Here come the brides. But will any­one get mar­ried?

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“It’s a huge span­ner in the works when she finds out Rita is un­well...it’s a big wake-up call for Jenny, and it’s quite in­ter­est­ing the di­rec­tion that she goes in. “She’s not soft, but you might see her re-as­sess­ing and eval­u­at­ing what’s im­por­tant,” says Sally Ann, be­fore adding slyly: “And then she’ll prob­a­bly forget about it. While she still reg­u­larly ex­er­cises her death glares and “up­per-down­ers” on screen, Sally Ann ad­mits that a lot has changed for both the soap’s no­to­ri­ous way­ward teen and the woman be­hind her. After a Cor­rie gap of more than 20 years, the 46-year-old mother re­flects: “I spent a long time get­ting rid of the fact I was was in Cor­rie. “I was get­ting of­fered re­bel­lious 16-year-olds and I was nearly 30, so I de­nied its ex­is­tence de­lib­er­ately. Not be­cause I was ashamed of it, it was just hold­ing me back. “(When I was asked to the 50th cel­e­bra­tions) I thought, you know what, I’m never get­ting rid of it, so I might as well em­brace it. “I’m hav­ing a re­ally good time and I am be­ing served with nice sto­ries, so why not?” While view­ers will have to wait and see what re­ally hap­pens on the wed­ding day and who, if any­body, fi­nally gets hitched, most re­cent fan spec­u­la­tion has been aimed at Rita’s fu­ture, with many pre­dict­ing an im­pend­ing exit for Bar­bara Knox. She can­not com­ment on the ru­mours, of course, but Sally Ann pays trib­ute to the tire­less work that the 83-year-old has been contributing to her own up­com­ing episodes. “They are go­ing to be tug­ging at the heart­strings,” Sally Ann warns. “It’s a sto­ry­line that Bar­bara is so de­serv­ing of, it has been so well thought out and she has been very in­volved in the way it’s go­ing to play out. “As it was with Bill (Ken Bar­low star Wil­liam Roache)... to have two ac­tors who have been in the show for­ever, who are in their mid-80s, car­ry­ing ITV’s flag­ship show is ex­cep­tional, and they do a ster­ling job.” Her words of ad­vice to view­ers: “Get ready with lots of Kleenex... and wine.”

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