Occasionally EastEnders often references real life events, these scenes are often last minute filmed scenes and are inserted to keep up with current events
Boat show (1987)
Episode aired: ? 1987
Episode aired: ? 1987
The General Election Results (1987)
New Years Eve (1987)
The chimes of Big Ben were integrated into the episode in perfect time to appear as if that section of the episode was live. Den Watts had brought a television into the bar of the Queen Vic, and he and the punters watched the chimes in their entirety at midnight. In the original broadcast, when the scene cross-faded into the Big Ben footage that the Vic was watching, a BBC continuity announcer said "And a very happy New Year, from BBC One".
Episode aired: 31 December 1987 - Part 2
Hillsborough disaster (1989)
Pauline and Arthur react to news on the radio about 'the Hillsborough tragedy last Saturday' [15 April 1989]. Pauline contemplates what it would've been like if Arthur and Martin had been there. Arthur mentions that he got Frank to have a whip-round for the victims' families.
Episode aired: 20 April 1989
Deacon Blue UK Tour (1989)
Diane Butcher and Paul Priestly go to see Deacon Blue, who were indeed playing in London at the Hammersmith Apollo on the date of the broadcast episode, as part of their UK tour of their number one album, When the World Knows Your Name.
Episode aired: 25 May 1989
50th Anniversary of the Second World War (1995)
The whole episode is dedicated to 50th Anniversary of the Second World War. There is no Duff Duff at the end.
Episode aired: 8 May 1995
Remembrance Day (2005)
FIFA World Cup (2006)
Episode aired: June 2006
Election of President Barack Obama (2008)
Episode aired: ? November 2008
Michael Jackson's Death (2009)
Denise wishing Patrick Trueman a happy birthday, before telling him Michael Jackson had passed away.
Episode aired: 26 June 2009
General Election Results (2010)
Spending Review (2010)
Royal Wedding (2011)
Olympic Flame (Live) (2012)
Team GB Olympics scene (2012)
Andy Murray's Wimbledon Win (2013)
Birth of Prince George (2013)
Nelson Mandela's Death (2013)
UK Floods (2014)
Entering the upstairs kitchen of the Vic whilst reading the Walford Gazette, Mick Carter asked Linda Carter what she is like at woodwork, adding “this weather – might need to build an ark. It says here the Thames is bursting her banks all over the gaff.”
After Linda suggested the floods wouldn’t hit Walford, Mick replied: “Who knows? Some people have lost everything, bless ’em.”.
Episode aired: 14 February 2014
England's World Cup Defeat (2014)
Scottish Referendum Result (2014)
Birth of Princess Charlotte (2015)
Linda Carter read from the newspaper that the Princess name is to be Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Windsor. After Nancy said she was bored by the news of the royal baby while outside the Queen Vic, Linda asked: "Why'd you have to be so cynical?"
She added: "I might call our unborn child Charlotte if she's a girl" - joking that she'd name the baby Charlotte just to spite Nancy.
Episode aired: 5 May 2015
General Election Voting Day (2015)
Ian Beale is seen picking up his polling card and Jane Beale asks where he is going and he replies "I'm going to vote". (The episode coincide with the same date of voting in the real world.)
Episode aired: 7 May 2015
General Election Results (2015)
Carol discover Sonia on the sofa watching TV, asking: "Have you been up all night?" Sonia replied: "I've been watching the results come in." Carol added: "I bet Cameron's got a bigger smile on his face than you have this morning."
Episode aired: 8 May 2015
Longest Serving Monarch (2015)
Linda asks Mick how they are going to celebrate The Queen being the longest serving monarch.
Episode aired: 8 September 2015
BBC Three's move to Online (2016)
Sonia is seen looking at the new BBC Three website on the day of its launch. With Tina remarking that BBC Three is too old for Sonia.
Episode aired: 16 February 2016
EU Referendum (2016)
Honey asks Billy "So are you In or Out?" Bill asks "of what". Honey replies "The EU Billy ,we suppose to be voting today. It is important".
Episode aired: 23 June 2016
Linda mentions to Mick she doesn't know who to listen to and doesn't know whether Brexit will leave them better of or not.
Episode aired: 28 June 2016
New £5 note (2016)
Babe is in Minute Mart, she pays Honey for her purchase and Honeys tells her that the five pound note does not look right and if its Scottish, Babe replies it's the new five pound note. Linda mentions she has had a few in The Queen Victoria today.
