EastEnders: Peggy and Phil’s boat trip was Steve McFadden’s idea, reveals soap boss

"Steve loves the water and because Peggy very much represents London, he thought that we needed to have her out on the Thames," says Dominic Treadwell-Collins

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EastEnders’s executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins has revealed that it was actor Steve McFadden who came up with the idea of Phil and Peggy taking a boat trip on the Thames in tonight’s episode.

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“Steve loves the water and because Peggy very much represents London, he thought that we needed to have her out on the Thames,” the show boss told RadioTimes.com. “His idea was to improvise some of it because he and Barbara [Windsor] know their characters so well. So we put these two brilliant actors in a boat on the Thames and let them see what they came up with. And it really works – I did cry, I have to say.”

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Emotional scenes to be broadcast this evening will see Phil plan to give a dying Peggy a day to remember. But Peggy has other ideas in mind and takes them both on a trip down memory lane.

Speaking about Peggy’s upcoming death, Treadwell-Collins commented: “Maybe it sounds a bit arrogant, but I know what I’m doing with this. 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 all next week’s drama on EastEnders below.

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