Phil sets fire to the Queen Vic

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nd to think he was sup­posed to be the calmer, more sen­si­ble Mitchell brother…

APhil turned up the heat and Peggy went out on a high

Ram­pag­ing through the house, swig­ging whisky and search­ing for cash

Re­flect­ing on her time as Peggy, Bar­bara Windsor ear­lier this year de­scribed Steve Mcfadden told

TV Times how he’d put his heart and soul into por­tray­ing Phil’s des­cent into crack ad­dic­tion. ‘Do­ing a sto­ry­line like this drains the life out of you,’ he told us. ‘You do have to live it to some ex­tent.’

While the sto­ry­line sparked more than 200 com­plaints from view­ers, Si­mon An­trobus, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the char­ity Ad­dac­tion, which worked with Eastenders to en­sure it tack­led the is­sue ac­cu­rately, said the soap was ‘right and brave’ to high­light drug abuse.

‘Such sto­ry­lines can re­ally help in pro­mot­ing an un­der­stand­ing about drugs and the prob­lems they cause,’ he said. ‘In no way is it a glam­orous por­trayal. It shows the dam­age drug use can have on a per­son, their fam­ily and friends.’

neil and Tom be­tween takes dur­ing film­ing in Tu­nisia

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