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Si-Co2,273 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Killing Sarah off and leaving Jack with a young baby would have been too similar to what happened to him in 1986, when Pat was killed and he was left to bring up Robert. That may be why they didn’t go down that route.

I was aware that Hines was unhappy with his storylines but I hadn’t heard anything definite about why Madeleine Howard left. She appeared on GMTV with Clive Hornby in early 1994 and defended the plane crash storyline, referring to how the fallout from the crash affected the villagers and allowed for strong storylines in the coming months. Of course, she may have privately already had reservations.
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james-20015,838 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Friday's episodes were basically just a load of exposition about the Dingles, letting us know they'd always been around and were infamous in the village even though we'd never seen them before or heard them talked about in 22 years (apart from Zoe & Chris's brief mention of their feud with the Glovers a few weeks earlier, clearly setting up the first appearances of both families).
robrymond7 posts since 4 Jun 2019
Central (West) Midlands Today
Friday's episodes were basically just a load of exposition about the Dingles, letting us know they'd always been around and were infamous in the village even though we'd never seen them before or heard them talked about in 22 years (apart from Zoe & Chris's brief mention of their feud with the Glovers a few weeks earlier, clearly setting up the first appearances of both families).


Yes the dialogue felt very forced on discussing the Dingles. I can see at this point whilst regulars may have started to get annoyed with the show. Joe leaving was awful (though I guess he always intended to come back until producers decided otherwise) but such a limp exit after all those years.

Can feel the changes now in full force...
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james-20015,838 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Yesterday we heard about how Ben Dingle had tried to attack Zoe not long after she arrived in the village, but Zak stopped her, even though we never heard about this before even though it was supposedly a traumatic event. All this expository dialogue to try and convince us the Dingles have always been around, they're infamous and everyone's had run-ins with them feels so forced and implausable. We had Joe telling us he knew Ben when he was a little kid, so we have to believe they'd been around since the late 70s at least, but never heard of them until 1994.
Tallulah834 posts since 31 Jan 2020 new member
Granada North West Today
New here, but I have to jump in and comment on how I’d forgotten just how hateful the dingles were when they first arrived. They were touted as being troublesome and intended to stir up trouble in the village-oh how times have changed!! They’re now the most functional family in all of the dales. Even butch (who entered as nothing more than a thug) turned into a lovable softie and broke everyone’s hearts when he died. I’d also forgotten that Kim Tate actually used to be a decent human being, aside from the odd affair. She was actually kind and considerate of others. We’re starting to see glimpses of the Kim to come now though....
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Si-Co2,273 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
Also noticed on the last few episodes that the burnt-in cue dots have gone.


I wonder if this coincides with such cue dots disappearing on other ITV shows? I can’t recall when it was we stopped seeing them regularly on ITV, though I think it was later than 1994. At some point between 1993 and 1999 the networking arrangement changed, with the majority of programmes fed to the network via LNN (CAR/LWT) - effectively the establishment of a “network feed” - although the originating companies generally still played out the tapes so a cue of some sort was needed for both LNN and the regions. Perhaps such cue dots were generated live from that point onwards?

It will be interesting to see if the cue dots disappear from the Corrie repeats when they reach the same date (which can’t be far away!).
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