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Eric pops his clogs; There's a shock for Gloria when her fiance passes away and another woman turns up.

Byline: Tony Stewart

CORONATION STREET Mon, Wed, Fri ITV How appropriate that a man like Eric Babbage who is, according to his fiancee Gloria, "very big in vinyl flooring", should come to a sticky end.

But then it was either going to be the Full English breakfasts he's been eating or his complicated and stressful love life that was going to be the death of him. For having found out that Gloria was nothing more than a gold digger, the 80-year-old had asked her 25-year-old granddaughter Eva The Diva to run away with him.

Having had a bad day in the factory and coming to blows with Toxic Tracy, Eva is tempted by his invitation to go on a world cruise.

But mum Stella persuades her otherwise - and then Eric pops his clogs in the Rovers bar in the grand tradition of Martha Longhurst (1964) and Ray Langton (2005) on Monday.

Played for its comedy value, grieving Gloria - "his wife in all but name" - shows her true colours as she begins to organise a lavish funeral and calls his solicitor to ask about her deceased fiance's will.

But getting her grubby hands on Eric's money proves to be difficult, not least when an old harridan called Doris unexpectedly turns up and reveals she is his wife, although separated for years.

"Which is all for the best now he's gone to that vinyl warehouse in the sky," she declares gleefully. "Because I cop for the lot anyway."

Blimey, Eric'll be turning in his grave.


SURPRISE: Eric's wife Doris arrives

PROPOSITION: Stella finds out about Eric and Eva

SNUFFED IT: Eva tries to wake Eric
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 23, 2013
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