Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Is Coronation Street taking things too far?

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

The rather depressing news this morning that Anna Windass is to take up the horrible Pat Phelan's indecent proposal has made me ponder on Corrie's moral compass once again. I know the Street must move with the times to stay relevant and attract viewers to make it viable, but storylines like this really worry me.

The Windass family have dominated of late thanks to the unpleasant Phelan and his gob on a stick of a wife, the charmless Valerie. Both characters make great Corrie villains but am I the only one thinking this latest plot development is taking things too far? I get that Anna is the proud protector of her family in its time of strife, but need the writers ratchet it up any further?

It just really does seem in bad taste and not at all family viewing. Corrie has always tackled difficult issues and in the main it handles them well. 

I might just be an old fashioned pessimist but the powers that be seem to be going all out to shock and titilate to keep viewers hooked. In the past few weeks we've seen Marcus and Todd cheating behind Maria's back and the ongoing Peter-Tina-Carla debacle. It all feels too much and too far removed from the original concept of the programme.

In my view there is almost too much scandal, too much inflated melodrama and well, just too much going on. I fear the normal, day to day believability is suffering as a result. I'm not saying everyone should be lovely and warm and that storylines should revolve around the daily grind all the time but Corrie should be reflecting the lives of working class, every day folk and I worry that this is on the slide.

In the old days their was a strong moral centre to Coronation Street and that's one of the things that made it so special.

So is Corrie losing its moral compass? Are the powers that be in danger of shocking us all once too often for their own good? Comments please!

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1 comment:

Imogen said...

I agree with you. Where the writers at one time could make drama from the everyday experiences of life, now they feel they have to go to crazy extremes all the time. Why is that?

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