Lastly, the wife of Mehmet, Guizin Osman arrived on 22 October, and Cassie Carpenter arrived as the daughter of Hannah and Tony.
Lofty Holloway is introduced on 26 February along with Terry Rich, and Tony Carpenter is introduced on 28 February.Mary Smith and her daughter Annie are introduced on 5 March. Andy O'Brien is introduced on 21 March along with Debbie Wilkins.Ali, a Turkish Cypriot, was originally intended to be named Chris.His name was changed to Ali when it dawned on Holland that he had given a Christian name to a Muslim.The first episode of East Enders was broadcast on 19 February 1985, and twenty-three main characters were already created for their first appearance.
The first character to be seen was Den Watts, followed by Ali Osman and then Arthur Fowler, all of whom find Reg Cox dying in his flat.Ali was a well-intentioned attempt to represent the proportion of Turkish Cypriots who had immigrated to England and settled in the East End of London.Holland and Smith knew that for the soap to succeed there needed to be a varied group of characters, so that several different sections of the audience had someone to identify with.Ethel Skinner, Harold Legg and Pauline Fowler appear, after Den alerts them of Reg's death. Saeed and Naima Jeffery are seen working in the local shop whilst Angie Watts is seen in The Queen Victoria, Walford's local pub.Nick Cotton and Sue Osman are next seen, whilst Pete and Kathy Beale work at the fruit and veg stall and Hassan Osman is seen with his parents in the café.He became well known for his tabloid nickname, "Dirty Den".