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Coronation Street: Fans Threaten Boycott Over Storyline

Hesmondhalgh and Neilson

Hesmondhalgh and Neilson

As I’ve mentioned in another post, my guilty pleasure is the long-running British soap opera Coronation Street. I’ve been watching it for years and can’t help but notice how it has changed over time to keep up with its audience. The soap has tackled a myriad of storylines and situations; from the ever popular love triangle to transsexual characters Coronation Street has been there, done that. But one of the current plots is drawing some criticism.

I can’t help but feel for those who might be facing a similar situation in their lives … and when seeking a bit of an escape from things in the form of a loved soap opera are doused with a bucket of cold reality.

The very popular character Hayley Cropper, played by Julie Hesmondhalgh, is going to be killed-off. Hesmondhalgh decided it was time to leave the show for other pursuits and the writers opted for a storyline in which Hayley is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The story has been playing out for several months now and has included Hayley making funeral plans, befriending another terminally ill woman who dies, and telling her husband Roy Cropper, played by David Neilson, that she will take charge in the end – alluding to her desire to commit suicide rather than die naturally.

The acting of Hesmondhalgh and Neilson has been nothing short of stellar as the disease takes its toll, physically and emotionally. In fact some Corrie fans are finding it too much and have threatened to boycott the final episode in protest. The tweet below from @_EllieT_x is one of many from disgruntled fans.

ET_Cropper

In my humble opinion the storyline has gone on too long. But more to the point I can’t help but feel for those who might be facing a similar situation in their lives – as the saying goes, in ‘real life’. Perhaps they are caring for a terminally ill loved one, or are themselves sick and, when seeking a bit of an escape from things in the form of a loved soap opera are doused with a bucket of cold reality. No matter how well the acting and writing has been, and it has been terrific, I don’t think this is the place for a drawn-out plot such as this.

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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UPDATED: Rolf Harris: maybe he was tying down more that just his kangaroo

UPDATE FROM BBC, JUNE 30, 2014

Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris has been found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls.

The 84-year-old was convicted of 12 attacks between 1968 and 1986.

One of the victims was a childhood friend of his daughter, Bindi. Another was aged seven or eight.

During his seven-week trial, prosecutors portrayed Harris as a “Jekyll and Hyde” character, who had a dark side to his personality. He will be sentenced on Friday.

The judge, Mr Justice Sweeney, said a custodial term was “uppermost in the court’s mind”.

The central allegation concerned a friend of Harris’s daughter, whom the court heard he groomed and molested from the age of 13 until she was 19.

The other victims told the court they were touched or groped by Harris, sometimes at his public appearances.

The Southwark Crown Court jury deliberated for 37 hours and 45 minutes before reaching their unanimous verdicts.

Australian entertainer and  artist Rolf Harris has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of a child. Harris, who has lived in Britain for fifty years was first arrested in March in the Operation Yewtree that was triggered allegations made about the late TV presenter Jimmy Savile. Six of Harris’ charges date back to 1980-81 while three refer to 1986. Harris, 86, is out on bail and will next appear in court on September 23rd.

Reaction on Twitter has been plentiful and runs the gamut of disgust to disbelief to support.

https://twitter.com/NotNowImSewing1/status/373407984598409216

https://twitter.com/michael3319/status/373410008915922944

https://twitter.com/IndieGeek96/status/373405287572447232

https://twitter.com/Lalalalalaurenx/status/373416776752975872

Fellow octogenarian William Roache who has played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street since the show debuted in 1960 was charged in May with two counts of raping a teenage girl in 1967.

https://twitter.com/MrCThomson/status/373121020925726720

Me DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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Coronation Street; a true guilty pleasure

Okay … time to fess-up. We all have them so why not admit it? I’m referring to those silly little things that give us a bit of simple happiness from time-to-time and are often called “guilty pleasures” although that does conjure up something more exotic. Maybe it’s a warm fuzzy feeling from a too saccharine song; “Feelings” leaps to mind, but that’s not my guilty pleasure. Nope, for me it’s Coronation Street; that group of Mancurians who have made their way into my living room since I was a wee lad.

It first aired in the UK in 1960 and since the early sixties  has been broadcast in Canada, albeit with a delay that has varied from several months to the current mere days. The delay is due to periods of time when Corrie gets bumped for hockey play-offs or Olympic coverage. The CBC has moved Corrie in the daily line-up on several occasions. I can recall it airing in the mid-afternoon, late afternoon, during the dinner hour and now in its pre-prime-time slot of 7:30 pm. Of course for those who miss an episode there is always the Sunday morning omnibus rebroadcast of all the week’s shows. That’s two and a half hours (once five hours) straight!

A few years ago, in an effort to get Canadian viewers caught up with the UK the CBC started airing 10 half-hour episodes a week, two shows back-to-back every day. This certainly cut into the lag and has brought us almost even with the UK. I suspect the reason for this was the Internet.

In the world before the Internet (yes that actually existed) we Corrie fans in Canada had to rely on friends and relatives in the UK to feed us bits of storyline and gossip that were yet to air here. With the Internet now chock-a-block with Coronation Street sites, both official and not, there is ample opportunity to watch “spoilers” (sure, we could restrain ourselves and refuse to do a little research – sure we could!!) and know exactly what to expect.

Ena Sharples

But not for too long, as it seems Canadian viewers will soon be watching the same episodes that air in the UK, having essentially caught up. For those who are desperate, the significant time difference between Canada and England should give them some relief – a few hours to spoil the surprise!

At first the show was in grainy black and white but now in full HD. The whole concept has adapted over the years to changing audiences as well. Where once the depiction of everyday life in a Manchester area town – Weatherfield – consisted mostly of great characters and superb dialogue things are more sensational now. Coronation Street, a back street, has seen more than its share of tram crashes, viaduct collapses, kidnappings, fires, business hi-jinks, marriages, divorces, re-marriages, pregnancies, and abortions: it is, after all, a television show.

I tried to think of who my all-time favorite character is but had to settle for two candidates (guess that makes them Mancurian Candidates): Ena Sharples and Danny Baldwin are the ones I found most enjoyable. These two were on in different eras, and were very different, but great examples of what Coronation Street is.

Maybe I won’t feel guilty; I just won’t call it a soap opera!

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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