Absolutely Fabulous star June Whitfield has signed up for a brief stint on Coronation Street as Blanche Hunt's grieving friend.
The British actress will play May, a pal of Blanche - the character portrayed by late actress Maggie Jones - who comes to Weatherfield to attend the funeral service.
June, 84, has revealed her excitement over the new role, and is heading to Manchester to film scenes this week.
"I admire them all," she says.
"I think they have an amazing schedule and I don't know how they do it. I only hope I don't let them down. "Maggie Jones, who first appeared as Blanche in 1974, died in December aged 75.
In the soap, her character is currently house-sitting for a friend in Portugal, but news of her death will reach Weatherfield in May.