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Jez10,789 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I agree about the writing for modern Corrie. I find the show is good for a few months then takes a dip again. Its been mostly good for the last year IMO but did take a dip between the 6th episode being introduced until about Christmas. I think the main difference back then was there were so many classic characters that viewers cared about, less episodes and better quality of writing. Fortunately Kate Oates has introduced quite a few interesting new characters like Imran, Josh, Shona, Nicola and Angie. Don't like Jude though. What a waste of time! Daniel and Adam returning has been a success too. Also the older characters like Audrey and Rita have been given more to do.
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Rich Tea434 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
Another very interesting fact I've discovered is that the Christmas Day 1988 edition of Coronation Street, which was also the first ever to be shown on a Sunday night, ended up with only half the viewers the show normally had - just 9,100,000. Considering it was the showpiece festive day edition that seems extraordinary. The Boxing Day edition next day, on the Monday as per its normal show day in the week gained almost 16 million viewers again. I can only deduce that a huge number of the audience simply had no idea it had been given a Sunday night showing, albeit for Christmas Day itself, and therefore missed it. Also I checked out the BBC genome and on BBC1 starting at the very same time was Bread which was insanely popular at the time, so maybe the Christmas Day 1988 Coronation Street ended up skewered on two fronts. It was badly affected that's for sure.
nwtv20038,254 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
I don’t think it’s lead in was particularly strong in 1988. I believe there was a programme about Save The Children with Michael Crawford shown the hour before Corrie, where as before that was The Empire Strikes Back.

Worth noting for a good chunk of this period of Corrie’s history, Neighbours was just as if not more popular.
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Steve Williams2,463 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I don’t think it’s lead in was particularly strong in 1988. I believe there was a programme about Save The Children with Michael Crawford shown the hour before Corrie, where as before that was The Empire Strikes Back.


That was of course because Christmas Day was on a Sunday, so the God Slot was still enforced.
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Rich Tea434 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
After such a long wait we'll probably end up with 2 coronations within just a decade - a bit like the waiting for a bus analogy.

Similar to the start of the 20th century after the long Victorian reign, no Coronation since 1838, then Coronations in 1902 and 1911.


Regards ITV3's classic CS I can remember so much detail about the Alan Bradley saga and many other stories but when Charlie Bracewell showed up in the Rovers I had no memory of him whatsoever. He did appear familiar to me and then I recalled where I'd seen the actor who plays him, Peter Bayliss recently. I've been watching some old comedies and he played a hilarious hypnotherapist character in Doctor In The House. Below is the episode from 1970 for anyone interested in his other work. He's very amusing and there's a funny scene from 20min 50secs. A shame he was only a brief fixture on the street in early '89. Could have been a fun character for much longer.

Peter Bayliss (Charlie Bracewell in ITV3 Classic Coronation Street) as Dr. Towers in Doctor In The House.

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james-20013,714 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Today's second episode (January 18th 1989) had a Granada frontcap (which ITV3 have let slip through a through times on 1988 episodes), which shows they were still on the master tapes this late at least.

It's not there on the Feb 15th episode on the Network DVD (or any of the others on the 1989 disc), so it must have been dropped from the master tapes by then.
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