Sunday, 20 January 2013

New producer Stuart Blackburn talks Corrie in MEN article

The Manchester Evening News has a great introductionory interview on their website with new Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn.

In the interview Stuart talks about his vision for our favourite show.

"My vision of Corrie is really simple. The first episode wasn’t whimsical, it wasn’t a comedy, it wasn’t a nostalgic love-fest. It was gripping urban drama done on popular television for the very first time." Stuart explains

“It was kind of revolutionary – the lives, loves and aspirations of the working classes. What I want Corrie to do is retain that wit, the warmth and optimism."

He also talks about the rumours of axings, and of the rumors of returning characters such as Toyah and Sarah Louise. Stuart's vision for the show sounds quite interesting, and a little bit different to what Phil Collinson's vision was.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Stuart has in mind for the show.

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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great photo and sounds like a good start.

Frosty the Snowan said...

A promising start, let's hope he delivers on his promises.

Anonymous said...

I am excited about his vision. Good luck Stuart!!!= Micky

Sunny Jim said...

An excellent interview, he seems to be saying all the right things. His pedigree is interesting too, lots of community-based work which given that Coronation Street is very much a community, bodes well.

Llifon said...

Looks promising. Hope he's not saying what the fans want to hear.

Chewy said...

The whole feeling of the show becoming a 'nostalgic love-fest' is actually what has been kinda putting me off Corrie a bit in these last few years, I mean, bringing back characters or referencing things that happened is okay, but it started to feel like the show was trying to rehash what it used to be rather than moving forward.

Humpty Dumpty said...

'Warmth, wit and optimism', That'll do for me for starters. Only question that comes to mind is that he says diversity has been addressed to some degree but needs to be developed. So does that mean we're stuck with Dev and Lloyd's family? Wait and see, I suppose. Overall, it sounds very promising.

vicky said...

I'm cheered by his recognition that Corrie's cast could be a little more diverse. He talks about keeping it up to date and "urban" so it will be interesting to see if this show starts to reflect the recent trend for more and more people in Manchester sliding into poverty. That's one area where it doesn't really feel like a part of Salford or Manchester at times - the fact that nobody there ever seems to really struggle with money on a day to day basis.

Anonymous said...

and a little bit different to what Phil Collinson's vision was.
That wouldn't be hard considering that Collinson's vision seemed to be to destroy the Street with his "sensational" storylines and complete disregard for reality and legality, I do hope that Mr. Blackburn is able to deliver on his plans but I don't see how he can fix what Collinson has done.

Janice said...

Never has a new producer been greeted by fans with so much goodwill and optimism.

Anonymous said...

It's lost its community feel. There are few friendships any more, where characters get together in the Rovers for a witty and warm look at life. It's become all about "family" like EE.

I hope Mr Blackburn can change it, because its not worth watching at the moment.

Donna - Halifax said...

Glad Sarah is returning, hope not as a needy offspring. She's lived abroad, has raised a child and is able to stand on her own feet. Be interesting to see why she is returning. It would be nice to see the families argue without all the screaming and shouting, it's tiring and over used.What happened to humor and witty lines, need more of those around the bar, Jack and Betty threw some zingers at times.Even Percy had good ones.

Dolly Tubb said...

It's a great interview in the MEN and is sounds as though SB has the perfect background for Corrie! I'm really looking forward to seeing how things develop. As he says, Corrie can't stand still in a time bubble, but hopefully it will move with the times in a way that is true to Tony Warren's vision.

ChiaGwen said...

Donna in Halifax - Sarah Lou is NOT returning. Did you read the interview with Blackburn linked in the article?

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