Tribute to Maggie Jones

by Lynn Connolly
maggie jones

1934 - 2009

On the sad news that Maggie Jones, who played Corrie’s Blanche Hunt, has passed away, we’d like to give our own little tribute to her.

She was one of the funniest women on TV and she brought her amazing ability to parlay sarcasm and wit into sharp one-liners on Coronation Street for many years. Maggie received a British Soap Award for Best Comedy Performance in both 2005 and 2008.

Here she is accepting one of those awards…

Maggie first appeared on the Street back in 1961, but she became a Street institution when she was given the role of acid-tongued Blanche in 1974. She then made regular appearances until 1976 and after a break, returned in 1999.

Since then, Blanche has been a constant on the Street, right up until October when she had the accident at home that was to lead to her sad death.

An ITV spokesman announced yesterday that Maggie had died in her sleep on Wednesday morning, aged 75.

Bill Roache, who plays Blanche’s long suffering son-in-law, Ken, told the BBC that Maggie was “a brilliant actress.” He added, “She was a tower of strength, physically frail but mentally strong as an ox and sharp as someone half her age.

“She had an amazing dry wit and was as funny, if not funnier, than Blanche. We were great crossword partners — we sat through Tracy’s trial scenes doing the crossword together.”

The show’s writers had written Blanche out of the show while Maggie recovered from emergency surgery following a fall at home, and now of course, they have the sad task of writing Blanche out permanently.

The Street will be a little darker without her and her cutting sarcasm. Here are a few examples of that rapier wit…

Blanche to Deirdre: “Good looks are a curse. You and Ken should count yourselves lucky.”

Blanche: “I didn’t get central heating until I was 52, which is why my skin is like alabaster!”

Blanche: “I don’t have any truck with tank tops. They’re unmanly.”

Blanche to Deirdre “You need to learn to enjoy other people’s misfortune. Otherwise, you’re going to have a very unhappy old age”.

Blanche to Tracy: “You look remarkably chipper. Trod on a snail?”

Here’s Blanche giving postmen a verbal battering to young Simom…

And again managing to offend Deirdre…

Here’s the brilliant scene in which Blanche takes issue with Peter’s AA meeting…

Maggie will be much missed. What a great actress she was.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.