Den's surprise for Angie
Dirty Den wasn't impressed when he discovered wife Angie had lied about only having six months to live. He got his revenge by serving her with divorce papers on Christmas Day in 1986. The episode drew in 30.1 million viewers - the biggest rating in soap history!
Getting involved with The Firm turned out to be the worst decision Den ever made. After hiring them to burn down the Dagmar, the gang decided to silence Den for good. Luring him down to the canal by using Michelle Fowler as bait, Dirty Den died after getting shot though a bunch of daffodils. But did he really die? Or was it all a ruse?
Sam and Ricky tie the knot
Having the formidable Grant and Phil against their romance didn't stop love-birds Ricky and Sam running off to Gretna Green to tie the knot in 1991. The Mitchells, joined by Peggy for the first time, raced to put a stop to the wedding, but were too late. They arrived only after Sam had said: "I do".
Mark and Gill get married
Now this was a heart-breaking one. When Mark married Gill Robinson, it looked like the pair had finally found some happiness amongst their heartache. But it wasn't meant to be and as the pair headed off for their honeymoon, Gill managed only one night before she passed away, causing thousands of us to sob into our pillows. Poor Gill!
We couldn’t believe it when hen-pecked hubby Arthur started tending to more than just Mrs Hewitt's garden! Before long Pauline's other half was having a full-blown affair, but in the end Arthur couldn't bear the guilt any longer and confessed all... only to be rewarded with a frying pan wrapped around his head. That has to hurt!
Sharon's secret revealed
Sharon sure was a naughty one. After having an affair with her husband's brother she confessed to her best friend – but what Sharon didn’t know was that she was being recorded! Unfortunately for poor Sharon, she learnt the hard way when the incriminating evidence was played to a packed out Vic. Oops.
Cindy hires a hit man
Being married to Ian Beale does funny things to a woman. Not that we know, of course… But Cindy certainly found out when she had an affair. Worried that she was going to be found out, Cindy decided there was only one thing for it and hired a hit man to finish off Mr Beale. Luckily for Ian, the hit man was a bit rubbish, and he got away to live another day.
Getting sent down for the second time turned out to be the beginning of the end for poor old Arthur. Despite a nationwide campaign to free him from jail, Arthur was barely out of prison before he suddenly died from a head injury. It was a shame – we wanted to see what he’d do to end up in prison the next time!
They sure do get through ‘em in EastEnders. New Year's Eve in 1998 turned out to be one Walford residents would never forget. When Tiff discovered Grant was trying to escape with her baby, she chased after him, only to be mowed down by Frank Butcher's speeding car.
Bianca gives birth in The Vic
When Bianca went into labour in The Vic with no one for company but Grant, it was up to the macho Mitchell to try his hand at playing midwife. Luckily for everyone involved, Bianca and Grant managed to put their bickering aside long enough for the new mum to give birth to baby Liam. Who says Ross Kemp isn’t awesome?
After freaking Steve out one too many times with her bunny boiler act, Saskia found herself on the wrong side of an ashtray. It was one of those scenes we’ll never forget – not to mention a great advertisement for making people stop smoking!
Phil tries to kill Grant
Phil didn't cope well with the news that Grant had seduced Kathy. Tactful as ever, Phil decided to use the moment they were speeding away from a robbery to bring up the topic. As they fought, the car ended up crashing into the Thames. The clumsy pair!
Mel finds out the truth
We couldn’t begin to imagine why she’d agree to marry Ian in the first place (we’d run for the hills). But when Mel finally came to her senses and tried to break off the nuptials, Ian lied that Lucy was ill and Mel married him out of pity. But the truth was revealed at the wedding reception and the marriage was over before it had barely begun. Classic Beale.
Sonia has a baby
Sonia thought she was going to be spending a night of passion with Walford hunk Jamie, but instead found herself giving birth to a baby she didn't even know she was having! The tot turned out to be the result of a fling with Martin Fowler, and soon put an end to Sonia's romance with Jamie.
Dot helps Ethel die
Another heart-breaking one, so get the hankies ready! Dot's beliefs were put to the test when her best friend, Ethel, asked her to help end her life. Poor Dot couldn't turn down her friend's last wish and went against everything she believed in to help end her pain. We’re going to need more hankies…
Kat's bombshell for Zoe
"You ain't my mother!" "Yes, I am!" We could never forget the high-pitched screams of Kat Slater as she revealed the mother of all secrets to daughter Zoe right in the middle of the Square. Well there's certainly nothing like a massive revelation to bring in the viewers!
Phil gets shot
Now who would ever want to shoot the lovely Phil Mitchell? Okay, so he has a list of enemies as long as his arm, and to be fair even Phil didn't seem to be that surprised when he got shot. But while a classic 'whodunnit' got underway, the real culprit soon turned out to be his ex, Lisa. Shocking!
Little Mo's revenge
This one had us cheering from the sofa! After years of abuse from her evil husband Trev, Little Mo finally got her own back by putting an end to their marriage. Not only that, she conked him on the noggin’ with a clothes iron when Trev got aggressive. That’s our Mo!
Martin runs Jamie over
Just as Sonia and Jamie had decided to patch things up and tie the knot, tragedy struck. Martin Fowler squashed poor Jamie while joy riding around the Square, causing the end of this Romeo and Juliet style romance. Oh Martin, you complete berk!
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