Saturday, 17 June 2017

5 Reasons Why We Love Denise Osbourne's Return

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

Guest blog post by Glenn Meads who is on Twitter and LinkedIn
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I am not always a fan of old characters coming back to soaps. As often, nostalgia takes over and other characters spend so much time filling the comeback kid, on what they missed, they soon end up surplus to requirements.

But, last night the writers struck gold. When the wonderful Anne Kirkbride died two years ago, she left a huge gap and remains much missed. The writers, though have played a blinder, as there is now a full dysfunctional family for Ken to argue with.

The revelation that scholar and Ken's fave; lookalikey Daniel was the one who pushed dad was brilliant enough. And now? Bad mum, Denise is back!

This is great for a number of reasons so let's have a look why:

1) Daniel is complex and this will help fill in the gaps. He has been abandoned, tell us more.

2) Ken is best when he is in a scene with an ex, as a bit like Little Mix, he always has a shout-out to them.

3) Denise Black is wonderful. She has been on stage in the likes of Sister Act and Yerma and is an excellent actress. Her scenes with Rob Mallard will be electric.

4) If she sticks around, she could go back to her roots and cut hair again. Watch out Audrey!

5) The Barlows are in conflict as it is, Tracy is still grieving her mum's sudden death, so she will not be pleased at Denise's return.

I am jumping the gun here, because Denise Black is an accomplished theatre actress, so her character might only witness her son, Daniel's half baked attempts at decorating and then disappear to tread the boards.

But, even so - her return and the effect it has, is an excellent story arc which has a clear purpose. So, well done Corrie, this one is a cut above, pardon the hairdressing pun!

By Glenn Meads who is on Twitter and LinkedIn

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