Tonight, as I am sure you all know, we face the loss of one of the most iconic characters in television history. I am actually somewhat surprised that the episode features other storylines, albeit in small doses. I will mention those briefly towards the end - it is obvious on whom the focus of this post should be.
It is Deirdre's 60th birthday. At Number 1, the Barlows are preparing for her much anticipated return from Bev's. Typically, Tracy is more concerned about herself than anything else, insisting upon having her hair done for the party. Next door, the residents are eagerly waiting for Deirdre so they can celebrate her surprise party. Norris is wittering on about a free bar and the buffet, Carla speaks of the best mother-in-law she's ever had.
Bev arrives at the house earlier than expected, making her first appearance on the Street since 2006. She is alone. Struggling to compose herself, she rings the doorbell. Ken is confused and becomes concerned, as Bev holds back tears. She explains that Deirdre died only a few hours ago, most likely of an aneurysm. The optimistic and exciting atmosphere is shattered in seconds.
|In a touching homage to the public's perception of Deirdre, Bev presents Ken with his wife's famous glasses.|
Liz bravely steps behind the bar at the Rovers and rings the bell to tell the party guests the heartbreaking news of her best friend's passing.
Despite the comforting thoughts that Deirdre was giddy and excitable right until the end and died peacefully, a dark and numbing undertone washes over every corner of the Street. Praise indeed to all the cast in this episode, but in particular Kate Ford as Tracy. Typical Tracy became almost a different person in seconds, very understandably. A slight hint of the typical Tracy does slip in, when Liz is crying about losing her best friend. Tracy tells her not to 'big her part up'. However, I think this is the first time that Tracy has displayed true, selfless emotion, She has lost the one person who was constantly on her side no matter what. She has lost her mother.
|Audrey attempts to console Tracy|
She is furious, but when she confronts him, he angrily jumps in his car and flees, yelling "Don't whack ma mota!" when she hits his car out of frustration. I am very happy that David and Kylie are back together properly now but this storyline is dragging like Deirdre on a cigarette.
The stunned regulars drink their fond memories of Deidre and Ken breaks down in the arms of Steve, wondering what he is to do without her. An all round brilliant episode, sensitively written by Jonathan Harvey- my personal favourite writer. I was slightly surprised that the music played during the end credits, but silent credits don't seem to happen anymore.
|"I can't believe I'll never see her again. Fag in her hand. The laughs. You could tell her anything"|
|"I just don't know what I'm going to do without her"|
|And just for lightheartedness, here is a photo of "Deirdre" and I in the Rovers at Madame Tussaud's, Blackpool|
Thanks again for reading.
Twitter - @JordanLloyd39
R.I.P Anne Kirkbride
Download our App | Follow on Twitter @CoroStreetBlog | Like on Facebook
All original work on the Coronation Street Blog is covered by a Creative Commons License