Corrie icon Liz Dawn remembered with TV tribute tonight

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Photo credit: Rex Shutterstock

From Digital Spy

ITV is set to pay tribute to Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn tonight by airing a repeat of 2008 documentary Farewell Vera directly after the soap finishes.

Liz passed away on Tuesday (September 26) at the age of 77 after a long battle with lung condition emphysema.

The soap and its stars paid tribute to the actress soon after the news broke, with Coronation Street dedicating its first episode on Wednesday to Liz, as well as sharing a memorial video that highlighted some of her character Vera Duckworth's greatest moments.

Photo credit: Rex Shutterstock
Photo credit: Rex Shutterstock

Tonight (September 29), ITV will continue to pay tribute to Liz by airing a special programme titled Farewell Vera.

The one-off documentary was first aired in 2008 after Liz made the decision to leave the show after 34 years in the role, and will serve as a poignant goodbye to the star as members of the cast past and present pay tribute to the actress and the character.

Dawn made her first appearance on the cobbles in 1974, and would later become a regular through the late '70s, quickly forming one of the soap's most loved double acts after Bill Tarmey was introduced as Vera's hubby Jack.

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Photo credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Vera was killed off in 2008 but the character later made a one-off return appearance in 2010 for the emotional final scenes of her on-screen husband Jack Duckworth, played by Bill Tarmey.

Announcing Dawn's passing on Tuesday, Coronation Street paid tribute in a press statement: "We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn.

"Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her. She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing."

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV, while Farewell Vera will air on ITV3 tonight at 8pm.

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