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Coronation Street stars tributes to creator Tony Warren

'Coronation Street' stars and several soap actors have paid tribute to the show's creator Tony Warren following his passing. The 79-year-old writer conceived the idea for the world's longest-running TV soap in 1960 and hordes of actors have heaped praise on him and thanked the scriptwriter for all his work on the programme. Sally Dynevor - who has portrayed busybody character Sally Webster since 1986 - tweeted: ''R.I.P Tony Warren. Very much loved. Changed television forever. Thank you #Corrieforever (sic)'' Bill Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the soap's first episode in 1960, said: ''When I first met Tony I
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Coronation Street creator Tony Warren dies

'Coronation Street' creator Tony Warren has died. Stars of the soap have been left devastated after the 79-year-old writer, who created the long-running show in 1960, passed away. A tweet on the show's official Twitter account read: ''It's with great sadness that Coronation Street confirms legendary creator & writer Tony Warren,MBE has passed away. (sic)'' Bill Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the soap's first episode in 1960, led tributes to Tony. He said: ''When I first met Tony I couldn't quite believe he'd created and written Coronation Street because he was no more than a young boy. It was
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Coronation Street creator Tony Warren dies aged 79

Ken Barlow actor William Roache hails the writer as the ‘father’ of the long-running ITV soap

Coronation Street creator Tony Warren has died aged 79.

The man who brought to life television’s longest-running soap opera passed away on Monday night after a short illness.

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Stephanie Davis and Jeremy McConnell are inseparable

'Coronation Street' creator Tony Warren has died. Stars of the soap have been left devastated after the 79-year-old writer, who created the long-running show in 1960, passed away. A tweet on the show's official Twitter account read: ''It's with great sadness that Coronation Street confirms legendary creator & writer Tony Warren,MBE has passed away. (sic)'' Bill Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the soap's first episode in 1960, led tributes to Tony. He said: ''When I first met Tony I couldn't quite believe he'd created and written Coronation Street because he was no more than a young boy. It was
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Bill Roache remembers Anne Kirkbride

Bill Roache thought his former 'Coronation Street' co-star Anne Kirkbridge looked ''truly beautiful'' before she died. The 83-year-old actor, who plays lovable Ken Barlow in the ITV soap, believes the late actress, who tragically passed away following a battle with cancer last January, seemed strangely at peace in the final hours of her life. Speaking on the first anniversary of Anne's death, he said: ''We knew she was on leave and we thought she was just resting and that she'd be coming back, and then we got the news that she was seriously ill on the Friday and I went to
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Strictly Come Dancing bosses hunt for new talent

Bill Roache thought his former 'Coronation Street' co-star Anne Kirkbridge looked ''truly beautiful'' before she died. The 83-year-old actor, who plays lovable Ken Barlow in the ITV soap, believes the late actress, who tragically passed away following a battle with cancer last January, seemed strangely at peace in the final hours of her life. Speaking on the first anniversary of Anne's death, he said: ''We knew she was on leave and we thought she was just resting and that she'd be coming back, and then we got the news that she was seriously ill on the Friday and I went to
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Sherrie Hewson wants Coronation Street return

Sherrie Hewson wants to return to 'Coronation Street.' The 65-year-old actress is desperate to reprise her role as Maureen Naylor - which she portrayed from 1993 until 1997 and then again briefly in 2006 - in the ITV soap and get caught up in a love triangle involving Ken Barlow (Bill Roache) and his new lover Nessa Warner (Sadie Shimmi). She said: ''I loved Maureen. I never thought she finished her story. Now if she went back I'd put her with Bill Roache. It would give him some comedy to do. If ever Maureen came back that would be a really
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Coronation Street bosses warned they face exodus of stars

'Coronation Street' bosses have been warned their three-tier pay system will result in stars ''jumping ship''. The ITV soap is reportedly facing an exodus over the differences in pay, with actors including William Roache, 83, and Michael Le Vell, 50, both on £250,000 a year while Kym Marsh and Ryan Thomas - who quit earlier this year - are paid approximately £100,000 and new arrivals just £40,000. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''There are several other big names ready to jump ship. ''Ryan was a shock but a lot of established stars on the smaller money don't think it's worth the
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Coronation Street: Audrey and Ken's romance being 'delicately done'

