Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Dame Babs bids farewell to Albert Square
Tonight's the night. Dame Barbara Windsor will make her final appearance as legendary EastEnders character Peggy Mitchell this evening. After 22 years on and off, Barbara is finally saying goodbye to the character which salvaged and relaunched her career back in 1994.
Having been a regular on the soap from 1994 until 2010, Barbara has reappeared several times, often leading fans to wonder if she would ever reprise the role permanently once again. However, having left six years ago to spend more time with her husband, Barbara reached the decision last year to revisit Peggy one last time and it's bound to be a tear jerker. I'm sure Peggy's exit is now common knowledge, but let's just say she won't be back after this one.
I admire her plucky grit and determination. She's a grafter and has endured, making the most of her talents. It took me a while to warm to the idea of "Dame Babs" but now I think, why not? She does sum up the best of British in many ways, so good luck to her.
As for her EastEnders exit, well of course I'll be watching. It will be great to see her back in the spotlight and I'm sure she'll be on fine form. Her farewell is bound to bring a lump to our throats and it might be rather painful to watch but I'm sure she'll surprise us all with her acting talent.
So will you all be watching Barbara's departure from EastEnders? What are your thoughts on Dame Babs and her final visit to Albert Square?
Barbara's final appearance in EastEnders will air tonight at 7.25pm on BBC 1.