NTAs plan to honour Anne Kirkbride

The world of broadcasting will pay tribute to the late Anne Kirkbride at tomorrow’s National Television Awards.

Organisers said they are planning to honour the Coronation Street actress, whose programme’s prime position on the TV landscape for more than half a century has often been recognised at the ceremony.

They are now working out last-minute plans for how to incorporate her contribution to the soap world into the event, which is being broadcast by ITV tomorrow evening.

NTAs plan to honour Anne Kirkbride

Some of the biggest names in TV will attend the show at the O2 Arena in London, with Coronation Street already likely to have a strong presence as the show is up for the best serial drama prize.

The ITV soap already holds the title at the publicly voted awards after winning last year. Anne has not previously had an individual honour at the NTAs.

This morning, bookmaker William Hill reported a late run of money for Corrie to win the serial drama award, although EastEnders is still favourite to win the prize.

Spokesman Rupert Adams said: “There has been a significant move for Coronation Street today and they could even become the favourite when the awards ceremony starts.”

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