Monday, 18 September 2017

5 Things We Want from Corrie's New 6th Episode

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog August 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

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With an additional episode, soon to be unveiled, bringing the total to six – this means three hours of Corrie a week! The set has been expanded to accommodate more characters, and storylines, and means characters can step off the street and enter another Truman show world, around the corner. Not quite, but anyone who visited the old Coronation Street will tell you, they “needed a bigger boat”, and now they have one and they're gonna use it.

So, what would you like to see from the additional episode long term? Massive changes or small tweaks to the tried and tested formula? Here’s some of my must-haves:

More comedy

I love Jonathan Harvey’s writing. Whenever I hear a laugh-out-loud piece of dialogue, which refers to something in the 1980s or is a double entendre, I look at the writing credits, and there is the brilliant Beautiful Thing writer’s name. With grim but headline grabbing plots, such as kidnapping, Phelan seemingly getting away with murder and grooming, we need more laughs. Steve's cringe-worthy proposal was classic Corrie. And as soon as we glimpsed Oliver’s proposal outfit, I was in! Sight gags work just as well as funny dialogue. More, please!

Kitchen Sink Drama

Remember when Hilda Ogden finally went through Stan’s personal belongings, or when Hayley died in her own home? I want more of this personal, intimate drama, as this is how Corrie began. Some might say it’s not contemporary in a world of Netflix. But, when do you see a character glued to their phone for 30 mins, just because we are? (Gary’s badly choreographed fall, last night aside?) So, more drama in the home, or in the backroom of the pub, please?

Breathe life into neglected characters

The Nazir Family; please do something with them. Alya was introduced to us via Gary’s bed, remember? So, I’m not saying turn her into a minx, I’m merely pointing out, that we need to see them develop. I love the matriarch, Yasmeen - get her on an anti-austerity march with Roy, please! And, can we have Kate do something more than serve chunky chips and replace the empty Pinot for hen party tables, in the Bistro? She is turning into a really boring character, and she entered the street as a feisty one. so, let's give neglected folk the kiss of life, or in the case of Brian Packham, can we just get rid? 

Have more surprises

When Ken had a stroke, it shocked viewers and yesterday when Will was the one who almost sold Michelle at a car boot sale (I’m joking, as this current Bistro under Siege storyline is boring me, sorry!) – the twittersphere was alive, so more surprises will remind us of Who Shot JR and when soaps were the kings and queens of TV. I know there are spoilers all over twitter. But, when you are shocked by a plot development, it does remind you of reading a brilliant book on holiday, you keep coming back for more. 

Lastly, can we have some small story arcs, please?

The kidnappings, cars exploding, tram crashes and all this stuff, are good at getting new folk on board and suit the BGT timeslot, but now we are going six episodes a week, you cannot have this all the time. So, a story involving Audrey feeling out in the cold, because she is single and stood in front of the mirror, crying offer audience’s genuine drama that they can relate to. And it need not be dragged on and on to have a huge impact.

What would you like to see, following the arrival of the additional episode?

Guest blog post by Glenn Meads who is on Twitter and LinkedIn

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