EastEnders: Peggy Mitchell’s funeral – see the first-look pictures

Danniella Westbrook and Rita Simons were among those filming the emotional scenes

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The cast of EastEnders has been out in force on location today filming the funeral of Mitchell matriarch Peggy. 

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Actors including Scott Maslen, Rita Simons and Danniella Wesbrook – who is returning as Sam Mitchell, presumably with screen son Richard – were among those shooting the emotional send-off for Barbara Windsor’s character. 

Viewers have already seen Peggy being given the news by her doctor that she cancer from which she is suffering has spread to her brain.

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Next week’s episodes will see Ross Kemp make a comeback as Peggy’s son Grant as Windsor’s final appearance on the BBC1 soap is screened.

Speaking recently about the drama that lies ahead, Barbara Windsor said: “It’s such a special week and there’s lots of surprises. The episodes are something fans won’t want to miss. They did me proud. It’s a perfect ending for Peggy.”

Talking to Radio Times about the death of Peggy, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collns added: “We’re not doing it because I’m going or to be sensationalist or to get viewers.

“I love and respect Barbara and I want to give Peggy Mitchell the exit she deserves. Because she’s one of the best TV matriarchs of all time.”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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