THERE was a running gag in Coronation Street last night about the vast amount of tea and coffee brewed in Weatherfield.
Corner shop kid Amber and missing in action Adam also re-appeared from the Red Rec black hole.
Oh, and Tracy Barlow was charged with murder after builder Charlie Stubbs graduated to an altogether different kind of spirit level.
Thanks to Tracy’s tearful mum Deirdre, hosepipe and sprinkler bans are to be lifted across the nation.
Actress Anne Kirkbride, who plays Deirdre, is still fondly remembered as The Weatherfield One, after her character’s own spell behind bars back in 1998.
Tony Blair ordered the Home Secretary to investigate Deirdre’s case. Somehow you can’t see him doing the same for Tracy.
While we await the verdict of soap justice – and it will be a wait – it’s good to see Oldham-born Anne spending some time away from the cobbles in a new TV documentary.
As you can read in today’s MEN, there were more tears when she filmed You Don’t Know You’re Born, to be screened a week tonight.
Anne is the first subject in the three-part series, which is ITV1’s answer to BBC hit Who Do You Think You Are?
Family history documentaries are famed for making their subjects cry. Even Jeremy Paxman blubbed.
And can you imagine the floods if Ken Barlow was ever unwise enough to look back on some of his own family’s more immediate past?
But Anne had good reason to feel emotional, as filming started just a few weeks after the death of her father Jack.
She travels to Ireland, Somerset and Lancashire to investigate the lives of her two great-grandfathers – one a farmer, the other an artist and photographer.
It’s a rare off duty glimpse of the usually private actress – known as Annie to family, friends and workmates.
Just the thing to sit down and watch with a nice cup of tea…
The UK Tea Council
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