Saturday 25 February 2017

Coronation Street producer describes script for Deirdre Barlow's departure as 'really magnificent'

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.
Ken and Deirdre first wedding in 1981.
The faces of Deirdre Barlow
LOVE TRIANGLE: 'Coronation Street' actors William Roache (left), who played Ken Barlow and Johnny Briggs who played Mike Baldwin with Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow

Coronation Street boss Stuart Blackburn has revealed that the scripts for the episodes regarding Deirdre Barlow's death are 'really magnificent'.

Speaking at a recent press conference, the writer and producer of the hit ITV soap revealed he had read the scripts for the difficult storyline.

“The scripts are magnificent, really magnificent and yes, it’s kind of upsetting experience for all of us for obvious reasons but I think it’s a really fitting tribute to Deirdre,” he said.

Details of the emotional scenes were revealed earlier this month, four months after Anne Kirkbride (61), who played Deirdre for 42 years, passed away from cancer in January.

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.

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.

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

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