Queen Vic To ‘Burn Down’ Later This Year
The pub has stood for over 25 years but it will burn down this autumn in a storyline which will tie in with the departure of Walford icon Peggy Mitchell, played by Barbara Windsor.
Little is known about Peggy’s exit plot but executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said that her departure would be “both epic and poignant”. Thirteen other cast members including Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner), Charlie Slater (Derek Martin) and Chelsea Fox (Tiana Benjamin) are being written out before the end of the year.
“It’s set to be a spectacular episode. No-one knows yet if Peggy dies in the fire but they are also writing out a host of other characters, so there is a good chance someone will be killed off when the Vic burns,” a show source told Digital Spy.
However the decision to torch The Vic was also influenced by the soap’s upcoming transition to HD, in which key sets need to be refurbished to ensure their standard in the higher quality format.