Wednesday, 19 October 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Downton Abbey creator writes for Coronation Street Blog

Here at the Coronation Street Blog, we know we're read and enjoyed by Corrie fans around the world. We even know that we've got our share of celebrity Corrie fans when novellist Maeve Binchy wrote in and offered to write a blog post for us.

And now, we have another celebrity blogger in the shape of actor and screenwriter Julian Fellowes. 

Julian Fellows, or to give him his full title - Lord Fellowes of West Stafford -  is a huge Corrie fan and writer of hit ITV drama Downton Abbey (you can view our Weatherfield / Downton Abbey crossover post here).

He also won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Gosford Park in 2001, and wrote screenplays for Vanity Fair and The Young Victoria. In 2004 he wrote a novel, Snobs, and made his directorial debut with the film Separate Lies in 2005. 

And now, he's written an EXCLUSIVE blog post just for us here at the Coronation Street Blog!

Here's what Julian Fellowes told us here at the Coronation Street Blog about his love of Corrie:

"I have watched Coronation Street, on and off (but mainly on), since its inception.  In those days, I often used to see it with my grandmother who would always preface the programme with her disapproval of television, generally, and soap operas in particular. None of which stopped her enjoying it enormously.

Of course, I have my favourites among the characters, mainly the women I confess, Elsie, Rita, Mavis and Audrey probably leading the field, and I particularly enjoy it when the older, established characters are given proper plots.  At the moment, the Websters and Eileen's romance both fit this bill. 

Then again, like every other viewer, I have my complaints: too many young people, too much melodrama and naturally, the gnome story...

But I find that, over the years, I have grown used to seeing life reflected in the windows of the Street and I would sorely miss it, if I was deprived of my five weekly instalments, which thanks to ITVplayer, I do not need to be. 

Long live the residents of Weatherfield.

Julian Fellowes

10 comments:

Tvor said...

Wonderful!!! Thank you Mr. Fellowes

Anonymous said...

Such discerning taste!!

Anonymous said...

>sigh<....

Whilst I'm very pleased for the blog, and glad he likes Corrie,I'm not so sure that I approve of a member of the titled, landed gentry, with financial and political associations to the Tory party, and a string of titles to his name, enjoying the antics of the "little people".

Sorry, but I can't stand the man. Feel free to remove this post if you think I'm out of line..

Tvor said...

You aren't out of line but you may be taking things a tad too seriously. :)) Oh. and allegedly the Queen is a Corrie fan. Or used to be.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Very nice of the gentleman to be so complimentary but wasn't it just a teensy weensy bit patronising? The'gnome' story line and 'Mavis'...? He is still watching it, isn't he? I would have thought he could have come up with more recent story lines than that!

Anonymous said...

Such inverted snobbery on display here...

Anonymous said...

"Inverted snobbery" is the first cry of the self superior.

Tvor said...

Why not mention Mavis or the gnomes. Sounds like the Gnomenapping was not a favourite story of his. Perhaps Mavis was one of his favourite characters? He loves Coronation Street for better or worse and that makes him ok in my book.

Cobblestone said...

Hmmm '"Inverted snobbery" is the first cry of the self superior.' ...
Except when what is on display genuinely IS inverted snobbery, as in the post above. Believe it or not, Tory voters are allowed to enjoy Corrie too, you know. Some of them are even working class! If you don't like the term 'inverted snobbery', here's another one for you - 'class envy'. And you know what? It's SO last century, as Rosy would say. I just think it's rather ugly to be so disparaging of a very talented writer who's taken the time to contribute a piece to this site. This blog is for people who share an enthusiasm for a particular tv show, and if Julian Fellows is one of us, he should be free to contribute without having cheap cracks about class thrown in his face. And yet again, it's coming from one of the unattributable legion who call themselves Anonymous.

Tvor said...

Very sensible indeed, Cobblestone, and with that, we are closing comments on this post so it doesn't turn into a big argument.

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