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Friday, 18 March 2011

Ches & Katy - true love?

It's the question on the lips of the nation - well, maybe a few Corrie fans. Could it be magic between two of the youngest characters on the show? A flick through the history books shows that young love has never been a roaring success on t'cobbles. Indeed, there don't seem to be too many examples.

Back in the 1960s, Dickie Fleming and Audrey Bright set up home at number 3. However, the teenage romance flickered and died thanks to the interference of one Ray Langton. A decade later there was some half-hearted plot involving Elsie Tanner's Brummie (and previously unmentioned) grandson Martin and a girl called Karen. Nothing came of that. Perhaps most memorably though, viewers had to endure the 1990s toxic paring of Nick Tilsley (version 2) and Leanne Battersby (unpleasant version). They married in haste and as recent events have shown, repented at leisure on various occasions since.

Ches and Katy are, to date, two likeable characters who seem pretty sure where their future lies. Will the storyliners let their joy continue or will a big black cloud roll in to darken their doorstep?

17 comments:

Frosty the Snowman said...

They are a sweet couple and I wish them well in their little upstairs flat. Perhaps I will buy them a pooper scooper as a housewarming present as with no yard a big dog like Schmeikel is going to make a hell of a mess! Her desperation for a beybey though while not out of school uniform yet belies a naivity bordered on stupidity.

Anonymous said...

This is possibly the stupidest storyline yet on Corrie (and they've had quite a few lately). Even with a concerted suspension of disbelief this storyline doesn't make any sense at all. Even taking teenage hormones into account it is completely unbelievable. Corrie is at its best when it develops stories on situations that could actually happen. What next? Will Chris Martin drop into the Rovers and sing along with the jukebox? "Oh Chris Martin from Colplay! What are you doing here?"

Sea Penguin said...

Oh there's bound to be a big black cloud close by! or maybe we're just going to get an eastenders-style lecture about the perils of teenage pregnancy.
Personally, I'd have thought Chezzers would have a lot more sense than to go along with this daftness.

Llywela said...

I actually find this storyline very plausible. I've known too many youngsters in real life who have similarly believed that starting a family of their own is the easiest way to escape from a difficult home situation. They have a fantasy image in their head of what the perfect family should look like, and since the family they have doesn't live up to that ideal, they set out to create it from scratch, believing that they can avoid all the mistakes their own parents made. If their parents don't love them the way they want to be loved, the feel that the unconditional love a baby will give them will fill that gap. And they are young enough not to see any of the pitfalls in that plan, they are in such a rush to be grown up and acknowledged as such.

Like I said, I've seen it in real life often enough that Katy's reasoning and enthusiasm feels only too realistic to me. It'll be interesting to see how Corrie approaches the storyline long-term, though.

Anonymous said...

What difficult home situation are Katy and Chesney escaping from? This is a ridiculous, boring storyline and we all know it is doomed, since there are no happy marriages or romances on the Street.

Its one of the show's greatest flaws that apparently the height of ambition is making coffee for Carla.

Llywela said...

Chesney had a shocking upbringing with Cilla, in and out of care through his early years. He's got a stable enough home with Fiz now, but his life so far has hardly been ideal and even now...well, he isn't exactly John's greatest fan and Fiz is making him choose between Schmeical and Hope. Katy's mother is God knows where, leaving her alone with a very controlling and overbearing father. Yes, there are plenty who have it far worse, but given that they are 16 and naive, it doesn't seem so far-fetched that they'd get carried away by the romance and thrill of wanting to strike out on their own and create their own perfect little family that they can mould the way they want, rather than being at the whim of others. Katy is the driving force, but I can see both why she is so keen and why Chesney would want to go along with her.

Anonymous said...

You can get way from home if you go to University. That never seems to occur to anyone in Coronation Street.

I hope Katy gets pregnant, Chesney decides that he does not want to know and Katy ha to claim benefit and is consigned to a life of post natal depression with a screaming baby. That is the realistic outcome to this pathetic "story".

Llywela said...

