Wendy Papadopoulos/Crozier (Roberta Kerr) and Ken Barlow (William Roache) lastly got here head to head in tonight’s Coronation Road, after they final noticed one another in 2012.
Fo anybody not conversant in Ken and Wendy’s back-story, Wendy gave a helpful abstract to Abi (Sally Carman) after revealing that there was historical past between her and Weatherfield’s longest-serving resident.
‘Ken and I had a little bit of a factor again within the day,’ Wendy defined. ‘It ended up costing him his marriage.’ She recounted how her affair with Ken, which befell in 1989-90, prompted him and his spouse Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) to separate up. When the affair ended, Ken and Deirdre obtained again collectively once more, however Deirdre was suspicious when Wendy began working with Ken. A jealous Wendy lied and advised Deirdre that she and Ken had rekindled their affair. When Ken discovered, he advised Wendy he by no means wished to see her once more.
Wendy was shocked to listen to from Abi that Deirdre had died years in the past – in 2015, the truth is, following Anne Kirkbride’s tragic loss of life a yr earlier on the age of 60.
Wendy has been superb to Abi, serving to her to get her household again collectively after the custody battle for Alfie, so Abi determined to assist her buddy by getting Tracy out of the way in which whereas Wendy went to no. 1 to speak to Ken.
In poignant scenes, Wendy apologised to Ken for attempting to wreck his marriage and for attempting to make Deirdre doubt how a lot Ken cherished her.
‘She knew,’ Ken mentioned. ‘Identical to she knew it doesn’t matter what the variations, that we have been meant to be collectively. To the top.’
Wendy mentioned she was glad. As she was leaving she was noticed by Tracy, who declared that ‘Mum would flip in her grave.’ However Ken insisted that it was time to let bygones be bygones.
‘Goodbye Wendy,’ he mentioned. ‘I don’t assume our paths will cross once more.’
Later Tracy discovered him wanting although some letters from Deirdre and different mementoes.
‘I by no means cherished anybody the way in which I cherished Deirdre. And nonetheless love her,’ he mentioned, as a big image of Anne Kirkbride smiled from the sideboard behind him as a continuing reminder of one in all TV’s most iconic partnerships.
‘How great it was to be cherished again. How fortunate we have been to have discovered each other.’
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