(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog May 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)
I hate it when Coronation Street's shifted around the schedules to make way for an ITV money-spinner. And that's what's happened this week as Corrie's been on every night at 9pm to make way for Britain's Got the X-Factor Idol or whatever it's called. In order for us fans to get behind the change to our Cornation Street viewing schedule ITV have given it a name, "Big Week". Big Disappointment, more like.
It reminds me too much and too painfully or that awful dip in Corrie quality last summer when ITV showed Corrie every night as the John Stape storyline played out to its end. I turned Corrie off twice during that week, and that's not something I've ever done to my favourite soap before in over 30 years of watching. And I'm in danger of not giving a toss about it this week, either.
At the end of every episode so far this week, we've had trailers and previews of more "exciting" times to come the next night. But the trailer and preview turns out to BE the excitement. The rest of each episode feels like filler, every episode feels diluted. There's precious little in the way of quality dialogue, humour or action. It's moving too slowly, with the same scenes between Tina and Tommy for instance, played over again, the same words spoken in a different way.
So Tina's been left for dead in a pile of blood on the floor of a lapdancing club. On paper, I bet that sounded like a great idea. Exciting, even. But we knew Tina would recover, we know Terry will probably leave, we know Lesley will die. We know all this because ITV have told us. There's no drama, there's no suspense, there's no... hang on, I'm losing the will to tune in tonight. The only thing worth watching is Nigel Pivaro as he stumbles around the set as Terry Duckworth, he's so bad he's brilliant.
Or am I being a miserable old grump? What do you think of Corrie's "Big Week" so far?
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