Eastenders’ Peggy Mitchell bowed out of the show last month, in a heartbreaking suicide storyline.
Channel 4’s ‘Gogglebox’ reportedly cut scenes of the show’s families reacting to Peggy Mitchell’s suicide on ‘Eastenders’ because they were too raw. Each week the show features families from across the UK reacting to the week’s TV, but the scenes involving Mitchell caused the families to get too emotional and personal.
Barbara Windsor played Peggy Mitchell on ‘Eastenders’.
Speaking to the Daily Star, ‘Gogglebox’ contributor Lynne Gilbey, who stars on the show alongside husband Pete and son George said: “Pete broke down because he thought of how him and his brother felt when they lost their mum.”
“The producers said it was too sad to show. The families all showed their emotions so much because it reminded them of losing someone. When that happens you don’t want to accept it. You want to hold on for as long as you can. You don’t want them to go.”
“All three of us were sitting there and one by one we broke down.” In May, Mitchell (played by Barbara Windsor) made the decision to end her life after battling terminal cancer. The heartbreaking scenes caused an outpouring of emotion from viewers across the country.
A Gogglebox insider told the Daily Star: “It’s great for the show when the contributors get emotional or excited while watching TV. But the reactions to Peggy committing suicide were really raw. It felt like their responses were too personal to be aired so the decision was made to cut them from the edit.”
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