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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 March 2006, 10:15 GMT 11:15 UK
Soap death inspires Nelson cover
Baldwin is surrounded by fellow characters, including Ken Barlow

The death of Coronation Street's Mike Baldwin has inspired a magazine to recreate a painting of Lord Nelson featuring stars from the ITV1 soap.

The Death of Nelson, painted by Arthur William Devis in 1807, depicts his dying moments aboard HMS Victory.

In the Radio Times cover, Ken Barlow lays his hand on Baldwin's chest - a position taken in the original painting by HMS Victory's chaplain, Dr Scott.

Danny Baldwin and Deirdre Barlow replace Nelson's surgeon and steward.

The two pictures will be displayed side-by-side at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, south-east London, from Wednesday until Sunday.

In the long-running soap, Mike Baldwin - played by Johnny Briggs - has developed Alzheimer's disease.

In next Monday's episode he suffers a heart attack, and dies in the arms of old rival Ken Barlow, played by William Roache.

The Death of Nelson, by Arthur William Devis, hangs in the National Maritime Museum

Briggs filmed his final scene earlier this month, which a Granada spokeswoman described as "quite emotional".

Mike Baldwin has been one of the Street's most popular characters of the last 30 years, with many of his storylines proving to be winners in the ratings.

Briggs, 70, has been acting since the age of 12. His previous credits include small roles in Carry On films and TV police series Z Cars.

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