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Corrie Street 15 Jan. 2017

Christmas Vigil

Amid the turkey dinners, Christmas crackers, laughter and caroling, an outdoor vigil on Tuesday brought a belated Christmas tear to my eye.Christmas vigil by Roy, Brian and NorrisNorris, Roy and Brian camp out in Dev’s back yard. Norris wants to see Mary, and Roy and Brian join him in solidarity. Mary is furious at Norris. She refused to join them for Christmas dinner at the café. So if the mountain won’t come to Muhammad – Norris will go to Mary. And he has no intention of leaving, he tells her through the closed door.

Roy tells Norris he will bring him provisions. He does that, and he also brings himself and a probably unwilling Brian. Christmas dinner was on the table at the café. Brian was happily digging in, filling his plate. He probably had time to get a few mouthfuls in before Roy dragged him away. But even Brian knows when something is more Norris talks about what Mary means to himimportant than food and he joins the vigil for Mary without grumbling.

To fill the time, and explain to Roy and Brian why they’re sitting outside in the cold, Norris tells them what Mary means to him.

“I know I have a caustic manner. People say I sit in judgement. Yeah, I often do. It’s safer, isn’t it. To watch from the touch line rather than get involved in the field of play.

Ah, but not Mary. She lives. She gets knocked down, sometimes trampled on. But she always gets back up. She never pulls on a protective shell. She goes out into the world. As innocent as a newborn baby. I think she’s one of the bravest people I know.”shot of backyard with roy brian and norris

Mary hears what he says and her heart melts. So does mine, so does everyone’s I should think.

Christmas dinner is back on at Roy’s Rolls, with all four friends partaking. Then there’s an even happier ending. Gemma’s online plea for Mary starts to smileMary’s son found its mark. Jude saw it and comes to the café door. He meets his mother.

However, the bad thing to come out of all this is that he is going to take her away with him: to South Africa! But no, please, she can’t go. Like the twins said to her later, we’re your family, Mary.

Corrie Street 1 Jan. 2017

The Dictaphone

What about what Roy said on the dictaphone? He and Cathy are about to say their wedding vows. She hardly looked like a carefree bride on the happiest day of her life as she walked down the aisle. But that can be ascribed to nervousness. If you didn’t witness what we, the viewers, did in the parking lot.roy watches cathy walk down aisle

Cathy pulled out her dictaphone to go over her vows one more time. She heard what else had recorded on it. Roy telling Brian and Tyrone that he may not want to marry Cathy, but he had given her his word so he would do so.

What do you do then? There is no time to think it over or talk to Roy about what he says or how he feels. The minister, guests and groom are inside, awaiting the bride. Cathy can’t really call a ‘time-out.’cathy interrupts minister as vows begin

She walks past all the smiling faces to the altar. Then as the minister begins, she tells Roy and all what she heard on the tape. She asks the minister to get rid of everybody so she and Roy can talk.

cathy tells roy what she heard on the dictaphoneTheirs is not the first Weatherfield wedding to come to a screeching halt at the altar. The ministers likely pull out their evacuation and containment plans every time they get a booking from someone resident on or near Coronation Street.

Cathy and Roy’s abrupt end to the scheduled ceremony was certainly more civil than others have been. Compare it to Peter giving Leanne divorce papers at the altar during the reaffirmation of their vows. Or, roy and guests are astoundedmore recently, Nick going through with his marriage to Carla, only to call an end to it during the reception. The prize for the best ever altar fight still has to be Karen and Steve McDonald’s second wedding.

Compared to those, Cathy and Roy’s cancelled wedding was the model of decorum. Cathy stated the facts of Roy’s feelings as she had heard them on the dictaphone. She also got her digs in at Tyrone and Brian (“Usain Bolt, there”), the two who forced the questioning of the marriage.roy and cathy look around church

Roy did not disagree with her. After the people had been cleared out, he and Cathy sat in a pew and discussed what had happened, what hadn’t happened and what they would do next. All very civilized. We’ll see what happens next.

roy and cathy sit in silenceFor me, I hope they try again. Cathy is not Hayley, and her relationship with Roy is not the same. But that doesn’t mean it is not equally valid and good for both of them. Will Roy see that?

