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'Coronation Street' boss on shock Tina exit: 'This was the best story'

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Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has spoken to Digital Spy about the shock decision to kill off Tina McIntyre.

Last weekend, it was confirmed that Tina will die in 2014 following Michelle Keegan's decision to leave the role.

Michelle Keegan as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street

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Michelle Keegan as Tina McIntyre



The show's team originally planned to leave the door open for Keegan to return, but changed their minds after coming up with an explosive storyline for next year.

Blackburn told Digital Spy: "It was an incredibly hard choice to make, both personally and professionally. Tina McIntyre was somebody who could return to the show, because she's such a strong character. That was originally my intention.

"As often happens, the plan changed when we sat down at a long-term conference. Out of the blue, a couple of the writers came up with a story that saw Tina being killed. More than that, it's a story that will still be running and have repercussions 12 months after.

"It's of such scale that I thought I should be objective and not be sentimental about it. Instead I asked, 'What's the best story for Corrie?' This was it."

Tina listens to Peter.

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Tina with Peter in Corrie



The programme's boss refused to confirm whether Tina's exit will be a deliberate murder or an accidental death, though Keegan has previously teased that one character will be responsible for the barmaid's demise.

Blackburn said: "It could be many, many things - but it will be incredibly dramatic."

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