Saturday, 5 July 2014

Suzie Birchall - why I'm happy to be a die-hard Corrie fan

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog May 2014, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Last month on the British Soap Awards, we saw Helen Worth presented with an award for Outstanding Achievement, which was richly deserved.  You can watch her speech here.

Corrie producer Stuart Blackburn said in his bit to camera that Gail had been brought into Corrie as a friend for Suzie Birchall.   

(Actually he was wrong.  As our blogger Graeme points out on twitter, Gail was brought in to Corrie as a friend for Tricia Hopkins, played by Kathy Jones.  Kathy, via twitter, thanked Graeme for this reminder).

And then Stuart Blackburn said: "And who, but die-hard Corrie fans, remembers Suzie Birchall?"

Well, if that's his definition of being a hard-core Corrie fan, then I'm proud to be one. Proud.  Suzie Birchall is something of a goddess in our house, fondly remembered. She was feisty in the proper meaning of the word, assertive and forthright, of a type that has rarely been seen on Corrie since, and there's few characters that can hold a candle to her.

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