Corrie Street 4 Dec 2016

Recycling Czar or Tsar

Brian Packham is back. A question he has for Roy: is it Czar or Tsar? brian explains czar or tsar quandaryRoy is flummoxed, and that’s a rare sight. He’s rarely had occasion to spell it, but thinks either spelling is acceptable. Of course, I googled it. Roy is right, and there are many lengthy discussion threads on the origins and usage of each. (My spellcheck chooses Tsar.)brian-and-roy-at-cafe-table

Brian is back without Julie, but with ambition to take a prominent place in the Weatherfield Council bureaucracy. At the moment he’s the Environmental Health Officer. But his aim is to revolutionize the city’s recycling programmes. Hence his dilemma: should his stationery say Recycling Czar or Tsar?

Prior to discussing the nitty-gritty of his title, Brian was flummoxed roy-with-lipstick-kisswhen he met Cathy. He expected to see Roy still single and grieving Hayley’s death. So he was astounded when a woman emerged from Roy’s flat and planted a kiss on his cheek.

Brian astutely picked up on Roy’s ambivalence about marrying Cathy. He suggested Roy ask himself why he wants to marry. Then he gave some good advice about navigating the wedding itself. It’s cathy-with-wedding-countdown-clockfor the bride, he said, not the groom. So let her have the disco, the pink wedding cake, even the wedding count-down clock – whatever makes her dream day. You focus on the groom’s speech, he told Roy. Ever the teacher, Brian later peeked to see how the assignment was going. Not well, he saw, so he gave suggestions for improvement.

The good and bad elsewhere

The problem with Tuesday’s episode was with the scenes bracketing michael-at-building-site-gateBrian’s. Michael and Anna were doing things that made no sense in terms of character history. Michael going to Phelan’s building site alone to check it out. Foolish, but maybe believable. But Anna asking Phelan to come to her place? Without telling anyone or having backup? It wouldn’t happen, not after the last time she did that. I saw, ok, it’s a way to get to the plot culmination. But clunky! They might not have jarred so much if they anna-lets-phelan-in-doorhadn’t been next to the smoothness of Brian’s scenes.

There were other great moments this week. Tracy and Peter after she says Daniel is just like Ken – a look that says ‘we’re out of the will!’ Vinny’s neighbour lady, played by Jacqueline Pilton. And Phelan watching Michael die, telling him about watching a rabbit slowly die after he had injured it.

Corrie Street Oct. 18/15

live episode caddie-by-roversFrom the opening credits right through to the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado tooling down the cobbles, the live episode was fabulous. Quiet drama with Roy and Cathy balanced high drama with the younger Platts and Callum.

My only criticism? I’d have liked to have more time with each of the many events going on. Individual things, like Craig nervous about a first date that, sadly, didn’t happen. And big events, like two lavish parties.

live episode orient-express-cafeA birthday party for Roy at the café had a beautifully done Orient Express theme. And the clothes! Everyone looked absolutely fabulous. And a huge going-away party at the Rovers for Lloyd.

anna-two-glasses-champagneThe two parties merged. Gary decided to go teetotal so passed his drinks to Anna. Her two-handed drinking led to words with Sally and she blabbed what she’d overheard about Sally kissing Kevin. Tim stormed off.

Roy swerved both parties because he had spent the earlier part of the day with Cathy – in Blackpool. She didn’t know its significance. She talked about wanting to dance at the Ballroom. Just like Hayley. Cathy wanted him to go wading. Just like Hayley.

Alone in his flat, he displaced his distress with complaints to the roy-opens-cake-boxWeatherfield bus service. Carla confronted him, talked sense and sent him off with Rita’s rum babas to catch Cathy. The bus schedule was thrown off again, with a well-timed flat, so he and Cathy could sort out their feelings and histories. They started making a history for themselves, with rum cake and a kiss.

kylie-with-wrenchOf course, the main event happened at the Platts’ house. Sarah thought she could outsmart Callum. She tried to record him saying something incriminating. I doubt that Sarah could outsmart a kitchen cabinet. A struggle ensued, Kylie beaned Callum with a wrench, he died.

hole-in-platt-floorPanic until David came home and thought of a plan. Take Callum in his own car and dump him in the canal. Could have worked, except Tony and Todd came up with another plan – steal Callum’s car and torch it. That left the Platts with a body, no car – but a big hole in the garage floor. That’s where Callum went.

