Characters are mostly unemployed, for they spend most of their day in a tiny square. Nothing like this actually exists in the eastend of london, which is actually very large, cosmopolitan, with large streets, large roads, and large communities of various ethnic groups.
On eastenders this is not reflected, it is perhaps stuck in the public imagination of the eastend in the 1950s. The storylines are not well thought out, the acting is childish, and it reflects a place firmly in the imagination of the British public.
The eastend of London today, is made up of asian, white and black ethnic groups, with brick lane mostly asian.
It is not really reflective of multi ethnic London, despite the occasional crazy black or asian family who arrive, to live alongside the mostly crazy white families.
Its imaginary stuff.
Eastenders "Err love, we ave 2 asian families on our street now, its a lot more than it used to be innet?"
Eastenders is set around the fictional east end of London town of 'Walford'and follows the every day events of its inhabitants lives.
The 'soap' has now passed into cult viewing, with legandary characters like 'Dot Cotton', 'Pauline Fowler' and 'Pat Buther' with her ever increasingly size earrings!
Some may see the show as beyond the realms of being believable, but that is why it is a 'soap' not a 'drama'. Whatever people may say about it, it is a British institution and compulsive viewing.
Oh my GOD! Did you see Eastenders last night?
"Oo - not so bad - I'll see you down the launderette later"
"OK - unless I see you at the pub first"
"Yes" Eastenders - Please ditch it BBC