Coronation Street this morning confirmed that tonight's episode of the Weatherfield soap will be dedicated to Maggie Jones, who passed away yesterday at the age of 75.
Digital Spy forum members were last night confused when a tribute to the actress - who played comedy legend Blanche Hunt - failed to appear, as is the usual protocol when a soap actor or actress dies.
However, a spokesperson for the show told me: "We felt that for those people who had not heard the news, it would be a huge shock for them to hear it as they settled down to watch Corrie."
They added: "Tonight is a great Barlow episode and will be dedicated to Maggie with a tribute."
Maggie's final scenes with the soap, which were filmed before she taken ill in October, aired during the 8.30pm episode on Friday, November 20 at 8.30pm.
However, I can confirm that due to the nature of episodes being filmed out of sync, she will appear in two more that will air on Monday and Friday of next week.
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