The Fate of Elsie Tanner


Now it can be told. When Elise left the cobbles in 1984, the cab driver asked her if she would be going away for long.

“Ah, now there’s a question.” was her reply.

Like Ken Barlow and Dennis Tanner, she appeared in the very first episode. For two decades she loomed large over the street and became a pop culture icon to singers like Freddie Mercury and Morrissey. When she left, there was always a question of whether she’d return. This was rendered moot when Pat Phoenix died in 1986 but her character’s final fate was something of a mystery.

Tonight, Dennis gave us her final chapter: she died in a fancy sports car, going off a cliff in Portugal with her husband at the age of 81. As Dennis said, “They don’t make ’em like that anymore.”

Unrelated but also worth noting:

“Love is like a fire: If it’s not poked regularly, it goes out,” Julie Carp.

 

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5 Responses to The Fate of Elsie Tanner

  1. S. Poole says:

    Was very surprised they tied up that loose end, this storyline of the girls helping James at the shelter has become worth watching all of a sudden. And it is true, they really don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

    A book called The world according to Julie Carp would sell a million copies.

  2. haili says:

    The girls finally did something worth watching! I enjoyed the scenes with Dennis, even though I don’t remember much about him. Elsie always had the spotlight back then and it was good to have Dennis tell what finally happened to her and drink a toast to her memory.

    LOL at Julie last night and I hope we get to see more of Eileen and the Grimshaw residence soon.

  3. Mark Daye says:

    This is another great Corrie line….”Love is like a fire: If it’s not poked regularly, it goes out,” Julie Carp. Claudia’s grannie and trannie line was good too, as was Ken’s line last week about the vase.

  4. missusmac says:

    I never watched or knew about Elsie, except in vague references. It’s a great ending for a great gal, but not sure if it’s something that long(er) time viewers might not see as feasible.

  5. Gayle says:

    I was a Corrie viewer when the late, great Elsie was on. She was a fabulous character. If you have the privilege of watching the “Making of Coronation Street” you’ll see what I mean.

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