(This post was originally posted by Graeme N on the Coronation Street Blog in June 2014.)
Are we all ready for the arrival of more Nazirs? In addition to Kal and his dad we will also be meeting Kal's mother and his daughter in the next week or so. I think there is also a son to come as well.
I do like an injection of fresh characters into Corrie but it can be a difficult balancing act. Introduce a massive brood all at once (for example the Mortons, the Claytons or the Hopkins families) and viewers can struggle to take to them or even work out who they all are. Introduce them slowly and gradually and it can feel very drawn out and lacklustre.
The Nazir family have come in slowly with Kal being established as the main link. Putting him with Leanne also grounds them all as she is an established and popular character. However, the main stumbling block for me to overcome is that so far the Nazirs I have met are quite dull.
I like Jimi Mistry as an actor, I just find his character a bit dry with very few distinguishing features. Apparently there is more to him than meets the eye and hopefully the introduction of his children will spice things up a little. Kal's dad has made even less of an impact I'm afraid. I really do hope the introduction of a more satisfying family dynamic will help things along.
I always worry when there is a deluge of new characters. Coronation Street is already bulging at the seams so apart from worrying where the Nazir clan will live, it also makes me wonder which characters will be squeezed out to make way for this new family. We already complain that we don't see enough of the likes of Kirk and Beth, Jason and Eva and the older characters like Audrey and Deirdre.
I also hope the Corrie powers that be consult the history books as they prepare to introduce the latest in a long line of Weatherfield families. New families can have a significant impact on the overall tone of the show. We saw it in the 1970s when the Hopkins family took over the corner shop and left almost before the paint was dry on the signage. A decade later the Claytons left within months of their arrival despite dramatic doings with the popular Duckworths. And even though the Morton family had the lovely Michael Starke at the helm, there were just too many of them to get to grips with. Every time I saw them they seemed to have multiplied yet again.
So are you looking forward to the arrival of Kal's family? What are your views on how the powers that be have decided to introduce this latest Corrie clan?
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