CBC’s ad for the episode showed Callum chasing David and Kylie sally-in-bathrobedown the street. I thought, gee, thanks for saving me the trouble of watching! So they got me. There is a behind the scenes look at the episode on CBC’s site here.

On Friday, there were two sights I would never have thought possible. Both came out of what happened in the live episode. Sally crossed roy-in-salon-chairthe street in a bathrobe, and did not care who saw her. And Roy entered Audrey’s salon, and sat as a client in her stylist chair.

 

Corrie Street May 10/15

roy-with-curryLuke is feeling okay. Maria has dumped him, but he’s going to hang out with the guys. The night on the town with beer and curry got replaced with curry and a couple cans at the café due to Tyrone giving Roy a driving lesson. Still okay, Luke figures, even if the curry won’t be what he was looking forward to. Roy is “a korma kinda guy – mild, inoffensive,” he tells Gary.

thinking-it-is-something-coolRoy serves the meal while telling them the history of curry in the British Isles. He relates a funny moment in Vanity Fair, where Becky Sharp misguidedly eats a chili to cool her mouth after a spicy curry. Well, you had to be there, he realizes as Tyrone, Luke and Gary stare uncomprehendingly at him. He continues ladling the curry, saying he hadn’t made it quite as hot as the traditional recipe from Goa that he found had called for.

luke-and-gary-gasp-at-curryRoy and Tyrone on one side of the table talk and eat, savouring the flavours. On the other side, Gary and Luke eat, and look increasingly uncomfortable. Their eyes water and Luke begins pulling at his shirt. But he will not admit it’s too hot for him. He likes curry that blows your shirt off, he’d told Gary.

luke grimacesIt’s little moments like that I’ve looked for in Coronation Street lately. They are in short supply.

Sarah and Bethany are wearing on my last nerve, as they are on David’s. Carla and Nick cozying up to each other has been fun. But Erica’s return, and her news, will blow that fun out of the water. Sally and the wannabe Banksy is great, but so far is a-matter-of-honoursimilar to the sofa story. Increasingly loopy Jenny Bradley is causing fights everywhere. Maria getting a punch was great, just because. The enjoyment in that makes up for Sophie being right about Jenny even while she’s still irritatingly self-righteous.

Corrie Street May 3/15

Enchanted Evenings

enchanted evening weddingAlong with Michael, I got teary-eyed as he recited the lyrics of South Pacific’s “Some Enchanted Evening” to Gail during their wedding. It made up for a lot about this long, drawn-out, convoluted story. Then Gail knocked the whole thing in the head, for Michael and me, by saying sorry, can’t do it. And Michael stormed off again. Please, when will it be over?

There was, however, an enchanted evening this week. Roy and new acquaintance Cathy having roy gives cathy a top up of teaa cup of tea at her new fold-out table in the allotments. They have adjoining garden plots and, like Roy, she is recently widowed. She tells him that her husband always said he had three loves: her, his ale and his allotment. She is not much for gardening herself, but she wants to keep it in good shape in his memory. Also it’s a place she feels close to him. Roy understands her, maybe better than she knows.

cathy smiles at royThey drank tea from Roy’s flask and talked about things mundane and important. They each seemed aware that this comfort in the company of another was something they hadn’t had for a long time. It was a lovely, and needed, break for them.

Pleasures of ordinary life

It gave us a break too, a moment to sit back and reflect on the pleasures of ordinary conversation and normal life. That’s something in short supply on the Street right now. platt-kids at gail and michael weddingThe Platts are sharing their nasty little three-ring circus of deception and crowdedness with almost everybody, Jenny isn’t sharing anything with anyone, Todd is messing with his mother’s love life just for fun, Sean and Billy are headed for a huge and public fight thanks to Julie’s sense of justice, and Tracy is wrecking other people’s lives because she hasn’t got anything else to do.

roy and cathy enjoy peace and quiet of allotmentMichael gave us the words to Some Enchanted Evening, but the expectations of one for him quickly became derailed. Let’s hope Sharif “my middle name is sensitive” Nazir doesn’t derail the enchanted times that Roy and Cathy may have.

