Corrie's Philip Lowrie: 'Dennis is terrified at the wedding'
Published Jun 1 2012, 11:46 BST | By Daniel Kilkelly Coronation Street
star Philip Lowrie
has revealed that his character Dennis Tanner fears he has been jilted by fiancée Rita Sullivan on the day of their wedding.Rita is kidnapped by loan shark Rick Neelan
as her big day arrives next week, leaving Dennis and the guests confused when she fails to turn up to the ceremony on time.
As the kidnap drama comes just a few hours after Dennis has argued with Rita (Barbara Knox) over his old flame Norma, he worries that this is the reason for her absence.
Lowrie told Lorraine
today (June 1): "Something has happened in Norma's life which makes her turn to Dennis. He jilted her at the altar, so it's a bit strange that she turns to him - but she has no-one else in her life, you see.
"Now, this causes a lot of tension between Rita and Dennis, which is very good, because there was a brilliantly written scene where Dennis and Rita have a row just before the wedding. To me, that was great - and for Barbara as well, because it gave us a lot to play. It was wonderful to play such a well-rounded scene."
Pictured: Philip Lowrie on ITV1's Lorraine.
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He continued: "You know that Rita is kidnapped, because everybody knows about that. But Dennis doesn't know that Rita is kidnapped, and he's terrified that she isn't going to turn up at the altar - that she's going to give him a taste of what he did to Norma. So wait and see!"
Meanwhile, Lowrie also joked about his recent Guinness World Records recognition
for his return to Coronation Street after a 43-year gap
He laughed: "It's strange, isn't it? It's a really unique thing, because most people get into the Guinness Book of Records because they've done something - I got in because I didn't do it! I didn't do it for 43 years - it is the longest gap achieved on television between appearances for any actor playing the same character."
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Revealing how he returned after so long away, Lowrie continued: "It's quite an interesting story, because my agent was emailing the new producer at the time, saying, 'Could the character be resurrected?'
"At the same time, it appears that Barbara was also talking to the producer and saying it would be a good thing to bring the character of Dennis Tanner back, because Rita and Dennis had a liaison some time ago. Phil Collinson, our producer, thought it was a good idea, the story writers thought it was a good idea and that's how it came about."
He added: "I'm having the best time of my life, and I mean that. I'm working with old friends, I'm working with some new friends as well. The company, the crew, every visiting artist says this about Coronation Street
- it's a very happy programme to work on."
Rita and Dennis's wedding episodes air on Monday (June 4) at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV1.> 'Coronation Street' Rita's kidnapper confirmed> 'Coronation Street' Michelle Keegan: 'Rita kidnap terrifies Tina'> 'Coronation Street' Rita actress Barbara Knox rules out retirement> 'Coronation Street' Barbara Knox "terrified" in wedding hostage scenes> Corrie's Barbara Knox gets tearful on 'This Morning'> Read more 'Coronation Street' spoilers and newsPhoto gallery - On-location shots from Rita and Dennis's wedding:
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