Episode aired: 23 September 2016
General Election Voting Day (2017)
Grand National Winner (2017)
This episode includes a scene filmed less than two days before the broadcast, referencing the 2017 Grand National and its winner, One For Arthur, but the scene was criticised for a continuity error.
Episode aired: 10 April 2017
General Election Results (2017)
Carmel Kazemi references the results of the election and Billy Mitchell mentions him and Honey Mitchell stayed up to watch the results as Honey likes David Dimbleby. Honey then says that it was a bit predictable.
Episode aired: 9 June 2017
GCSE Grade Changes (2017)
Bex Fowler shows Martin Fowler her GCSE results but Martin is confused about the grades being in numbers rather than letters, Sonia Jackson explains the grading system has changed from letters to numbers.
Episode aired: 24 August 2017
Meghan Markle and Prince Henry's Engagement (2017)
On the day of Meghan Markle and Prince Henry's engagement, Shakil Kazemi reads out the news at the counter in Kathy's Cafe, prompting Kathy Beale to take his phone off him and tell him the drink he had ordered is on the house. She doesn't appear to return his phone. The following day, Mick Carter references the engagement in the Queen Victoria pub.
Episode aired: 27 November 2017
Birth of Prince Louis (2018)
On the day of the birth of Prince Louis. Linda Carter says to Shirley Carter “8lb 7oz, that really is a healthy weight, isn’t it? If he’s got his daddy’s smile and mummy’s hair he’ll be perfect! Makes me wanna cry! Diana, a grandma again, all that joy she’s missing out on.”
Shirley replies “Linda why are you talking to me about this, I don’t care?”
Episode aired: 24 April 2018
Smear Test (2018)
Meghan Markle and Prince Henry's Upcoming Wedding (2018)
On the day prior of Meghan Markle and Prince Henry's wedding, Shakil Kazemi gives his mum Carmel Kazemi a t shirt as she is going to Windsor to watch the Royal wedding. Also at the end of the episode before the credits as a tribute Harry and Mehan's photo was shown.
Episode aired: 18 May 2018
Royal Wedding Day/ FA Cup Final (2018)
England beats Colombia World Cup (2018)
England vs Croatia and David Davis resignation (2018)
England's defeat to Croatia
Me Too movement (2018)
Huw Edwards and Brexit (2019)
Jean Slater tells Stacey Fowler about a weird dream she had about Hue Edwards. Hue and Jean are on a dinner date but sitting at his newsroom desk and when Jeans asked him what he is going to order, he look at Jean and says "Plane crash for starters", "Rail strike for main and Brexit for afters." Then he leans across the table and kissed her.
Episode aired: 14 January 2019
Brexit again (2019)
Stacey Fowler asks Kat Moon how Alfie Moon will leave the country with no wallet. Mo Harris replies he probably can't, what this Brexit. Kat say to Mo "Oh shut up Paxman".
Episode aired: 24 January 2019 - Part 2
Birth of Prince Archie/Liverpool and Tottenham (2019)
Honey Mitchell mentions to Louise Mitchell about the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and mention his name is perfect, so natural and formal. Tiffany Butcher then says she does not get the big deal she just a women having a baby. Honey replies that it better than Brexit or Liverpool and Tottenham.
Episode aired: 9 May 2019
Spice Girls Concert (2019)
Linda Carter mentions she forgot to get tickets to see the Spice Girls, Mick Carter tries to win tickets on a Radio phone in show but loses to his opponent Terry. Mick tries to buy the tickets from him but he will not sell them. Terry later turns up in The Queen Victoria and gives the tickets to Mick as he found out his wife doesn't actually like the Spice Girls.
Episode aired: 3 June 2019
Cricket World Cup Result (2019)
Lewis Hamilton's British GP Win and England win the Cricket World Cup(2019).
Keegan Baker informs Ben Mitchell about Lewis Hamilton's 2019 British GP Win. as well as England Winning the Cricket World Cup. However Ben is not interested.
Episode aired: 15 July 2019
A level Results Day (2019)
Bex Fowler is seen opening her exam results in front of Stuart Highway and her mother Sonia Fowler. She didn't get all A Stars but got enough to get into Oxford University.
Episode aired: 15 August 2019
GCSE Results Day (2019)
- EastEnders also marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War in 2014, see War Memorial.