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ITV announces Betty Driver special

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Betty Williams (played by Betty Driver) with a hotpot

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ITV is to honour Coronation Street actress Betty Driver in a new documentary, it has been announced.

The Betty Driver Story will take a look at the actress's 40 years on the ITV1 soap as Betty Turpin, as well as her career "as a singer, a variety star, a leading lady and a television actress".

Driver, famed for her characters much-loved hotpot, will discuss her nine decades in the industry, which began as a child star in the 1930s. In the hour-long special, the 90-year-old recalls a life-threatening injury she sustained when filming a TV programme, which prompted her to retire and take on the running of a pub.

Telling the tales of her showbiz life, Driver also reveals how she first auditioned for the role of Hilda Ogden before landing her part as Betty Turpin 1969.

Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, the show will also feature contributions from co-stars include William Roache, Julie Goodyear, Helen Worth, Sue Nicholls, Antony Cotton and Bill Kenwright, who appeared as Betty's son Gordon in the Manchester serial.

The Betty Driver Story will be broadcast on Tuesday February 1 at 8pm on ITV1.

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