Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Hayley's death - I'm in floods of tears

I've just seen tonight's two episodes, ending with Hayley's death.

All I can say is that it was full of love, pain, dignity and grief.

Perfection from David Neilson and Julie Hesmondhalgh. It will break your heart and impress you in equal parts. If they don't win awards for this, there is no justice. That is all.



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15 comments:

Newfy Pearl said...

So moving. They were amazing.

Paul van der Hart said...

These two episodes truly opened the floodgates.... Hats off to David and Julie for a tremendous performance.

The cobbles will never be the same again.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely wonderful and dreadful at the same time. What a team they were!!

maggie muggins said...

Wow. On so many levels. In floods right now.

The Guardian TV section has a short sweet piece by Lucy Mangan on tonight's double set. There are some amazing comments underneath. 2 or 3 rather long ones are worth reading. Almost literary.

Diane LaPointe said...

I hope they both win rewards for their performances. I will never forget this story. I will miss Hayley. It's sad to see good actors go, and the pointless foolish story lines we will be subjected to in the near future. I guess everything will pale in comparison after a story this deep and meaningful, and sadly..real life.

I hope everyone voted, only 2 days left.

Shan said...

The most emotional piece of television I have ever watched. Julie and David were brilliant. Never thought I would be brought to tears like that by a tv show.

AmandaB said...

Hayley and Roy were both outstanding. But for me the emotion and poignancy of the episode was ruined by a piece of ridiculous writing which had Anna and Carla disturbing the scene. The story deserved an episode exclusive to the characters it cared about, not for it to be ruined at the last moment. That really spoilt the emotion for me and made it feel rather undignified.

lizzieizzard said...

Anna should have just closed the door turned out the lights and gond home after she kicked beige Gloria and dull Dennis out and just leave Roy and Hayley be but letting in Carla and going upstairs to find them - this was their time together right or wrong it was not to be disturbed. But besides that it was outstanding in the acting the honest way Hayley and Roy were with each other - the ironing of Roy's shirt was showing us the love Hayley feels and wanted to show Roy - now lets hope Roy will have the friends around him to help him through the pain.

Tvor said...

I think Anna knew what was going to happen and didn't want Roy to be alone after so she stayed.

AmandaB said...

Agreed, but she shouldn't have let Carla into the flat. Such a loving and tragic moment ruined by intrusion. I wanted to mourn fir Hayley and grieve with Roy, not have the silence invaded.

Beth said...

I thought it much more moving the way Anna closed the café early and sat in the dark in silence, knowing in her heart that all was not right but didn't want to leave them nor intrude...... And then came Hayley's all of a sudden best friend Carla, like a foghorn, with about as much sensitivity as Cilla Battersby Brown, barging in and just ruining the moment. I just felt it unnecessary

Out of interest wouldn't Roy be considered an accomplice anyway due to the fact he didn't call an ambulance after Hayley took the lethal cocktail. Just wondering?

Diane LaPointe said...

AmandaB, I was very upset and angry with that scene too. Why, oh why, did they have the cheapen the VERY end of this storyline with the brash, shrill, door slamming Carla was horrible. I didn't want to believe she would clump up the stairs...get in, then slam the freaking door.

Anonymous said...

I found the scenes between Norris and Roy the most moving. It has been the warmth and sympathy from the other street residents that has made the story more bearable to watch. But seeing Norris asking Roy if he was OK, not from a desire to be first with the gossip but from real concern, reminded me that part of the Street's charm is it seems like a place I would like to live. Sometimes.

David Neilson's performance as a man who has difficulty expressing his feelings, but who expressed so much through his face and especially eyes was mesmerising.

In the end, I wasn't upset. Hayley died in the arms of the man she loved, with friends so concerned for her welfare that they practically broke down her front door. It was a good death and felt almost happy. That's real writing class.

Rosie said...

Both Julie and David's acting cannot be faulted, but I have to say David's portrayal of this very odd, complicated character is second to none, he seems to understand Roy completely. I look forward now to Roy's struggle without his beloved Hayley, he's going to have to face the world alone, I hope writers can continue this story in the same brilliant way.

Martin Rosen said...

Just wondered whether Julie and David should be / could be awarded an MBE or similar for their acting performances?

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