During the show - airing on Tuesday (20 December) - her brother, Ken Hodgkinson, reveals their final conversation, in which she reflected on her career, commenting: “Not bad for a poor girl from Liverpool, is it?”
Ken explains: “Jean’s death came on suddenly. It was very hard to cope with it all. I still can’t get my head around it. The comforting thing is she was happy with what she had done.
“She said, ‘I’ve achieved what I wanted to do’. And she said, ‘it’s not bad for a poor girl from Liverpool is it?’.”
The special will also feature contributions from her former co-stars, Bill Roache and Michael Le Vell, the latter of whom became tearful as he watched old clips of himself and Jean in action.
Michael - whose character, Kevin Webster, was introduced as a lodger for Hilda Ogden in 1983 - says: “I had a few years working with the best. And she was the best.”