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Corrie to lose it's hotpot!!

PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 2:03 am
by smeggypants
Corrie to lose it's hotpot!!

Looks like Betty is orf at 90!!

No more hotpot: Barmaid Betty set to retire from Coronation Street after 41 years
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She been a fixture of Coronation Street for an incredible 41 years, but barmaid Betty is finally planning on hanging up her apron for the last time.

Betty Driver, who plays Betty Williams, is set to leave the soap this year after helping celebrate it's 50th anniversary.

As one of Corrie's most-loved characters she's sure to be missed, but with her 90th birthday this month, the actress feels it's time to retire.

Betty has been performing professionally since the age of eight, and originally retired in 1969.

But she was persuaded to come out of retirement to join the cast of Corrie, and has played the role ever since.

The one-time Big Band singer was hospitalised last month with a chest infection, leading to fears she might have to leave the soap prematurely.

But she rallied round, and is now hoping to take a lead part in the upcoming anniversary storylines.

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Betty pictured 347 years ago
Betty, made an OBE in 2000, is now looking forward to getting back to work at the Manchester Granada Studios.

Last night she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Soap Awards, although she was unable to accept it in person.

Instead the Leicester-born actress recorded a video message, in which she said: 'I'm not very good at making speeches but I want to thank everyone at ITV.'

A Coronation Street source( IOW it's made up) told the News Of The World: 'Betty's probably the most popular person on the show.'

Earlier this year Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth, announced he was leaving the show.

And in recent weeks new producer Phil Collinson has axed several high profile characters including Steven Arnold (Ashley Peacock), his on screen wife Claire (Julia Howarth) and Vicky Binns (Molly Dobbs).

Article Source - Daily Fail

Corrie to lose it's hotpot!!

PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2010 5:27 pm
by tango15
A mate of a mate who is the second cousin twice removed of the assistant toilet cleaner at Granada Studios says that the bosses at Granada are very unhappy that Corrie is not winning awards, and worse, struggling for advertising revenue. The current sponsorship agreement is due to expire later in the year, and they are actively looking for a new one.
Some of them are too old, some are ineffective, and the plots they want to write do not work for some of the existing characters, and that's why they've had the chop apparently. There is also a view that there are too many characters in the soap, and there may yet be more 'retirements', both young and old.
Watch this space!

Corrie to lose it's hotpot!!

PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 3:19 am
by smeggypants
tango15 wrote:A mate of a mate who is the second cousin twice removed of the assistant toilet cleaner at Granada Studios says that the bosses at Granada are very unhappy that Corrie is not winning awards, and worse, struggling for advertising revenue. The current sponsorship agreement is due to expire later in the year, and they are actively looking for a new one.
Some of them are too old, some are ineffective, and the plots they want to write do not work for some of the existing characters, and that's why they've had the chop apparently. There is also a view that there are too many characters in the soap, and there may yet be more 'retirements', both young and old.
Watch this space!


Yup I guess Betty wasn't suitable for the plot were the female drug addict sells her body to pay for her habit and then gets pregnant with a HIV positive baby and ends up committing mass murder in Canal Street by detonating a dirty bomb. :)

or maybe Norris joins the Taliban and promises to suicide bomb Audrey's Hairdressers?

Ken Barlow reveals he is gay?