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Barbara Knox details her ‘greatest’ Coronation Street storyline amid ‘heartbreak’

Barbara Knox has detailed her “biggest” storyline was the tram crash in 1989 which killed her violent ex-partner Alan Bradley while she survived.

The Rita Tanner actress first appeared on in 1964 after a one-off look earlier than she returned to the cleaning soap in 1972.

Barbara’s character has had her justifiable share of heavy-hitting storylines, having survived three on-screen marriages, two close to dying experiences with trams [one at Blackpool] and one mind tumour.

Talking to her former co-star Bradley Walsh in a candid interview, as she marks her ninth decade, the cleaning soap star shared her most poignant storyline that resonated with viewers, and admittedly acquired “heartbreaking letters” from followers for weeks.

Greater than 27 million viewers tuned in to look at Alan get hit by the tram in December 1989.

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Barbara Knox turned 90 final month and is being celebrated in a brand new documentary (Picture: Getty)

Barbara recalled: “He [Alan played by Mark Eden] was chasing me and he shoved me within the automobile. As he went round there, I managed to get out.

“And I’ve managed to run and there is a tram coming… it was so dramatic. One of many biggest storylines ever. And the fantastic thing about the storyline was they did not do it in six weeks.

“It began off with Rita saying ‘what’s he as much as’, then the cash’s going and varied issues happening after which he will get very dangerous.”

“One thing like that to take you out of the studio, you already know, it is good. You recognize, it is a possibility, it is so robust. It is by no means been performed earlier than.”

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The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming in Blackpool

Rita Tanner (performed by Barbara Knox) was in an abusive relationship with Alan Bradley (Picture: Getty)

The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming in Blackpool

Barbara Knox stated the 1989 Blackpool tram crash was the ‘biggest’ storyline (Picture: Getty)

The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming in Blackpool

The Coronation Avenue episode was watched by 27 million viewers (Picture: Getty)

She added: “I began getting heartbreaking letters from girls who had been going via the identical horrible factor and never capable of inform anyone. Perhaps via that story.

“And the top… perhaps ones performed a bit of excellent. Someone noticed Rita get via it.”

Alan met his grisly finish after subjecting Rita Fairclough, performed by Barbara Knox, to years of an abusive relationship.

The shot of Rita breaking down in tears with the physique of her lifeless ex within the background is without doubt one of the long-running cleaning soap’s most iconic photos.

The memorable scene was filmed in Blackpool.

Barbara turned 90 on the finish of September and is one in all Coronation Avenue’s longest-serving actors, having turn out to be an everyday solid member within the early Seventies.

The documentary particular Barbara Knox At 90 will tonight at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

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