Sunday 20 August 2017

Coronation Street: Deirdre Barlow's family to be told she died of brain aneurysm at a surprise party

* Soap bosses have finalised the sad departure of Deirdre Barlow
* It comes four months after actor Anne Kirkbride died from cancer
* Bosses have discussed with plans with Anne's husband David who has given his approval

Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for 42 years, sadly passed away in January this year aged just 60, after a short illness.
Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for 42 years, sadly passed away in January this year aged just 60, after a short illness.
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Coronation Street is set to air emotional scenes as it bids a sad farewell to Street stalwart Deirdre Barlow.

The scenes come some four months after Anne Kirbride (61), who played Deirdre for 42 years, passed away from cancer in January.

Ken and Deirdre first wedding in 1981.
Ken and Deirdre first wedding in 1981.
File photo dated 29/01/14 of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow, has died after a short illness, her husband David Beckett said tonight. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The faces of Deirdre Barlow

The scenes will see Deirdre's family excitedly plan a surprise party as they prepare for her return to the cobbles. Viewers last saw Deirdre in October as she struggled to cope with the pressure surrounding the trial of her stepson Peter Barlow for the murder of Tina McIntyre. Famously, her last act was to throw her trifle against her living room wall as her daughter Tracy bickered with sister-in-law Carla Connor.

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Viewers will see Deirdre's friend Bev Unwin, with whom Deirdre was staying, break the news that she has suffered a suspected brain aneurysm and has died.

Bev will tell Deirdre's distraught husband Ken and daughter Tracey that she slipped away peacefully in her garden after she had packed her bags to return to Weatherfield.

File photo dated 25/07/11 of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride as she unveiled the new wax figure of her on screen character Deirdre Barlow at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, as she has died after a short illness, her husband David Beckett said tonight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 19, 2015. See PA story DEATH Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
File photo dated 25/07/11 of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride as she unveiled the new wax figure of her on screen character Deirdre Barlow at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool, as she has died after a short illness, her husband David Beckett said tonight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 19, 2015. See PA story DEATH Kirkbride. Photo credit should read: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
Ratings winners: Anne Kirkbride with her on-screen husband William Roache

As Deirdre's shocked family struggled to take in the news, Bev will give Ken his wife's wedding ring in a final moving gesture.

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A show insider told 'The Sun': "Ken will be seen writing a card address to 'My Darling Wife' before everyone gathers at the Rovers, ready to welcome Deirdre home.

"But just before, Bev turns up and reveals Deirdre has died.

"Tracy just breaks down and howls as Steve comforts her, and Ken sits there in stunned silence."

Soap bosses have been discussing Deirdre's departure for some time following Anne's tragic death.

Read more here: Corrie stars Bill Roache and Beverly Callard with Anne Kirkbride in her final moments 

Before they filmed the scenes, they consulted with Anne's husband David who gave his approval to the scenes.

Anne Kirkbride, Doris Speed and Bill Roache, (left - right back) Ken Farrington and Alan Rothwell on the set of Coronation Street. Photo credit: Malcolm Croft/PA Wire
Anne Kirkbride, Doris Speed and Bill Roache, (left - right back) Ken Farrington and Alan Rothwell on the set of Coronation Street. Photo credit: Malcolm Croft/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/12/74 of Coronation Street stars during a Christmas Party sequence at the Rovers Return, as actress Anne Kirkbride (third left back) Photo credit: PA/PA Wire

ITV would not give any official comment on the soap's storylines.

Meanwhile Bev Callard, who plays Liz McDonald and was a close friend of Anne away from the cobbles, will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to David in honour of his late wife at the British Soap Awards.

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