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Costa & Coop p68: Repeats on ITV3: Are there too many spoilers?

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JA
james-2001
Incidentally, I was trying to work out which characters still haven’t returned since production resumed after the first lockdown. I’m thinking Beth, Izzy and Gemma’s quads. I guess you could count Norris, but he’s only an occasional visitor these days anyway. I’m sure there must be someone I’ve forgotten about...


Max and Lily have only appeared in the Christmas day episode since lockdown, if that counts, which has stood out due to the large amount of scenes that have been set at the Platts.
EJ
EJNutz
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Incidentally, I was trying to work out which characters still haven’t returned since production resumed after the first lockdown. I’m thinking Beth, Izzy and Gemma’s quads. I guess you could count Norris, but he’s only an occasional visitor these days anyway. I’m sure there must be someone I’ve forgotten about...


I think Beth has returned for a couple of episodes since production resumed.The actrss playing Izzy says she won't be back to Corrie for a while.
SP
Spencer
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Incidentally, I was trying to work out which characters still haven’t returned since production resumed after the first lockdown. I’m thinking Beth, Izzy and Gemma’s quads. I guess you could count Norris, but he’s only an occasional visitor these days anyway. I’m sure there must be someone I’ve forgotten about...


I think Beth has returned for a couple of episodes since production resumed.The actrss playing Izzy says she won't be back to Corrie for a while.


Yeah, I wasn’t 100% sure about Beth. Although her absence seemed quite noticeable this week when they were referring to her having a go at Sean, but we didn’t see anything.
JE
Jez Founding member
Jez posted:
I am not enjoying modern Corrie as much as Classic Corrie at the moment. The drugs storyline seems to be copying Hollyoaks. Simon is basically Sid/Charlie, Jacob is Jordan and Will Mellor's character will probably be like Victor! Corrie will need to do well for this to be anywhere near as good as Hollyoaks did with this storyline.


I’m also finding modern Corrie quite hard going at the moment. It’s always at its best when there’s a good mix of light and shade, and currently it seems like it’s all gloom and misery. It probably doesn’t help that I simply can’t warm to Simon Barlow, and really don’t care what happens to him.

Incidentally, I was trying to work out which characters still haven’t returned since production resumed after the first lockdown. I’m thinking Beth, Izzy and Gemma’s quads. I guess you could count Norris, but he’s only an occasional visitor these days anyway. I’m sure there must be someone I’ve forgotten about...


Ive found it dreadful since the 60th if im being honest and the 60th wasnt that great itself, apart from the Geoff/Yasmeen story coming to a conclusion.

Izzy definitely hasn't appeared, not sure about Beth. I forget when she last appeared. Barbara Knox has hardly appeared. Bill Roache and Sue Nicholls have certainly appeared more since lockdown especially Bill. The last few weeks ive found myself binge watching (modern) Corrie at the weekend and a lot of it goes in one ear and out the other if im honest! I think watching it this way highlights how much it goes around in circles and how tedious im finding it. If I have to see Peter in that blanket one more time!! I find the scenes with Peter and Carla just rinse and repeat most of the time. I find I dont care about them and Carla is one of my favourite characters. The drug storyline is grim and saved only by Jane Danson's acting which is excellent as always, same as Alison King, but the storylines are dreadful.

One thing im looking forward to is Sharon returning - she is also due to return on ITV3 in just over a years worth of episodes so around 6 months at the rate are ITV3 are going - as far as I know Sharon and Jenny have never met despite both being Rita's foster daughters. Jenny had fallen out with Rita at the time Sharon returned in 1999 and then of course Rita fell out with Sharon too, never to be seen until now. So it could be interesting,

And yes it is sad to see Bryan looking so ill in Classic Corrie - I remember at the time noticing how ill he looked and sadly he passed away in 1999. Alf and Audrey were a great couple but Audrey has continued to be brilliant for over 20 years after Alf's death.
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BH
BillyH Founding member
Watching the 1990s DVD boxset it was interesting to pinpoint the moment it reaches the "classic" Corrie cast for me, when I know all the characters and they don't look too older or younger than how I remember them. I wasn't familiar with Ivy Brennan or anyone who left before her, but did remember Bet very well, and while other characters came and went during that time it still overall made 'my' era around March 1994 to October 1995. Anything older or newer than that isn't quite the show I remember the most.

EastEnders is a bit later on, late 90s/early 00s so presumably my household started watching that more by the end of the decade.
JE
Jez Founding member
I think we are definitely seeing signs of modern Corrie in the classic episodes. Its been a gradual thing for me , id probably say it started around 1994 and characters like Bet and more recently Derek and Mavis going has added to it. Storylines like Deirdre and Jon, The Battersbys moving in, Natalie/Kevin affair, Judy and Gary buying a baby are all things that could be classed as modern Corrie. Fiona's 'wedding' was an example of what most Corrie weddings end up like these days, its very rare a wedding goes to plan.

I think the main thing that still makes the Classic episodes good is we still have a lot of the old school characters - since classic Corrie started with 1986 episodes we have lost Hilda, Ivy, Bet, Mavis, Phyllis, Percy etc but we still have Betty, Deirdre, The Duckworths, Alec, Mike and Alma, Emily, Alf, plus the ones still there to this day - Ken, Rita, Gail, Audrey, Kevin, Sally. Most new characters introduced in recent years such as Gemma and Daisy for example just aren't anywhere near as good IMO.
JA
james-2001
Spider on yesterday's ITV3 episode: "Don't eat those sausages, they have horrible chemicals that give you cancer.... can I have a pack of tobacco please?" 🤣🤣
JA
JAS84
I can't imagine anyone saying that line nowadays.
JE
Jez Founding member
Todays first episode was Christmas Day 1997, in the days when they rarely added extra episodes at Christmas, they simply moved the Wednesday episode to Thursday (Christmas Day) and kept it at half an hour.

I think this was the last time they aired just half an hour on Christmas Day - sure it was always 1 hour from 1998 onwards.
RN
Rolling News
Jez posted:
Todays first episode was Christmas Day 1997, in the days when they rarely added extra episodes at Christmas, they simply moved the Wednesday episode to Thursday (Christmas Day) and kept it at half an hour.

I think this was the last time they aired just half an hour on Christmas Day - sure it was always 1 hour from 1998 onwards.

1998 was also the first time EastEnders went to 1 hour (2 episodes) on Christmas Day!
DW
DavidWhitfield
Following on from previous conversations regarding soaps using technical trickery to make cast members appear closer together than they really are, see below this interesting behind the scenes video on the Coronation Street Twitter page.




It shows how they used a split screen effect down the centre of the screen to make it appear as though Tyrone and Alina were - don't tell Fiz! - getting rather closer than two metres from each other on Friday evening's episode.
DA
davidhorman
Tyrone and Alina


This whole story makes me think Coronation Street have borrowed EastEnders's plot tombola.

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