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Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Mar. 6/11)

A funeral, a fight & free food

They did Blanche – and Maggie – proud.  The funeral was lovely, heartfelt and funny.  So many beautiful Eccles consoling Deirdremoments.  Starting before the funeral, on Tuesday, with Ken in Blanche’s room, looking through her “bits and bobs”.  Deirdre is furious, but realizes she’s taking out her guilt and grief on him unjustifiably.  So together they look through Blanche’s things, remembering.

Wednesday, Deirdre trying to get ready, hearing her mother chivvying her along.  Eccles, seeing Deirdre distraught, coming to lick her hand and make it better.

Liz, with curlers in hair, explains childhood to SteveAt the Rovers, Liz explains a lot about the MacDonald reluctance to tell Amy anything.  “I were that age when my gramma died.  My dad sat me down, said she’d moved house and he’d lost her new address.”  Steve asks, “Did you never wonder why you never saw her again?”  “I thought she were living quite happily somewhere in Wolverhampton until I were 23.  Saved me a lot of grieving, that.”

Sophie, Sian and Rosie looking at hearse in Street - blancheThe hearse by the door and Archie Shuttleworth presiding.  Lovely tableaus of residents waiting for their place in the procession or paying their respects.  The flowers in the hearse window.

At the church, May explains the absence of Brynnie, the Knitter Natter member who was to play the recorder.  The recorder presumably fell victim to a normally lovely mini-May handing thermos bottle & slippers to Emily & Ritabus driver but “45 minutes non-stop of ‘Morning has Broken’ is enough to try anyone’s patience.”  While telling this, May was unloading her purse of its carafe of coffee and who knows what all else and passing it to others to hold.  I have no idea why.

The pallbearers waiting for the coffin, Roy among them.  Always honest, he said he found Blanche a “difficult and unpleasant woman, often unnecessarily cruel.”  “Thank God you’re not in charge of the eulogy,” Dev said.

Then the eulogy – indeed a wonderful scene.  Deirdre was perfect in her description of her mother and in Barlows' pew, with Tracey's guard wiping eyesshowing her deep love of her.  And the little shots of the mourners while she was speaking.  Hayley hissing “Not a word, Roy” when Deirdre said the local café had closed out of respect for Blanche.  Tracy passing a tissue to the weeping prison guard who had never even met Blanche, then having to raise her cufflinked arm with her so she could blow her nose.  Janice laughing out loud when Deirdre described her mother as “the mean-spirited old witch in the corner.”  Then Deirdre breaking down, and Simon giving her a little smile and wave.

old friends of Blanche in Rovers, toasting herIt was a moving eulogy and a beautiful funeral.  Blanche would have loved it.  It even ended with a catfight with Tracy going for Becky.  I hope Blanche got a good laugh out of that – and Maggie too.  On Thursday, after the funeral at the Rovers, Ken’s words about Blanche were beautiful.  Ken was speaking of Blanche, but the emotion he showed appeared to be of Bill Roache for Maggie Jones.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Feb. 27/11)

Blanche

Mary's wedding dress frightens NorrisNorris and Mary, in the little cottage of horrors, were riveting this week.  And it was nice to see Nu-Amy.  But the week belonged to Blanche.  May she, and her portrayer Maggie Jones, rest in peace.  They are missed.

There were so many scenes, and bits of scenes, in Wednesday and Thursday’s episodes in the telling of Blanche’s passing photo of Blanche on sideboard - Maggie Jones– facial expressions, a line spoken, even a word.  Blanche was there.

Despite knowing for over a year of the passing of Ms. Jones, it still wasn’t real while watching Corrie St.  Whenever Deirdre would say something about “Mother coming home” I’d think oh maybe she is, maybe it was a huge mistake.

Mourning Blanche – and Maggie Jones

But no, Blanche died in her sleep the day she was to fly home from Portugal. Poor Deirdre sits at the table under the banner Barlows and Liz in front of banner for Blanche - Maggie JonesSimon and Amy made for their Nana Blanche.  Ken, with a kindness one doesn’t always expect from him, raises no objection to her smoking in the house.

We – and the Barlows – get the details of her time in Portugal from her friend May. Before she comes in, Liz asks “is she the one with the anorexic daughter?”  “No, the gay son with the dogs,” Deirdre replies.

I don’t know how much of May we will see, but thank you, writers, for giving us a glimpse of Blanche’s friend from the One O’Clock Club.  What a treat she is!  “Is there a war on?” May asks as Liz hands her a glass of sherry or wine.  She’s somehow already established herself as fey enough that you can’t help but wonder if she actually thinks she’s back in WWII.  You can see by Liz’s face that she’s not quite sure either.  So May elaborates; “is there rationing?”  Deirdre twigs first, after all she’s Blanche’s daughter.  May wants more in her glass.

Peter, reacting to "she was the nicest person"Ken reacting to "she could be curmudgeonly"May tells them about Blanche’s new man, Arnold, and her plans for marriage.  Somehow, it’s nice thinking about her being in Portugal, happy with Arnold, “with the sun on her specs and the breeze in her slacks,” as May describes her “sweet” friend Blanche.  The camera focuses on each eye roll and eyebrow lift from the others.  Peter even asks “Are you sure you’ve got the same person?”

May shows Peter photo of pug VictoriaPeter steadily tops up May’s glass as she works her way to the bottom of the bottle.  She shows him a picture on her phone, “Here’s my son’s Pug, Victoria.”  She has trouble getting her next words out, “And here’s his Miniature Sch – Schnau – Schnauzer, David.”  (The son is a soccer fan or a glitterati fan?)

Deirdre washing dishes & crying - mourning Maggie JonesMay totters on her way and Deirdre washes dishes and cries.  Ken makes bookings to fly to Portugal.  She needs to be with her mother.  I know it’s a story, and they’re all just characters in it, but I’m glad.  Beautiful episodes that gave a proper farewell to the wonderful Maggie Jones.