One of Britain's finest actors, Sir Derek Jacobi, is to make his debut on Coronation Street.
Better known for I Claudius than soaps, the founder member of the Royal Shakespeare Company has long harboured an ambition to appear on the iconic TV series.
Now the star, who usually takes a leading role on the big screen, has landed a walk-on part on the small screen.
He will appear in the background as a regular at the Rovers Return, in a scene filmed last week during a visit to the set in Manchester.
Production staff have confirmed the unlikely piece of casting, but say he will be hard to spot.
We have tried for years to try and sort out a role in the show for Sir Derek but we have never quite managed it.
We are as big a fan of his work as he is of ours.
He is an Equity member, so there was no problem getting him on set.
It is highly unlikely viewers would spot him but we hope it made his day.
Sir Derek was such a fan he reveals how he once tried to get Bradley Walsh to smuggle him onto the set.
I have always wanted to be in Coronation Street but nobody’s ever asked me.
So, one night I had dinner with Bradley.
We both got horribly drunk.
I told him how much a part in the Street would mean to me, and we hatched a plot.
Coronation Street is broadcast on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.