15.78
593 82 11 October 1990 Mervyn Cumming Winsome Pinnock Cindy Beale 15.97
594 83 16 October 1990 Charles Beeson Paul Doust Ian Beale 16.40
595 84 18 October 1990 Charles Beeson Paul Doust Frank Butcher
Mo Butcher
17.44
596 85 23 October 1990 Nicholas Prosser Charlie Humphreys Arthur Fowler 16.52
597 86 25 October 1990 Nicholas Prosser Charlie Humphreys Peter Beale 17.54
598 87 30 October 1990 Leonard Lewis Michael Russell Arthur Fowler 16.40
599 88 1 November 1990 Leonard Lewis John Milne Jules Tavernier 18.07
600 89 6 November 1990 Mike Barnes Deborah Cook Grant Mitchell 15.83
601 90 8 November 1990 Mike Barnes Deborah Cook Non character, light from Mark Motorbike 17.29
602 91 13 November 1990 Michael Ferguson Tony McHale Eddie Royle 16.52
603 92 15 November 1990 Michael Ferguson Tony McHale Eddie Royle
Kathy Beale
18.39
604 93 20 November 1990 Barry Letts Christopher Penfold Joan Garwood
Frank Butcher
14.33
605 94 22 November 1990 Barry Letts Gerry Huxham Simon Wicks 17.10
606 95 27 November 1990 Philip Casson Gillian Richmond Frank Butcher 14.79
607 96 29 November 1990 Philip Casson Sean Egan Frank Butcher 18.16
608 97 4 December 1990 Leonard Lewis Rob Gittins Ian Beale 17.46
609 98 6 December 1990 Leonard Lewis Matthew Holt Simon Wicks 18.42
610 99 11 December 1990 Philip Casson Tony Jordan Simon Wicks 17.02
611 100 13 December 1990 Philip Casson Tony Jordan Ian Beale
Sharon Watts
17.68
612 101 18 December 1990 Paul Bernard John Milne Uncredited Police Officer 17.94
613 102 20 December 1990 Paul Bernard John Milne Ian Beale 19.66
614 103 25 December 1990 Alan Wareing Michael Russell Jasmine O'Brien 17.25
615 104 27 December 1990 Alan Wareing Michael Russell Disa O'Brien 20.17

Storylines

Radio Times (17-23 February 1990)

During 1990, the Butchers had to cope with the trauma of Frank's daughter, Diane, running away from home. Sharon spotted a ring on the market that she recognised as her father's. A local boy had found it in the canal, prompting the police to search it. A year earlier, shortly after Den's disappearance, the police had sought the channel but were unable to find his body. This time, a body was found in the canal, and it was identified as Den's. After Den's funeral, Sharon decided to search for her natural parents, but they rejected her. She returned to the square devastated.

Nick tried to poison his mother, Dot, after learning that she had won money on the bingo. Dot guessed and managed to escape unharmed. The love triangle between Wicksy, Cindy and Ian continued during 1990. Cindy confessed to Ian that she loved another man and that Steven was not his son. In an emotional frenzy, Ian crashed his van and ended up in hospital. He later discovered that Wicksy was Steven's birth father. Scared of repercussions, Wicksy and Cindy left Walford with Steven and set up home elsewhere.

The Mitchell brothers - Phil and Grant - arrived in the Square and bought the local garage. They were joined in Walford by their 15-year-old sister Sam. Frank Butcher decided to concentrate on running the car lot and sold the Queen Vic to a new landlord called Eddie Royle. Another new arrival in Walford was the Afro-Caribbean Tavernier family.

Promotional photos

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