Occasionally EastEnders often references real life events, these scenes are often last minute filmed scenes and are inserted to keep up with current events
The General Election (1987)
Episode aired: 11 June 1987
New Years Eve (1987)
The Chimes of Big Ben are integrated into an episode. Den Watts brought a television into the bar of The Queen Victoria, 'watched' the chimes in their entirety for the New Year.
Episode aired:31 December 1987
50th Anniversary of the Second World War (1995)
Episode aired: ? ???? 1995
Remembrance Day (2005)
Episode aired: ? November 2005
FIFA World Cup (2006)
Episode aired: ? ???? 2006
Election of President Barack Obama (2008)
Episode aired: ? November 2008
Michael Jackson's Death (2009)
Denise wishing Patrick Trueman a happy birthday, before telling him Michael Jackson had passed away.
Episode aired: 26 June 2009
General Election Results (2010)
Spending Review (2010)
Royal Wedding (2011)
Olympic Flame (Live) (2012)
Billy Mitchell ran with the Olympic torch in a live 7 minute section of EastEnders.
Episode aired: 23 July 2012
Team GB Olympics scene (2012)
Andy Murray's Wimbledon Win (2013)
Birth of Prince George (2013)
Nelson Mandela's Death (2013)
UK Floods (2014)
Entering the upstairs kitchen of the Vic whilst reading the Walford Gazette, Mick Carter asked Linda Carter what she is like at woodwork, adding “this weather – might need to build an ark. It says here the Thames is bursting her banks all over the gaff.”
After Linda suggested the floods wouldn’t hit Walford, Mick replied: “Who knows? Some people have lost everything, bless ’em.”.
Episode aired: 14 February 2014
England's World Cup Defeat (2014)
Scottish Referendum Result (2014)
Tamwar made a reference to the result of the Scottish Referendum by simply just saying "Scotland deciding against independence".
Episode aired: 19 September 2014
Birth of Princess Charlotte (2015)
Linda Carter read from the newspaper that the Princess name is to be Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Windsor. After Nancy said she was bored by the news of the royal baby while outside the Queen Vic, Linda asked: "Why'd you have to be so cynical?"
She added: "I might call our unborn child Charlotte if she's a girl" - joking that she'd name the baby Charlotte just to spite Nancy.
Episode aired: 5 May 2015
General Election Voting Day (2015)
Ian Beale is seen picking up his polling card and Jane Beale asks where he is going and he replies "I'm going to vote". (The episode coincide with the same date of voting in the real world.)
Episode aired: 7 May 2015
General Election Results (2015)
Carol discover Sonia on the sofa watching TV, asking: "Have you been up all night?" Sonia replied: "I've been watching the results come in." Carol added: "I bet Cameron's got a bigger smile on his face than you have this morning."
Episode aired: 8 May 2015
Longest Serving Monarch (2015)
Linda asks Mick how they are going to celebrate The Queen being the longest serving monarch.
Episode aired: 8 September 2015
BBC Three's move to Online (2016)
Sonia is seen looking at the new BBC Three website on the day of its launch. With Tina remarking that BBC Three is too old for Sonia.
Episode aired: 17 February 2016
EU Referendum (2016)
Honey asks Billy "So are you In or Out?" Bill asks "of what". Honey replies "The EU Billy ,we suppose to be voting today. It is important".
Episode aired: 23 June 2016
Linda mentions to Mick she doesn't know who to listen to and doesn't know whether Brexit will leave them better of or not.
Episode aired: 28 June 2016
New £5 note (2016)
Babe is in Minute Mart, she pays Honey for her purchase and Honeys tells her that the five pound note does not look right and if its Scottish, Babe replies it's the new five pound note. Linda mentions she has had a few in The Queen Victoria today.
Episode aired: 23 September 2016
- EastEnders also marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War in 2014, see War Memorial.