The BBC has released a trailer teasing the final EastEnders episodes to feature iconic matriarch Peggy Mitchell, as Dame Barbara Windsor bows out from the role for good.
In a specially shot sequence, a pensive Peggy strolls down Bridge Street amongst the hustle and bustle of the market, taking in sights such as Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner) and Martin Fowler (James Bye) ahead of their wedding and Bobby Beale (Eliot Carrington) brandishing a hockey stick as she arrives outside the Vic.
The trailer also offers a glimpse of Ross Kemp who has reprised his role of Peggy’s son Grant for the emotional storyline, with the reunited Mitchell brothers appearing outside of the Queen Vic. Set to The Kills’ The Last Goodbye, it features the hash-tag #EELastOrders in reference to Peggy’s many years as the landlady of The Queen Vic.
Dame Barbara Windsor announced in January that she was drawing a line under her iconic character, noting at the time:
“Everyone knows I love EastEnders and that will never change. Peggy is a character close to my heart but I made the decision a while ago that I need to say goodbye to Peggy once and for all as otherwise she will always be there, urging me to go back and that is something I need to shut the door on. After thinking long and hard about it, I realised that it is time for me and the audience to say our final farewells to the lady who I have loved for many years and I thought that whilst the guvnor, who I adore, is still in charge I want him to be the one to oversee it. I am grateful that Dominic has accepted my decision and together, since late last summer, we have been secretly plotting Peggy’s last scenes.”
On-screen Peggy made a brief return to the soap and revealed to son Phil (Steve McFadden) that her cancer has returned and is terminal with the beeb noting that further episodes featuring the actress, her last ever, would transmit in late spring.
EastEnders airs Dame Barbara Windsor’s final episodes as Peggy Mitchell later this month. The trailer can be seen below.