Over the last few weeks I've noticed a stronger Coronation Street, a better Coronation Street. The acting has been of a better calibre than in recent months, the writing tighter, the scenes more heightened and the drama more compelling.
Has anyone else noticed this, or am I viewing things through rose-tinted Corrie specs?
The first thing I'm loving is that the new producer Kate Oates is now at the helm. I understand that her storylines won't be shown until next month, but she's got her name above the door now. The new producer is most definitely IN.
Putting Sean and Norris together could be a match made in heaven. Since Sean arrived in Coronation Street 13 years ago, he's always lived with Eileen. Moving him out of what has become his home and in with busy-body of the Street could be comedy gold. I hope, also, we'll see a great deal of pathos between these two lonely (and often quite nasty) men.
And Audrey's infatuation with Luke is a joy to watch too.
Speaking of Audrey, this leads me to think about Freddie, who has been a great addition to the cast. But it's not just individual characters that are driving Corrie forward at the moment, it's the types of characters, the strength of them. In Freddie and Johnny Connor we've got a new type of Corrie alpha male, and one that is great fun to watch.
Of course, Corrie is still missing a battle-axe and a siren but with the promised return of three male members of the Barlow family - Peter, Daniel and Adam - I think the future's looking bright on Coronation Street.
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