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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year from everyone at the Coronation Street Blog

2011 wasn't a great year for Coronation Street, in my opinion. I even stopped watching it during the summer of Stape for a few days and I've never - ever - deliberately not watched Coronation Street since I was 11 years old. And believe you me, that was a very long time ago.

So, my New Years Wish is that we get another Corrie producer in 2012.

Phil Collinson has had a go and if I was voting for him on Strictly Come Dancing, I'd say he did a passable paso and I'd award him Len's SEVEN!  And while SEVEN's not bad, what I want and hope for in 2012 is a FAB-U-LOUS 10 out of 10 and for Corrie to waltz off with as many soap awards as possible.

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Humpty Dumpty said...

I have just reached the end of my self-imposed ban. I thought the Tracy/Becky story was the pits and couldn't muster up the strength to watch the tv and scream at Tracy. OK, so I'm sensitive but I do think that story line scraped the barrel of the human spirit. And for no purpose other than sensationalism. So next year, it would be nice to see plots driven by character, a more relaxed pace, and witty exchanges. If we must have plots with themes, let them be topical like the oldies considering how to prepare for old age; the youngsters applying for job after job; more businesses going bust (who's got the money to sit in a pub night after night?) The stories don't need to be depressing; they could be written in an uplifting way. I always thought of Corrie people as survivors so they would get through these dark times with resilience and humour.

Anonymous said...

Completely agree Humpty Dumpty, always wondered how they managed to afford all the drink in the rovers every night (and with all the customers how was the rovers not making a profit? )

Anonymous said...

I also completely agree with Humpty Dumpty! If the end of 2010 and all of 2011 are the best example of what Phil Collinson can do, he must go - now! I can't imagine any other producer being kept on with ratings and fan rantings as they've been for a whole year. It's like keeping on a coach when the team's done nothing but lose all year. Bring in someone who understands the strong character-driven, reflection of reality British TV that we all know and love! Leave the sensationalism to the Yanks and their daytime TV (and Judge Judy, and DNA testing babies to prove who their fathers are, and throwing chairs and swearing like animals). England has its rough and tumble but also its dignity, especially in hard times.

Adam Rekitt said...

I agree too, Humpty. Unfortunately, I fear it's unlikely to happen because no producer will take the risk of staying away from the sensationalism, because that is what grabs attention, rather than consistent good quality writing and acting.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid I also stopped watching in May this year, other than the *very* occasional episode. I watched the xmas episode and still didn't feel like jumping back in. I have kept an eye on this blog, however, because I have invested more than twenty years into watching this show and love it and needed to know what was going on, but was very disappointed with how it was delivered on air. I haven't liked an awful lot of what Collinson has done, and though the live 50th was super well done by the actors, crew, and writers, I lamented the sensationalism and strutting by Collinson because it seems with him it's more about him than the show. Though I bought it last year, am only now reading Sean Eagon's "50 Years of Coronation Street". I see parallels with the years 1972-1978 where the storylines got just too ridiculous and some fans abandoned the show. Though I have no expertise in producing, it seems that a new producer should build on the strengths already in place rather than just be a “broom” (as new producers were called in Eagon’s book), who tries to put her/his own stamp on things and throw out the baby with the bath water.


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