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EastEnders 20th Anniversary Hardcover – August 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 20 Anv edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563521651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563521655
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

EastEnders is the ongoing saga of life in London’s East End. Focusing on the multiracial community who live and work in and around Albert Square, its storylines move effortlessly between comedy and tragedy. Although it never shies away from controversial issues, it is family entertainment enjoyed by viewers of all ages. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this popular series (in February 2005), EastEnders takes a nostalgic look back over the life of Albert Square, revisiting all the classic moments, the characters we’ve grown to love, the romances and conflicts—all that has made EastEnders a favorite soap on both sides of the Atlantic. The book also takes us behind the scenes to see how the show is created, from the writing of the script to the filming. Nostalgic, informative, and entertaining, this is your essential guide to the award–winning series.

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As a HUGE Eastenders fan, I know I will enjoy reading it.
Lady in Maryland
It was a gift and the person who received it was very happy as well.
sue
I loved the behind the scenes info and seeing all the pictures.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Caesar Warrington on December 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This coffee table style book includes plotlines, character biographies and almost eveything an EASTENDERS fan needs to know about the show, its characters and the actors/actresses who play them. But those of us here in America beware; we see episodes which are 4-5 years, so there are spoilers galore here.

I've been a fan of this long running Brit soap opera since the early 90's, when it began airing on my local PBS station (WHYY 12).

Unlike American soaps, this serial avoids over-the-top plots and absurd character developments. Rather, EASTENDERS chronicles the everyday lives and issues of everyday people living the fictious East London suburb of Walford.

It was a shame when WHYY cancelled airing the show. BBC America has also removed it from its listings. Fortunately for me and other Philly fans it is now being aired on Lehigh Valley PBS station WLVT 39.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Debra Ann Harris on October 13, 2005
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For those who want to know about the series this is the guide. It gives insight and allows you to catch up if you missed some episodes (as I did). Always loved the show (miss it) and this is a great read to remind me why.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By soulanchor on May 21, 2007
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I am a long-time EastEnders fan. I asked for this book last Christmas. I am moderately satisfied with it. It is fun to look back at the early story lines. The frustration I have with this book is the angle of the writing. I don't know if it reflects British "tabloid" style or their version of soap-talk, but I didn't appreciate the tone of it. But all in all, it was as good a compilation of EastEnders memories as one can find. SPOILER ALERT! For those of us who are stuck in PBS limbo with 2001 episodes (in Minnesota), this book tells all up through 2004! I didn't want to know that stuff yet, but who could keep from reading to the end of the book?? A hint - some characters divorce, some marry, some die.
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Great background information on this particular show, which is the only soap-type show I've EVER got sucked into. Watched this show for several years, really was mind-bending to figure out who was whom and doing what and where'd they go and oh, now they're back with someone else, doing something else. Lots of misers in their lives in the East End of London. This book gives nice descriptions of what happened and who the characters were coming in and out of each year. I am learning a lot I'd missed during the years I hadn't even heard of the show yet, and am also learning about what happened during some of the shows I missed for one reason or another, and getting filled in on the shows I DID watch but because of some characters' thicker accents I'd miss something important that was going on. This book is a great reminder of all that transpired during this remarkable show.
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This book is good for catching up somewhat. It covers the beginning of the show until about 10 years ago. This has helped me learn the background of some of the current characters, and reminded me of various happenings when the show started. I've been watching Eastenders from the start until our local station took it off. I've been watching online since April. This really is the best, realistic soap there is. Well, except for all the people that have been murdered! But other than that the characters are realistic, they're not all 20 years old, there are a fair amount of older characters.
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The book is not linear and is in fact a hodge-podge of different approaches to covering the material, written by someone with a condescending attitude toward the characters and the readers. Three stars only because there is no competition.
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By sue on January 14, 2014
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Was very happy with the book. It was used, but in excellant condition.
It was a gift and the person who received it was very happy as well.
This book had pictures as well as write up and was just what he was
looking for.
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By Lady in Maryland on February 12, 2013
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I received this book yesterday and looked over it last night. It has short bios and storylines for each of the characters. As a HUGE Eastenders fan, I know I will enjoy reading it. It arrived fast and in very good shape.
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