Legendary former Coronation Street characters won't be back for 60th anniversary

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 September 2020
Julie Goodyear

Julie Goodyear

Coronation Street's boss Iain MacLeod has confirmed legendary former cobbles characters will not be back in Weatherfield for the ITV soap's 60th anniversary in December

Coronation Street's boss has ruled out the possibility of legendary characters re-joining the soap for this year's 60th anniversary.

Several 'Corrie' fans have been calling for the likes of Julie Goodyear to reprise her role as Bet Lynch on the cobbles for the milestone on December 9th, but producer Iain MacLeod admitted it would've felt like a "cheap trick" to bring back several stars just for the anniversary.

He said: "Having a revolving door of former cast coming in to do cameos just for kind of a brief moment of an audience going, 'Oh wow it's them,' would have felt a bit like a cheap trick."

But the likes of Bill Roache (Ken Barlow), Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) and Barbara Knox (Rita Sullivan), who are yet to return to filming amid the coronavirus pandemic, will be back for the 60th anniversary episodes.

He added: "We have got an incredible bunch of legends that are already in the show."

Last month, Bill revealed he and his fellow over-70s Weatherfield residents wouldn't be back on the cobbles until after August at the earliest.

He added: "The over 70s haven't been called yet. I've been told I might be called after August, so I hope so.

"We're ready and willing.

"The writers are told to be inventive, so I'm hoping they will come up with something. I would like to get back [to work].

"I've been speaking to my colleagues, and those who are working say there is a wonderful camaraderie, although they're doing distancing.

"There's a great feel at work, so I'm quite looking forward to doing that."

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