Ant and Dec pay tribute to Byker Grove creator

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 December 2020
Ant and Dec

Ant and Dec

Former 'Byker Grove' stars Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have paid tribute to the show's creator, Adele Rose, following her death aged 87

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have paid tribute to the creator of 'Byker Grove' following her death.

The pair shot to fame on the teen drama series, in which they played Peter "PJ" Jenkins and Duncan Sperring, and they have remembered Adele Rose, who died of pneumonia aged 87 on December 28th.

A post on Ant and Dec's official Twitter account read: "We are very sad to hear of the passing of Adele Rose, the creator of #BykerGrove. She was an incredible lady and a wonderful writer. We will always be grateful for what she did for us and the North East. Thank you Adele and rest in peace. X (sic)"

Adele's husband Peter Chadwick revealed Adele broke her hip in June and developed pneumonia recently.

He told Chronicle Live: "In June she fell over and broke her hip, which didn’t help.

"Then she developed pneumonia about a week ago and never got over it. She passed away in the local hospital, where she had the best care."

As well as writing and creating 'Byker Grove' – a drama set in a youth club in the Byker district of Newcastle – Adele was the first female writer on 'Coronation Street', and she penned more than 400 episodes of the ITV soap.

Peter added: "She had a huge sense of humour which was often quite naughty and quite wicked. "She loved writing the battleaxes in 'Coronation Street'."

John Whiston, head of ITV in the North, also admitted Adele was "particularly adept" at "giving voice" to some of the iconic female characters in Weatherfield.

He said: "Not only was Adele a trailblazer, being the very first in what is now a long line of brilliant female 'Coronation Street' writers, she was also particularly adept at giving voice to some of Corrie’s classic fearless female characters, from Ena to Elsie, from Bet to Liz.

"If you watched 'Corrie' growing up, then some of the most memorable episodes that are lodged in your mind were written by Adele. And for that the show will always be hugely grateful."

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