Who were Den and Angie in EastEnders and what happened to them?

EastEnders fans were treated to a viewing of the iconic two-hander episode featuring Den and Angie Watts (Leslie Grantham and Anita Dobson) tonight.

With the coronavirus pandemic having resulted in EastEnders having to shut down production, pre-lockdown episodes were rationed out at two a week as opposed to the usual four in an effort to ensure the soap remained on air for as long as possible.

However, the final episode filmed before the shutdown aired last week, meaning that for the first time in its 35 years on the air, EastEnders has had to go on hiatus.

In the meantime, fans can enjoy a weekly iconic episode, and tonight’s — the soaps 174th — dates back to October 16, 1986, as Den and Angie have it out in a classic two-hander instalment.

While it would be rude not to know who Den and Angie were given just how iconic they were, here’s a little reminder.

Who were Den and Angie in EastEnders?

Den and Angie were the original landlords of The Queen Vic, and ran the beloved boozer from the soap’s inception in 1985 — however, it was revealed within the show’s narrative that the couple had taken the reigns of the pub in 1975.

Their marriage was a tumultuous one, as Den continued to cheat on Angie with mistress Jan Hammond (Jane How), while Angie — knowing of his infidelity — did everything in her power to make him fall in love with her again.

The dynamic was a truly incredible one — rife with conflict which allowed for Anita and Leslie to deliver some truly great performances throughout their stint in the pub.

Tonight’s episode sees Den reveal to wife Angie that he’s leaving her for mistress Jan, and she’s devastated as a result.


However, Angie refuses to let her husband walk out on her, and therefore she tells him that she’s dying — with only had six months left to live.

Den believes her, and thus resolves to stay with her until her dying day, and Angie is unable to believe that her plan had worked.

The question is what happened to the iconic landlords afterwards?

What happened to Den and Angie in EastEnders?

With Den having bought Angie’s cancer lie, he set out to what he’d promised his wife, and therefore set plans in motion for a special holiday.

Several episodes later, he whisked her away on a special trip to Venice — which viewers got to see play out over a series of episodes.

Angie enjoyed her time with her husband, but when Jan showed up in Venice on business, she was devastated.

She soon turned to the bottle on the train journey home, and accidentally spilled the truth about her cancer lie to the bartender — which Den overheard.

As a result, he turned the tables and began plotting revenge — which he exacted on Christmas Day, by issuing her with divorce papers in the soap’s most iconic ever scene.

Angie moved out of the Vic, and soon became bar manager at Willmott-Brown’s pub the Dagmar — where she remained for the majority of 1987.

However, fed up of the clientele, she punched pub frequenter Gerry (Jason Watkins) and quite.

She returned to the Vic for a brief period with Den by her side — in a professional capacity only.

However, her battle with alcoholism continued to escalate, and in May 1988, she departed the Square once and for all.

Meanwhile, Den found himself managing a wine bar by the names of Strokes for criminal organisation The Firm, and he eventually agreed to do jail time for the them — in a story that was told on-screen over several months between ’88 and 89.

He was killed off just shy of the soap’s 4th anniversary in 1989.


However, viewers will know that the character later remerged from the dead in 2003, and took Walford by storm once more.

He was killed off once more by Chrissie Watts (Tracy-Ann Oberman) in 2005.

EastEnders: Den and Angie airs tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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