Monday, 10 June 2013

Corrie A-Z: F is for Families

 
While most soap operas put much emphasis on families, Corrie is a soap that has always been known for its individual characters. Characters like Elsie, Ena, Rita and Bet became popular despite not having any close family ties. Truth be told, it is only in recent times that a family unit has become used on the cobbles.
 
While Corrie hasn’t been big on families, the Barlow family has been a constant presence throughout the years from the original Barlow setup of Frank, Ida, Ken and David to the present scenario of Ken, Deirdre, Peter, Carla, Simon, Tracy and Amy. Past family members include Valerie, Susan, Uncle Albert, Irma, Janet and Blanche.
 
Another long-standing family unit is the Tilsley/Platt saga. Formed upon Brian marrying Gail in 1979, the family has seen members come and go. The present Tilsley/Platt family include Gail, Nick, David, Kylie, Max and Audrey. Past members include Brian, Ivy, Bert, Alf, Sarah Lou, Don, Martin, Bethany, Richard, Todd, Jason, Joe and Tina. In recent years, the Platt and Barlow families have often been seen clashing.
 
The Webster family are also a long-time fixture on the cobbles, having originated back in 1986 when Kevin married Sally. Rosie was born in 1990 and Sophie four years later. Both Kevin and Sally have strayed and have twice divorced but always end up together somehow. Kevin’s dad Bill and his fiancĂ©e Pam Hobsworth are also recurring members of the Webster family unit.
 
Other families over the years include the Baldwins, the Duckworths, the Walkers, the Alahans, the Ogdens, the McDonalds, the Windasses-Armstongs-Browns and the Peacocks.
 
Can you think of any other families? Who's your favourite family? Vote below! And if you haven't yet, you can vote for your favourite Corrie exit here.
 

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Prices? Really??!!

Humpty Dumpty said...

Actually, I don't like any of the 'families'. The whole point of Corrie is that it's about the community but it's going the way of EE with long drawn out family squabbles. I don't want dynasties and clans. This is why some characters are getting more screen time than others, because they belong to certain families.

njblas said...

The PRICES???? That's hilarious - Price-less in fact...best laugh I've had in ages:) They would have to be the worst Corrie family of all time - even surpassing the Claytons of the 80s or the Hopkins family of the 70s...

Shan said...

I think the Platts have given some good, consistent story lines over time. I don't mind having a couple families that stick around over time as long as it's balanced with new families and characters.

Janice. said...

The Battersby's. Most entertaining family on the Street.

Anonymous said...

I've voted for the Barlows. They are Coronation Street. The legend that is Blanche might be gone but never forgotten.

I also like the current set up with Ken, Deirdre, Peter, Carla, Tracy, Amy and Rob (sort of).
Ken being off screen for at least the rest of the year is bound to be a big challenge for the writers but I've particularly enjoyed Carla's interaction with the Barlow family. Hopefully there will be some good stories - if not this year, then next year.

Dishwasher Crab said...

I know they are still relatively new to the Street, but my favourite family is the Meerkats. I like the way they have integrated and yet at the same time have kept themselves to themselves.

It shows dignity, that.

Anonymous said...

@ Dishwasher Crab -- fabulous. And so dignified... Thanks for the laugh!

Anonymous said...

You forgot the Tanner's !! - Elsie, Dennis, Linda, Ivan, Paul and Martin !

Ginger Beer said...

Where are the Tanners, the Ogdens, the Walkers?

I voted for the Duckies - fabulous all round

Anonymous said...

The Platt/Tilsley family defiantly! Especially after Gail's rendition of Stooshe Black Heart!

Corrie fan said...

The Battersbys of course! How could you miss them off. Bring back Les and Janice.

Anonymous said...

I actually liked the Claytons in the mid-1980s. Having recently viewed their episodes again, I think the producer decided to dispatch them before they actually had time to establish themselves. The Andrea/Terry Duckegg baby story-line was launched very soon after the Claytons arrived, with no real attempts to define the characters or give them some good story-lines in their own right in the couple of months beforehand. They seemed a very natural family of the time to me, and I particularly liked Connie and Sue.

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