Coronation Street: V Is For Vera

PERHAPS it’s just me.
Was there a subtle tribute to actress Liz Dawn and the character she played for 33 years in Coronation Street’s final farewell to Vera Duckworth?
I’ve not seen a comment on it anywhere, so maybe I saw what I wanted to see on Vera’s funeral day.
We’d already watched a large number of Corrie residents gather on the cobbles to pay their respects.
As the Co-op hearse carrying Vera’s coffin to the crematorium drove away from No 9 and past the Rovers, the camera swung slowly upwards.
And looking down back along Coronation Street, the majority of the cast fell into two separate diagonal lines – spelling out V for Vera.

If it was intentional, it was a masterstroke.
And if it wasn’t, it provided a beautiful final touch all the same.
Jack (Bill Tarmey) brings Vera’s ashes home in tonight’s episode.

They won’t be scattered in the sea off Blackpool just yet.
True to form, Vera is going to be watching over Jack for some time to come.
Update: Check out the screengrabs here.
Liz Dawn – Fighting For Breath
The End Of A Vera
My Vera’s Gone
Ta-ra Vera
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One response to “Coronation Street: V Is For Vera

  1. Paul Sheehan

    I am always impressed with the camerawork on “Corrie.” That pullback shot was the latest gem and, as you say, regardless of the intention, the effect was the same.
    That the cast and crew can produce five half hours a week of TV with such high production values is a testament to their hard work. One need only look at the sloppiness of the US daily soaps to see what a difference dedication makes.
    The acting of Bill Tarmey in this storyline has been top notch as has that of the three younger members of the Duckworth household.
    Cheers again Ian for another fresh insight into an old favourite.

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