London may be steeped in over 2000 years of history but the BBC television network is looking to East London and it’s 30 year anniversary of Eastenders, the television network’s long running tv soap. Eastenders will be celebrating its anniversary with a week of live episodes, in which several iconic scenes from its history will be revived and replayed through current storylines and modern actors. It’s a clever move that shows how companies can redevelop and renew themselves based on old success stories and a strong reputation. Businesses across East London, Essex and Hertfordshire where most scenes are shot could learn a thing or two from watching the network’s main channel this week.
Eastenders is set in the fictional London suburb of Walford, a combination of the East London towns of Walthamstow and Romford. Both towns are renowned for their markets and market traders, epitomising London’s East End. Like Eastenders, where the show focuses around the Queen Victoria pub and Walford market, the areas are undergoing a rise in affluence as the legacy of the London Olympics takes hold. House prices are on the rise and professionals such as lawyers, architects, business owners and medics are moving to the area.
With Eastenders relationships rarely lasting more than a few seasons, one might be forgiven for expecting divorce lawyers in East London and Essex from having regular repeat business from their clients as opposed to one-divorce-only clients around the rest of the city such as Hendon. That said, a divorce solicitors in Hendon might have a more affluent divorce settlement to deal with. Overall, the history of solicitors in London suggest little real difference across the city.
Viewers of Eastenders might be remiss when they see the discovery of Nick Cotton’s body later this week. The scene will re-enact the very first thing viewers were able to see in the debut episode in 1985. Though the colour might be a little more vivid thanks to viewing technological development. Cara Tointon, a former Eastenders star that uses tinted glasses and colorimetry to overcome the effects of dyslexia might need to go back to an East End optician.
One thing is for sure, when it comes to the BBC, coming up with new ways to promote shows of important historic meaning to London is incredible. They will also be celebrating 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest, although that takes place in West London. Leading Eurovision Song Contest expert Ben Royston will be covering the event.