Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Top 5 types of Coronation Street fans - which one are you?

What kind of Coronation Street fan are you?

Have you been watching for decades or have you just popped in to watch the show because there was nothing on the other side?  Whichever kind of fan you are, can you recognise yourself in my five stereotypes listed below? Please feel free to suggest more in the comments section below.

1. The gatekeepers

These are the fans who hang around at the entry gates at ITV with a notebook in one hand and a camera in the other. These are the autograph hunters, the picture takers, hoping for a wave and smile from members of the cast as they arrive for work or leave after they've done their shift. 

2. The partners

These are the men (or women) who have no choice but to watch Coronation Street because their other half watch it. The partners are fans who pretend they don't like Coronation Street, but secretly enjoy it and know much more about it than they'd ever let on. They receive t-shirts like this for Christmas from their Corrie-watching partners, but never, ever wear them. At least not in public.

3. The non-watchers
These are the people who under no circumstances will ever, ever claim to watch Coronation Street. They say they are loyal to other shows, other soaps.  Yet, just as with the partners listed above, they somehow mysteriously always seem to know what's going in Coronation Street.

4. The anoraks
Ah yes, the Coronation Street anorak. It's an, er, fan category I'm more than a little familiar with. I wear my Corrie anorak with pride although sometimes it does suffocate and I have to take it off. These are the fans who think(*) they know everything there is to know about Corrie (*they don't).  These are the fans who've been watching Corrie since the days of Ena Sharples or have caught up on it from then via the wonders of YouTube and DVD.  These are the fans who set up Coronation Street Blogs. I think you know what I'm saying.

5.  The 1975-ers
These are the people who, when you tell them that you're a Coronation Street fan, will come out: "Eee.. I haven't watched that since 1975!".  So you sit down to watch a current episode with them and they come out with all sorts of nonsense such as: "Is Hilda Ogden still in it?", "Where's Bet Lynch gone?" and other such rubbish.

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Tvor said...

Anorak, me, and proud of it!

Ryan Oxley said...

An anorak..since about 1992, aged 12. Once spent a day at the old set gates. Spent our honeymoon of 2015 on the old corrie tour. Watch old episodes on YouTube. The road to coronation street on dvd, that kinda thing :)

Anonymous said...

Another proud anorak.

bbhilda said...

Another definite anorak here, it has had me in trouble more than once! I tried standing at the gates once because others with me wanted to. I lasted about five minutes and had to leave! Quite apart from the boredom, I felt uncomfortable bothering people who were only trying to pop out for a quick sarnie at lunchtime. I'm not an autograph collector, and hate seeing myself in photos, even if it's with a celeb. so not much point in being a Gatekeeper.

My dream job there would be Archivist - oh yes, I would love to nit pick and get paid for it! :-)

Llifon said...

An anorak and proud of it!

Anonymous said...

Been watching Corrie since it first started 1960

John from Corriepedia said...

An anorak, but without any silly pride, so I can say I definately DON'T know everything about the show but it's great fun trying to reach that impossible goal.

Louby said...

I think you would need a category called the Die-Hards or similar who are those people who stick with it even when it is dire, with the belief that it will be good again. We could never abandon it completely because we've been watching so long.

Cobblestone said...

Unrepentant anorak. I remember helping to do a black & white jigsaw when I was about four featuring Ena being dug out of the rubble after the first team crash. First memory is of the final B&W episode of the coach crash and I've watched ever since.

Tyler said...

I love being an anorak!

Kimberley said...

I have been watching since the first episode in 1960. I remeember crying buckets when Ida Barlow, Ken's mother was in an accident and died.

Ancient corrier said...

Yes, anorak, I was 14 when I watched the first episode and have been hooked ever since. My kids were weaned on Corrie and they still watch too.

Anonymous said...

None of these unfortunately. 😵


Canuktuk said...

I think you need to add a category called Blog-watchers. Those of us who spend more time catching up on our favourite show via blogs like this one, rather than turning on the telly. :)

MartesBC said...

I'm an early 90s Anorak... But being from Canada that word still sounds like an animal and not a wearable thing, lol! I like Louby's suggestion of 'die hard'. Stick with it no matter what.
Fun reading these hlog posts BTW. Thanks!

Tee in CANADA said...

Corrie Child.
I grew up with it, on our only television, in the background while playing with my toys.
Then when I no longer played with toys, I reluctantly sat and watched it with my parents.
Then I found myself paying more and more attention (kind of like the described 'Partner' category.
Then I found myself watching it on the second television in the house (modern days) without my parents as Corrie-Partners.
Then I was watching it on the television I had purchased for my own bedroom.
Then I made sure my friends and boyfriend knew I would not answer the telephone while Corrie was on...

Now, my children have Corrie in the background.
And so the tradition will continue no doubt ;)

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