Here come the brides. But will anyone get married?
“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.”