And while the ‘Gogglebox’ families were among the millions who sat down to watch Peggy Mitchell’s hard-hitting soap exit, the scenes were never actually shown on the Channel 4 show, as they sparked too emotional a reaction.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Lynne McGarry - who appears on ‘Gogglebox’ with her husband and son, Pete and George - admits: “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.
“He said to me, ‘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.”
‘EastEnders’ fans have some more emotional scenes ahead, when the residents of Walford gather to say goodbye to Peggy Mitchell at her funeral, which is set to air on Monday, 4 July.
Both Ross Kemp and Danniella Westbrook will be returning to the soap to reprise their roles as Peggy’s son and daughter, Grant and Sam Mitchell, though it’s thought they won’t be appearing on screen together.