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Corrie Street July 24/16

Remembering Deirdre

On Thursday and Friday, characters and audience were remembering Deirdre. They and we, of course, were also remembering her remembering deirdre tracy-at-gravestoneportrayer Anne Kirkbride. Her photo on the Barlow sideboard is never far from our view, but it was nice seeing it close up again.

More than words and a raised glass of red marked the passing of actress and character. Remembering Deirdre and communing with her brought dramatic action about. Reconciliation and new beginnings in honour of her spirit – in two storylines.

Tracy and Amy reconciled at her gravestone. Robert, acting as tracy-sees-robert-and-amypeacemaker and friend, brought Amy there and went out for pizza with them after. It had been Deirdre’s death that brought him back into the Barlow family and, for better or worse, he does care about all of them.

tracy-amy-and-robert-on-streetTracy brought Todd and Billy together, also for better or worse. She told them to sort themselves out. And she’s right. Despite the huge potential for damage, they need to end their dance around each other and their feelings.

The damage will be huge for Sean. A man dumps him again, a man who is good with and for him. He knows, despite Billy’s protestations, that someone else is involved. When he finds out it’s Todd! That doesn’t bear thinking about.

Todd, Billy, Sean

Watching Todd, Billy and Sean this week has been hard. Todd honestly doesn’t want to see Sean hurt. That evil-Todd-back-from-London has gone, at least for now. He isn’t toying with people, just tracy-takes-billy-to-toddtrying to mess up as many lives as possible, as he has done before. He does hurt Billy, but for the greater good, to keep things as they were. Todd denies the feelings he had admitted to when drunk, tells him he’d got the wrong end of the stick, and tells him to go away, go back to Sean. And that was to protect Sean, to make Billy stay with Sean, to keep them together.

And Billy, man of God, is torn between loyalty to the promises he’s billy-looks-at-toddmade to Sean and his new feelings for Todd. Lying about everything, hiding and deceiving everyone. His own duplicity and Sean’s present and future pain burdens him. But he can’t stop his feelings for Todd, and he knows that Todd reciprocates them.

Tracy acts as a catalyst, and not in her usual way of tattling to one person behind the other person’s back. She sees Billy and takes him tracy-by-deirdre-gravestoneto the flower shop where Todd is still working. Todd, meet Billy. Billy, meet Todd. Now talk. Was this direct approach to problem solving due to her long talk to Deirdre in the cemetery? I’d like to think so.

Corrie Street Jan. 25/15

Prince Charming

Kirk and Beth’s wedding was as wonderful as I’d hoped. But there were last-minute beth-and-sinead-outside-registryjitters, and those gave me my scene.

Kirk is late for the ceremony, making everyone nervous. Beth fears he’s backed out. And she doesn’t even know about his wibbly spell the previous night.

The registrar says the time on their booked slot is running out, the couple booked next fuss about their wedding maybe running late, the guests mutter about a sinead-consoles-bethno-show groom. Beth doesn’t want to hear any of that, so she’s out front on the steps, nearly in tears. Sinead is with her. Beth tells Sinead she thought all the bad times with men were behind her now, thought Kirky was the one.

As she tries to reconcile herself to being beth-and-sinead-see-kirk Prince Charmingjilted, Kirk jumps out of a van, carrying a boombox and singing along with it – “Prince Charming”. He’s Adam Ant. He’d decided to find the outfit she’d wanted. He wanted to surprise her, go beyond her expectations. He wanted to show her he’d do anything for her because he loved her so very much. Beth wasn’t the only one in tears! I was too.

Kirk-asks-for-silenceLater, during the reception at the Rovers, there was an unintended heartbreaking moment. Kirk wants to give his speech, so he yells above the noise, asking for “a minute of silence”. Tracy laughs, “Why, has somebody died?”

Anne Kirkbride

In a coincidence of timing, it happened that episode aired in Canada the same night that Anne Kirkbride (Deirdre) died. Soon after hearing that sad news, watching Corrie and trying to absorb the fact that we’d never see Deirdre again, hearing what her on-screen daughter said sent me into tears again.

tracy-asks-who-diedSomehow though, if that line had to occur on that particular night, it is right that it came from Tracy. Even when she doesn’t mean to, she can put her foot in it. I could see Deirdre’s look of shock and hear her – “Oh, Tracy luv! What a thing to say!”

Our Deirdre

Deirdre Barlow with EcclesAnne Kirkbride has died. Tonight, after a short illness, say the news reports on CBC and online. We know her best as Deirdre Barlow.

We last saw her flinging a trifle that didn’t set properly against the wall. Evidently being on the brink, she then went to visit a friend so that Anne could have a well-deserved break.

I have been hoping she’d soon return. The Barlow household, indeed the whole street, just isn’t the same without her.

Deirdre washing dishes & cryingMy condolences to her real-life family and her Coronation Street family. She will be sorely missed.

She will always be The Weatherfield One.

Amazon link for coronation street cookbookIn honour of Deirdre’s trifle and her signature stuffed marrow, here’s a link to The Coronation Street Cookbook by Graham Carlisle on Amazon.