Coronation Street boss on Deirdre’s exit storyline – It’s a really fitting tribute

There are tears, there is hurt, there are big issues..but there is humour there," said producer Stuart Blackburn

Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has been outlining his plans for Deirdre Barlow’s funeral, promising tears, heartache but also humour.

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“It is an upsetting experience for all of us. For obvious reasons. But I think it is a really fitting tribute to Deirdre,” the soap boss said at a press conference today. “There are tears, there is hurt, there are big issues..but there is humour there – real, real humour. A lock-in back at the Rovers after the funeral is great stuff.”

Blackburn’s comments follow an interview given yesterday by actress Beverley Callard – who plays Liz McDonald – in which she talked about being overcome with emotion while filming key scenes.

Said Callard: “We’re beginning to talk about the demise of Deirdre and my husband said to me, ‘How will you feel about this?’ and I said, ‘I’ll be fine because we’re not talking about Annie, it’s pretend, we’re talking about Deirdre.’

“Suddenly I walked into the Barlows’ and I was so taken over with emotion. It was really, really difficult to do and I’ve not found that before.”

Blackburn also added today that Chris Gacoyne (Peter Barlow) and Susie Blake (Bev Unwin) would be the only returnees to the soap for Deirdre’s on-screen funeral.

The Sun reported last week that Deirdre’s nearest and dearest will be seen planning a welcome home party for her only for Bev to break the news that she’s died of a brain haemorrhage. 

Actress Anne Kirkbride – who played Deirdre Barlow for 42 years – died in January following a short illness.

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