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Monday 17 November 2014

The All New Bethany Platt

I was sitting at home earlier, thinking about Sarah-Louise Platt.  I wasn't keen on her before she left for Italy, I have to be honest.  She'd become a whining, aggravating character who somehow made me sympathise with David Platt.  I was struggling to think what her return would mean for the show, and all I could come up with was a long drawn out sigh.

This lead me to think about Bethany Britney Platt.  She was barely a character before - there to wander around the house and occasionally get put in extreme peril, but not really do anything of interest.  It occurred to me that when she comes back she'll be nearly fifteen, and my heart sank.  She's going to come back as a wild child, isn't she?

There's a certain kind of teenage girl who the producers like to have in the cast.  For a while it was Candace, then Sarah-Lou took over the part; then there was Rosie, and then it was the soon to depart Katie.  It's a girl who's incredibly attractive, but who combines this with a certain innocence.  It's the kind of pretty girl who is much loved by gutter tabloids, the ones who rail against paedophiles on page 5 then have a former child star on page 6 with a caption like "look who's growing up!".

There are many attractive girls on the Street right now, but none of them fill this niche.  Eva and Michelle are too old; Carla and Steph are too feisty; Alya is a Muslim and so unlikely to rock up in a pair of hotpants and a boob tube.  Cast an eighteen year old actress who's willing to pose in a lads mag oiled up with salad dressing and sticking her finger in her mouth and you're sorted.

Plus, Bethany will probably be a minx.  This is based on precedent; if a character goes away and comes back they usually return as an absolute nightmare (see: Todd, Amber, Ryan).  What's the betting that plain, ordinary little Bethany Platt has turned into a tornado of craziness while she's been away?  The kind of girl who shoplifts, necks vodka shots, and flirts outrageously with anything in trousers.  The kind of girl who's going to cause her mum and her gran and her great-grandmother a lot of agony.  I very much doubt she's going to return as a bookish, plain girl with glasses and a fondness for Mahler.  I'd love that; imagine the Edina/Saffy dynamics as this serious young woman is introduced into the Platt madhouse.

I shan't hold my breath.  I bet Zoo magazine has already got its photo request in.

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Flo said...

I personally would love to see an Edina/Saffy kind of story line. It would at least be different! It definitely has potential too. But something tells me that the writers aren't creative enough lately to think of something like that.

Tvor said...

But there's always a bit of karma when a former wild child like Sarah was, having a similar child herself. I'm just itching for Amy to let loose and Tracy to be at her wits' end.

Anonymous said...

To quote Sean "the words reap and sow' come to mind!
C in Canada

maggie muggins said...

So true, Tvor, about Amy and Tracy. Amy is already showing signs of being her mother's daughter. Nasty, bratty and lying about Eccles. And then there were her misplaced wedding flowers. Some of her lines lately are almost too grown up for her and sound like something Tracy would say.

Lesley said...

Well, let's hope the writers take into account that Bethany will now speak Italian fluently, have a sophisticated culture background, be used to stylish haute couture fashion coming from Milan and be a total fish out of water in Weatherfield! Having moved from one culture to another myself at a young age, I know how hard this can hit a person. I hope there is some reality added to her story ; )


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