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Peg leg ordeal for Babs after fall.

SOAP star Barbara Windsor's year from hell got even worse yesterday as she had surgery after breaking an ankle.

The EastEnders actress, who has not worked for nearly 12 months and has been diagnosed with a sapping virus, slipped on the stairs at her London home.

The fall broke her ankle in two places.

The 66-year-old, who starred in the Carry On films, is expected to be in hospital for several days.

Her husband Scott, 39, is thought to have been at her bedside last night.

In March, Babs was diagnose with the rare EpsteinBarr virus, which left her drained and without energy.

She had not worked on the BBC1 soap as pub landlady Peggy Mitchell for some months before that, but had been due to start filming a comeback episode in a few weeks.

Her agent, Barry Burnett, said: ``Barbara has been feeling a lot better and she had been hoping to do a BBC special later this year.

``It has been a terrible year for Barbara. Let's just hope this marks the end of the bad luck.''

Meanwhile, a study yesterday claimed that viewers think soaps are going too far with their storylines.

And they want the 9 pm watershed to go on protecting children rather than TV being unregulated along the lines of the internet.

Report author Gillian Ramsay said sex and violence in soap operas were the main cause of concern.

The 9 pm watershed was supported by 95 per cent of adults and 72 per cent of children.

Even houses without kids were in favour of a watershed, according to the study by the BBC, the Broadcasting Standards Commission and the Independent Television Commission.

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