Uni isn't an option for Ches - he's already left school with no GCSEs. Katy is still in school, but seems perfectly willing to give it up to become a mum - she wants the 'freedom' and adult status of having a family of her own and she wants it now, not in a few years time. I never said it was sensible or ideal, just that it really is how some teenagers think. Not all, obviously, but enough that Katy's reasoning rings true to me - I've met girls just like her.

Beth said...

Oh dear, Katie seemed to reply to each Chesney in each conversation with “but we can have our own babhey”. They had not one piece of furniture and she still said “but we can have our own babhey”. It seemed to be the answer to everything, literally. She may be 16 with little experience but she’s as thick as two short planks. I expected Ches at one point to start speaking slower and slower to her for her to catch up. Katie look after a baby? I wouldn’t trust her with Schemichael. If we are supposed to believe/ put up with this story and see them make a go of it, then please can they make Katie the full 16 ounces.

Blackie Bird said...

Llywela you make some very good points. At least Chesney is working and earning and able to support himself unlike the other teenage couple who just lounge around the Websters whining and moaning and freeloading.

hotpot hettie said...

The Big Black Cloud will be in the form of Owen, the charming builder who has been intent on destroying their relationship from the very beginning. I wish them well, they're a lovely young couple.

Anonymous said...

Chesney decided not to take his exams. Yet another good decision and example to the teenagers watching.

Has anyone noticed that youth unemployment is at record levels in this country? But that's not a problem for anyone on Coronation Street. If you leave school or college, there will always be a dead end job available in the same street, so its not like your stupidity has any consequences.

Gail and Nick must be loaded as they both seem to be able to get on perfectly well without any form of job at all. David must earn a mint as a newly qualified hairdresser, as he is the only one in that house earning.

Beth said...

Quite often we moan at Corrie being unbelievable and everybody walking into jobs on their doorstep at the drop of a hat. Well, not giving Gail a job since last summer does correspond with current economic times. Maybe her mention lack of money, making ends meet, etc would make it more plausible.

Llywela said...

In fairness to Gail, she does moan about her joblessness from time to time. If she banged on about being skint all the time, we'd complain about that! And Nick was taking home a wage from the bookies until recently.

Anonymous said...

Do live in the real world, Llywela? Or some cosy little Corrie World, where nothing is ever wrong?

Llywela said...

I beg your pardon? I haven't said that Katy and Chesney are doing the right thing - I don't think they are, I think it's a lousy idea, and isn't a storyline I'd have chosen for either character! But yes, I do live in the real world, where a frightening number of teenagers think and behave exactly as Katy is doing now. Not all teenage pregnancies are accidents - a scary number of them are planned by girls not so different from Katy. I've met girls just like her, classmates of my teenage sister; I've sat at the bus stop listening to pregnant teenagers encouraging their mates to get pregnant as well because they'll be given a house and can get away from their mum. This is how some kids think...and then reality brings them back down to earth with a resounding jolt, but by then it is already too late and they have to live with the consequences for the rest of their life. It isn't ideal and isn't what any parent or guardian would want for their teenager - and also isn't a storyline I'd have chosen to watch given the chance - but it is a real life issue that Corrie is representing here. That's all I'm saying.

As for what I said about Gail and Nick, I stand by both points. Gail has complained about not being able to find a job and not being able to afford as much as she used to - not much because it hasn't been a storyline focus, but she has - and Nick has worked at the bookies since the bar exploded until very recently.

I don't think Corrie is perfect, not by a long shot. But I don't go out of my way to tear it to shreds, either. I prefer to look at the positives rather than the negatives.

molly said...

i think katy and chesney are really good together and their new life is going to be hard but they will manage. when katy gives birth to her baby they are going to have to be really careful about money. they are going to need to buy baby stuff for the baby and with the bills coming in it is going to be hard but they will be really fine.
thinking of it they could borrow baby stuff from fiz, then her baby would have grown out of the clothes and things and she might also give them some money to spend on the baby and the bills and themselfs. fiz could give them all colins money and she would not have to worrie about the money that she did not want john to see. but i suppose she would not want to give it to katy or chesney because they could get into big trouble but that would be ages away jet, also i hope the baby does not die if it does i am going to cry!whaaaaaaa whaaaaaaaaaa whaaaaaaaaaaaa

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