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Saturday 25th January 2020

EastEnders: Is Nick Cotton set to return as a GHOST?

He could be joined by the late Peggy Mitchell in supernatural special!

What a week for rumoured soap comebacks of the somewhat un-phantom-able kind.

First Babs Windsor declared that she’d like to appear in EastEnders again and now fellow Albert Square alumni John Altman has said the same.

I would go back after all these years, yeah of course I would.
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John could be back in Albert Square if producers agree

As fans of the soap will well know, there is a fly in the ointment of these hopes though. Their characters Peggy Mitchell and Nick Cotton are both brown bread – DEAD.

Queen Vic legend Peg popped her clogs after committing suicide this summer; Nasty Nick died at the hands of his mother Dot last year.

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Cancer-stricken Peggy took her own life

However, it seems passing over to the other side should no longer be deemed the end of a soap character’s tenure.

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John has told the Daily Star: "I would go back after all these years, yeah of course I would.

"It's not going to do me any harm."

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Nick was killed by a heroin overdose

In another interview he argued: "Maybe Nick could return as a ghost - a bit like Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol."

A Scrooge special of Easties for Christmas? We could get on board with that!

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It seems part of John’s motivation for returning to the show is his real-life relationship June Brown, who plays his on-screen mum.

"June and I are intertwined on the show, we go together," he gushed. "It's like Morecambe and Wise, Reg and Ronnie, Nick and Dot."

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Mother and son reunited despite death?

John or Babs returning as sceptres isn’t out of the realms of possibility – as Peggy took her own life, she was 'visited' by her late friend Pat (Pat St Clement).

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Peggy was 'visited' by pal Pat before she took her life

In fact, we’re feeling a Walford Underworld spin-off – that’d be hot…