EastEnders classic episodes guide on BBC One – from Sharongate to Max and Stacey's affair reveal

WITH EastEnders on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, BBC One will be giving fans their weekly Walford fix with some of the most iconic episodes in the show’s history.

But what fans really want to know is which episodes will be airing and when.

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EastEnders classics episode guide

Den and Angie – June 23

First up was the iconic two-hander between Den and Angie Watts, which originally aired in October 1986. 

The episode – the soap’s 174th – saw Den drop the bombshell to Angie that he’s leaving her for one of his other women.

But Angie – desperate to keep womaniser Den in her clutches – lied that she was terminally ill and only had six months to live.

The episode paved the way for what has to be one of the most iconic soap moments of all time – when Dirty Den brutally served Angie divorce papers on Christmas Day after discovering her awful lie.

Originally airing back in 1986, the episode saw over 30 million viewers in the UK tune in to watch the drama.

Back in 2018 Anita Dobson – who played Angie on the BBC soap – spoke about the iconic episode to Digital Spy: "I'm absolutely thrilled because to have made something that's so iconic and that people are actually watching again – as well as a new generation – is wonderful and magical. I can hold it up as an achievement in my life."

Sharongate – 30 June

EastEnders have confirmed that the explosive reveal of Sharon’s affair will air on Tuesday, June 30 at 7.30pm.

The iconic episode – dubbed ‘Sharongate’ in the press – saw Sharon’s jaw drop as her affair with her husband Grant’s brother Phil was broadcast to the whole of the Queen Vic.

A brutal fight ensued between the brothers as they turned to violence to resolve the situation.

Amira and Syed's wedding – July 7

As Syed prepares to marry girlfriend Amira an unwelcome guest kills the mood at the wedding mehndi.

The episode originally aired on New Year's Day in 2010 and was full of colourful celebrations.

But Christian who was having an affair with Syed reveals all to Syed's mum, Zainab on the big day.

What other episodes can we expect?

EastEnders have also confirmed that the explosive reveal of Max and Stacey’s affair will be broadcast in the coming weeks. 

In addition, fans can take a trip down memory lane by watching other old episodes from 2008 on BBC iPlayer.

Four consecutive episodes will be shown on BBC Four a week – before being added to the iPlayer. 

When can viewers watch Secrets From the Square?

Along with the classic episodes, BBC One is airing spin-off series Secrets From the Square every Monday at 8pm.

The series’ first episode kicked off with Danny Dyer and Kellie Bright spilling some great behind-the scene-secrets as well as teasing what’s in store for their characters when the soap returns later this year. 

Host Stacey Dooley will also be speaking to Walford legends including Letitia Dean, Adam Woodyatt, Diane Parish and Tameka Empson in the coming weeks.

EastEnders fan Stacey said of her new hosting role: “I’m delighted to be hosting Secrets From the Square. I grew up watching EastEnders, so walking on to Albert Square was a surreal experience as well as taking a trip down memory lane and interviewing some of the legends of Walford has been great, I’ve loved every minute of it!”

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