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Jez10,837 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
Whereabouts are we in 1995 in Classic Coronation Street at the moment?


March. I'm finding it a bit of a chore to keep up with, even In a quarantine!. It's so boring.


1995 and 1996 were generally considered poor years, 1996 especially. It picked up when Brian Park took over in 1997 and that is when I consider was the real turning point between Classic and modern Corrie. With many new characters and storylines like the Battersbys, Natalie and Nicky with a new head. Unfortunately this meant we lost Mavis but I didn't mind seeing the back of the likes of Don, Derek and Maureen.

I did have a laugh the other day watching Classic Corrie when Gail made a joke about making sure Martin left her money when they got divorced after Alma's ex husband left her money. If only Gail knew she would be divorced from Martin and marry another 3 men who would all be killed off within the next 20 odd years!
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Jez10,837 posts since 7 May 2001
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We have Norris and the garden gnome to come soon...


I had a feeling that must be coming up soon. I will continue watching Classic Corrie, be interesting to see if 1996 is as bad as I remember it from the time. At least we are getting through the episodes fast so during the autumn we should be seeing 1997. Corrie went to 4 episodes a week in late 1996 so we will only be getting through 2.5 weeks of Corrie each week.
james-20016,025 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
When do Curly and Raquel get married, wasn’t that also 1995? As it was around the same time they released the QE2 Video.


It was the 9th December- it was the 35th anniversary episode where they married. Which was also the show's first proper hour long episode (as opposed to the previous ones in 1992 and 1994 which were two episodes shoved together at the last minute).

That episode has a unique endcap too, so it's worth keeping your eye out for that, as long at ITV3 leave it in (it's on the Network 1995 DVD if they don't).
Jez10,837 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I wonder how ITV3 will handle the hour long episodes which became more frequent in the late 1990s, both Emmerdale and Corrie. I guess if the hour long episodes falls as the 'first' episode of the double bill they will just air the 1 hour, but if it falls as the second episode I guess they will just air it and push the next show back. Cant see them cutting them into 2 halves, unless they were done so for overseas sales. I remember when Granada Plus were showing late 90s Emmerdale whenever there was an hour long episode they simply dropped Corrie that day and aired Emmerdale in the hour long soap repeat slots. Corrie of course only reached Feb 1994 on Granada Plus so it was never an issue with hour long episodes.

Bet's departure was definitely a huge loss for the show and a big reason why 1996 was a poor year. At the moment Bet is off screen and I didn't really like the replacement temporary manager to be honest. Thought Raquel being given the chance to run the pub would have been much better. Didnt like Bet's eventual replacements in the Rovers when she left the show either. No wonder they backtracked a few years later.

Still enjoying Classic Corrie in the main apart from the ridiculous storylines with Reg, Maureen and Curly. I don't like Tricia and Jamie very much. Josie is awful as well. None of these are remembered much 25 years later. Cant stand Des either, much prefer Sean Skinner, its a pity they didn't make more of his character. Thought they should have written Des out after the Tanya storyline ended. Tanya was a huge loss as well. Des I never really took too, a total waste of time IMO. Its is interesting to see some characters who became Corrie regulars making their debuts - Ashley, Fred and Norris to name a few, all only guest characters at the moment in Classic Corrie. I think Ashley has been in 1 episode so far. We have Roy and Maxine as well as Gary and Judy Mallet all arriving in 1995.
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Brekkie33,885 posts since 4 Jan 2003
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I think with back to back Emmerdale or Corrie there is enough flexibility to either drop the second Emmerdale or first Corrie to accomodate an hour long episode that would fall as the second episode of the hour.
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Jez10,837 posts since 7 May 2001
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Yes Emmerdale like Brookside often did a 5 night a week special for big storylines/weeks. These worked very well especially in Brookside's case. Now it seems Emmerdale add an extra episode on a Tuesday whenever they feel like it for no reason at all. Often 7 episodes a week for several weeks in a row.
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