(This post was originally posted by Clinkers (David) on the Coronation Street Blog in July 2011.)
It's interesting to read the views of Phil Collinson in respect of current Corrie storylines and character development. From a purely personal view, I was staggered by the rather low quality of one of the scenes broadcast on Friday. The "Deirdre tea party" showdown was one of the worst things I have seen on the show since the grim days of Brian Park. The quality of some of the acting was beyond parody and would have been better suited to 'Acorn Antiques'. Why on earth this scene passed quality control is anyone's guess but it's possibly symptomatic of the malaise that appears to be hanging over the cobbles at the moment.
The likes of Phlip Lowrie (Dennis), Stephanie Cole (Sylvia) and Jane Danson (Leanne) seem to shine whenever they appear which makes some of the other performances look particularly lacklustre. I wouldn't go as far as to single out any particular actor but some of them really are not on the top of their game at the moment.
Has the quality of the acting on the Street been diminished by actors having to deal with poor storylines? Or, to be blunt, are some of the actors just not very good at what they do?