It’s not all shootouts and showdowns on Coronation Street this Christmas – whereas killer Gary Windass takes centre stage for the gun siege which sees the likes of Maria Connor, Sarah Platt and Adam Barlow in jeopardy, Weatherfield veteran Rita Tanner has a tear-jerking storyline in which a “freak accident” places her future on the cobbles in doubt. However certainly producer Iain MacLeod isn’t killing off the queen of the Kabin?
“I gained’t count on you to tune in on Christmas Day and watch Rita’s demise, that’s one thing I’d by no means do!” the present boss assures RadioTimes.com. “Rita has a small however heartbreaking story over the festive interval that places her in some bodily peril initially, although finally she will probably be okay.
“Nonetheless, it is going to have extra far-reaching penalties in phrases of the notion of her position on the road – and in the world.
“It showcases Barbara Knox’s undoubtable expertise and reminds us how she fully nails it when she is given one thing large to do. It’s delicate and poignant, and Barbara has embraced it with the gusto you’d count on.”
And it gained’t be wrapped up in a bow just like the proverbial current, as MacLeod confirms the plot continues into 2020 and it feels like a game-changer for the cleaning soap legend, who made her debut again in 1964 earlier than turning into a solid common from 1972.
“The affect of it performs into subsequent 12 months, culminating round February. We’re very proud to inform tales at Corrie with the likes of Rita and Audrey Roberts efficiently in addition to the youthful cohorts. Multi-generational storytelling is what all soaps do in the UK, in contrast to our US counterparts that are full of lovely individuals of indeterminate ages who’ve all had an excessive amount of surgical procedure!”
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