Coronation Street: Liz McDonald’s exit mirrors Bet Lynch’s
The final scenes have been filmed for Rover Return Landlady, Liz McDonald and are likely to trigger a few memories, The Sun reports today.
In an ending almost identical to that of previous Landlady, Bet Lynch, viewers will see Liz, played by Beverly Callard,finish her shift, lovingly place the bar towels over the beer pumps and slowly put on her coat.
She will then walk slowly to the door and pause for a final time before flicking off the light.
Bosses hope the emotional scenes – just like those of Bet actress Julie Goodyear, in 1995 – will win 20million viewers when they air on ITV1 next month.
Callard has played the feisty landlady since 1989, but announced her decision to leave last year in order to spend more time with her new husband, and to restore her good health after a very publicised breakdown.
After her attempt to buy the pub from her son, Steve, goes wrong when ex husband, Jim, gets sent to jail for an armed burglary he is involved in to raise the cash, Liz finally decides to leave Weatherfield once and for all, and move to Spain, leaving Steve in the lurch and Jim behind bars expecting her to wait for him.
After Liz’s departure, Steve will be the only member of the McDonald clan left on the Street, but due to the failed sale of the pub, his future on the cobbles looks uncertain too.