(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)
I'm shocked and saddened to read today that Alison King won't be returning to Coronation Street as Carla Connor. I'm not Carla's greatest fan - and you can read more on that here if you like - but I'll be saddened indeed to see her go.
She's Corrie's only strong female lead. She's the strongest they've got. Without her, who will take up the mantle?
There's Liz of course and she's wonderful, as is Sally. There's Erica who might yet come into her own. Gail has long been portrayed as little more than a comedy fool and the Platt clan are being guided by Audrey's steady hand.
Corrie has suffered for too long, I feel, without the soap staple of a battle axe. I've written about that already. It's now going to lose another of its soap staples when Carla Connor says goodbye.
Please Corrie, pull yourself together - before it's too late.
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