Sunday, 16 October 2016

Coronation Street will dedicate Monday's episode to Jean Alexander

Coronation Street will dedicate Monday's episodes to Jean Alexander, who has sadly passed away.

An ITV spokesperson confirmed Monday's episodes will be dedicated to Jean's memory.

And they added that show bosses were considering having characters reference the death of Hilda, who would now be 92.

John Whiston, Creative Director at ITV Studios, said in a statement yesterday:

“Everyone who loves what is special about Coronation Street will know how sad it is to hear that Jean Alexander has died. Hilda Ogden was the earthy heart of the show for very many years, and the brilliance of Jean as an actor was that she could shift from high comedy to deeply emotional and moving drama in a heartbeat. That takes real skill and real acting but also real humanity."

Jean's niece Sonia Hearld said: “At one time she was the world’s all-time favourite soap star. I think people just took her to their hearts and thought she was their friend. People would come up to her when she was in the street and just want to hug her and say, ‘Hello.’ I think people felt she was part of their lives. As she said, ‘Without the public liking me, who am I? I’m nothing. If they don’t like me, I don’t exist really.’"

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Tvor said...

I would love for them to have a reference to her in the show at some point. Maybe a client at the garage mentions their great-great auntie lived there once or a cab client had some connection.

Llifon said...

Will they be doing a tribute show and maybe showing a classic Hilda episode?

KAY said...

I would think that the only people who would be notified of her death would be Sally and Kevin. Maybe they will get sent a letter or get a phone call....and they should buy some new flying ducks and a muriel in memory of her!

Tvor said...

Ken and Rita would have known her well, and Emily. Let's have Dennis send a message to Rita that he heard Hilda died or for Rita or Ken see it in the obituaries in the newspaper, and then Rita contact Emily to let her know.

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