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EastEnders shares first glimpse of Mitchell family in upcoming flashback episode

The special episode will transport viewers back to 1979.
The special episode will transport viewers back to 1979. The special episode will transport viewers back to 1979.

Viewers have been given a first glimpse of the Mitchell family in the upcoming flashback episode of EastEnders.

The special episode, which was announced last month and will air on September 5, is set to transport viewers back to the winter of 1979 as the Mitchell family struggles with economic turmoil in Britain.

A newly released dramatic family portrait, taken in a conventional 1970s dining room, shows Jaime Winstone at the centre as the family matriarch Peggy Mitchell.

Peggy is flanked by her sons, the infamous Mitchell brothers Phil and Grant, played by Daniel Delaney and Teddy Jay respectively, while a young Billy Mitchell, who will be portrayed by George Greenland, lurks in the background.

The image also gives fans of the BBC One soap a taste of characters from EastEnders history that have never been seen on screen before.

Sitting at the dining table is Peggy’s husband Eric, played by George Russo, and Charlie Mitchell, Billy’s older brother played by Charlie Heptinstall, is positioned next to his brother in the corner of the room.

During the episode Peggy will have her hands full keeping the household in line while cracks are beginning to show in her marriage to Eric, while Phil and Eric are busy vying for the title of man of the house, leading to rising tensions.

Billy and Charlie’s father Stephen, played by Dean Roberts, will also appear in the flashback episode, along with Henry Garrett as Archie and Rose Reynolds as Glenda.

Elsewhere in the special, Archie is up to his usual tricks as wife Glenda watches over their daughters Ronnie and Roxy, trying to keep the girls out of trouble.

As present day Phil grapples with growing pressure from DCI Keeble, audiences will be taken on a journey back to his youth where clues to his present will be revealed.

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EastEnders Dame Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell alongside Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden as Grant and Phil (Kieron McCarron/BBC/PA)

Revelations from the past may also afford viewers an insight into the truth behind DCI Keeble’s vendetta against the Mitchell family.

Peggy Mitchell was originally played by Dame Barbara Windsor, who joined the long-running soap in 1994 before becoming its biggest star.

Dame Barbara died in December 2020 aged 83 having been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.

Dame Barbara’s on-screen sons Grant and Phil, played by Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden, have been at the centre of some of the BBC One soap’s most explosive storylines over the years, as has Peggy’s daughter, Sam, originally played by Danniella Westbrook, with Kim Medcalf taking over the role in the early 2000s.

The EastEnders Mitchell family flashback special will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on September 5 at 7.30pm.