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25/01/07
Eastenders Leads East London Fame Charts
- TV Soap beats the Krays and Olympics in new poll

Eastenders Leads East London Fame ChartsTHE East End of London is most famous for its TV soap namesake, Eastenders, according to a new survey, but the 2012 Olympics is coming up on the rails.

The BBC show was the only fictional representative in the top ten, with Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist just outside at number 11.

Out of the real-life representatives, new buildings and old criminals fight it out for the east London turf, with Canary Wharf (third place) and the Millennium Dome (fourth), edging it over the Krays (second) and Jack the Ripper (seventh).

That battle between the shiny new and nasty old in people's ideas of the East End is set for a fresh twist in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics, which is already at number six in the list.

"It'll be interesting to see if the Olympics changes people's perceptions of east London," said Jacqui Banerjee, of Continental Research, the company which ran the poll.

Among Londoners, the 2012 games has moved up to number three in the charts, confirming a pattern in which locals see more of the modern in the East End than do those from outside. For instance, among Londoners, The Krays slip down to eighth, while Canary Wharf is placed second.

Whether Eastenders reflects any of these changes is another matter, but that's hard to imagine of a show in which characters leave Albert Square with the same frequency people left the known world in ancient times.

Poll Results

Nationwide:
1.Eastenders
2.The Krays
3.Canary Wharf
4.The Dome
5.West Ham Football Club
6.London 2012 Olympic Games
7.Jack the Ripper
8.Docklands Light Railway
9.Pearly Queens
10.Jellied Eels

London-wide:
1.Eastenders
2.Canary Wharf
3.London 2012 Olympic Games
4.Docklands Light Railway
5.The Dome
6.West Ham Football Club
7.Jack the Ripper
8.The Krays
9.Jellied Eels
10.Pearly Queens



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