Discussion in 'UK Soaps Forum' started by Ome for Christmas, Oct 3, 2017.
Nice to see Zak Dingle call in on Percy in yesterday's episode.
Phyllis bought a new dress and Martin said it was "stunning" as well as giving a nod to Dallas with his "Sue Ellen eat your heart out" comment.
It was also pleasing to see Theresa Nolan pop up as Percy's neighbour - she did survive the 'ferry across the Mersey' incident.
Even though it would have been easy to track down the years against how many episodes we're getting a week, but I still find it quite surprising how quickly we have reached the end of another classic year. And we only just started this re-watch 8 months ago.
We're about to enter 1989, the year the McDonalds' moved in, the year they started building the new homes which would house, the Platts, the Wiltons and the Barnes. Alan Bradley has started his downward spiral which will result in his death later this year, he's already secured a loan under the guise of Len Fairclough. I think Alma will be back in a full-time role on the cobbles and Brian Tilsley will meet his end in a few weeks when he's stabbed outside a nightclub. Sometime after this, Gail will embark on her romance with Martin Platt. - I'm definitely looking forward to how this will impact Gail & Ivy's relationship.
Curly will have finished his studies and find his way to working at Bettubuys, where Reg Holdsworth will be waiting in the wings. Wendy Crozier will also appear as we watch the breakdown of Ken & Deirdre's marriage.
When I started this re-watch last October, I really believed I would check out the first few weeks and then find two episodes a day too much to handle, planning on only watching the big moments, but truth be told, I haven't missed an episode since that first one and I'm highly unlikely to do so, it's become part of my TV viewing schedule and I'm having as much fun with the 80s as I am with today's Corrie, which has been excellent for many months now.
I found this interesting and pretty much true. I remember when Corrie was forever slated in the press and Ken was nicked named as boring.
Coronation Street star Sally Ann Matthews has commented on the criticism surrounding the soap's recent 'dark' storylines.
The actress, who first played Jenny Connor/Bradley in 1986, was asked if she has caught any of the 'classic' Coronation Street episodes on ITV3, and she responded by pointing out that at the time, the 'classic' episodes weren't looked at as fondly back then.
"I do watch the classics, and every day I get stills sent from Twitter," she said. "It's great to watch it, and half of it I can't remember because it's so long ago, isn't it?
"But it's great to watch all those characters that were so clearly drawn – there were fewer of us, we had more time, and television was a very different beast than what it is today. Percy Sugden was just a joy, and it was great to watch it.
"And also, there was all this stuff, particularly earlier this year, about 'Oh, classic Corrie is so great, get it back to the old days'. I was there at the time [in the '80s], and we were getting battered in the press for being boring and all the rest of it. [They said] it was a 'dated soap' because EastEnders was in its infancy.
"So we were getting slammed at what is now recognised as a golden age. But people weren't saying that at the time."
Sally's character Jenny has been seen recently monitoring the movements of her love rival Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard), fearing that there's still a romantic connection between her and Johnny – and Jenny and Johnny are also due to have a dramatic Christmas confrontation.
I remember when Jenny crashed in Rita's car after a night out with Martin. Her dad went furious.
That was typical Alan Bradley.
Recent reruns show her getting involved with a married man. The same actor who later had an affair with Sally.
We're just starting 1992 and the story of Jim & Liz losing baby Kate has just happened. In one episode alone it's been more emotional and effective than everything that happened with Micheel & Steve losing their son. No big dramatics, no big screaming scenes, just raw emotions oozing from the screen.
I think thats why i have tuned out of Corrie.
Dont watch jt now but see there has been another. Yes another far fetched 'disaster' on the street.
Corrie doesnt need that, its needs to write well for characters like they did so well in the 80s.
Blanche for instance is one of the best, Alec Gilroy, Deirdrie, Stan and Hilda, Vera and Jack.
People you could care about.
On an aside, watched The Bay on ITV this week.
B,ast from the past, Ritas foster daughter in it.
Sharron - not aged too well tho ! Tracey Bennett i think her name is
Throw in Derek & Mavis, Percy & Phillis, Alf & Audrey, as well as pairings like Rita & Mavis, Gail & Alma, Vera & Ivy and it's difficult to find any flaws.
That said, I do love some of the current pairings in today's Corrie.
Carla & Roy
Ali & Ryan
Ken & Daniel
Gail & David
Sally & Tim
Audrey & Claudia
and I love Steve & Tracey together. They're not in the same league as Jack & Vera, but they're much closer than Tyrone & Fizz, who Corrie are trying to palm off as the modern day Jack & Vera.
There are also some great individual performances (on a comedy level) from Mary, Evelyn, Moira, Emma, Gina, Sally, Jenny, Gail (who I know most people don't like today)
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