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DRAMA: Bald truth as Street's stars reveal all... NEW! FAREWELL MIKE FRIDAY, ITV1, 8pm.

Byline: Paul English, Jennifer Rodger, Tim Oglethorpe, Sandro Monetti and Adrian Lobb

After 30 womanising years, which have seen 23 girlfriends, four wives, seven illicit lovers and three illegitimate children come into his life - Mike Baldwin has finally walked Coronation Street's cobbles for the last time.

Now ITV1's Farewell Mike takes a look back over his life - featuring an exclusive interview with Johnny himself, as well as tributes from his fellow cast members and friends and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage as he filmed his final scenes.

Narrated by Matthew Kelly, the show features archive footage of some of Mike Baldwin's best moments - from the minute hearrived as Bet Lynch's flashy southern lover, to the affair with Deidre Barlow, the emotional scenes when wife Alma died and the moment he discovered his young bride was sleeping with his son.

Long-standing cast members Bill Roache, Anne Kirkbride, Sue Nicholls and Liz Dawn reveal what it has been like working with Johnny and Bradley Walsh and Pauline Fleming discuss filming the emotion-filled final scenes.

Bill Roache talks about his character's long-running feud with Mike and reveals that Ken felt threatened when Mike arrived on the street, but it made the part more exciting for Bill.

He says: "Ken is a nice guy, a loyal guy, a reliable guy. But he isn't terribly exciting. So the exciting guy comes along and he's a bit flash, isn't he?

"But I've always liked the physical side of acting, so my punch-ups with Johnny were probably the best bits. I shall miss those terribly."

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PUNCH DRUNK.. A raging Ken Barlow lashes out at Mike Baldwin in the Rovers
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 1, 2006
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