Thursday, 28 March 2013

Freedom on Corrie: Following in Nelson's footsteps


We all know that trying to talk sense into Kirsty Soames is like buying a return ticket on a Weatherfield tram – pointless. And as Tyrone’s court case nears its conclusion and nutcase Kirsty sees her web of lies begin to unravel, Corrie fans, foaming at the mouth at the prospect of ‘comeuppance’ teeter dangerously close to the edge of their seats.

Sporting a corker of a fat lip, yesterday we were left with Julie in no doubt whatsoever that she’d got things badly wrong, and Kirsty was indeed the tormented lovechild of Mike Tyson and Fatima Whitbread (lovely couple).
Twitter has been ablaze, once again, with posters demanding the release of Tyrone, who now follows in the footsteps of Deirdre Barlow, Gail MacIntyre and Nelson Mandela as he fights for his freedom. I feel a song coming on…

So what is it that captures the public’s imagination so much when these storylines occur? Are we looking for any glimmer of excitement in our mundane, recession-ridden lives, do we use Corrie as a bit of escapism after a hard day at the benefits office, or do we really care for these characters having seen people like Tyrone, played by man-god Alan Halsall, grow up in front of our eyes?  

The truth is, probably a bit of each. In the real world, Kirsty wouldn’t have got this far without being rumbled. Soap writers have a certain amount of space with which to detach us from reality and so these storylines go on much longer than they ought to. Because of this, we become immersed in the story and before you know it we’re standing outside Granada Studios like crazed animals demanding an imaginary person’s pretend release from fake prison.

But that’s ok. Corrie wouldn’t have lasted this long without the full and loving support of fans like us.

But one word of advice, if the writers at Coronation Street even THINK of putting Rita back behind bars, I’ll be on that train to Manchester and outside those studios like a rat up a drainpipe.

So think on…


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6 comments:

Tvor said...

bwahahaha! Wonderful imagery!!! teetering dangerously on the edge of my seat indeed! I may just have to bake myself a batch of eccles cakes to go with that pot of tea tomorrow night!

I think people watch the wrongful jailing of characters because we know the truth will come out and the good guy/gal will be sprung. There is always drama around the unveiling of the truth.

Stevie Dawson said...

Indeed. It's nice to know our soaps are not morally bankrupt.

Now be careful with that pot of tea...

Janice. said...

That said it leaves us feeling frustrated when Tracy does not get her comeuppance.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Or Owen.

IdaReigns said...

I have to say that I'm as burnt out from the "will they, won't they?" prison storylines as the "will they, won't they?" hospital storylines. I don't think it's because of the characters involved but perhaps the frequency they appear on our screens and the length of time it takes for the other shoe to drop? I genuinely want to feel drawn into these stories but I'm just not sure what needs to change before I'll get worked up about them.

Chatty Kathy said...

I love Corrie, but I could never see myself rallying to set a fictional character "free".

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