Renowned Coronation Street star, Barbara Knox, is set to commemorate her remarkable 90th birthday with an extraordinary one-off documentary, scheduled to air on ITV1 and ITVX later this year.
As a seasoned performer on the beloved television series, Barbara has portrayed the iconic character Rita Tanner continuously for over five decades. In this special production, she will join forces with Bradley Walsh to reflect upon the pivotal moments of her illustrious career in both television and theatre.
Crafted by ITV Studios Daytime to captivate a prime-time audience, the program will delve into Barbara’s initial foray into show business preceding her debut on Coronation Street in 1964. Through personal anecdotes, she will divulge her most cherished memories from the role that propelled her to international fame. Notably, she will revisit the location of the infamous Tram accident in 1989 and reflect upon the momentous occasion when she was honoured with an MBE in 2010.
Moreover, the documentary will feature candid interviews with several of Barbara’s past and present co-stars, celebrating her status as Coronation Street’s longest-serving actress and recognising the profound impact she has had on the television landscape.
Known for her guarded privacy regarding her life outside the set, Barbara will, for the first time, open up to Bradley, sharing memories and previously unseen photographs from her childhood. This unprecedented glimpse into her personal life promises to offer viewers a deeper understanding of the enigmatic star.
Fans eagerly await the broadcast of this landmark documentary, which will provide a unique opportunity to celebrate Barbara Knox’s remarkable career and honour her milestone 90th birthday.
Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning at ITV, said; “It’s easy to throw the words ‘legend’ and ‘icon’ around, but Barbara Knox really does embody both of those terms. It’s a privilege to tell the story of one of British television’s most enduring stars as she celebrates a very special birthday.”