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Sunday, 17 July 2011

A Sad Day on the Cobbles

Friday’s episodes of Corrie gave us some of the most emotion scenes we’ve had in a long while. And they were a shining example of just how well Corrie can do drama when the writers put their minds to it.

I am of course talking about the scenes involving Leanne and Peter and Sylvia and Roy (although Sean’s strife at not being able to take Dylan to the Frescos audition almost made the cut).

Firstly, Leanne, who has been a bit of a mardy madam lately, had to go through the heartbreaking experience of losing her unborn child. The scenes involving her and Peter in the hospital were beautifully done and reflected what a strong unit the two of them are.

However, it was the scene at the end of the episode in which Stella came to Leanne and offered a shoulder to cry on that really gave the episode a real emotional punch. Jane Danson was wonderful as ever, sobbing her heart out over a culmination of emotions. She really is one of the strongest actresses on the show and I hope she stays at the focus of things for a while yet, because quite frankly I think we all deserve a break from Jennie McAlpine’s drawling little voice crying about John and Hope.

Then we had the Roy and Sylvia storyline, which marked a turning point in their relationship. We got to see a more human side to Sylvia, especially when she told Hayley that she struggled to love Roy as a baby because he resisted her. It was a very emotional and raw scene, which I haven’t seen on Corrie in a long, long time.

Again, solid performances from all involved made the scenes feel genuine and again it’s nice to see Corrie doing real drama like this because for too long now we have been subjected to Steve and Becky screaming the odds and weekly stunts ranging from rooftop falls to hostage situations.

People can argue all they want about Corrie going off the rails, but as Friday showed, there is still a lot that is right on the nation’s favourite street. I hope they keep this up, because I had forgotten that Corrie could actually do real human drama.


Frosty the Snowman said...

The acting by Stephanie Cole, Chris Gasoygne and Jane Danson has been a shining example to very poor OTT offerings by Anthony Cotton. In fact his "acting" of late is pure embarrassment and he is in the forefront yet again due to being a mate of Phil Colinsons. He just drags down the great character of Marcus as well, write him out.

Tvor said...

I agree David, very strong stuff on Friday. These two stories were so good it made the rest of it fade to the background quite easily.

Lateboomer said...

Although I live in Canada, I have been following the UK episodes on YouTube.

Jane Danson's sobs of heartbreak as Leanne tries to come to terms with losing the baby went straight to my heart. She manages to convey emotion so convincingly and well, and I always enjoy watching her on Corrie.

I wasn't sure about Sylvia at first, but the layers are peeling off now revealing more of the character, and it is going to be interesting to see the dynamic between Roy and his mother as this develops. I'm really looking forward to seeing Stephanie Cole on my screen now.

Dolly Tubb said...

You're so right, David. It was great stuff. I needed a lie down in a dark room with a cup of sweet tea after all the emotion.

Jane Danson is a fantastic actress. And the piece with Sylvia talking about Roy as a baby was so touching.

As you say, such a blessed relief from Fiz's warblings and Steve and Becky's ravings.

Thank you, Corrie team, more of this please!

bbhilda said...

It has been more than 40 years since I miscarried my child, and normally don't cry easily, but Jane Danson had me in floods. She portrayed the emotion of losing a child so realistically, it brought it all back to me. She is without a doubt one of the best actors there.

Anonymous said...

Agree Jane D. is head and shoulders above the rest..she is amazing. Hope they don't burn her out though and have her crying non stop but I'm afraid that's what's in store for us...with the loss of Stella...again.

Cobblestone said...

I totally agree with Frosty. Sean cannot carry a major storyline because Anthony Cotton, as an actor, lacks the emotional depths to pull it off. He can do pink & fluffy or alternately brittle & bitchy from the sidelines and works in that capacity, but really doesn;t work centre stage. Yet again, I say he's an embarrassing gay stereotype. His inadequacies were only highlighted by cutting between the magnificent, sincere performances from Jane, Chris, Stephanie and David on Friday. Charlie Condou as Marcus is delightful; personable and engaging and, above all, believeable. He deserves better than the Dick Emery character that is Sean.

Dilly Daydream said...

Did you hear Sean give me a namecheck? :-)


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