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The first ever episode of EastEnders on BBC1 was transmitted this very day. The new Cockney soap was to be a rival to Emmerdale Farm in 1985 and due to this Emmerdale cancelled its summer break. Emmerdale Farm and EastEnders went head to head until EastEnders was moved to 7pm. Emmerdale Farm was shown at 7:30pm in most regions but not in London. Both shows acquired around 14 million viewers and Emmerdale Farm often beat EastEnders in the ratings.