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Dying Peggy Mitchell returns to Walford for the final time

EastEnders kicks off Peggy Mitchell’s emotional farewell storyline next week, when the dying Mitchell matriarch arrives back in Albert Square for the final time.

Peggy arrives on Ronnie’s doorstep with a suitcase looking frail and ill, and it’s only a matter of time before she drops the bombshell on Ronnie she is dying!

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 09/05/2016 - Episode: 5281 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy knocks on Ronnie's door. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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The following day, after discovering that Peggy has cancer, Ronnie accompanies her to the doctor for her latest test results.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 10/05/2016 - Episode: 5282 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy waits anxiously for her latest treatment results. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR), Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 10/05/2016 - Episode: 5282 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy waits anxiously for her latest treatment results. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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When called into the GP’s office, Peggy is told her cancer has spread

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 10/05/2016 - Episode: 5282 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy is told that the cancer has spread. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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Both Ronnie and Peggy sit in shock at the news, clearly both devastated.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 12/05/2016 - Episode: 5283 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Ronnie & Peggy sit in shock at the news of Peggy's results. Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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Realising her days are numbered, Peggy decides to make the most of what is left of her life and decides to spend her final weeks with her family and friends nearby.

Peggy makes her presence know in Albert Square, letting the locals know that she is back, by taking a trip round the Square in the Walford Dairies milk float.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy takes a trip on the back of the milk float as it passes through Albert Square. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy takes a trip on the back of the milk float as it passes through Albert Square. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy takes a trip on the back of the milk float as it passes through Albert Square. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy enjoys a trip round Albert Square. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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When Peggy arrives back at Phil’s house, she looks at a family photo and remembers the better times.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy looks at a photo of her family, remembering better times. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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However, Peggy is interrupted by Dot, who senses something is wrong.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy looks at a photo of her family, remembering better times, before Dot interrupts her. Dot Branning (JUNE BROWN), Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Peggy confides in her old friend – but will she tell her the truth about her cancer?

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Dot talks to Peggy and senses something is wrong. Dot Branning (JUNE BROWN), Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Dot talks to Peggy and senses something is wrong. Dot Branning (JUNE BROWN), Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Dot offers Peggy her sympathy, before Phil walks in and demands to know why Peggy is back in Walford.

Peggy opens up to her son and reveals that her cancer has spread.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 12/05/2016 - Episode: 5283 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy tells Phil her cancer has spread Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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Devastated, Phil has a heart-to-heart with his dying mother.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 12/05/2016 - Episode: 5283 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Peggy tells Phil her cancer has spread Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Phil decides to give Peggy a day to remember and, with a little help from Billy, plans a special day.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Phil gives Peggy a day to remember Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Billy Mitchell (PERRY FENWICK) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Peggy and Phil take a trip down memory lane and board a boat!

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Phil & Peggy take a trip down memory lane. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Phil & Peggy take a trip down memory lane. Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 03/05/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: 13/05/2016 - Episode: 5284 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 3rd MAY, 2016* Phil & Peggy take a trip down memory lane. Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Peggy Mitchell (BARBARA WINDSOR) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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