Peggy Mitchell, Queen of the Vic

EastEnders actress Barbara Windsor, who is making a brief return to the soap, says the long running serial is ‘in a bit of a state’ following a decline in ratings.

It’s in a bit of a state the show at the moment, it’s not getting there, we’re third, we’ve never been third ever so it needs working on. – Barbara Windsor

Speaking to ITV’s This Morning, she did however add that she would be open to future returns to the BBC One serial which launched in 1985.

It’s always there, I’d be lying if [I said] it’s not always there because I love it, I love the camaraderie. …I don’t know about [returning] full time, maybe part time.

Windsor first joined EastEnders in 1994 remaining until 2010. She makes a return to the series this week for a brief reappearance as Peggy Mitchell.

EastEnders has since its launch traditionally been the second or first UK soap opera. When it launched in 1985 It alternated the top spot with Coronation Street, Crossroads was the third watched serial with Emmerdale Farm lagging in fourth place. In recent times the revamped faster paced Emmerdale has moved into second place behind fellow ITV saga Corrie.

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