Tuesday, 4 December 2012

How do you solve a problem like Deirdre?

(This post was originally posted by Graeme N on the Coronation Street Blog November 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Poor old Deirdre. What has happened to her? I have noticed that her character has become less than popular on this blog, and this is in no small part down to the delightful Tracy Barlow. It would be true to character for a mother to support her daughter through various troubles and heartaches, but her constant, unflinching support of Tracy no matter what the dirty deed is wearing more than a little thin. The unrelenting unpleasantness of Tracy Lynette has spoiled Deirdre, who was once a great, classic Street character. 

Apart from Tracy, what does Deirdre have? Ken? A man who has always had his own, very separate interests (and no, I don't mean Wendy flamin' Crozier). We know Deirdre works at the Medical Centre but as far as I'm aware, she's never had a decent storyline there. I think the character has also lost something since Blanche died - Blanche was often the only character who could put Deirdre (and Tracy) back in their boxes! Since Liz McDonald packed up her unsuitable wardrobe and tottered off (yet again), Deirdre has been without a close female pal to confide in. And what interests does Deirdre have apart from the fags and red wine? Stuffed marrows and dodgy pottery? And whatever happened to that? So what does Deirdre need? 

Well I think it's too much to hope that Tracy will be waving goodbye anytime soon. Personally, I would love for Deirdre to have her own, stand-alone story to play out (and by that, I don't mean another affair). Come on writers! Think out of the box and help breathe new life into this character before it is too late! 

So what are your ideas for future Deirdre storylines? From the sublime to the ridiculous, and none involving Dev please, let's have them! And sorry, I couldn't write about Deirdre without dredging up a couple of awful photos from the Dev and Deirdre lurve archive...

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