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Grant Mitchell returns to Walford, Peggy dies and more!

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 22.51.17Here it is… the moment we’ve all been waiting for – Grant Mitchell is back in Walford after a decade long absence, plus Peggy Mitchell meets the Carters and loses her battle with cancer.

Viewers will catch their first glimpse of Grant this week, but will have to wait until next Monday before seeing Grant arrive back in Albert Square.

Sitting in the kitchen of No.55 Victoria Road, Phil does his best to support his dying mother – and Peggy is delighted when her son Grant arrives back from Portugal.

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Unfortunately for Peggy though, it’s not long before sparks fly between the Mitchell brothers. Has their old feud been reignited, or will the brothers come together for their mother?

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With Grant back on the Square, it’s not long before he sees some old faces – his ex Sharon being one of them. Will their encounter be awkward, considering she is now married to Phil, despite being estranged from him?

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Later, Phil and Grant share a pint at the Vic, discussing their dying mum, Peggy.

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Fragile, Peggy knows she has little time left and beings to say her goodbyes. She heads over to her beloved Vic, where she buys champagne for everyone.

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Peggy gives Grant an update on her cancer and he struggles to come to terms with the news, following meeting Mick.

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Peggy becomes frustrated in the Queen Vic barrel store when the Mitchell boys join forces to look after her.

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Leaving the Vic for the final time, two worlds collide when Peggy bumps into Linda. Peggy wishes her well, and tells her to make a toast to Stacey and Martin.

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Grant and Phil take Peggy’s arms and walk her home across the Square for the final time.

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Sadly, Peggy loses her battle to cancer upon leaving the Vic.

Before news of Peggy’s death reaches the Vic, Mick pours the champagne that Peggy bought for Stacey and Martin.

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News of Peggy’s death eventually reaches the Vic and the residents of Walford are, understandably, upset and shocked.

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Jack, Honey, Billy and Ronnie raise a toast for Peggy in the Vic, the place that she loved more than any other.

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EastEnders airs these scenes the week commencing Monday, 16th May 2016 at 8pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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