There are calls for Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride to be given a posthumous lifetime achievement award following her death on Monday.
It was revealed her onscreen husband William Roache, who played Ken Barlow, will deliver a touching tribute to her at the National Television Awards tonight.
And the soap is bookies' favourite to scoop the award for best serial drama.
Anne's castmates are due back at work today after hearing the heartbreaking news.
Writers now face the task of writing the much-loved character out of the show and say it will happen within the next month.
Corrie actress Anne Kirkbride cast a long shadow over the NTAs with the cast of rival soap EastEnders even dedicating their prize to her.
Her onscreen husband gave a touching tribute to actress Anne Kirkbride who died earlier this week.
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