Monday, 22 July 2013

Does demon David do it for you?

(This post was originally posted by Graeme N on the Coronation Street Blog in July 2013.)

David Platt's revenge on his family has dominated Coronation Street for the past couple of weeks. Fair enough, it makes a change from the Price family and their dramas, but haven't we seen it all before?

I mean, how many times has David gone on the rampage? And how many more times can the storyliners repeat this cycle before David either meets an untimely end or is forced to seek some form of help? 

We've seen him smash up the street, during which he practically assaulted Ken Barlow. He's pushed Gail down the stairs. He's been responsible for Bethany taking ecstasy. He stood on the rooftops and pretended to take a gun to Gail, Audrey and Sarah. He tried to drive his car into the canal to disrupt his sister's wedding. And on it goes.

I know this path of destruction dates back to Richard Hillman's reign of terror. Being tied up in the back of people carrier and nearly drowned by a serial killer step-father is bound to leave its mark on any youngster. All the more reason for Coronation Street to show David receiving help and support to deal with all that. 

Then there was the delightful festive discovery of granny Ivy's diary revealing all of Gail's long forgotten plans to abort David during troubles with his father, Martin (remember him?) As a side note, Martin is only meant to be in Liverpool - why did Gail never send David off to be with him?

Anyway, I digress. Although I find aspects of David's regular self destruction good telly, how many more times can they do this? The discovery of Kylie and Nick's betrayal was very well done - Jack P Shepherd was superb, however what has happened since has been far more predictable. I love David and Kylie together, Paula Lane is consistently wonderful. I really hope they don't split them up as I was starting to see a positive change in David's character. 

I hope this is the last time David goes off the rails. Let's see the baby being David's after all and David and Kylie sticking it out. 

So tell me, are you enjoying seeing David cause havoc yet again?

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