Arts and Entertainment EastEnders needs to review its take on Cockney life

The soap EastEnders must recalibrate its outdated depiction of Cockney life to take account of the young hipsters and tech entrepreneurs who have made East London a fashionable place to live, the BBC has admitted.

Minor British institutions: Pontin's holiday camps

It is a surprise to learn that in a world where the budget airlines have made nice bits of Europe accessible for £1 and a package holiday to south-east Asia can be enjoyed for a few hundred quid, that the Pontin's holiday camp is still an option.

EastEnders 25, BBC1

Final 'douf-douf' for sacrificial Bradley

Last Night: EastEnders, BBC1

So Stacey did it...but was Bradley pushed?

The meaning of EastEnders

It may be the most downbeat soap on television but EastEnders has lasted a quarter of a century on our screens. To understand its longevity, one must consider it in the context of Classical tragedy, writes long-time viewer Michael Bywater

Eastenders spin-off puts Walford on the web

EastEnders is venturing beyond TV screens, with an online spin-off series which will take a fresh look at Albert Square through the eyes of young newcomers.

Gadget of the week - Kymera magic wand, £49.95

Abracadabra! Turn this episode of EastEnders into a rerun of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Simply wave the Kymera wand and watch in awe as the television changes channel as if by magic. Tricked out to look like something you might find in the common room at Hogwarts, this sorceror's stick is in fact a buttonless remote control that can be programmed to learn up to 13 infrared codes and is activated by a variety of wrist flicks. Available to pre-order now, it goes on sale tomorrow from the simply wizard website thewandcompany.com.

Eastenders clean up at last night's Inside Soap Awards

EastEnders took home top honours at last night's Inside Soap Awards, as well as a fourth consecutive Best Actress win for Lacey Turner.

Click here or on the image to see the winners of last night's awards

Eastenders to screen first live episode

TV soap EastEnders is to broadcast a live episode for the first time to mark the programme's 25th anniversary next year, it was announced today.

Nolan sisters to go back on the road

The all-conquering 1970s' girl band The Nolans are back after announcing today that they have reformed.

Wendy Richard: Actress who played Pauline Fowler in 'EastEnders'

When Julia Smith and Tony Holland, the creators of EastEnders, were planning the BBC television serial that was to bring the rough and tough world of London's East End into millions of viewers' living rooms, they wrote of its central character, the downtrodden mother Pauline Fowler: "She's very conventional, and the salt of the earth. Jolly. Rounded. Someone you can get your arms round. She doesn't trust skinny people..."

EastEnders focuses on race attitude

EastEnders featured an all-black cast for the first time in its 23-year history last night.

TV Remakes - A Reminder of things past

From Minder and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em to Beverley Hills, 90210, a whole host of former TV favourites are being remade – with a twist or two. Gerard Gilbert reports

Rally for knife victim, 16, as four are held

Hundreds of teenagers marched through north London yesterday to protest against knife culture after the murder at the weekend of a 16-year-old boy in a street attack. They passed the home of the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who has vowed to tackle youth crime, on their way to the spot in Islington where Ben Kinsella was stabbed early on Sunday.

The 5-minute Interview: Michelle Ryan, Actress

'I'm trying to stop over-analysing and live more in the moment'

BBC axes Grange Hill after creator says taboo-breaking show has 'lost its purpose'

The BBC has announced that it is dropping the school drama Grange Hill from the schedules after 30 years on British television screens. The last episodes of the cult series that broke taboos on teenage pregnancy, violence and drug-taking with its uncompromising portrayal of life in a London comprehensive school will be broadcast at the end of this year.

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea