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It's the day of Blanche's funeral. Deirdre fights to hold herself together with Ken's help. Peter worries how Simon will cope with facing more grief at such a young age. Leanne reassures him. Amy is also struggling to come to terms with her great-grandmother's death and, desperately trying to cheer her up, Steve agrees she can change her name to "McDonald". Becky and Liz are perturbed. The mourners gather in the street as the funeral procession departs. Eddie and Anna prepare for a visit from the social worker. Outside St. Edmond's Church, everyone is staggered when a prison van draws up and Tracy emerges. Deirdre is overjoyed. Sian informs a thrilled Sophie that she will not be returning to Southport until her exams. Tracy's put out when Amy sits with Steve and Becky in church. Deirdre summons all her strength to take to the pulpit, delivering an affectionate eulogy recalling Blanche's best and worst points. Social worker Hilary Pugsley arrives at No.6 and it's clear she's going to be tough to impress. After the service, Tracy and Amy are reunited but Steve and Becky are alarmed when Tracy confronts them about changing Amy's surname to "McDonald".


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  • First appearance of Archie Shuttleworth since 23rd October 2006.
  • The funeral scenes were recorded at St. Martin's Church, Ashton-on-Mersey, in Sale.
  • This episode was followed by the tribute programme Goodbye Blanche, featuring clips of the character's best moments and the cast and crew paying tribute to Maggie Jones.
  • TV Times synopsis: The mourners at Blanche's funeral are shocked when Tracy joins them to hear Deirdre pay tribute to her mother, and it does not take the convict long to cause trouble with Steve and Becky.
  • Viewing Figures: First UK broadcast - 9,740,000 viewers (3rd place).
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