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Wednesday 19 November 2014

Bad boy blues on Coronation Street

Guest blog post from Corrie fan and long-time reader of the Coronation Street Blog, Alistair Geddes.

The news that Callum Logan, wonderfully portrayed by Sean Ward, is to become a regular character, initially made me very happy.  I enjoyed his performance and he has a real screen presence.  His chemistry with Paula Lane is undeniable and his air of menace is reminiscent of Jez Quigley, who met his maker at the hands of Jim McDonald, so he did.  Quigley had few redeeming features and although he was not a fully rounded character, he was entertaining to watch.

My hopes for Callum are that he will be well used and wreak havoc in the Platt clan.  (I foresee a romance with, the soon to return, Sarah Louise.)  Given his history with Kylie and being Max’s biological father, there is a goldmine of stories to be unearthed.

However, my, not inconsiderable, gut instinct tells me that Callum will be watered down and end up like other bad boys of the past.

Steve, who was once a gold-digging, small time criminal dabbling in drugs and stolen goods, has ended up as a successful businessman, emasculated and henpecked by all of the women in his life – No wonder he’s depressed.

Gary Windass had the chance to be a real badass, but has softened to the point where he is unrecognisable.  (Possibly all the punch-ups in his past have tenderised him like a steak.)  When he first appeared, he was like what would have happened to Chucky, had he grown up.  Now he’s more like a cabbage patch doll.

It could be argued that my two examples have shown character growth and development by turning their backs on their old lives, but do leopards really change their spots?  Most of the bad-boys that I have known have turned into bad men and still spend their lives lurching between the pub and the police station.

I know that in soap operas, characters change personalities to suit the whims of the storyliners and producers, but it would be nice to have a bit of consistency. 

After all. Emily has remained true to the character that was introduced nearly 54 years ago. 

I look forward to Callum’s extended stint, but fear that a year or so down the line, he will be a fine, upstanding member of the Weatherfield community, living and working within spitting distance of Coronation Street.

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Anonymous said...

Corrie got rid of Marc Bayliss for this??? Shame.

Anonymous said...

I agree, we had to lose Marc Baylis for this guy?

Gary has become so watered down that he may as well follow Owen and Katy right out of the street.

As for worrying about whether or not Callum will become watered down. Well, I for one am not, I don't give a toss about the character...except to toss him right off the show. Anything involving the Platt's right now is when I grab the remote and flip the channel around.

Humpty Dumpty said...

The romance could be with Bethany who might remind Callum of young Kylie.

Frosty the Snowman said...

WHY on earth would they want a drug dealer on the Street? The bloke is hardly top class in the acting stakes either. What is the point, especially with Kylie leaving?. They get rid of Dennis and Rob and then take on this twit permanently - EH???. Shakes head again.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the preceding posters and wonder how soon before Corrie is renamed the 'The Platts Show' as we're losing interesting characters like Rob just so others like Callum are kept on to justify more storylines for the Platts?!


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