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2 items from 2010

EastEnders Won't Be the Same Without Peggy Mitchell

9 September 2010 3:17 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

After more than 15 years as pub matriarch Peggy Mitchell, Barbara Windsor is leaving EastEnders in a blaze of glory this Friday. As one of the most iconic characters in the history of the soap we had to mark Peggy's dramatic departure, which takes place after a fire ravages the Queen Vic. Join us as we take a look at some of the more memorable scenes from her time in Walford.

Though the character of Peggy was introduced in 1991 and initially played by Jo Warne, Windsor.s debut appearance came in 1994. Below is a clip from her first episode:

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- Ben Lee

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What are soaps' most bizarre recasts?

10 June 2010 6:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As EastEnders replaces two of its stars with new actors, we look back at some of soaps' most bewildering cast swaps

It is one of the most jarring things that can happen to a soap addict: a character you've known and loved for years, and have watched experience more drama/tragedy/breakdowns than most people have in their whole lives, suddenly arrives on screen one day looking and sounding entirely different.

EastEnders fans will need to brace themselves as Melissa Suffield and Charlie Jones leave Albert Square to be replaced by new actors. But Lucy Beale and Ben Mitchell won't be the only soap characters to have overnight transformations: there are plenty of other disconcerting recasts to enjoy. Here's a few to get you started – but which others left you staring at the TV in bewilderment?

Adam Rickitt becomes Nick Tilsley, Coronation Street, 1997

Warren Jackson had played Nick Tilsley since he was 14 days old. »

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