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Derek Griffiths to leave Coronation Street

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  1. Sarah

    Sarah Super Moderator EXP: 21 Years Staff Member

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    What a shame! I really like Freddie.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39260991

    Fans of Corrie will have to wave goodbye to mechanic Freddie Smith soon as Derek Griffiths is leaving the soap.

    The actor and children's TV legend joined Weatherfield last year, but is set to move on to star in a stage production of Driving Miss Daisy.

    The BBC understands he filmed his final scenes last week and will appear on TV screens until April.

    But it's thought the character could possibly return to the cobbles at a later date.

    Freddie first appeared on the soap last March, when he turned up at Kylie's beauty salon.


    He later got a job at Kevin's garage and had a brief romance with Audrey.

    It is understood Griffiths left of his own accord at the end of a one-year contract.

    He was best-known to a generation of TV viewers for hosting classic children's programme Play School and Play Away during the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

    But as an actor he also spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in West End productions of Miss Saigon and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
     
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  2. Ome

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    Freddie is a nice enough character, but he didn't really bring anything to the show and I doubt he will be missed, he's also the type of character that could just slip away without an exit.

    That said, it's a shame to lose a character of his age, the show is desperately lacking older characters.
     
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    But is he going to leave via the round window, the square window or the arched window?
     
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  4. Ome

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    :giggle:
     
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  5. Mo Mouse

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    He's been offered big money to return to Playschool. I can understand his motives. He must have really missed Jemima and Big Ted. You don't just throw away friendships like that.
     
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  6. LouiseP

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    Only stipulation is that he has to leave through the round window.
     
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  7. LouiseP

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    Sorry, Ome. Great minds. Just seen your comment.
     
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    I was always a big fan of the arched window. Thought it was shockingly under used as a window. It was the square window that used to annoy me. Absolutely loathed it.
     
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    I wish I could take credit Lou, it was @Angela Channing who created the laughter this time :)
     
  10. LouiseP

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    Oh yes, sorry.
     
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