EastEnders nods to the past you may have missed during 35th anniversary episodes

EastEnders fans will be forgiven for missing some key and deliberate details during the 35th anniversary episodes so far.

But the secret throwbacks or Easter eggs, as they're known, were so clever we just had to point them out.

Loyal viewers of the soap have been spotting the nods to the past all week, with many of them paying homage to past characters and crew members from the BBC soap.

From links back to the very first episode and some of the most iconic Walford residents, not to mention the soap's creators, there's been several things to look out for.

Fear not if you're yet to spot any, we've done it for you…


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A shock death

It was only right the first episode of the 35th anniversary would see the discovery of a dead body.

The first ever episode of the BBC soap in 1985 saw residents of Walford discover Reg Cox dying in his flat, with him very quickly passing away.

Thirty five years later, and Sonia Fowler walked into her kitchen to find Leo King dead on the floor, murdered by Whitney Dean.

That's not the only link though, with Leo's body being discovered in Dot Cotton's house.

Back in 1985, her son Nick Cotton was in the very episode when Den Watts and others found the body of Reg – while decades later it was confirmed he was also his killer.

EastEnders archivist Mark James Lowe pointed out on Twitter that Leo was initially hit in the head with a jewellery box, mirroring Lucy Beale's murder weapon in 2014.

Also, Leo was a stalker killed by the person he was obsessed with on Valentine's Day, mirroring the murder of Saskia Duncan by Steve Owen in 1999.

Fans were pretty impressed with all the tie-ins.

The Smith-Holland

When welcoming the party guests to the boat on the Thames, the captain said its name was The Smith-Holland.

The soap's original writers who created the show were Julia Smith and Tony Holland – hence the nod.

Viewers loved the little link after spotting it in the episode.


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The Thames

Of course the party to celebrate the famous pub The Queen Vic winning an award would be on a boat on the Thames.

The river, and the map of London, has been the main feature of the soap's opening and ending credits forever.

For the big week the intro got a dark revamp.

Former characters

From recent characters including Lauren Branning and the Carter children, to some of the legends from the past, several name checks were made throughout the week.

Sonia was on the phone to her mum Carol Jackson, while Kathy Beale and Sharon Watts spoke of former icons Angie Watts and Lou Beale – there were some blasts from the past for sure.

One name in particular may have been hard to spot unless you were watching closely.

The coach the residents boarded to get to the boat party had the name Hewitt on the side of it – Hewitt being the surname of Arthur Fowler's fling Christine who left the soap in 1993.

Also, the boat featured photos of a number of past Walford residents who have come and gone over the years, including Roxy Mitchell.

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Reg Cox

As well as airing a murder discovery in the episodes, there was also another nod to Reg Cox who died in the first ever episode of the BBC soap.

The boat's captain introduced himself as Matthew Cox.

Several viewers spotted the link straight away, taking to Twitter to share their observation.


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Linda Carter's alcoholism

Soap boss Kate Oates recently confirmed Linda's ongoing alcoholism plot was linked back to former character Angie Watt's same battle.

It's taken centre stage yet again this week during the 35th anniversary episodes, just after husband Mick asked for a divorce.

This replicates scenes from Christmas 1986 when Den Watts famously handed wife Angie a set of divorce papers.

Fassett Dock

The boat incident was reported to have occurred at Fassett Dock.

Viewers may or may not be aware that the design of Walford was based on Fassett Square in Dalston in East London.

We're sure the next two episodes will feature a lot more nods too!

EastEnders' 35th anniversary episodes continue all this week at 7:30pm on Thursday, and 8pm on Friday on BBC One.

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