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Saturday, 7 September 2013

A good week on the cobbles?

There has been the nagging feeling of late that there has been little to celebrate down Weatherfield way. As a bunch of 'avid-bordering-on-obsession' viewers, we have collectively vented forth on the likes of St Ella and Tracy McBarlow amongst others. It's all been a bit glum to be honest. A week can make quite a difference though.

It's taken one of the Street's saddest storylines in years to highlight the kind of joy exceptional performances can bring. Where to begin? Hayley. There - even the mention of that one name now has the power to cause something to be found in our eyes. Not sure what's making my eyes water - must be a very late burst of hayfever. Anyway we mourn the passing of Hayley while she is still amongst us. We share in the confusion and distress of Roy who attempts to deal with his own feelings whilst offering comfort to his wife. Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Nielson must have been through the wringer several times in playing out these scenes but what a treat they were. Are we ready to climb aboard their emotional roller coaster for the rest of the year? In the safe hands of these two players, we know that whatever comes next will be special.

Plaudits too for Jenny McAlpine and Alison King. The response of Fiz to Hayley's news was both tearful and yet pared back. There was no doubting her sadness but Fiz didn't wallow in her own misery. For Carla, a few private moments when the emotional armour was cast aside before the return of the more practical, pragmatic character we know. Clattering ear-rings and handbags let us know that normal service had been resumed.

Elsewhere, great performances from Lisa George and Colson Smith. Beth seemed angry, worried and confused by the sudden change in her son's behaviour. This adds an extra strand to her character and moves her away from the 'Cilla-lite' category.

Bizarre sight of the week was the ridiculous get-up foisted on Sinead. Is she being dressed by nuns? The poor girl seemed to have been fastened into something hideous from neck to ankles, buttons firmly fastened. When she dragged glum-faced Chesney off for a bit of afternoon delight, you were left with the impression that Sinead would still be unbuttoning her cardy when sun went down.

The week belonged to Roy and Hayley though with their selection of bedside books, Dutch tea mug and brittle jollity. It's going to be a long winter. Damn - I think my hayfever's playing up again!


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9 comments:

Tvor said...

Agree wholeheartedly. As for Sinead, I suppose they want to contrast her with the cleavage that is Katy these days. She's a wholesome girl next door, is Sinead and really, Chesney is pretty buttoned up too.

bbhilda said...

I am looking forward to seeing the blossoming of Sinead, possibly without Chesney. Even more, I am looking forward to meeting her family, her nightmare of a mother, and her Gran with the ankle tag.

I agree with you about the Hesmondhalgh/Neilson performances at the moment - absolutely sterling!

abbyk said...

I disagree...it was a GREAT week! The only flaw was that we didn't glimpse the wonderfully revived Deirdre. Thank you, all!!

KT said...

I actually like Sinead's weird, conservative outfits. They seem to fit with her personality, though sometimes it does veer into Saffy from Ab Fab territory...

Anonymous said...

When is Julie H's last day?

Anonymous said...

Totally Hailey and Roy, sad but wonderful performances by both actors. Fiz too, really great acting from that trio. As for Sinead, she just doesn't do it for me. I think Chesney had better chemistry with Katy before tptb lobotomized her.

Frosty the Snowman said...

Sinead seems like the plain and 'nice' girl next door so I think it was a little odd that she couldnt wait to "go upstairs" with funny looking Chesney. Why Northern lasses have to be portrayed as loose knickered slappers all the time is beyond Frosty. What happened to a nice romance leading up to it but no as with Sally and Gnome, they cant wait to drop em!

Anonymous said...

There have been several "comedic" references to "something in my eye" recently, by various male contributors and commenters to this blog when disclosing their reaction to the Cropper's situation. Is this another manifestation of the famous British "stiff upper lip" that we've heard so much about? How did this ridiculous tradition come about? Why is it taboo to show emotion in response to conditions that elicit sympathy and empathy? Men don't appear "strong" when they suppress feelings. They just look cold and indifferent. We'd be a lot healthier as a society if we could all be honest about our emotions, whatever they may be.

Anonymous said...

At least one of those references to "something in my eye" was made by a female Canadian.

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