1. The name Walford is mix of Walthamstow and Stratford—the areas of Greater London where creators Julia Smith, and Tony Holland were born. Via elvistribute.me 2. Walford has the postal district of E20. The postal code for Albert Square is E20 6PQ. Via upload.wikimedia.org 3. The series got its name when co-creator Julia Smith rang agents, asking: "Do you have any real East Enders on your books?" Via images.fanpop.com 4. The Olympic flame visited Walford on 23 July 2012. Via news.bbcimg.co.uk 5. From 2012 onwards, the Olympic Park has been in the opening credits of the show. Via bbc.co.uk 6. The outdoor Albert Square set was built on the same plot of land as the building site in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Via wnol.info 7. As the exterior set was built in 1984, the buildings were chipped at with pickaxes to make it look older. Via bbc.co.uk 8. Between 25-30 scenes are filmed each day. Via kentfilmoffice.co.uk 9. The bulk of Dot Cotton's wardrobe comes from charity shops. Via landgirl1980.co.uk 10. And the dress she wears every Christmas is the oldest item in the wardrobe department. Via youtube.com 11. Pam St Clements (Pat Butcher) owns over 125 pairs of earrings for her character. The BBC accept earrings sent in from fans too. Via wordpress.com 12. Patsy Kensit, Cheryl Baker and Joanna Lumley were all in the running for the part of Chrissie Watts. Via images4.fanpop.com 13. Barbara Windsor was fourth choice for Peggy Mitchell. Via wordpress.com 14. Den, Angie and Sharon Watts were originally going to be called Jack, Pearl and Tracy. Via en.wikipedia.org 15. Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) is the last remaining original cast member, having joined in 1985. Via angrybritain.com 16. Since 2010, CGI has been used to animate the trains in the show. Via bbc.co.uk 17. EastEnders was the first British drama to feature a two minute silence, on Friday 11 November 2005. Via news.bbc.co.uk November 11 being Armistice Day, of course. 18. The Queen and Prince Philip visited the Queen Vic in 2001. Via news.bbc.co.uk 19. Emma Bunton auditioned for the role of Bianca Jackson. She also played a troubled teen, in 1992. Via cozycot.com 20. Fictional tube station Walford East is located between Bow Road and West Ham, on the Hammersmith & City and District lines. Via upload.wikimedia.org 21. There have been 95 deaths since the show began, including Sugar, the dog. Via bbc.co.uk 22. The Christmas Day 1986 episode remains the highest rated episode of a soap in UK television history (30.15 million viewers). Via wordpress.com Facts via IMDB and Wikipedia.