Corrie Street Mar. 29/15

Portugal

if-you-do-not-tell-josephRoy was the most useful person in the leaving-for-Portugal saga. As usual. When the taxi was due to pick up Katy and Joseph, Ches was making chips in the doner shop. Roy came in, café pinny still on, and asked if he weren’t going to see them off. When Ches said he couldn’t face it, Roy said emphatically that he must, that he’d regret it forever if he did not.
coming-upOut the door Ches went, asking Roy to mind the shop. The impatient customer awaiting his chips was not happy about the turn of events. But Roy is used to dealing with snappish customers. “Coming up.” So Ches had the chance to tell his son he loves him.

The rest of Katy and Joseph’s family? Owen and Izzy finally came around to wishing Katy well. That was after telling her that taking Joseph away would do him irreparable damage. What about his family, his home, how-much-do-i-love-youhis homeland? He needs dad, grandparents, aunts and cousins just a door or two away. Never mind the advantages for him that Katy rhymed off – sea and sun, a new language, a house and granny already in place, a chance for his mother to build a career. Doesn’t matter. And Katy? Doesn’t matter. She must put Joseph first and foremost. And what’s best for Joseph is Weatherfield.

not-sure-myselfAfter playing the Joseph card as long as possible, Izzy and Owen turned to their plight. But what would they do without her there everyday all day? How could she do this to them? Only Anna kept out of it. And, aside from Chesney, Anna has the only good reason for not wanting Katy to go. The plus of vacations in Portugal, for her, is offset by the presence of Owen’s ex-wife.

Sinead joins in the fun of running other people’s lives. She decides that Joseph cannot go, waving-as-taxi-leavesand that Ches agreed to it only because she is a burden. So she makes poor Kirk take her home from the hospital. At the house, she decides to stand up in order to reach the biscuits. She falls and goes back to hospital in an ambulance. Her progress is set back considerably and the stress on Ches is increased considerably.

waving-goodbye Katy leaving for PortugalAll this to keep a young woman from going to Portugal in search of a better future and a chance to get to know her estranged mother. It isn’t like she and Joseph are off to cross Antarctica by themselves.

Corrie Street Feb. 22/15

Underacting

Sometimes it’s not the great speech, not the grand gesture. A look tells the story; underacting makes the impact. Three such moments from three actors.  Emotional scenes that, in lesser hands, could become melodrama.

“Take your time, Roy”

take-your-time Roy perfect underactingMonday, Roy is aware that he’s taking up Tyrone and Chesney’s time, going through the woods along the waterfront, from spot to identical spot. He’s looking for the right place to scatter Hayley’s ashes. He finds it, and starts the ritual he has practiced so many times in his head. He can’t continue. His anxiety is in his words, face and the frustrated flap of his hand. Take your time, says Tyrone. And Roy pauses and looks at him. He calms, and proceeds with his words of goodbye.

The pause, more than his words, conveys the importance of this event, the reconciliation he is making with his past life ending and a new one beginning.

Owen’s Ex

Thursday, Owen sees his ex-wife Linda with Katy. He confronts them, how dare Linda me-from-seeing-hersneak back to meet with Katy. How dare Katy have anything to do with this woman who abandoned her. They challenge him, why should they not talk to each other, hear out the other’s side. In one sucked in breath, Owen shows twenty years of pain. For just a heartbeat, he is silent.

In that instant, we see the hurt he still feels from Linda leaving him and their children, the fear that his daughters will be hurt again, and the fear too that they will abandon him. Then he goes back to yelling and threatening, being Owen again.

“Could you be…”

Friday, Craig consults Dr. Google to help Faye find possible reasons for her gain in weight. After they dismiss Cushing’s Disease, he continues scrolling then looks at the possible-thenscreen with shock. He asks, “could you be…?”

The pause and the look in his eyes is all we need to know what he is asking. Could she be pregnant. He is embarrassed and horrified but he waits for her answer. Not possible, she says, also looking embarrassed and horrified. But he perseveres with an ungainly but lovely sensitivity, making her aware she has to be honest with him and with herself.

All three situations are ones in which overacting would be easy. In all three, it’s the tiny pause the actors give that sets up the dramatic strength of the words that follow.

