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Why watch Corrie?

It’s been just over a year since I stopped watching Coronation Street. I still record it, and read the on-screen synopses as I delete episodes.

why watch corrie delete episodes screen photo dstewartHave I been tempted to watch? Yes. Some days when I just feel like flopping on the couch and not checking on the Donald Trump Comedy/Horror Hour. Or when the two line synopsis makes me curious. What’s happening with Carla, I wonder. But I have not watched even one episode.

I do think about the show and why it’s now okay with me to let it go. After all, Coronation Street has been an important part of my life. Having no profound thoughts of my own, I thought google it. See if there’s any new critical or analytic insights into the show and/or viewership.

Ask Google: “Why watch Coronation Street”

Below is the best of what came up on the first page.

nan was so excited print carakansala.comThis delightful print is by Cara Kansala of Grumpy Goat Gallery in Newfoundland. Tap for a larger view of it or go to carakansala.com to see more of her work.

Why watch in Canada, British guy asks

why watch in Canada Reddit questionThe poster on Reddit is surprised that Coronation Street is on prime-time in Canada. Tap to enlarge the image and you’ll be able to read the whole exchange. In short, the answer says that Canada is part of the British diaspora and therefore reminders of “home” are popular. I have no stats on it, but I’d be surprised if it was the reason most Canadian fans watch, even long-time ones.

twitter watch from beginningWell, you could watch from the beginning if you wanted to. Box sets are available. I don’t think they include every episode. But you could get a good sense of the show. Even in condensed form, though, it would be a very big project. And it probably has been done.

yahoo answer what kind of audience and why watchThese Yahoo answers made me laugh out loud. Especially “the kind of people who have lost the remote.”

“A half hour of my life…”

facebook comment hard to give it up“Hard to give it up after 45-50 years!” Maybe that’s still the best insight of all. You know the people. So no matter how silly they’re being, or boring, you stick with them.

At the top of the search results  page was Milo the dog on YouTube. For good reason. He could quickly and easily answer that thorny question of why we watch. So he can sing along with the theme music.

Diane of Bluenose Corrie

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Tvor, Diane Johnson Williams (photo Coronation Street Blog)

My condolences to the family and friends of Diane Johnson Williams. Diane passed away in Dartmouth NS on March 28th. Many of us knew Diane as Tvor and author of Bluenose Corrie Blog. Tvor, I found out, stands for “The Voice of Reason.” That is what she was for her fellow Coronation Street bloggers and friends, according to a tribute on Coronation Street Blog. Diane was co-editor of that blog, which follows the British air time.

I knew her only from her Bluenose Corrie Blog. She wrote it for us, her fellow Canadian fans. With a new post almost every day, and a weekly summary, I enjoyed reading it and checked in regularly. Seeing no new posts for a while, I started wondering. Googling her, I learned the very sad news of her death at the age of 59.

Diane was a long time and very knowledgeable viewer of Coronation Street. She knew not only about story and character history, but also the production side of it. An important part of the Canadian and British Coronation Street community, she shared her knowledge and love for the show both online and in real life.

Bluenose Corrie Blog still has a wealth of information about the show. You can read more about Diane’s history as a Coronation Street fan, her photography, travelogues and photography on The Voice of Reason.

The tribute to Diane written by Glenda is here, as well as her obituary. She will be greatly missed by us all.