The fourth year of Eastenders broadcasting. This year saw the departure of many regulars, most notably Lou Beale, Angie Watts, Lofty Holloway and Mary Smith. Den Watts got into trouble with The Firm this year and ended up inside after committing arson.
104 new episodes were broadcast in 1988
- Angie Watts keeps drinking and is rushed to hospital with liver damage. Den Watts offers to pay Michelle Fowler to have her abortion.
- Frank Butcher arrives in Walford to see his old flame Pat Wicks.
- Kenny Beale returns to Walford after 23 years away in New Zealand. He is told he may be the father of Simon "Wicksy" Wicks instead of Pete Beale and clashes with Pete over it.
- Darren Roberts sells dodgy gear in The Vic, to Den's chagrin.
- 8 - [Offscreen] Billy Jackson is born, the child of Alan Jackson and Carol Jackson.
- 8 - [Offscreen] Stacey Slater is born, the child of Brian Slater and Jean Slater