Monday, 31 December 2018

Ta-ra 2018!

Here we are then. Just a few hours to go before we pop those corks and shuffle around to the maudlin sound of ABBA's Happy New Year. The end of another year on the cobbles too. Before you log off in haste, don't worry! This isn't one of those interminable 'review of the year' pieces that tend to clutter up our newspapers and telly like a fridge full of festive stodge. We wouldn't do that to you. To be brutally honest, many storylines and characters have fluttered by with little impact. Kyla anyone?

Has the Corrie year made for enjoyable viewing? For me, in the main, yes it has. There has been some superb drama and comedy on screen. The scriptwriters, storyliners, directors and production team have done us proud. As for the acting? I still maintain that Corrie has some of the best actors on stage and screen. Very watchable.

The strength of a performance can often overcome a mundane storyline. Exhibit A, m'lud', is the current Prisoner Sally Block H nonsense. It's a dog of a story and one that seems to have been dragging on for decades. The entire thing would have collapsed in the hands of others. However, we had joyous performances from Joe Duttine, Sally Dynevor and Connie Hyde to savour. OK, so the plot has more holes than Jack Duckworth's vest but who cares when you have this trio wringing every emotion out of the script.

Also rising to the occasion in 2018 was Daniel Osbourne, ably portrayed by Rob Mallard. Daniel gravitated from being the new Street 'weirdo' to something far more settled. His partnership with Sinead 'soap' Tinker has been a positive one for viewers as we see him struggle with the ravages and sadness caused by cancer. Aside from the 'veggie cure' nonsense, the story seems to have been handled well and will play out into 2019.

After the bouquets, the brickbats! Not everything on the cobbles is a riot of success. Take the Connors of Victoria Court. Please, someone take them! There is always a feeling that Kym Marsh is being wasted on one silly, melodramatic storyline after another. At a time when Michelle should be establishing herself as one of the Street's strongest characters, we instead see her morphing into the next village idiot. Of course, she doesn't get that title just yet as Gail is still very much in situ. Michelle has spent 2018 being daft. Weddings that never were, guns, dealing with the camp spats between her sons - our Ryan (12) and our Ali (47). Add to that Robert, possessed by the Spirit of Nothing Whatsoever and it all adds up to nowt. Plus the sub-Ayckbourn-esque way in which the entire ensemble stretches out across the full length of the Victoria Court flat set and we're halfway to Acorn Antiques. Michelle is good when she is away from this mob. Ryan's a laugh a times and Ali, in true Corrie style, finds that any status he once had is eroded away to nothing. What is to become of them? Do we care?

Another big, fat flop in 2018 was the introduction of Mary's family. In the same way that the Websters and Claytons failed in the 1980s, the Appletons suffered from having been dropped on us from a great height. They could have been interesting and vivacious. With Mary at the helm, they could have been fun. Instead we stared glassy eyed at a compulsive, child-like liar and his dull wife, the living embodiment of rowdy boredom. Together, they exhibited a dullness in full bloom and not even a bunch of loopy one-liners from Mary could save them. Thankfully, the axe fell.

One of the best, most wonderful moves of the year though was to install Jenny Bradley (sorry - for me she will always be Bradley) in the Rovers as landlady. What an inspired choice. Sally Ann Matthews was to the manor born as she assumed her position as the feisty yet ultimately fragile head of the hot pot. Her vendetta against Liz McDonald and her nasty red stockings established her as Weatherfield's bunny boiler supreme and we love her. Can this really be the same young girl who mesmerised a nation with her rendition of What I did for love?

2018 began with Pat Phelan in full flow and his gradual demise was a pleasure to watch, for all the right reasons. How some of us hoped that Eileen would find herself beneath several tonnes of concrete but alas, it wasn't to be. Despite her terrifying year, she's as lacklustre as ever. Looking at the rota, it's her turn to get comfy on the prison set next years let's hope she gets sent down for hacking off lumps of Seb's hair. Surely Audrey could apply a light perm. Eh? Hmm?

There is so much more we could rattle on about. The steady rise of Evelyn, Claudia's face full of flowers, the chronic underuse of Carla and Peter, the chronic overuse of Rana and Kate, Tyrone's unmentioned six-pack (pie and chips seemingly have a healthy effect on his physique), Steve and Tracy-luv's Carry On wedding, an 86 year old woman running a toffee shop single-handed, the preservation of Emily's house as a museum, Aidan's shocking suicide, David's battle against his horrific rape, the return of Gail's 60 year old son, Gail's hair getting its own Equity card . . . on it goes and for that we are thankful. For 2019 we are promised a collapsing factory, a serious breakdown and the return of a familiar face. Bring it on!







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Happy New Year from the Coronation Street Blog


Happy New Year to all of our readers and to everyone who comes to visit here, to leave comments and to contribute to the Coronation Street fan community.

Each and every one of us sends our very best to you and yours. We hope that 2019 will be a good one for you, wherever you are in the world and whatever you do.

If you'd like to, you can take a look back at Coronation Street Blog Achievements of 2018.

And before we leave 2018 on this New Year's Eve afternoon, I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our bloggers for all that they do.  You can find out all about the current team here.

This year very sadly saw the passing of my friend and Coronation Street blog co-editor Diane (aka Tvor - the voice of reason).  I'll be raising a drink to you tonight, chuck.

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Tina O'Brien marries fiance Adam Crofts


Congratulations go to Coronation Street's Tina O'Brien who has married her fiance Adam Crofts, today, New Year's Eve 2018.

Tina and Adam were married in what has been described as "a boutique hotel in Manchester."

The Sun have pictures of some of the Corrie cast turning up for the wedding as guests.   

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Conversation Street Awards 2018 - The Results!


The votes have been coming in for the past few weeks, and we can finally reveal the results of the Conversation Street Awards 2018. You can listen to us talking about each of the results in our latest podcast over on our blog.  Without further ado, here are this year's winners!



 

Many thanks to everyone who voted this year, and an extra special thank you to those of you who were able to donate to our Just Giving page in support of the mental health charity Mind.  Let's hope that 2019 continues to provide us with plenty of award winning Corrie moments!






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