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Thursday 14 March 2013

Vote Now: Which Rover would you like to Return?

I've wanted to do a poll on this subject for quite some time, but it was only recently that I finally managed to master the poll-making technology! I know Coronation Street viewers are often split on whether come backs are a good idea, however there are some great characters from the past that I know viewers would love to see again.

While many would argue that Sunita's return in 2009 was not a success (something that has probably contributed to her departure next week), others in the recent past have worked well. As well as the return of Leanne in 2004 we have also seen three classic Corrie characters from the 1960s return in recent times. The majority of fans agree bringing back Dennis Tanner in 2011 was a masterstroke, even if he doesn't get as much screen time as we would like. It was also interesting and enjoyable to see both Ray Langton and Jed Stone come back for short spells. However, probably the best returning character ever would have to be the majestic Blanche Hunt, who was brought back full time in 1999 having last been a regular in the mid 1970s.

So here's the plan. I have selected ten characters from the past, two from each decade from the 1960s up to the 2000s who I think could return to Weatherfield and still create a stir and some interesting storylines. 

From the 1960s I have chosen Linda Cheveski and Billy Walker. I have put Linda's name forward as I think it would be great to see her reconnect with her brother Dennis, interact with Rita and Emily and relive some more memories of Elsie Tanner. Billy would be great to see again as he could bring the Walker name back to the Rovers Return - I wonder what he would make of St Ella?

From the 1970s I have selected Tricia Hopkins and Mavis Wilton. I think we all agree that Gail needs a friend to have some fun with. Who better than her mate from the old days? I think it's high time Gail had some adventures again, and not involving dodgy men or prison tabards. Everyone loved Mavis and it would be joyous to see her back at the Kabin, even for a brief spell. There is so much history there with Rita, Emily and even Norris (who never mentions poor old Derek these days).

From the 1980s I have gone for Jim McDonald and Curly Watts. I always loved Big Jim with his wild temper, Irish charm and legendary expressions - Catch yourself on! I think it's time to revisit his troubled relationship with son Steve. I thought it was a shame Curly had to go in the first place so i think it would be great to catch up with him ten years on. 

From the 1990s I have chosen two strong female characters - Fiona Middleton and Tanya Pooley. Fiona had a long, troubled history with both Steve and Jim McDonald so I think it would be very interesting to see them interact again. I'm sure Audrey would give her a job too! And as for super-bitch Tanya, St Ella wouldn't stand a chance if she ever returned to the Rovers!

Finally, from the 2000s I have picked Jamie Baldwin and Karen McDonald. I really liked Jamie first time around and I think it would be super to have a Baldwin on the Street once again. He also has a history both with Leanne and Sean (baby Dylan). Karen was always one of my very favourite Corrie women and I don't think Steve has ever had a finer partner in crime. I would love her to return and give him hell once again!

So which character would you like to see return? Now is your chance to have a say! As well as voting in the poll, I'd love to hear you comments and ideas on how your chosen character could be brought back and what storylines they could be involved in. 

Who knows, the powers that be might even sit up and take notice!

Voting is now open and will close on Friday 22 March.

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Humpty Dumpty said...

Just a general point, Graeme. Presumably, you mean a returning character played by the original actor. I'd love Karen McD to return but would hate it to be anyone other than Suranne Jones.As it's a fun poll and we don't have to worry about the actor's availability etc, I choose Danny Baldwin as played by Bradley Walsh. Connects with the factory, Leanne, and Sean (via Jamie, Violet and Dylan). I could see some chemistry between him and Carla.

Carry On Blogging! said...

Oh yes - It would have to be the original actor I think - I couldn't have an iconic character return played by a different actor.

Anonymous said...

Cheryl..just to give Mandy summat more to whine and moan about.

Anonymous said...

Be great to see Karen back, that would get right up Tracy's nose!

Llifon said...

I voted for Billy Walker. He could invest in the bistro as he ran a wine bar in Jersey. Then there's his links with Deirdre, Ken and Emily.

Tvor said...

As much as I'd love to see Curly, I think Karen would fit in better and cause more trouble. Curly would be nice for a visit but Karen for the long run.

And really, though, Jim didn't even come into the show until 1989, he's more of a 90s man isn't he?

I'd also love to see Liz back

Carry On Blogging! said...

Llifon - yes that's true - didn't he try and woo Deirdre again after Ray left her?

Carry On Blogging! said...

Tvor - I know that was a bit sneaky as Jim only appeared at the very end of the 80s, but I love him and wanted to include him :)

Urgh to Liz though, don't want her back!

Anonymous said...

Pretty much anybody but Liz McD next to Bet Lynch she is my least liked character.
Karen McD on the other hand would be one of my favourites to return especially if she caused Tracy so much grief that she flees the Street in the obligatory black taxi with or without Amy just so she's gone for good.

Mavis Pendlebury said...

Tanya Pooley was a very strong character but that was due to the happy coincidence of a cracking actress and some very convincing writing.

Honestly, I don't think Corrie has the writers these days.

So I chose Karen, as you hadn't listed Danny Baldwin, my real first choice!

Anonymous said...

If only Danny Baldwin was on that list!!! *sigh* :-)

~JB in Canada

Anonymous said...

I would love to see Graham return without his wife. I always enjoyed his character thought he was a nice kid. Perhaps him and Tina could reunite.

Anonymous said...

Isn't Jim MacDonald supposed to be in jail?

Anonymous said...


I'd vote for Danny Baldwin or Raquel Watts

Anonymous said...

I'd vote for Graeme as well. He was a real nice breath of fresh air every time he was on the screen. I'd like him to come back without the wife though. I don't necessarily see him back with Tina. He's too easygoing to be saddled with her temperament.

Yep - my votes Graeme and Danny!

~JB in Canada

Anonymous said...

You really should have had a "none of the above" option.

abbyk said...

Ted is my write in. Wasn't with us for very long, but oh was he loved. Gail's clan needs straightening out, Audrey needs an attitude adjustment, Ken needs more than babysitting Simon, Gloria needs to embarrass herself.

And if Graeme Proctor with a little success and no Xin, that would be lovely as well.

Carry On Blogging! said...

Anonymous - thanks for your constructive criticism, next I'll be sure to include a "None of the Above" option, just for you :)

Carry On Blogging! said...

JB - I wanted to include a Baldwin and couldn't initially decide between Danny and Jamie, but as I had a huge soft spot for the younger Baldwin, I went for him. Purely personal choice ;)

Anonymous said...

Of characters created in the 1960s, it would have to be Linda - as you say, great opportunities for her to interact with Dennis, and I'd love to see Doreen Lostock again - such a funny, cheeky character. Of the 1970s creations, Mavis would be spendid and she long outlasted the '70s so has so much history, and Suzie Birchall. Of the 1980s creations, definitely big Jim and Curly. Ideally, I'd like to see Percy and Phyllis again, but I know that's impossible.


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