Bev made her final appearance in December 2006 after scattering Fred's ashes with Ashley. Fred died on his wedding day to Bev. The old rogue, I say the butcher, popped his clogs on Audrey's welcome mat after he went to see her on the morning of his wedding day.
Bev has been mentioned a few times since she left the show, after both Liz and Deirdre, separately, "spent time with Bev" when the actresses who played them took leave from the show. On-screen, Deirdre is staying with Bev now, and she stayed on longer than planned to support Bev when Bev's brother died.
Deirdre's funeral will be screened this summer and we already know that Peter Barlow will return for it.
Tracy Barlow's ex-husband Robert Preston will also make a shock return which coincides with the funeral. Casualty actor Tristan Gemmil has been cast to play the new Robert (he was originally played by actor Julian Kay). Tristan posted this to twitter today (May 12) so he must have started filming already. It means, therefore, that Deirdre's funeral can't be that far away.
See also the following as we get ready to say goodbye to Deirdre Barlow:First day of school........ pic.twitter.com/OSZ0E1MEZv— Tristan Gemmill (@TristanGemmill) May 11, 2015
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 returning.
Coronation Street build their own graveyard to film Deirdre's funeral
Tracy's ex-husband Robert Preston returns.
The funeral has been written by scriptwriter Damon Rochefort
Deirdre's death has been explained here.
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