Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Tinkering in the Kitchen

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Monday’s Coronation Street gave us a deeper insight into the extent of Craig Tinker’s OCD. With some questionable editing techniques involved from Corrie, we saw Craig carry out his kitchen ritual, turning switches on and off, checking cooker knobs, touching the unplugged iron, ensuring the knives were correctly stored. It was a real step up from previous signs of his disorder, which all seemed connected to time keeping and numbers. It will be interesting to see how he overcomes these urges and who he shares his secret with. Things look set to come to a head soon as his anxiety on top of the OCD itself seems to be getting too much for Craig, who on Monday we saw confiding in little Liam but still refusing to let Bethany in on the secret.

You may have also noticed despite being completely overtaken by his OCD impulses, Craig had time to get changed mid-scene. A continuity error that did not go unnoticed by viewers.

Check shirt
Didn't check shirt

In any case Monday’s kitchen scene put me in mind of another chaotic domestic setting, which I’ll come on to in a minute, but I wanted to again acknowledge the way Craig’s kitchen OCD scenes were edited. As he darted around from utensil to switch and back again - there were a quick succession of camera changes, close up shots and almost percussion-like sound effects accompanying Craig’s scene. I can’t decide if I liked the technique or not. It’s not very Corrie that’s for sure.

But if they can do it so can I. The scene reminded me of a famous musical sketch from Morcambe and Wise where the two flail around the kitchen, chaotically making breakfast.

OCD is no laughing matter, but always one to embrace the fun side of Corrie, I’ve joined the two together so you can see what I mean.

My brain works in mysterious ways.


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