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Barbara Windsor blasts 'EastEnders' 'lateness' culture

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Barbara Windsor has spoken of her discontent at the standards of punctuality on EastEnders.

Shona McGarty, who plays Walford's Whitney Dean, was recently given a four-week suspension from the BBC soap for "persistently being late".

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Albert Square legend Windsor, who quit her famous role as Peggy Mitchell in late 2010, also commented upon an old feud with former co-star Jessie Wallace (Kat Slater) over timekeeping.

Windsor also said on an upcoming edition of The Rob Brydon Show: "It's common knowledge I fell out with Jessie because she was late sometimes. I am sure she has changed now. The business has changed though.

"June Brown, who plays Dot Cotton, says I should provide a masterclass to those starting out.

"Punctuality is important to me. You have to be early and dressed. There were no jeans in my day. When I started off, if you were late you got a ticking off. Then you got a fine and then you were out."

The 74-year-old Carry On star added: "Everybody was late or everybody was talking on their mobiles. I don't like that but the governors are not so strict now. It's a generational thing. It was difficult.

"It was not their fault as it starts at the top. If they are not taught it then it is not there. A lot of the young stars have not had to work their way up."

Watch Barbara Windsor's first ever scene as Peggy below:

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