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.
@RealJaneDanson so proud to have written deirdres funeral
— Damon Rochefort (@damoncorrie) April 24, 2015
You can read Corrie writer Damon Rochefort's profile here.
News that Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter Barlow, will be returning to Coronation Street for Deirdre's funeral has been welcomed. In a further interview today with the Nottingham Post, Chris says this about Peter's return to Corrie: "It's just to tie things up with Deirdre's character. So you know, I'll look forward to doing that, it will be good for me because I was very close to Annie (Anne Kirkbride).
"Her death hit me very hard and you know, I was away working when that happened so I wasn't there in the fold so to speak. And it was really hard to come to terms with so I'll go back and do this and get a bit of closure on it. Lay that to rest so to speak.
"But I always said that hopefully I would go back at some point. Maybe for a few years again."
See also: ITV finalise plans for Deirdre's farewell
See also the following as we get ready to say goodbye to Deirdre Barlow:
Interview with Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow) on saying goodbye to her on-screen mum
Interview with William Roache (Ken Barlow) on saying goodbye to his on-screen wife
Interview with Corrie scriptwriter Damon Rochefort on writing out a legend from the show
Deirdre to die on her 60th birthday, July 8 2015.
Peter Barlow and Bev Unwin are returning.
Coronation Street build their own graveyard to film Deirdre's funeral
Tracy's ex-husband Robert Preston returns.
Deirdre's death has been explained here.
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