Corrie Street Feb. 15/15

History Today

Friday Sinead makes peace with Roy and, in doing so, spurs him to make peace with his sinead-smiles-at-royand Hayley’s history. Sinead’s brush with mortality makes her empathize with Hayley’s illness, one from which there could be no return to good health. Putting herself in Hayley’s shoes, and Roy in Chesney’s place as sickbed companion, she sees the emotional pressure that Roy has felt. No wonder he snapped and attacked an intruder, she realizes.

roy-with-magazinesRoy comes to the hospital, bringing magazines. He brushes off her praise of his selection. Chesney chose, he says. Train magazines and History Today comprise his tastes. Shouldn’t it be History Yesterday, Ches says. Roy ignores the pun and explains it is about understanding past events with contemporary analyses. Perspectives change, he says.

Sinead agrees, and gives her new perspective on Roy’s behaviour. It still comes from sentiment, and Roy’s self-assessment is based in logic. But, despite talking roy-at-hospital-bedsidepast each others’ meaning, they both take away important insights. Sinead realizes that Roy is the gentle man she knew him to be but that everyone has stress limits beyond which they cannot be pushed. Roy sees that he must accept his emotional responses and let them inform him instead of locking him in history. it is time, he decides, to move to the present without losing his memories of Hayley. He should, as she wished, use her as a guide but not a limiter.

All this coincides with the Woody needing an inspection certificate and a good clean up roy-says-sell-carand drive. Carla and Tyrone take over the practicalities and give a needed nudge. Hayley wanted you to learn to drive, Carla reminds him. He argues that he has no need or wish to drive, so find the car a new home. But the marble of driving starts rolling around in his head.

The Woody takes Roy, Tyrone and Chesney to a park to find a spot for Hayley’s ashes. He has given a lot of thought to Hayley’s wish that her ashes be taken to Blackpool, but woody-in-woodsdecides that a place filled with only good memories of their love is better for him, the one still living.

It is nice that it is Sinead who causes this shift in Roy. She is a soul as guileless as both Hayley and Roy. He returns the favour by showing her that judgement cannot come from emotion alone. Carla and Tyrone will do well the heavy lifting of implementing change in Roy’s practical life. I thank God that Fiz is still away so she cannot ‘help’!

Corrie Street Jan. 11/15

Gift of the Magi

Maybe it was coincidence that a Christmas week story reminded me of an O. Henry story. In “The Gift of the Magi,” a couple each give up what is most valuable to them in order to give something to the other.

roy in police station, coincidence of airtime in storyRoy and Gary give each other their loyalty. Having both been driven to desperation, they hurt each other. In two scenes Wednesday, each takes the blame for what happened. They do so in ways true to their character: Roy tells the complete truth, Gary lies. Their end purpose is the same, to absolve the other of wrongdoing.

The young hooligans are harassing Roy again. They brag about looking through the things in his apartment. They disparage Hayley, their worst sin in his eyes.

Gary’s family is treating him like a pariah, for becoming involved with Ayla rather than Gary-with-policereturning to Izzy as they had hoped, for having lost his job due to his involvement with Ayla, for having borrowed money from Faye to buy his son a Christmas gift and then having the bad luck to buy something his mother had already bought. Gary’s bad luck is compounded by accidentally breaking “Faye’s one big Christmas present we all clubbed together to get her”.

Gary uses Anna’s keys to go into the café to rob it. He does not know what has been happening with Roy, nor how on edge he is. Roy hears noise, grabs his cricket bat, goes bruises-garydownstairs and wallops the young man in the hoodie with his hands in the till. But he doesn’t stop there. On the street, he continues hitting him.

Sinead sees and is horrified by Roy’s violence. She is gentle like Roy, and seeing him out of control terrifies her more, perhaps, than it would any one else.

Roy is arrested and he tells exactly what happened and refuses to press charges against Gary. For Roy, his own actions outweigh what Gary was trying to do. In the hospital, when questioned, Gary says Roy only hit him once and that his extensive injuries came roy-sees-wierdofrom him falling. “I must bruise easily,” he says.

When Roy comes home, he sees the young louts have scrawled “wierdo” on the café window. Roy’s only comment is, “they spelled it wrong.”