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Walford gather for Peggy Mitchell’s funeral

While Peggy may have died over a month ago onscreen, the Mitchell family haven’t been able to have a funeral for her, until next week on EastEnders. 

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* The order of service for Peggy's funeral.  - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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The family are still coming to terms with the loss of their beloved matriarch, and on the morning of the funeral, Phil becomes emotional while looking through old photos, leaving Sharon to comfort him.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Phil looks through old photos as Sharon tries to comfort him. Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Phil looks through old photos as Sharon tries to comfort him. Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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The Mitchells later gather outside, including the newly returned Sam Mitchell, as they wait for the funeral procession to arrive.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* The Mitchells file out of No.55 into the Square, as the funeral procession pulls up. Sam Mitchell (DANNIELLA WESTBROOK), Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Richard Mitchell (HENRI KIRKHAM), Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* The Mitchells file out of No.55 into the Square, as the funeral procession pulls up. Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Louise Mitchell (TILLY KEEPER), Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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As Peggy’s funeral procession is lead through Albert Square, many of the residents stand to respect as it passes by.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* The Carters show their respects as Peggy's funeral procession pulls into Albert Square. Johnny Carter (TED REILLY), Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT), Lee Carter (DANNY-BOY HATCHARD), Whitney Dean (SHONA MCGARTY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Billy leads Peggy's funeral procession through Albert Square. Billy Mitchell (PERRY FENWICK) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Peggy's funeral procession makes it's way through Albert Square.  - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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At the church, Phil, Ben, and Billy help to carry the coffin into the church, and the congregation stand as it’s brought into the church.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Peggy's coffin is walked to the church. Ben Mitchell (HARRY REID), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Billy Mitchell (PERRY FENWICK), Reverend Stevens (MICHAEL KEATING) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Peggy's coffin is walked to the church. Ben Mitchell (HARRY REID), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Billy Mitchell (PERRY FENWICK) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* The congregation stand as Peggy's coffin is brought into the church. Kathy Sullivan (GILLIAN TAYLFORTH), Ian Beale (ADAM WOODYATT), Richard Mitchell (HENRI KIRKHAM), Sam Mitchell (DANNIELLA WESTBROOK), Honey Mitchell (EMMA BARTON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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As the service continues, Phil struggles to hold it together, and his family look on in support as he reads his eulogy to Peggy.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Phil struggles to hold it together at his mum’s funeral, can he get through it? Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* As Phil begins his eulogy to Peggy, his family look on in support. Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Aunt Sal (ANNA KAREN), Ben Mitchell (HARRY REID) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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After the service, Peggy’s coffin is lowered into the ground as the family gather.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Peggy's coffin is committed to her grave. Aunt Sal (ANNA KAREN), Louise Mitchell (TILLY KEEPER), Ronnie Mitchell (SAMANTHA WOMACK), Jack Branning (SCOTT MASLEN), Billy Mitchell (PERRY FENWICK), Honey Mitchell (EMMA BARTON), Ben Mitchell (HARRY REID), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS), Paul Coker (JONNY LABEY), Reverend Stevens (MICHAEL KEATING) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Once the funeral has ended, the Mitchells, along with the residents of Albert Square, all gather at The Queen Vic for Peggy’s wake.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Everyone gathers for Peggy’s wake. Linda Carter (KELLIE BRIGHT), Lee Carter (DANNY-BOY HATCHARD), Honey Mitchell (EMMA BARTON), Ian Beale (ADAM WOODYATT), Billy Mitchell (PERRY FENWICK), Ben Mitchell (HARRY REID), Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Denise Fox (DIANE PARISH), Kim Fox-Hubbard (TAMEKA EMPSON), Dot Branning (JUNE BROWN), Patrick Trueman (RUDOLPH WALKER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Everyone gathers for Peggy’s wake. Ben Mitchell (HARRY REID), Sharon Mitchell (LETITIA DEAN), Phil Mitchell (STEVE MCFADDEN), Denise Fox (DIANE PARISH) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Viewers may remember that upon Sam Mitchell’s last stint in Walford, she had an affair with Jack, and had his baby.

At the wake, Jack approaches Sam and asks her if Richard (Henri Kirkham) knows who he is.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 04/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5310 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Jack asks Sam if Richard knows who he is. Richard Mitchell (HENRI KIRKHAM), Sam Mitchell (DANNIELLA WESTBROOK), Jack Branning (SCOTT MASLEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Sam brings Richard over to meet Jack and Ronnie at Number 27, and she introduces him. Jack then tries to bond with his son.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 05/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5311 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Sam introduces a non-plussed Richard to Jack.  - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 05/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5311 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Jack tries to bond with Richard. Richard Mitchell (HENRI KIRKHAM), Jack Branning (SCOTT MASLEN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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A struggling Sam later confides in her cousin Roxy, as she then tries to reason with Sam about her decision to abandon Richard with Jack.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 28/06/2016 - Programme Name: EastEnders - July - September 2016 - TX: 08/07/2016 - Episode: EastEnders July - September 2016 - 5312 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: *STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL 00:01HRS, TUESDAY 28th JUNE, 2016* Roxy tries to reason with Sam about her decision to abandon Richard to Jack. Sam Mitchell (DANNIELLA WESTBROOK), Roxy Mitchell (RITA SIMONS) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Will Sam listen to Roxy’s advice?

EastEnders airs these scenes all next week on BBC One. 

 

 

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