Friday, 17 April 2015

Why I'm loving Faye's baby storyline on Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog April 2015, reposted to this blog with permission.)

I am loving, absolutely loving the Faye baby storyline on Coronation Street right now. It's a storyline, I feel, where everyone has upped their game in terms of acting and writing and is one of the best things about Corrie right now.  

Ellie Leach, who plays Faye and Colson Smith who plays Craig have been playing a blinder for weeks. Debbie Rush as Anna is on top form too. So good that I've started shouting at her on the telly screen. That's always a good sign that an actor's doing their job right. When they do it wrong, I get bored, lose interest and start playing with my phone.

So here's my message to Anna. "
She's just THIRTEEN YEARS OLD, for heaven's sake. Anna, please, leave Faye alone and get her some help!"

Get some help. Call Social Services.  Do a DNA test on Jackson if that makes you feel better, but what difference will it make?  Even if it's proven that Jackson's the baby's dad, what will happen then? He can hardly cough up maintenance to Faye for the baby from his pocket money.

Jackson's as much in the fog of this mess as Faye is. Anna is too, we can all see that, it's an unknown situation for them all. Anna feels guilty for not noticing Faye was pregnant and in her guilt over not taking responsibility for Faye she's forcing Faye to take responsibility for the baby.

"I'll show you how to mek up a bottle," Anna tells Faye, minutes after the baby and Faye return home from th'ospickle with Faye still in a state of shock and very much in denial. Has anyone sat down and asked Faye what she wants to do? NO!

Faye is JUST THIRTEEN YEARS OLD, SHE'S A CHILD.  Yes, I know I'm shouting. I'm angry with Anna.  She needs reminding that Faye is a child, a little girl, with no idea of the enormity about what's happened to her life.

This is the same Faye, the same child, who once looked after baby Joseph for Katy when Katy needed help.  Left alone with baby Joseph, Faye thought she was doing the right thing when she nipped outside to get rid of a dirty nappy - and then she locked herself out of the house while the grill pan was on for cheese on toast.  The house set on fire with baby Joseph locked inside.  Faye is a child, she is not responsible for her own actions yet.

Anna is wrong, so wrong, to even think for one moment that Faye can look after a child without help from Social Servcices. Get on the phone to them now, Anna, quick, before the grill pan goes on again when Faye and the baby are left home alone.

Glenda Young 
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With Sarah & Bethany's return to the street the comparison with the storyline of Sarah's pregnancy is invited.
It was a while ago and the memory has faded somewhat, but it all seems remarkably similar (so far).

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