Saturday, 2 May 2015

Deirdre Barlow's farewell storyline finalised by ITV

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog April 2015, reposted to this blog with permission.)

A spokesperson for Coronation Street has confirmed that Deirdre's farewell storyline has been decided. The short statement simply reads: "We have finalised details for a plot explaining ­Deirdre's departure, which will be screened in the summer."

Coronation Street Executive producer Kieran Roberts spoke earlier this year about the show's plans to say farewell to Anne Kirkbride, who portrayed Deirdre Barlow for 42 years.  Anne passed away in January this year, aged 60

Kieran said: "She was a wonderful woman, and a wonderful actress. We all miss her terribly. At the moment, we're respecting her memory. We're talking to her family and respecting the family's wishes, but what I can tell fans of the show is that we will be saying farewell to the character on screen later this year.

"The exact plans are not yet finalised but that will certainly happen. It's important that, in the real world, the family are able to say farewell to the woman. We absolutely support and respect all of that.

"Later in the year, we will make sure that Coronation Street is able to say a farewell to Deirdre."

Anne Kirkbride's memorial service will be held on May 30 in Manchester.

Deirdre's funeral has now been written for Coronation Street.

Coronation Street writer Damon Rochefort has written the funeral. He said on twitter last night to Jane Danson, who plays Leanne, that he was proud to have written Deirdre's funeral. I agree with Gillian Skerritt, a Coronation Street fan on twitter who said she was pleased to hear Damon had written the funeral, as it was in safe hands. 

You can read Corrie writer Damon Rochefort's profile here.

Glenda Young 
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