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Old 30-10-2012, 15:55
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Tuesday 13 November 2012- 20:00 to 21:00

As Anne Kirkbride celebrates 40 years in Coronation Street this exclusive documentary looks at the woman behind those famous glasses.

In this hour-long special Anne takes the cameras backstage at Coronation Street and to her private hideaway in Spain as she talks about everything from her battle with depression to being diagnosed with cancer. And from her close relationships with her fellow cast members to meeting her future husband on set.

She explains how she coped playing one of the most loved characters on our screens as she faced such personal issues behind-the-scenes.

Plus, Deirdre and Me re-unites Anne and William Roache, who plays her screen husband Ken, with Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin. The trio discuss the affair that rocked the Street almost 30 years ago when Ken discovered Deirdre had been sleeping with Mike.

Featuring home movie footage from her own private collection, Anne talks candidly to the programme about her childhood and growing up on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester.

She takes viewers back to the start of her career when she was a theatre stage manager in Oldham, and reveals that, at first, she was too frightened to get an acting job in Manchester as she didn’t want to go to ‘the big city’.

Anne talks about the first time she stepped onto Coronation Street in 1972 when she was just 18 years old and Deirdre and Me reveals that Anne was brought into the soap as a sex symbol.

William Roache tells the programme: “Annie was the most beautiful, the sexiest and the best looking girl on the street, without question.”

The programme explains how Deirdre had two men fighting over her, but she eventually chose to marry Ray Langton and the couple had their daughter, Tracy, not long afterwards.

Anne was enjoying her time on the street, but, unfortunately, after six years, feared she may have to leave when actor Neville Buswell, who played Ray, decided to quit.

Anne tells the programme: “The producer knocked on my door and said, ‘You know Neville’s leaving?’ And I went, ‘Er, no.’ And he said, ‘Yes, and you’re going to have to go as well I’m afraid. We can’t find a way to keep you.’”

Deirdre and Me explains how the show’s producers decided to keep Anne after all by making Deirdre a single mum.

But she wasn’t on her own for long when they chose to pair her up with Ken Barlow and 24 million people tuned in to see them get married.

William Roache explains to the programme about working with Anne: “Ken had been through a rough old time, and then when they decided to pair him up with Deirdre I thought, ‘Wow, this is great. She’s considerably younger, very beautiful, very attractive, so yes, I was all for that.”

Anne adds: “When they put Deirdre with Ken I was thrilled, absolutely delighted. I’d done scenes with Bill so to be actually working with him was just brilliant. I just thought I was so, so lucky.”

But Deirdre and Me explains how on-screen the couple’s happiness was not set to last. Ken began to take Deirdre for granted and she became bored, turning her attentions to Mike Baldwin.

The show looks back at the iconic scene where Deirdre tells Ken that she has been having an affair and things turn nasty when Mike turns up at their house.

The storyline hit the headlines and Anne says: “We had no idea that it was going to cause the absolute mayhem that it did.”

Deirdre and Me reunites Johnny Briggs with Anne and William on The Street and the actors reminisce about filming the scenes which left viewers gripped.

In the documentary, Anne also talks candidly about her personal life, including meeting her husband David Beckett when he joined Coronation Street to play Deirdre’s boyfriend, Dave Barton.

Anne reveals that William Roache read her horoscope out one day and told her that she was going to meet her true love, just days before David joined the cast.

And David tells the programme: “I was called up to wardrobe and costume fitting, prior to starting work a couple of days later, and they said, ‘Would you like to meet Annie?’ I just looked her in the eyes and thought, ‘Wow.’ I’d never noticed them before, but she has beautiful green eyes. That was the first time I met her.”

Anne also looks back at the storyline which sparked the ‘Free the Weatherfield One’ campaign when Deirdre was sent to jail for fraud after falling for ‘pilot’ Jon Lindsay.

The show recounts how Jon tricked Deirdre into believing he was a pilot when in fact he worked at a tie shop at Manchester Airport. Ken rumbled the conman, but Deirdre didn’t believe him.

