I can’t remember any television programme in my life where I honestly had the urge to get on the phone and order the biggest bunch of flowers to be sent to the cast and crew.
I felt like that last night after watching the Coronation Street live episode. What an absolutely brilliant achievement. I didn’t spot one tiny mistake, not one fluffed line, missed cue, messed up camera angle or continuity slip.
Continuity, given that it had to fit into a week of episodes filmed probably months ago yet taking place in the same couple of hours, must have been a nightmare, but every detail was perfect, even down to David Platt’s rather odd hairstyle.
The acting was incredible, particularly as every storyline was really intense. We had Sally consoling Molly as she died beneath the rubble – but not before telling Sally that Kevin was the father of baby Jack. Sally Dynevor’s performance was heartbreaking.
So, too, was Jane Danson’s, as Leanne and Peter got married in the hospital just before Peter expired*. And Julia Haworth’s portrayal of Claire’s grief at the loss of Ashley was maybe the most convincing of all. Her shell-shocked face as she was led into the Rovers, knowing that in the morning she’d have to tell her two little boys that their dad was dead, well… come awards time next year, every award going should be heading Weatherfield way.
Meanwhile there was a birth, with Fiz producing Baby Stape three months prematurely. Baby Stape’s fate hangs in the balance, but Pa Stape is too busy worrying about the person he killed with a hammer – seems she’s not dead after all. Inconvenient. Becky resorted to looting in an effort to get the money together to pay off her sister and get Our Little Maxie returned to the Rovers. Gary Windass was mainly curled up on the floor at home reliving his Afghanistan nightmare. And Rita is still waiting to be found.
It wouldn’t be Corrie, and it wouldn’t have been bearable, if there wasn’t some humour to lighten proceedings. This was mainly supplied courtesy of Mad Mary and the always-reliable Graham, with his sad little realisation that he was now the sole keeper and bearer of the Elliott family sausage recipe.
It was all an absolutely spectacular achievement, and congratulations are due all round. Now where’s the number for Interflora?
Posted by PLA (more Corrie posts here)
(*Just read on DS that Peter may not be dead. That would be a turn-up).