Barbara Knox, the beloved actress known for her role as Rita Tanner in Coronation Street, is about to celebrate her 90th birthday. To commemorate this milestone, a special documentary is being produced, set to air on ITV1 and ITVX later this year.
In the documentary, Barbara Knox will be joined by Bradley Walsh as they take a nostalgic look back at her remarkable career in television and theater. Produced by ITV Studios Daytime for a wide audience, the program will explore Barbara’s early beginnings in showbiz, leading up to her debut on Coronation Street in 1964.
Throughout the documentary, Barbara will share her cherished memories from her iconic role as Rita Tanner, which has brought her fame around the world. She will revisit significant locations, such as the site of the infamous Tram accident in 1989, and reflect on receiving an MBE in 2010.
In addition, the documentary will include candid interviews with past and present co-stars of Barbara, honoring her as Coronation Street’s longest-serving actress and recognizing the impact she has made on television screens. Known for her private nature, Barbara will open up about her personal life for the first time, sharing memories and previously unseen childhood photos with Bradley.
This one-off documentary promises to be a heartfelt tribute to Barbara Knox’s extraordinary career and a celebration of her 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.”
Fans of Coronation Street and admirers of Barbara’s work can look forward to this special program later in the year.