Coronation Street legend Malcolm Hebden is set to return to TV

The actor, who played Norris Cole on the soap, has filmed an appearance for a documentary about his former co-star Barbara Knox. In the footage, he is seen using a stick to help him walk.

Opening up his life away from the spotlight, he admits he misses working on the soap. Malcolm said: "I miss work. This is a day out for me." Talking about retirement, he added: "It’s boring, isn’t it?"

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Malcolm quit Corrie in 2020 due to health problems. Since then he has kept a low profile and only been seen in public a handful of times. But he agreed to be part of the TV special because he is so fond of Barbara, who plays Rita Tanner.

The pair worked closely together on the soap for more than two decades. The 83-year-old added: "We had an awful lot of good laughs on set and off. I couldn’t have worked with anybody better."

It comes after fans were stunned to hear that Barbara is 90 as ITV revealed that it will pay tribute to the Rita Tanner actress with a special TV tribute.The actress made her debut as Rita Tanner on the cobbles back in 1964 and has amassed an army of fans over the years. And now, to mark a milestone birthday, she is going to be celebrated in a special programme.

Fans were thrilled to hear that Barbara Knox At 90 – which will see the star join Bradley Walsh as she looks back on the highlights from her career in TV and theatre – would air this month. But many were just distracted by the fact she is 90.

The TV star reached the milestone in September and fans confessed they were stunned because of her ageless looks. "No way is she 90, my jaw is on the floor, I don't believe it," one person posted on Instagram after the soap shared the news.

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"She looks and is amazing for her age," said another fan. One person posted: "How amazing does she look at her age, wow! Happy birthday."

"Barbara you might feel 90 but you sure don’t look it," agreed another fan, urging the star to "keep doing what you do on the Street". "Absolutely beautiful lady, it just goes to show you can age gracefully," said another admirer, who added that Barbara was "an inspiration".

The show will also include interviews with a number of her co-stars past and present, "celebrating Coronation Street’s longest serving actress and the impact she has had on television screens".

See Malcolm on Barbara Knox At 90, which airs on Friday at 9pm on ITV1

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