EastEnders star Barbara Windsor has said that the show ‘needs working on’, because it isn’t living up to its earlier success.
BBC’s flagship drama attracted 10 million viewers in its heyday in the 80s and 90s, with over 20 million for special episodes, but it hit a low of below five million viewers in July, putting it in third place behind ITV rivals Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
The 76-year-old actress, who reprises her role as matriarch Peggy Mitchell for a one-off return on the BBC soap tonight, told This Morning: “EastEnders is in a bit of a state at the moment. It’s not quite getting there.
“It’s third in the ratings. Oh dear, we’ve never been third. It needs working on,” she added.
Barbara’s Walford comeback comes three years after she left EastEnders as the Queen Vic burned down in 2010, following a 16-year stint. Peggy’s mission is to get her eldest son Phil (Steve McFadden) to pull himself together, get back to his family and protect his businesses from bad boy Carl (Daniel Coonan). But in a scene shown at the very end of the credits tonight (September 20), which gives a rightful nod to her past, viewers will discover why Peggy has really returned to Albert Square.
Barbara has teased she would be up for another comeback, saying: “Yeah maybe. I don’t know about full time, but maybe part time.”