ITV to rebroadcast Deirdre and Me: a Tribute to Corrie’s Anne Kirkbride

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ITV will rebroadcast ‘Deirdre and Me’, a special documentary looking at the life of the late Anne Kirkbride and her 40-year career playing Deirdre Barlow on Coronation Street.

Originally shown in November 2012, this hour-long documentary sees Anne takes the cameras backstage at Coronation Street and talks about everything from her battle with depression to being diagnosed with cancer, her close relationships with her fellow cast members to meeting her future husband on set.

And she explains how she coped playing one of the most loved characters on our screens as she faced such personal issues behind-the-scenes.

Anne takes viewers back to the start of her career when she was a theatre stage manager in Oldham, before talking about the first time she stepped onto Coronation Street.

She reveals her fears that, after just six years on the Street, she might have to leave the show when her colleague, Neville Buswell, who played her husband, decided to quit.

The programme also reunites Anne and William Roache, who plays her screen husband Ken, with Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin. The trio discuss the affair that rocked the Street almost 30 years ago when Ken discovered Deirdre had been sleeping with Mike.

Plus, Anne talks about her private life, including her cancer diagnosis, and her battle with depression that she faced as Deirdre was locked up for fraud in the famous Weatherfield One storyline.

As she takes cameras into her dressing room on the Coronation Street set, Anne also talks about her close off-screen relationships with her on-screen family. And other cast members past and present, including William Roache, Michelle Keegan and Chris Gascoyne share their thoughts about working with Anne over the last 40 years.

The documentary will air at 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd February 2015.

Updated on Wednesday 21 January 2015 by @TVNewsroom