EastEnders is set to show dramatic car crash scenes that leave Phil Mitchell in a coma and bring mum Peggy back to the Square.
The BBC soap has apparently gone all out on the stunt by hiring a helicopter to add to the drama and capture the action, said The Sun.
Walford bad boy Phil, played by Steve McFadden, is set to be thrown through a windscreen during a crash with a lorry while on his way to a dodgy deal with new character Carl White (Daniel Coonan).
He is desperate to get some cash and agrees to a deal Carl will only tell him the details of on the way there – but things get even worse when Carl starts driving dangerously.
Both men are left unconscious by the smash, but Phil is in a coma which prompts the return of Peggy (Barbara Windsor) as she takes up a vigil at his bedside.
The helicopter has been drafted in as an air ambulance, but EastEnders will be getting its money’s worth by also filming bird’s eye views of the carnage.
A source told The Sun: “This is going to be the most dramatic and the most expensive stunt in EastEnders’ history. No expense has been spared and show bosses are determined to make sure it is the most talked about TV moment of the year.
“Carl gets distracted from the road and swerves into the path of a lorry, resulting in a huge smash. Phil flies through the windscreen on to the road, leaving him with terrible injuries. A rescue helicopter airlifts him to hospital, filming all the while. He ends up in a coma, on life support, fighting for his life. Peggy then comes back to see Phil in hospital for a one-off special appearance.”
The crash scenes, said to have cost £1 million, will be shown this autumn, after a similar storyline in Coronation Street involving brothers David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) and Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) which airs in August.