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Big week of storylines and Corrie in HD from Monday (February 2004)

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BR
Brekkie
Not a great death scene, but much better than the long drawn out rubbish that was Mike Baldwin's death.

At least he didn't die in the presence of Ken Baldwin!
PT
Put The Telly On
Or even Ken Barlow Wink

Yeah, I could have sworn Fred was wearing lipstick throughout that final scene with Audrey. Anyway, sad to see the big man go, I say, sad to see the big man go. Cue more Ashley sob moments.. Rolling Eyes
GL
gloves86
The way Fred's death was all hyped up, I thought it was going to be some dramatic 'collapse at the alter while Bev and Audrey bitch fight over him' kind of scene - thought it was a bit disappointing (for want of a better word!)

Definitely better than Mike Baldwin's death though - short and sweet Wink

Sad to see Fred's character gone - some of his lines did make me chuckle.
BA
Banksoriginal
Surprised I thought it was a good episode but Bev/Claire we're totally unrealistic!
There was no actual shock or emotion. They all looked like they were waiting to say their line and watching the other until they had finished.

Only Audrey/Ashley showed any actual emotion.


R.I.P Fred (And no i won't repeat it)
SP
Spencer
It's not often that continuity errors and the like bother me, but last night, I actually found myself distracted by various sloppy errors.

Surely it wasn't just me who noticed the constant switching between bright sunshine and heavy cloud in the outdoor scenes.

Then there was the 'Champagne' breakfast, with the world's flattest champagne ever - there wasn't a single bubble in those glasses. Did the props man forget to bring the Alka-Selzer tablets for the bottom of the glasses?

And I know it was a minor thing, but in days gone by they'd have re-shot the scene where Fred was talking to Ashley outside the church so that big drip didn't land on his shoulder half-way through. I thought a bird had dropped a present on him for a moment.

That said, there were some good moments in the episode. I particularly liked the Chinese whispers going on in the church as to what was going on outside... although I am now craving a happy wedding in Corrie. I'm surprised anyone in Wetherfield bothers turning up these days given the lack of people getting married at them.
ST
stevek
how did Dev get home since his car had been abandoned at Audrey's and Fred would have the keys in his pocket?

The websters were the only characters not at the wedding so I guess the wedding scenes were filmed at the same time as the paris storyline.
RM
Roger Mellie
Andrew posted:
It was good that they managed to get practically the entire cast at the Wedding. Usually there's some obvious major character that doesn't show up.

There was good light moments with Blanche and Norris and of course the obligitory 'Ere, this reminds me of our wedding Jack' from Vera with Jack pulling a face

Now see, Notice they put in a lot of Fred's one liners I say Fred's one liners in for one last time, like him asking for a Scotch and Threat like he used to do all the time in the old days


He mention the Square Dealers on Sunday (or Fri's?) episode. When was the last time he mentioned them?

I agree his death was a bit lame. Crush, thud and that was it! Now see, he ought to have said some famous last words, I say last words, to Audrey. After drinking some scotch and threat Wink
RM
Roger Mellie
Roger Mellie posted:
Andrew posted:
It was good that they managed to get practically the entire cast at the Wedding. Usually there's some obvious major character that doesn't show up.

There was good light moments with Blanche and Norris and of course the obligitory 'Ere, this reminds me of our wedding Jack' from Vera with Jack pulling a face

Now see, Notice they put in a lot of Fred's one liners I say Fred's one liners in for one last time, like him asking for a Scotch and Threat like he used to do all the time in the old days


He mention the Square Dealers on Sunday (or Fri's?) episode. When was the last time he mentioned them?

I agree his death was a bit lame. Crush, thud and that was it! Now see, he ought to have said some famous last words, I say last words, to Audrey. After drinking some scotch and threat Laughing


Sad to see him go. He was one of those characters that seems to have been in Coro for ever, yet he only became a regular in 1994 (correct if I'm wrong Jez Wink )!
GS
Gavin Scott Founding member
What is a Scotch and Threat?

I wondered that last night.

EDIT: Answered my own question

http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/Phrases_and_Sayings/Question180291.html
PA
pad
I didn't rate last night's episodes highly at all. Not a fitting last episode to a Street legend, at all, in my eyes. That's the second Street veteran who hasn't had the send off they deserved this year.

I just think the episodes could have been better written, acted, directed... everything really. They didn't seem special. Fred should have died either at the end of the first episode but preferably at the end of the second episode. There should have been silent, black credits.

I would have written it so he came back to the wedding with Audrey, and as everyone was starting to leave, they arrived. He would have said why he was late but told Bev he still wanted to marry her, then he would have dropped dead there and then in the courtyard, much to everyone's shock. Cue screams from Audrey, Ashley, Bev, etc... then long camera pan across the crowd and up, up, up...

Got a bit carried away then, but you see what I mean.
NI
Nicky
It was a very odd death - I expected something more dramatic, the way the storyline was hyped up. I also agree that Ashley and Audrey were the only ones who seemed believable, Bev seemed to be desperate for info on his death rather than being upset that he had died.

Just remembered - Fred's last words. Did he not say "Be happy", to Audrey, or am I wrong?
SE
Square Eyes Founding member
pad posted:

I would have written it so he came back to the wedding with Audrey, and as everyone was starting to leave, they arrived. He would have said why he was late but told Bev he still wanted to marry her, then he would have dropped dead there and then in the courtyard, much to everyone's shock. Cue screams from Audrey, Ashley, Bev, etc... then long camera pan across the crowd and up, up, up...

Got a bit carried away then, but you see what I mean.


Hmm, having considered this further, I think it's probably the best the way it was done. Most deaths in real life are unspectacular, it's only in soapland where they have to be melodramatic.

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