Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Will Sally get her mojo back?

(This post was originally posted by Ruth Owen on the Coronation Street Blog in April 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

I'm worried about Sally and I would like to bet that many viewers are too. My particular concern is whether she will be able to regain her confidence, her zest for life, her belief in that as a councillor in Weatherfield she is doing some good, making a difference and fighting the thoughtless sexists - in short, will she be able to retrieve her mojo?

I do hope so. Perhaps Sally is the only character who does such a great job of retaining her likeability while displaying shocking hubris, self-importance and a gentle holier than thou attitude. Maybe Brian is a contender, but he doesn't have the longevity of Sally, therefore Sally wins.

Sally, along with her husband Tim, are a great source of Corrie comedy but what has been notable in recent weeks is the ability of Sally Dynevor and Tim Duttine, to play serious, gut-wrenching scenes. In the factory, all alone, informed that she was being watched, saw Sally broken and terrified. What a convincing pieced of acting that was. In addition, on receiving a 'cancer diagnosis' by phone, being informed that a mistake had been made and that in fact she was not clear of cancer, once again brought Sally's acting talent, in a serious role, to our attention.

And so it was with Tim. Joe Duttine's anguish at the 'diagnosis' and his fury at the social media trolls bringing pain to his screen wife, was as believable and compelling a scene as any of late. His protectiveness of her, his belief that leaving the council is the only option and his attempts to get her out to face people, were all excellent. We saw her typing a letter of resignation from the council but don't know if she posted it.

Rosie and Sophie were no less supportive than Tim, though in a different way. Rosie, especially, does not believe that it is in her mother's best interests to resign from the council. Rosie is confident that she is right, in that she believes her mother is a fighter, not someone who gives up when the going gets tough. In the future, if Sally does resign, won't she regret it? Will she not feel a sense of failure and also an anger at herself for having given up because of some spiteful, worthless keyboard warrior? Rosie's view is a convincing one.

It seems that we will get to the bottom of who this troll is. Various spoilers have suggested that it might be Sally's sister who is the source of all this upset. Well, as the old adage goes, you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family.

Ruth Owen, twitter: @Ruth1722

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