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Tuesday 24 January 2012

Coronation Street: Becky leaves in style

Reposted with permission fom fab TV Blog PauseLiveAction

The traditional ways to leave Weatherfield (apart from being murdered by Tony Gordon or John Stape) are by taxi or Weatherfield Hopper, that curious little bus that only appears when someone needs it and has a driver who is happy to wait as long as you want while you have an argument or tearful goodbye with a loved one.

I doubt whether anyone ever in the history of Coronation Street has uttered their final lines on the show while drinking champagne in the first class section of a flight to Barbados. But that’s exactly the way Becky McDonald (Katherine Kelly) left the show last night, and it was brilliant.

Since her early appearances as a chain smoking, back stabbing petty criminal in 2006, Becky has morphed into one of the most loved characters in the show. I’ve not always been a fan of her tendency to go over the top (eg the drunken hysteria of her wedding to “Stevie” and the way she used to convey passion for the poor lad by applying herself to the front of him like the alien creature sticking itself to John Hurt’s face in Alien), but she’s always been quirky, vulnerable, feisty, loveable and infuriating in equal measure. Her relationship with the Croppers, no strangers to quirkiness themselves, has formed one of the most touching and convincing “families” ever seen on a soap, and I had a huge lump in my throat when she kissed them goodbye in last night’s episode. 

Becky’s been through a lot in her time on the Street, and she hasn’t always come out of it well. Looting the Alahan’s safe in the aftermath of the tram crash to get the money to buy her nephew from her sister didn’t exactly cover her in glory, though we never doubted her motives sprang from a genuine need to love a child and give it the kind of support in life that she’d never known until she met Roy and Hayley.

The writers gave her an absolutely epic exit. Having been accused of pushing Tracy Barlow down the stairs and causing her to miscarry the twins she was expecting, Becky had finally got her hands on the proof that she was innocent. It wasn’t about revenge on Tracy or getting back at Steve, it was about proving to the world that Becky wasn’t the person some people would always think of her as. People thought, as she put it, that “You can take the girl out of the gutter but you can’t take the gutter out of the girl.” Would she stand up and make a huge scene during Tracy’s wedding to Becky’s beloved Steve? Norris was hoping so. But she didn’t, because she really has changed. She waited for the reception (at the Rovers, naturally) to hand Steve Tracy’s medical records, showing the miscarriage had already happened days before she fell down the stairs.  Norris missed that one, as he’d already gone back to the Kabin, but it was a magnificent moment. For once, Becky was understated and restrained. She let the evidence do the talking and, the bomb having been dropped, left Steve to deal with the aftermath.
Then, after an emotional goodbye to sister Kylie and the Croppers, she was off to meet new man Danny and his little boy for a new life in Barbados. All Becky ever wanted was someone to love her and a child she could love – but a swimming pool and a tan has got to be a bonus.
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Llifon said...

Great synopsis!

Humpty Dumpty said...

The final scene on the plane felt a bit stuck-on. We didn't need all that dialogue. We could have been shown the fact that it was a first class cabin, then maybe Danny tries to show Becky the lights of Manchester below. Becky refuses and simply sits back in her seat, enjoying the luxury and an enormous cocktail, with a big smile on her face.

Kiwifruit & Cheese said...

Yaaay!! I'm so glad at the dignified exit they gave her. But I did shed a tear or two when she said goodbye to Roy and Hayley. So pleased they portrayed her as having grown into a better person towards the end.

Anonymous said...

when u think about it, SO rare for a character (in any soap) to get a happy ending!

TREBOR said...

All we used to see was Becky almost throughout each episode been the 'highlighted' actor but now that she has gone (for good I hope!), maybe we'll start seeing much more of all the other cast.

What I mean about this is that we might have just seeing her acting outside on the street, seconds later she might be with Steve, minutes later with Roy and Hayley.
It always seemed to revolve around her so thank goodness she has gone although, I did enjoy watching the final two episodes except for the very ending and I agree with Humpty Dumpty above.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't stand her character, so I'm glad she's gone. Now I am not being nasty but I just could not stand any more of her hissy fits or silly schemes. As an actress however she's good.


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