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Tuesday 10 July 2012

Fun on the Cobbles

A special guest post from Liam Beard, who describes himself as a Corrie addict, hopeful journalist and hopeful future Corrie scriptwriter.  Liam is on twitter @liambeard

It is a well-known fact that Corrie is the longest-running soap in history because of one reason – its humour and hilarious storylines. However, the last few years have disillusioned many Corrie addicts as the scriptwriters have swayed towards gritty, EastEnders-esque storylines. Whether this was due to EastEnders winning best soap every year from 2008-2012 or just a shift in general television programmes I’m not sure. The modern viewer loves drama and lusts for blood and gore. An undercurrent to this obvious shift though is that Coronation Street has won three of the last four best Comedy Performances at the National Soap Awards. So is Corrie’s humour as dead as the Street’s plants during Weatherfield in Bloom (except Gail’s) or as alive as the lamb in Sean’s disastrous first attempts at Betty’s hotpot?

Luckily the last couple of weeks in Corrie there have been some great storylines which has seen us returned to the Corrie of old. Mary and Norris’ dance classes and subsequent sniping from Norris were funny. Then we were treated to Norris and Hayley’s ballroom performance and Mary and Roy’s battle of chess and Mary’s hilarious anecdotes.

Tracy and Beth’s gruesome twosome routine of putting off potential buyers has gone down a storm. Beth’s accidental release of her son, Craig’s, rat in the pub brought about a dichotomy of emotions as many viewers would have rolled around laughing whilst others would have rolled on the floor with their eyes glued firmly shut.

Another example is last Friday’s Olympic warm-up at Bessie Street School. Lloyd chasing Steve around the playground like two Melton Mowbray pork pies was a real Corrie highlight. The troublesome tearaways are back in full swing.

A light-hearted storyline a couple of months ago that brought together a concoction of some of Corrie’s best characters that Betty would have been proud of was the Weatherfield in Bloom competition. It brought together some of the most prominent and long-standing characters in a whirl of community spirit and more interestingly, sabotage. Norris, Sally and Stella all had their entries ruined but surprise, surprise Gail’s was intact. It was no coincidence that Audrey, Gail’s mother, was one of the judges. Norris’ hissy fits made it all the better.

So it’s not as bad as it is made out, it would seem. There have been a stream of great, light-hearted storylines recently and Corrie still leads the way in soap humour. Let’s just hope that the scriptwriters recognise its humour and continue to entertain us with one-liners and fun storylines. Live long and prosper the funny ones: Mary, Norris, Steve, Eileen, Sylvia and of course little Simon.    

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Anonymous said...

I thought the Tracy and Norris scenes last night stole the show.

"I didn't hear you there on the stairs".
"They never do Norris, they never do"

Anonymous said...

You were doing so well, and then you had to mention Simon.

Llifon said...

And that other brillant one liner: "I want to die in my sleep, but not with a pillow over my face!" LOL!!

Unknown said...

Agreed with anon, the banter, if we can describe it as such between Norris and Tracy was great to watch. Yes, there are "issue" led stories, which is all to the good, sometimes a big campaigning force such as Corrie can do much good work on stories such as the up and coming cyber bullying.

I salute the long running storylines with Norris/Mary/Hayley, and Rita's subtle irony in the Kabin. All these characters absolute gems. Also noting Audrey is now coming up with some great oneliners, mainly (accurately) aimed at her daughter. And Lloyd is back! Great news there too.

Keep up the good work Corrie, you are way ahead of any other long running soap and on a good week (Sean/Marcus break up) you take one step up and become a relevant drama.

Kiwifruit & Cheese said...

Thanks's very refreshing to read some positive remarks on our fave program and I couldn't agree with you more.

Cobblestone said...

Did anyone notice the music playing in the background during the Tracy & Norris scene?
Saint-Saëns' 'Danse Macabre'.
They so these subtle little jokes rather well on Corrie.

maggie muggins said...

I loved this post, Liam! It was nice to see all the funny stuff going on in Corrie lately all in one place. Nicely written.

It's been a welcome relief having Tracy paired with Beth, instead of her parents, or worse, Steve. And now with Norris, things are looking up.

And I hate to be critical, but these types of jokey story threads are never seen in the "winning" soap.


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