You’d think with Barbara Knox being one of the longest serving members of Corrie that she’d have some say in cast changes, but that’s not the case.
Barbara, who has been on Coronation Street since 1964, appeared on ITV’s Lorraine today (December 1) and looked back at previous storylines that took place on the cobbles.
The actresses revealed to Lorraine Kelly that her efforts to keep former co-star Mark Eden on the show were ignored, and the character was killed off.
Back in 1989 Mark Eden played Alan – Jenny Bradley’s father and he was also in a relationship with Rita, who had the surname Fairclough back then.
He was sent to prison when he tried to suffocate Rita, after she exposed him as a fraudster when he borrowed money against her house without her knowing.
He quickly became a villain when he tormented Rita after he was released from prison, but met his death when he was hit by a tram while chasing Rita in Blackpool.
Revealing she made an effort to keep Mark on the show, Barbara told Lorraine: “He was very, very good and we worked very well together.
“At the end, I kept saying, ‘Can’t he just go off the end of the pier and we don’t know whether he’s dead? Please don’t kill him off, he’s been so good!’ but wasn’t it a wonderful episode?”
Coronation Street continues tonight from 7:30pm, while Lorraine will be back on Monday morning from 8:30am, both on ITV.