Ritchie continued, “I have known for a long time and I was wishing I wouldn’t cry, as I think there’s something weirdly narcissistic about crying about your own death. But it was just everything, it was saying goodbye to the show, I love it so much.
“But it was done beautifully and I feel really glad and really proud that I got to say goodbye in that way.”
On leaving the show, which she’s appeared on since 2015, Ritchie said: “It was such a hard decision to make. I love it. It’s the most wonderful job. It was just the sort of time to go, I think. My character Barbara had had such a gorgeous arc.”
She laughed off suggestions of a potential future romance for her on-screen husband with Helen George’s character Trixie, however: “Over my dead body!”