'Coronation Street' actress Sue Nicholls says her on-screen romance with Ken Barlow is being ''delicately done''. Sue's character Audrey Roberts is set to embark on a relationship with Ken (William Roache) just three months after his wife Deirdre passed away and she's revealed producers are being very careful not to disrespect the memory of the late Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for forty years before she sadly lost her battle with cancer in January. Sue said: ''Everybody loved Annie, it was always a joy to be with her. ''But you've got to kind of think of the story - and I don't mean
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Anne Kirkbride's Corrie funeral a 'wonderful send-off'

Anne Kirkbride's 'Coronation Street' funeral will be a ''wonderful send-off''. The actress - who played Deirdre Barlow in the ITV soap - will be buried in an episode airing on Monday (13.07.15) and William Roache, whose character Ken Barlow was married to Deirdre, thinks viewers will be pleased with her send-off. He said: ''From Annie's point of view, she's had a wonderful send-off - both as a person and on screen. Everybody loved Annie, they really did - and the stories we're telling really show that and respect it. It's been great to act out.'' The soap legend - who has been in
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William Roache called a Anne Kirkbride a 'love bomb'

William Roache has described the late Anne Kirkbride as a ''love bomb''. The 'Coronation Street' actor - who is set to read a poem at a memorial service for his former on-screen wife tomorrow (30.05.15) - has revealed his nickname for the late actress, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. Speaking about filming the funeral of Anne's 'Corrie' character Deirdre Barlow - whom she played for over 40 years - William said: ''It is a family and doing the funeral that we're doing of Deirdre next week, Annie will be there, we're just feeling her there the whole time
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Coronation Street bosses plan 'heartbreaking' Deirdre Barlow exit

'Coronation Street' bosses have planned a ''heartbreaking'' exit for Anne Kirkbride's character Deirdre Barlow. The actress died in January, aged 60, after losing her battle with cancer and it's been revealed her character's 42-year association with the soap will conclude when Ken Barlow - played by Bill Roache - throws a surprise party for her, only to be told by Bev Unwin - played by Susie Blake - that Deirdre suffered a suspected brain aneurysm and died ''peacefully'' in her garden. A show source said: ''Filming this was emotional for everyone involved. Tracy (Barlow) just breaks down and howls as Steve (McDonald)
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Anne Kirkbride laid to rest

Anne Kirkbride's funeral took place yesterday (27.01.15). The 'Coronation Street' legend - who died last week after battling cancer - was laid to rest in a ''small send-off'' at an undisclosed location in the North West, with castmates William Roache, Kate Ford and Beverley Callard joining her husband David Beckett, other family members and close friends for the service. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''Anne was always a private person and wanted a small send-off. That was Anne -- she didn't want a fuss.'' Anne had reportedly left instructions about which cast members she wanted at the service, and those who were
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Viral video chart: Anne Kirkbride tributes and Eugenie Bouchard asked to twirl

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Coronation Street actor Anne Kirkbride was the subject of many moving tributes following her death at the age of 60. Bill Roache, who for many years played her on-screen husband Ken Barlow, spoke at the National Television Awards.

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Corrie's William Roache pays tribute to Anne Kirkbride at NTAs

William Roache has paid tribute to the life and legacy of his late Coronation Street co-star Anne Kirkbride at the National Television Awards.

An emotional segment during the ITV ceremony featured Roache reflecting on starring opposite Kirkbride in the soap since her arrival in 1972.

Roache remained stoic as he referred to Kirkbride as one of the "best-loved and most enduring characters on British television".

"The nation took Deirdre into their hearts," he said, later adding: "I feel blessed and honoured and privileged to have had those years working with Anne."

The actor went on to describe his late co-star as "vibrant and warmhearted", before thanking all of those who have sent condolences.

"We've been deeply touched by the outpouring of love for Anne," Roache told viewers. "We share your grief for losing such a beautiful person. I love you Anne."

