|BBC transmission date||26 December 1988|
|Created By||Julia Smith and Tony Holland|
|Executive Producer||Tony Holland & Julia Smith|
|Previous episode||Episode 405 (22nd December 1988)|
|Next episode||Episode 406 (27 December 1988)|
The episode was written and directed by the creators of EastEnders, Tony Holland and Julia Smith. It looked back at the early life of the residents of Albert Square and featured a young Lou Beale, Ethel Skinner and Reg Cox, who was a minor character found dead in the first ever episode of EastEnders in 1985.
Holland was most upset to discover that Dot Cotton had been too young during the war to be featured as a useful character (she would have been six years old in 1942) and also complained that the major events of the war occurred in the wrong order for effective drama.
This was the only appearance of Albert Beale and William, as both had died by the time EastEnders began in 1985.
Lou and Albert Beale were celebrating their marriage in Walford, and planning their happy life together when war was declared. Albert was conscripted into the army, leaving Lou and her three children, Kenny, Harry and Ronnie, behind (Pauline Fowler and Pete Beale were not yet born). Lou's family rallied around including her mother, sister Flo Medeemey and she also had a gang of friends including young Ethel, dodgy Reg and pub landlords Ray and Lil to keep her company. Lou worried that Albert would not return from war intact, and the episode saw her propositioned by another man in his absence, but she managed to stay faithful and she and Albert were reunited.
|Character Name:||Actor/Actress Name:|
|Albert Beale||Gary Olsen|
|Lou Beale||Karen Meagher|
|Mrs Medeemey||Avis Bunnage|
|Flo Medeemey||Linda Robson|
|Harry Beale||Aaron Mason|
|Ronnie Beale||Chase Marks|
|Ethel Skinner||Alison Bettles|
|William Skinner||Ian Brimble|
|Reg Cox||Marc Tufano|
|Ray Sewell||Robert Putt|
|Lil Sewell||Frances Cuka|
|Production Manager||Nigel Taylor|
|Production Associate||Mike Hudson|
|Location Manager||Sam Breckman|
|Production Assistant||Sarah Ward|
|Assistant Floor Manager||Adam Browne|
|Assistant Floor Manager||Matthew Purves|
|Properties Buyer||Theresa Stevens|
|Lighting Director||Fred Wright|
|Technical Co-ordinator||Michael Jarrett|
|Sound Supervisor||John Howell|
|Camera Supervisor||Roger Goss|
|Videotape Editor||Denis Wyatt|
|Vision Mixer||Graham Giles|
|Costume Designer||Judy Allen|
|Make-up Designer||Juliette Mayer|
|Theme Music||Simon May|
|Graphic Designer||Alan Jeapes|
|Produced and Directed By||Julia Smith|
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- This was partly filmed on the Elstree EastEnders backlot and studio set, with redressing to make it look like the 1939-1945 period. The blitz underground sequence was filmed at Holborn underground station in London. The original working title was "Underground."
- A screening of CivvyStreet was shown in the United States 19 October 2005 at WLIW's NYC studios. This was the first time this had been shown in the USA.