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Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Dec.12/10)

‘Bob’ jokes

There was one brief, shining moment this week on Wednesday. As I said to my husband when updating him, Joe popped up.Joe popped up
Then I almost fell off the chair laughing as he looked at me searchingly, perhaps a bit fearfully. I do hope I’m not alone in finding it funny: the beautiful calm lake at night, silvery in the light spilling out from a cottage window, then sproing! “Hi, my name’s Bob.”

Lost and Found – Joe McIntyre

Poor Joe. Even in death he gets no dignity. Pawed by a Border Collie trying to get him back with the flock. Ostensibly sending flowers to his daughter, and the flowers being the kinds she most dislikes. Ever more convoluted stories being told about his absence, surpassing even his considerable ability to spin complicated and silly lies. You’d hope at least your one talent would stand out at the time of your passing and not have to compete with the efforts of Johnny-come-latelys. It’s just awful, and I’m sure it’s going to get worse, much much worse.

Corrie Crazy on CBC

In happier news, we had Corrie Crazy on CBC this week. So wonderful to see Tony Warren and hear the largely unknown story of original producer Harry Elton’s part in the creation of Corrie Street. When I talked to Mr. Elton many years ago, he was proud of his role in it, but didn’t regret leaving when he did either. He believed, I think, that he had done his part in it. That’s pretty much what Tony Warren said to me too. They created it, saw it successfully on its way and passed it on to new people. But I don’t think they, or anyone, ever expected it would last this many years.

The wedding that was being taped when Debbie Travis was there was pretty much given away. I was avoiding thinking too much when the first scenes were shown because I didn’t want to know. But she gave it away near the end. Too bad. Doing so wasn’t necessary for the doc at all.

Debbie Travis in front of Rovers in Corrie Crazy docI loved seeing the Canadian fans, especially Corrie Street society such as the viewers’ club and the Ping that Travis visited. I’ve never been a “social” Corrie watcher, but it looked like a lot of fun. Hearing that indeed CBC knows how much fans hate having the schedule disrupted made me wonder only, well, then why do they do it so often!

Why we watch

I’d have liked to see something new on why people watch, other than “they’re people just like us”, but maybe that’s the sum total of it. It’s certainly what I’ve been told and maybe it’s no more complicated than that. Tony Warren told me that people come back to it, maybe during low periods in their life when the familiar faces and places give comfort. Certainly the BC journalist fan who was interviewed found that out, both for herself and from the response she got from readers after writing about her Corrie watching. So maybe that’s it: it feels like ‘home’ and sometimes we really need that. It was a joy to watch. Now, if we can get CBC to bring us the recent BBC movie, The Road to Coronation Street, about the beginnings of the show! That would be wonderful.

Coronation Street Scene of the Week (Dec. 5/10)

"Corrie Crazy" airing on CBC TVBefore getting to this week’s episode on Lake Schtupid: Set your pvr, tvo, vcr, whatever you have, and make sure you’re home next Thursday evening. Canadian Coronation Street fans hit the small screen on CBC TV.  “Corrie Crazy” airs Thursday, Dec. 9th at 8 pm (8:30 in Newfoundland, I assume). Debbie Travis is the host, and I know from reading her blog that Nova Scotia’s proud Corrie fan “Tvor” will be one of the people featured in it. It’s CBC’s contribution to the 50th anniversary celebration of  The Street.

Coronation Street is not the longest running show on television. Guiding Light, cancelled a year ago, still holds that honour. But 50 continuous years of entertaining and moving storytelling – that’s an incredible feat by any measure. Thank you, Granada Television, for giving us this. Thank you, Tony Warren, for creating a world of people who have become like friends to so many of us. And Bill Roache, who fifty years ago introduced the character of young Ken Barlow, university student. Thank you all.

Lake Schtupid

Now back to Scene of the Week, in Canadian time, which is 10 months before the big anniversary. Valentine’s Day 2010, where romance blossoms and so do colossal emotional meltdowns on the Street and in the Lakes District.

Suicide by stupidity: that’s the theme of this week. Or, another name, Dumb and Dumber. By Wednesday, when you add Gail to the mix, it’s “Dumb, Dumber and I can’t believe she’s that dumb!”

Dumb and Dumber, of course, are Joe and Peter – different storylines, different kinds of stupidity. For those of you unfamiliar with the Darwin Awards, check them out. They are “awarded” posthumously to people who do the human race the favour of taking themselves out of the gene pool. To be eligible, you must kill yourself in some spectacularly stupid way. I thought of them often while watching this week.

GailForce sailboat at night on lakeThe scene. The breathtaking beauty of a lake in the Lake District on a cold winter night. White sailboat reflecting off the water in the moonlight. Onboard, Joe putting his “solution to all our problems” into effect. His cold hands fumble with the dinghy rope as he’s trying to tie it onto the sailboat. He drops it. The dinghy floats away free. He has to get it back; it’s the key to his floating away free. He uses an oar to retrieve it, almost gets it. The sail comes around and knocks him overboard.

Joe slides down side of boat into waterHe flails in his heavy clothes.  The boat sits in the background, serene on the silvery water. Picture postcards of a cold beauty, except for the roiling water in the foreground. Joe struggling. He manages to swim back to the boat. He’s going to make it! But how will he get away? It’ll be only him and the Gail Force, not him and the dinghy to Ireland. And his hands let go and he slips down the side into the water. And keeps sinking.

So he’s set up Gail to report him in the morning as missing while, in the plan, he’s rowing his way to safe anonymity in Northern Ireland. You could see a hundred things wrong with this plan, even if it went accordingly. With it gone horribly wrong, especially for Joe, there are another hundred things. And Gail, within a day, manages to find a good few of them. There’s a scene the next morning when David actually talks a lot of sense to his mother, but she doesn’t listen. It’s pretty bad when David is the only one living in Sanity Land.

Gail standing on dock, looking out over lakeJoe managed to make a bad situation far worse. I hadn’t liked the thought that he was going to kill Gail in order to collect the insurance money. Then, at the end of last week, I thought he was going to kill himself or ‘disappear’ himself in order to end his problems and help Gail by having the insurance money for her to collect. I felt bad about that for his sake. I could also see logistical problems, like insurance won’t pay on a suicide real or presumed. But I never foresaw a totally bollixed job such as this has become.

Back on Schtupid Street

Peter drinking from bottle of Scotch outside George's doorAnd back on the Street, while Joe is inadvertently committing physical suicide, Peter is committing social suicide. You’d think, even drinker that he is, he’d have learned by now to not turn up at people’s door, weaving and slurring his words with a bottle in his coat pocket, demanding to see his son.

But he Barlow family "intervention"does, at Grandpa Moneybags’ door at that. And just as fast as money can get your precocious youngster into the private school system, it can also get you into a private rehab clinic. Peter, of all people, ought to know that George believes in acting swiftly and has the money to do so. And this time, George is getting no argument from Ken on the philosophical importance of supporting the state-run health system.