As we reported earlier, Barbara Windsor is making a one-off comeback to EastEnders as part of a major autumn storyline which will see her character, Peggy Mitchell, return to the Square as her son Phil, who’s played by Steve McFadden, fights for life after an horrific car crash.
The Sun’s TV Biz reports, “PHIL Mitchell ends up in a coma after a £1million car crash stunt to boost EastEnders’ flagging ratings.
“The dramatic scenes will see Albert Square bad boy Phil thrown through a windscreen and left fighting for his life.”
After the dramatic crash – newcomer Carl White (Daniel Coonan) will apparently be in the car with the Mitchell hard man – Phil will be airlifted to hospital, where his condition will be classed as critical.
A show insider told the paper, “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 dramatic storyline has been created in a bid to win back viewers who’ve become disillusioned with the soap after several cast members left the soap.
However, in addition to the one-off return of Barbara Windsor, former fan favourites Michael French and Samantha Womack are returning, again in a bid to boost ratings.
The show source continued, “EastEnders has been going through a bad time as far as ratings go.
“These days it’s regularly the third most watched soap, way off Corrie and even behind Emmerdale.”
Do you think this new storyline will bring viewers back? For now, here’s a look at what’s ahead on tonight’s visit to Albert Square…