Coronation Street’s much-loved Blanche Hunt will be given an on-screen funeral later this year with her granddaughter Tracy Barlow returning from prison for the ceremony.

The show’s producer Kim Crowther promised that Weatherfield battle-axe Blanche, played by the late Maggie Jones, will be given a ‘fitting send-off’.

Maggie died in hospital last month at the age of 75 after a period of ill health.

Kim told ITV1’s This Morning: “We will be giving the character a fitting send-off. We play her funeral on screen.

“Our characters say goodbye to the character and I think it will be touching and moving, and funny as well, and also have all the elements it should have.”

The producer said the soap’s cast and crew ‘miss Maggie greatly’.

She added: “She was a wonderful character and a real professional and fantastic to have on the show.

“Also, the character of Blanche was unforgettable and everybody loved her. And she came out with the lines you couldn’t give anybody else. She was brilliant at comic one-liners.”

The screen funeral will also see the return of Maggie’s granddaughter Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), who is in prison for murder, the producer said.

A funeral was held for Jones in London last month, and a memorial service is to take place at Salford Cathedral on February 25.

Kim said: “We will pay tribute to Maggie personally then.”

Blanche’s absence from screens has so far been explained by an extended break in Portugal with a friend.

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