Coronation Street finally gets to shed tears for Deirdre
Coronation Street viewers will learn tonight of the tragic death of one of the show's longest-running characters, Deirdre Barlow, played by late actress Anne Kirkbride.
In a heartbreaking scene, Deirdre's husband Ken, daughter Tracy and neighbour Audrey are told of the devastating news by her closest friend Bev.
Her death is announced later to the rest of Weatherfield's residents at a party planned for her homecoming at the Rovers Return.
Kirkbride, who played Deirdre for 42 years, died in January aged 60.
At the time of her death, she had been away from the screen for four months after taking a break following her diagnosis with cancer.