(This post was originally posted by Chewy on the Coronation Street Blog in May 2012.)
When Stella first arrived on Coronation Street, I gave her the benefit of the doubt, there were a lot of fans up in arms about her, a southerner playing a northerner, something that Tony Warren was against when he created the show.
As time went on she became a little more accepted. Then people started to dislike her for another reason, she started constantly inviting people "into the back room", to talk them through their problems.
The problem with these scenes is they feel terribly forced, I can see that Corrie are trying to make us like her, but they're trying too hard, Stella doesn't need to be some sort of guardian angel for the street, that is not what makes a good Coronation Street landlady. Look at Annie Walker, she had faults, she had delusions of grandeur. Look at Liz McDonald, she had dozens of faults, but these are what made her likeable.
If Corrie want to make us like Stella, they need to tone down on the guardian angel angle, in one of last week's episodes, she was shoehorned into Eileen's storyline for no apparent reason. A better character to use for those scenes would have been Steve McDonald, Eileen's old friend, not the landlady of the local pub.
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