Producers for the awards ceremony worked with Coronation Street to
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William Roache pays tribute to Anne Kirkbride

William Roache paid a touching tribute to his late 'Coronation Street' co-star Anne Kirkbride at the National Television Awards tonight (21.01.15). The 82-year-old actor, who played Ken Barlow on the ITV soap, said he felt ''so blessed, honoured and privileged'' to have worked alongside the ''beautiful'' actress, who played his on-screen wife Deirdre Barlow, for more than 40 years. Speaking on stage at the event in London, he said: ''The nation seemed to want us together and I feel so blessed, honoured and privileged to have had those years working with Anne. ''What we will remember most is the vibrant, warmhearted, loving person
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National Television Awards 2015: As it happened

For the next three hours, the best of 2014's television will be celebrated at a lavish ceremony starring everyone from Danny Dyer to the bloke from The Chase.

The 2015 National Television Awards will reward the very best (or highest-voted) soaps, dramas, comedies and more. Dermot O'Leary will once again host the event live from The O2 in London on ITV.

So grab a cup of tea, prepare for madness and enjoy Ant & Dec winning the Best TV Presenter(s) trophy, as Digital Spy takes you through the evening from 7.30pm.

22:03So there we have it for another year! A pretty darn well-run ship by Dermot, and a generally enjoyable show. What did you think of the winners? Any big snubs? All in agreement? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for joining us!

22:02Of course, one more mention of Mrs Brown before the end.

22:00Claudia Winkleman can be seen going "What?
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Anne Kirkbride's Corrie tribute documentary to be repeated by ITV

A 2012 documentary which paid tribute to Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride is to be repeated by ITV following the news of her death.

Deirdre and Me: A Tribute will air on Tuesday, February 3 in a 7.30pm timeslot on ITV.

An ITV press release bills the programme as "another chance to see this documentary special looking at the woman behind those famous glasses, showing as a tribute to the late Anne Kirkbride and her 40-year career playing Deirdre Barlow on Coronation Street".

The programme was originally shown in November 2012 in celebration of Kirkbride reaching her 40th year in the role of Deirdre.

Deirdre and Me sees Kirkbride take the cameras backstage at Coronation Street while opening up over her soap career and her own personal life.

Coronation Street stars past and present including Bill Roache, Johnny Briggs, Michelle Keegan and Chris Gascoyne all appear in the documentary.

Kirkbride passed away in
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National Television Awards: Comic Relief to receive Landmark Award

Comic Relief will receive the Landmark Award at the National Television Awards tonight (January 21).

Trustee Lenny Henry will attend the ceremony at London's O2 arena to collect the prize.

The award will recognise the charity's extensive work in the UK and internationally, and coincides with its 30th anniversary year.

Henry said: "We at Comic Relief are truly honoured to receive this amazing award to mark all the ridiculous things we have done to raise a stack of cash over the last three decades.

"But really, this award is for the great British public who have gone to extraordinary lengths, year after year, raising millions to change lives. This award recognises their commitment to help others."

Meanwhile, Coronation Street star Bill Roache will lead the tributes to co-star Anne Kirkbride at the ceremony, following her death on Monday (January 19) at the age of 60.

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Coronation Street's Bill Roache to pay tribute to Anne Kirkbride at NTAs

Coronation Street star Bill Roache will lead the tributes to Anne Kirkbride at the National Television Awards tonight (January 21).

This evening's event at London's O2 will honour Kirkbride following the sad news that she has passed away at the age of 60.

After 42 years as Deirdre Barlow on the ITV soap, Nta organisers were naturally keen for Kirkbride's long career to be recognised at the ceremony.

When the event's producers entered talks with ITV and Coronation Street yesterday, it was decided that Roache - better known on screen as Deirdre's husband Ken - should take to the stage and make a speech about the much-loved star.

Coronation Street's producer Stuart Blackburn told Granada Reports: "Bill's going to be saying a few words paying tribute to Annie. We know that's going to be difficult for him because they were very dear friends. It's just our chance to support him and
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