Owen Aaronovitch, who played Jon Lindsay, says: “One memorable occasion I was in the tie shop at Manchester airport and having to pretend I was in Nairobi.”

Events in the soap came to a head when Jon was discovered and Deirdre ended up being jailed for fraud. A public campaign ensued and Deirdre was eventually freed, but Deirdre and Me reveals that behind the scenes Anne was facing a personal crisis of her own and she began to realise she was suffering from depression.

Anne says: “I had just come through the Jon Lindsay storyline and the prison stuff, which was very harrowing. And I mean it was a lot, a lot, a lot of work and I was very tired, and I’d been through a lot. And it was actually at the tail end of all that that the depression hit.

“I’d always had this fear, more fear than I should have had. Everything hits me hard and affects me too much.”

Her husband David adds: ““Annie does get involved in her character and she brings it home with her sometimes and mulls over the problems that Deirdre’s having. And the depression, it crept up quite slowly.”

David explains to the programme the moment Anne broke down at home and the couple realised she was suffering from depression.

Anne also talks openly about being diagnosed with cancer and her road to recovery.

Plus, as she takes the cameras behind closed doors on the Coronation Street set, Anne talks about her close personal relationships with the other cast members.

She looks back at working with the late Maggie Jones, who played Deirdre’s mother, Blanche.

Anne says: “Maggie and I were very, very close. We shared a birthday for one thing and we understood each other very well and I absolutely loved her and I worried about her constantly.

“When Maggie died it hit me very, very hard…I miss her so much, I really miss her, I loved Maggie so much.”

Anne and Kate Ford, who plays her on-screen daughter, Tracy, get together in Anne’s dressing room to talk about their mother-daughter bond.

Kate says about Anne: “To have done this job for this long and to still be that good is amazing.
“She can relate to me, probably, and I can relate to her. We’re both a bit off the wall, I suppose. We have a great bond. She looks after me.”

Anne adds: “I think sometimes she thinks I am her real mum, because she comes to me with problems and health problems and stuff and I’m constantly sorting her out.”

Talking about her close colleague William Roache, Anne says: “Bill is remarkable and I consider myself privileged to have worked with him.”

William adds: “Anne never says a word wrong, never puts a foot wrong and it’s all so easy for her, it’s infuriating.

“I think there’s a chemistry between Annie and myself. Well, we love each other really.”

And, as the programme draws to an end, Anne reveals that she intends to stay with Deirdre for many more years to come, saying: “I certainly have no intention of going and if they want me to stay, if they can possibly put up with me, then I’ll stay.”
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Old 30-10-2012, 16:04
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Used to like her in the 90s. Gotta find that bid where she gets hit with a Manchester tart
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Old 30-10-2012, 16:45
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As long as she is in scenes that require no emotion being expressed, she's fine, but otherwise ...


There again, I suppose she brings a comedy touch to the show - unintentionally.
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Old 30-10-2012, 17:05
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Thanks for the heads-up! I'll be looking forward to this one.
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Old 30-10-2012, 19:28
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Excellent - Deirdre has always been one of my favourite characters. 40 years is an achievement and Anne seems so lovely in real life - everyone speaks very highly of her.
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Old 30-10-2012, 19:42
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Excellent - Deirdre has always been one of my favourite characters. 40 years is an achievement and Anne seems so lovely in real life - everyone speaks very highly of her.
Yes, everyone seems to love Annie, she does seem lovely.

Always remember the Deirdre and Me thing she did years ago and they showed Annie at work between times being on set and she was cleaning the toilets cos she said she liked to keep busy! lol
I remember Barbara Knox was there, saying the same thing. She never sits around she said, she always finds something to keep her busy - like cleaning the toilets.
It's an image I've never forgotten, and this was years ago.
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Old 30-10-2012, 20:26
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woof! simply woof!
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Old 30-10-2012, 21:25
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Hope there's a section on her belt
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Old 31-10-2012, 13:25
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Thanks so much for letting us know this is on! I look forward to it. I love Ken and Deirdre, but it's such a pity their characters have been somewhat ruined by the return of the daughter from hell!
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Old 31-10-2012, 13:33
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Look forward to it. Shame they don't seem to have Dawn Acton in it (who played Tracy before Kate Ford).
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Old 31-10-2012, 13:50
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I love Deirdre, she's always been one of my fav characters - the street just wouldn't be the same without her.

