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.
Tanya was a very good character and in hindsight she was a big loss. Not as big as Raquel or Bet mind, but she carried the show throughout 1994. Pretty much in the same way Alma and Gail are now.
The thing with Bet's departure was it did leave a massive void. But the show did move on, characters came and went, producers sharpened the axe and restructured the show. So by the time Julie Goodyear returned in 2002, it was *big* news but her return was purely a nostalgic nod and served no purpose in the long run. She was meant to return as landlady but Shelley, Geena and Fred were a good team, as was Natalie with her boyfriend and Leanne.
I think 1996 was the year of Ivy's ghost? Or was it Deirdre's specs needing repairing? No wonder Brian Park came in...