EastEnders first-look as Mitchell bombshell ‘exposed’ as new cast joins BBC soap

EastEnders bosses have revealed a first-look photograph of a special episode centred around the Mitchell family.

Fans of the BBC One soap will be transported to the winter of 1979 next month as the Mitchells are hit hard by a Britain in economic turmoil.

Peggy Mitchell (Jaime Winstone) has her hands full between keeping the boys, Sam and the household in line whilst her marriage to Eric is showing its cracks.

Phil (Daniel Delaney) and Eric (George Russo) are vying for the title of man of the house as the tension between them rises.

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Elsewhere, Archie is up to his usual tricks as Glenda does her best to keep the lively Ronnie and Roxy out of trouble.

As present day Phil (Steve McFadden) grapples with growing pressure from DCI Keeble (Alison Newman), audiences will take a journey back to his youth where clues to his present will undoubtedly be revealed.

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Jaime Winstone, who previously took on the role of Dame Barbara Windsor in BBC biopic Babs, will lead the cast as Peggy Mitchell.

Speaking about taking on the iconic character, Jaime said: "It’s been such an honour to step into Peggy Mitchell’s shoes for the first time, and into Barbara’s shoes for the second time.

"There’s certainly a healthy amount of pressure when you’re taking on such an iconic role – I thoroughly enjoyed it.

"Playing this role has really cemented my love and admiration for Barbara as I got to bookend my journey by playing Peggy Mitchell – I hope I’ve done her justice and I’ve loved every minute of it, I can’t wait for everyone to see the episode."

On the episode, Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, said: "We’re delighted to be welcoming an incredible cast of actors to set for this special flashback episode, including the luminous Jaime Winstone as a young Peggy Mitchell.

"Focussed on the Mitchell family, audiences will embark on a rollercoaster journey to the East End of London in 1979 where they’ll delve into the family’s past, seeing much-loved and iconic characters, as well as meeting characters from the show’s history that have never been seen on screen before.

"There are twists, turns and secrets revealed – after all, trouble is never too far away where The Mitchells are concerned."

The special flashback episode will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Monday, September 5 at 7.30pm.

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One at 7.30pm

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