Archive held at MACE on The Betty Driver Story – ITV1 8pm 1st Feb


MACE have supplied a short clip from Leicester Poor Boys’ and Girls’ Summer Camp (1920) * to The Betty Driver Story which will be broadcast on Tuesday, 1 February 2011 ay 8pm on ITV1 (*click title to view a clip from the archive).

Betty Driver was born in 1920 in Leicester and, although we haven’t seen a preview of the programme, we presume the clip will be used to illustrate how Leicester looked during her childhood.

Still from Leicester Poor Boys' & Girls' Summer Camp (1920)

ITV’s Official Press Release Writes:

Betty Turpin has been serving her legendary hotpot in the Rovers Return for over 40 years and this hour-long special tells her incredible life story

Narrated by Sir Ian McKellen, The Betty Driver Story looks at her life before and during Coronation Street – as a singer, a variety star, a leading lady and a television actress.

Betty was a child star in the 1930s and appeared in feature films and radio shows of the day, entertaining the troops during the Second World War, before getting her own TV series in the 1950s.

In this documentary she talks about her nine decades in show business. She recalls her difficult life as a child star, how her marriage ended in disaster and the moment she suffered a career-threatening injury during the filming of a TV show, which led to her decision to retire from entertainment and run a pub instead.

We also hear how Betty first auditioned for the role of Hilda Ogden before appearing in Coronation Street as Betty Turpin in 1969 – a role which has helped turn ‘hotpot’ into a world-famous dish.

Forty one years and 2,830 episodes later, the programme follows Betty as she films her latest scenes at the Granada TV studios.

There are also contributions from fellow Coronation Street stars including William Roache, Julie Goodyear, Helen Worth, Sue Nicholls and Antony Cotton, and Corrie star turned impresario Bill Kenwright, who played Betty’s son Gordon in the long-running series.

The Betty Driver Story is produced by Sarah Cain. The executive producers are Nick Broughall and Mark Robinson. The production company is Shiver.

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