EastEnders’ one true landlady, Barbara Windsor, is set to reprise her role as Peggy Mitchell for a special episode later this year.

Peggy returns to Walford when she learns that Phil, her eldest, needs his mother’s help.  Always putting her family first, Peggy returns to the place she called home for 16 years.

Barbara’s return to EastEnders is part of a huge autumn lined up for the show which is set to be extremely dramatic for the Mitchell’s.  With Samantha Womack back as Ronnie Mitchell, Roxy planning to get hitched to Alfie and Phil back in trouble once more, the Mitchell’s - one of the biggest clans Walford's ever had - are going to be on a rollercoaster over the next few months.

 “It is no secret how much I have always loved EastEnders and Peggy Mitchell," revealed Barbara. "And by the number of times I'm constantly stopped by the great British public and asked either "when are you coming back" or please say "Get out of my pub", it seems they have too! It may only be a short visit, but it’s a family matter and as Peggy always said "It's all about family".

Lorraine Newman, Executive Producer added “We’re delighted to announce Barbara’s return for a very special episode. Peggy’s surprise visit is a wonderful treat for our fans, as well as the cast and crew here on EastEnders. It’s great to welcome her home.”

Barbara Windsor has played a huge part in some of EastEnders most memorable moments. As Peggy Mitchell, the Square’s matriarch, mother and landlady of The Queen Victoria, these have included Peggy’s battle with breast cancer, her marriages to Frank Butcher and Archie Mitchell as well as her famous slap with Pat Evans. Barbara’s return will be an episode that every EastEnders viewer will want to see.

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by Iluvenders

    on 21 Jul 2013 21:28

    I'm with you Imu!......bring back Grant! Love Peggy too...but only one episode???

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Candypop1

    on 20 Jul 2013 17:42

    Peggy should be back for good but anyhow I cant wait when the Mitchells are all reunited xx And i agree that Grant should return:)

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by eastenderslover118

    on 18 Jul 2013 16:29

    I want ronnies return to be something to do with jacks storylines, and Peggy needs to come back with a secret like she finds Billy Mitchels dad or something.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by Davson

    on 16 Jul 2013 21:20

    Bring them all back Dirty Den etc and even the bloke who snuffed it in the first episode lets face it they need the money, then I can have an excuse to watch Emmerdale, BBC make this the last episode and come up with a better soap as you are becoming rapidly Not Fit for Purpose.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Lewis Foster

    on 16 Jul 2013 02:48

    they need something to bring the show back to entertaining!! Barbara and Sam are one way to see it done. I hope they stay a bit...

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by Lauraw3735

    on 14 Jul 2013 17:23

    I think Peggy should come back and stay

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by graham18852

    on 12 Jul 2013 19:51

    Brilliant, perhaps this maybe the start of the best old faces returning

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Mitz

    on 11 Jul 2013 18:15

    get Grant (ross Kemp) to sort carl out while phil is recovering make it interesting for a change

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by NicoleX3

    on 11 Jul 2013 10:56

    He will need blood and I agree BRING BACK GRANT !!!

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by Pagan Lyle

    on 10 Jul 2013 17:40

    Quite frankly, even if it is just for a short story, I would love to see the entire Mitchell family show up at once. Ronnie, Roxy, Phil, Grant, Peggy, Courtney, Billy, Honey and the kids. It would be nice to see Peggy visit Ben inside and give him the famous Mitchell ear-warmer slap.... and then another to make his ears match. With the Mitchells, it's always been about the family and if they all pulled together for once, they would be a force worthy of the ratings polls.

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