Sunday, 24 October 2010

David Platt's epilepsy storyline - how will it develop?


I know this is a totally inappropriate image for this post, but I couldn't resist it! A-a-a-w - how cute is THAT?!
I've done a fair bit of work with people with epilepsy over the years, and I'm curious as to how the Coronation Street boffins will handle David Platt's current epilepsy storyline. It's potentially very interesting. Sam Robertson, who played Corrie's Adam Barlow a year or two back, had a similar storyline in the BBC1 Scotland soap, River City, quite recently, and it was pretty well done, with all sorts of drama about a young man struggling to come to terms with the diagnosis, treatment and so forth.
As far as the Coronation Street version goes, at first I was disappointed not to see a full "tonic clonic" seizure shown, but then I thought, well, it could be pretty difficult to do that, and besides, it is quite good to show that there are different forms of epilepsy.
At any rate, I'll be interested to see how it all works out once the dust settles and he has to consider the implications if the diagnosis is confirmed. At the moment, David seems relieved that he has a possible way out of the attempted murder charge as well as being able to show Graeme and Tina that he really didn't intend any harm.
There is information about epilepsy and where you can make a comment about how the storyline is being handled, here .

11 comments:

The Garden Pixie said...

It will be interesting to see how this pans out or whether it will be just forgotton like Tracy's kidney transplant, Vera's kidney transplant etc.

John M said...

Ah! Such a SWEET picture of David with his little rabbit. Too bad he turned out such a demon....

Anyway, yes, a good and different storyline for David. Jack P Shepperd has proved himself a capable actor so I'm sure he will really make the most of this. As per the comments above I really hope the storyline isn't for two months only and then completely forgotten about.

Also, WHY hasn't Martin had any mention? Not only with David's problems but the whole Jail for Gail storyline? You would have thought that Martin would want to return to take an interest in his son, after all, he isn't far away in Liverpool! I would at least think Martin would warrant a mention.

gadgee said...

Aww he was as cute as a button.

seapenguin said...

I know. I was wondering why Martin wasn't at least mentioned as well. Odd.

Anonymous said...

i am glad corrie are doing a storyline on epilepsy i suffer from it and i am glad that they have highlighted that their are different types of epilepsy and maybe it might make people think about having strobe lights in public places like pubs and concerts etc

MrsElsieE said...

Epilepsy Action advised on the medical condition - which is great. As someone who has epilepsy, and has for 24 years, I can't say I was disappointed not to see a tonic clonic seizure! Rather the reverse actually. 'If' people know about epilepsy - they know about the full blown seizures - but very few know about partial seizures.
So this is good, and very informative to show. It's also being done very well. For example there is a great deal of ignorance being shown by all characters (including DP)- it's taking me back years; and actually is fairly painful to watch. It show how little we have educated the public over nearly 30 years.
I have campaigned long and hard to get Epilepsy in the public eye - and years ago got it on Hollyoaks - so I am very pleased to see it on Corrie. The public DO need educating, and we do need support not accusation. It's nearly as common as a migraine after all!

MrsElsieE

gadgee said...
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gadgee said...

@MrsElsieE It's good to hear from someone in the know that they're handling this story and the "issue" (ugh, hate that word) very well, at least so far anyway. I think Corrie generally does seem to get good advice about things like this, research them properly etc.

Anonymous said...

I've been epileptic for 30 odd years and faced some very bad attitudes from people towards epileptics. My grandmother was pretty much kept housebound because if it was found out she was epileptic she would have ended up in a mental institution. People still get scared when they hear the word 'epilepsy' so I hope very very much it is addressed well in Coronation St. The first few episodes had me worried because of some of the 'lingo' - it brought back some bad memories.

GRAHAM said...

Asa person who came to suffer from epilepsy late in life,I was 39 and it was just over 15 years ago.I must say that I think that the coronation street crew have made too light of it..It really does wreck your life,from peoples attitudes.."you're not going to have one now are you??" to just about everything else..including relationships,and waking up worn out in Hopsitals after falling down in the street..even streets without cobbles.
But then I realised that David Platt had been treated at Weatherfield General..the Lourdes of the North,in with a gunshot or knife wound to the stomach
on Friday..running a marathon Monday..They are a fine (and apparrently small) team who are a
great example to other hospitals,some of whom take weeks to cure people..and ocassionally people die!! in them..Three cheers for Weatherfield general

alicat said...

The issue that I have with David's epilepsy storyline is that it is dangerous. What was with all of the head rolling when he had his "seizure" in front of Max? You would need muscle control to do this which you don't have whilst in a seizure The reason that I mentioned that it was dangerous is because a few weeks ago, I had my first Grand-mal seizure in a while. As I was recovering, some stupid woman came right up into my face and said that I hadn't had a "proper" seizure as I'd not moved my neck back and forth as David had done. so,still feeling like c**p and after having this woman right in my face I asked her to explain to me what the flying fig what an improper seizure? no answer was the stern reply.

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