Monday, 27 February 2017

Couples without chemistry on Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Much as I am loving having Toyah Battersby back on Coronation Street, it's clear there's no chemistry (for this fan, at least) between her and Peter Barlow.  As if having to invest in the storyline where Peter and Toyah somehow just happened to bump into each other months ago off-screen wasn't enough, we're now being forced to believe that these two work together. In my mind at least, they don't.

Toyah is a fantastic character, as is Peter Barlow. Both are extremely watchable and we're invested in their characters and history on the show. But together? Nope. As a couple? Hell, no.

What happened to Toyah's footloose and fancy-free ways, her dreams of becoming a journalist?  Where has the girl gone who slept under the stars with Spider?

The girl who campaigned to save the world and the, er, wrongly spelled "Whorey Ground Wort?"  The girl who joined the Prawn Liberation Front at Frescho and who tried to save the world?

Are we really to believe that someone like Toyah - headstrong, ambitious, intelligent - would take up with womanising Peter Barlow?  It doesn't ring true for me.  Bring back Spider for her - and soon!

Another couple that's been hard to watch as their relationship dragged its way across the cobbles has been Anna and Kev.  If their latest fall-out leads to Anna moving out with FayE this would cheer me up no end.

Zeedan and Rana are another snore-fest in our house. The only saving grace for this whole famly is the wonderful Yasmeen, of whom we see far too little.

Finally, and about time too, Sined and Chesney look set to go their seperate ways. Give Chesney a storyline, he's put the hours in and now deserves to shine. He's never been the same since Schmeichel passed away.

And before I sign off on this blog post, here's a little mention to those Coronation Street couples who do have the spark between them. Those couples with the little bit of magic that makes them watchable on screen, for me, are Jenny and Johnny; Billy and Todd; Sally and Tim; Kirk and Beth; Steve and Michelle; Eileen and Phelan.

Which current Corrie couples do you think work - and which do you dread seeing together on screen?

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