‘Coronation Street’ is set to air some of its most emotional scenes ever next week, as Ken Barlow discovers that his wife Deidre has died.
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The ITV soap will bid farewell to the iconic character after actress Anne Kirkbride passed away earlier this year.
Deirdre has been off-screen staying with friend Bev since last October, but as part of her farewell storyline, Ken (Bill Roache) will be overjoyed to hear that she has decided to return home, and quickly begins planning a surprise 60th birthday party for his wife to celebrate.
However, his elation is cut short when Bev (Susie Blake) arrives on the Street to tell him Deirdre has passed away suddenly.
Ken is dumbstruck by the news and begins to question why she stayed away from home for so long. He’s then upset to discover that Deirdre was too ashamed to face people following their daughter Tracy’s (Kate Ford) recent behaviour, which has seen her have an affair with Deirdre’s best friend Liz’s boyfriend, Tony.
Ken quickly becomes very angry at his daughter, furious that he was deprived of spending the last few weeks of Deirdre’s life apart from her because of Tracy’s affair.
Speaking about the storyline to Digital Spy, William revealed that Ken will eventually break down in poignant scenes where he is handed back Deirdre’s glasses.
"That is highly emotive as glasses are very personal - they're very close to the person, but of course when I got the glasses, they were also Anne's. Anne had worn those glasses for 20 years, so there was a complete merger for me. There was no Bill and Ken and Deirdre and Anne, it was just one. I felt the loss of both,” he said.
"From an acting point of view, it made it totally simple and totally believable and very easy to play. From the grieving and sadness point of view, it made it totally real. It was the only time there is a blurring of the edges between the character and the actor."
‘Coronation Street’ will air these scenes next week on ITV.