I don't normally watch stuff like this, but I might tune into this one.
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Old 31-10-2012, 14:54
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I love Deirdre, she's always been one of my fav characters - the street just wouldn't be the same without her.

I don't normally watch stuff like this, but I might tune into this one.
I agree, Deirdre was a brilliant character for years. If only they hadn't turned her into a morally bankrupt character in terms of her constant (and unbelievable) defence of the murdering, scheming, amoral biatch that is Tracyluv.

She used to be amazing though, and I'll certainly be watching. I'm convinced there will be a reference to 'Deirdre's belts', (which I feel very protective about, as I had loads just the same in the 70s)
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Old 13-11-2012, 12:11
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looking forward to this tonight!
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Old 13-11-2012, 14:06
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(which I feel very protective about, as I had loads just the same in the 70s, and in fact still wear them every time I come on the forum)

simply WOW!!!
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Old 13-11-2012, 14:52
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I'll be looking for this to appear on YouTube. Looks like a real keeper!!!!!

And hope one day she'll morph into Blanche.
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Old 13-11-2012, 14:53
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I agree, Deirdre was a brilliant character for years. If only they hadn't turned her into a morally bankrupt character in terms of her constant (and unbelievable) defence of the murdering, scheming, amoral biatch that is Tracyluv.

She used to be amazing though, and I'll certainly be watching. I'm convinced there will be a reference to 'Deirdre's belts', (which I feel very protective about, as I had loads just the same in the 70s)
Tee-hee. I know. Those belts are the next "Pat's earrings." Viva your belts!!!
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Old 13-11-2012, 15:15
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Tee-hee. I know. Those belts are the next "Pat's earrings." Viva your belts!!!
Hi Maggie, off topic but briefly, as a Chicagoan, can you tell me if all Chicago firemen are as bloody gorgeous as those on 'Chicago Fire', which they've just started showing over here? I mean, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker and Taylor Kinney! Just phwoooar!

It's a great show, and if the real ones look like that, I may have to emigrate, (and possibly doss down in your garage)
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Old 13-11-2012, 15:17
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I didn't say that and I insist you delete it immediately. Note to world : Never trust a ginger dwarf.
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Old 13-11-2012, 15:25
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Hi Maggie, off topic but briefly, as a Chicagoan, can you tell me if all Chicago firemen are as bloody gorgeous as those on 'Chicago Fire', which they've just started showing over here? I mean, Jesse Spencer, Eamonn Walker and Taylor Kinney! Just phwoooar!

It's a great show, and if the real ones look like that, I may have to emigrate, (and possibly doss down in your garage)
I'm laughing while saying a firm, "No." Bless our brave firemen & policemen but they're all so fat, I honestly don't know how they run toward a crisis.

That said, we have plenty of room in our garage for you, Old n J.
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Old 13-11-2012, 15:29
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I'm laughing while saying a firm, "No." Bless our brave firemen & policemen but they're all so fat, I honestly don't know how they run toward a crisis.

That said, we have plenty of room in our garage for you, Old n J.
Damnation! *shattered dreams crunch underfoot*

Still I'm not as picky as I once was, so I'll bear your kind offer in mind.
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Old 13-11-2012, 15:38
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Can't wait to see it.
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Old 13-11-2012, 17:22
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You know you've made it in showbiz when someone can do an impression of you, and everyone knows who it is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I95JVgeyVXk



I'll be watching!
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Old 13-11-2012, 17:24
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You know you've made it in showbiz when someone can do an impression of you, and everyone knows who it is!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I95JVgeyVXk



I'll be watching!
Hahaha, brilliant - she's got the mouth down to a T.
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Old 13-11-2012, 18:07
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Plenty of Deirdre love at Agatha Heights I shall be tuning in

Can we use this thread to discuss the programme "live" if we wish?
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Old 13-11-2012, 19:56
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Forty years of 'tasteful' knitwear..........
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