Barbara Windsor: "EastEnders is a bit of a state"

Published Thursday, Sep 19 2013, 13:15 BST  |  By  |  1 comment
Barbara Windsor has described BBC1 soap EastEnders as "a bit of a state".

Actress Barbara, who briefly returns to EastEnders as Peggy Mitchell tomorrow night, has also described the axing of Pam St. Clement - who played Pat Butcher - as a "disgrace".

Barbara Windsor appears on This Morning - 19 September 2013


Barbara made her feelings known during an interview with ITV1's This Morning today (19 September).

Comparing EastEnders to its rivals, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, she said: "It's in a bit of a state the show at the moment, it's not getting there.

"We're third, we've never been third ever, so it needs working on."

When asked about Pam's exit, Barbara also said: "Pam was a disgrace, we never understood it.

"I gathered, and she told me, she wanted a little time off and, next thing I know, she's phoning me up saying, 'Can I come and see you?'

"She looked at me, her face with big tears, and she went, 'They're killing me off Bar'. Nobody knew why, nobody. And by God isn't she missed?!"

Peggy Mitchell - Barbara Windsor - leaves EastEnders - 19 September 2013

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Peggy's emotional Albert Square exit

Barbara left the BBC1 soap in 2010 following a fire at the Queen Vic pub - where her character Peggy was once the landlady. Tomorrow, she will return to Albert Square for one episode.

When asked by host Phillip Schofield if she would like to return permanently, Barbara replied: "Yeah maybe… I don't know about full time, maybe part time."

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