Thursday, 16 May 2013

The new Rovers Return - small changes make a big difference

If you were to take a quick look at the new Rovers, you wouldn't think there was much of a difference, but if you look closely, there are a lot of little changes.

My favourite change would be the new portrait of Betty, the controversial "Landlady" caption has been removed, now leaving just a proper tribute to Betty's many years as a barmaid.

The new booths are probably the most notable change, as the old dividers had been quite a recognisable backdrop to many hours of drama and gossip, now replaced with a new art deco style border, they almost resemble the original dividers that were in place after the 1986 fire.

There's a few new changes which help the Rovers look like a pub you would expect to see in 2013, there's a newspaper rack by the bar, where residents can read up on the latest news, or more likely, look up the latest goals and transfers in football.

The new jukebox has a bit more of a modern look, though not too modern, it looks as if it has been rescued from another pub, which was the look that the pub was going for, according to Corrie's art director in an post from earlier today.

Another big change is that the pub has wooden panelling that now covers some of the walls in the bar, I think this is a nice change as the wallpaper will no longer cover each wall, and wooden panelling on the walls is something you would commonly see in a real world pub, further adding to the realism of the pub and the soap itself.

All in all, the new Rovers has manage to mantain the classic "Rovers" style, while also looking more like a pub you would see in modern day Manchester.

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Anonymous said...

Agree, looking similar with subtle up-do. One thing, to my eye, is that it really does have more square footage -- doesn't look as cramped.

Barrie.T said...

I really don't like the wallpaper colour or the fabric on the chairs. It's interesting to eead an earlier post that the producers buy hundreds of rolls of wallpaper in case in goes out of print. I wonder how much money was wasted when vernon redecorated the rovers a few years ago and then it mysteriously changed a week later to the current new look. I like the current wallpaper and doggie glass panels on the seats. There were three booths and now it looks like there will be two. I can see there will be a rush to get the best seats. To make the rovers more realistic they should dim the lights as the studio lighting is so bright it makes it feel like a studio set.

Anonymous said...

Opportunity missed. They have barely changed anything. Way to safe. They could have kept it cosy while changing the colour of the wallpaper!

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