Three great Peggy Mitchell moments as she bows out of EastEnders

A soap era comes to an end tonight as Peggy Mitchell bows out of Eastenders.

Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 11:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 17th May 2016, 12:40 pm
Ross Kemp as Grant Mitchell, Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell and Steve McFadden as Phil Mitchell.

The landlady of the Queen Vic, mother of terrible twins Grant and Phil, and originator of the catchphrase “get outta my pub!” has been written out of the BBC serial at the request of former Carry-On actress Barbara Windsor, who has played the Albert Square’s matriarch since 1994.

Spoiler alert!

Peggy, who has been suffering with cancer, will take her final breath tonight, leaving actress Babs - sorry, Dame Barbara - to lead a more peaceful retirement than her on-screen alter-ego.

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Here are three of our favourite Peggy Mitchell moments:

Peggy told Pauline Fowler that her son Mark (Todd Carty) was banned from the pub because he had AIDS, resulting in Pauline giving Peggy a well-deserved slap.

In 1996, Peggy bravely revealed had breast cancer. Although she went into remission, the cancer returned three years later and she had a mastectomy. In her final episode, Peggy loses her battle with cancer once again.

In 2002, after Frank had fled to Spain with Pat, Peggy received news that Frank had died. Having flown out to Spain for the funeral, Peggy was rather surprised to find her former husband alive and well