Coronation Street: the funniest comedy on the telebox. Apart from David Platt that is

By Kitty | December 12 2012 | 25 Comments

Ah, Coronation Street. I hadn’t watched it in absolutely ages, but a weekend at home with my dedicated Corrie fan parents soon had me all caught up on the recent goings-on of Weatherfield. However, it did involve a certain amount of “Who’s yer man?”, “Hang on, that wan from Eastenders is Leanne’s mam?” and “What do you mean Chesney has a baby now, sure he’s only ten, isn’t he?” I also managed to pick up right where I left off in my hatred of David Platt, as it took no time at all until I was shouting “It’s not like YOU’D be the one stuck being pregnant for nine flipping months, you little toerag!” at the telly.

To be honest, I’d forgotten how much fun it is to watch Corrie. In amongst storylines like Tina being Gary and Izzy’s surrogate, Tyrone’s struggle in dealing with his abusive girlfriend and Peter Barlow turning up like a heavily eyelinered pantomime villain (read A peek inside Peter Barlow’s makeup bag) and ruining Nick and Leanne’s plans to elope to Vegas with Simon in tow (could he be the cutest kid of all time?), there’s a huge amount of wonderfully written humour in it.

While Eastenders takes on heavy hitting plot developments with a side order of grinding misery, Corrie manages to balance arguments, drink-throwing and deteriorating relationships with silliness like Denis and Steve’s escalating lollipop man feud and Rita and Norris bickering behind the counter of the Kabin.

Often when things are getting tense or a fight is about to break out in the Rovers, the throwaway lines muttered by those on the sidelines can be the funniest of all. In particular, when Tina’s secret surrogacy was revealed to everyone in the pub on Friday night, it was Beth’s comment about how hard childbirth can be on a body, i.e. “the damage our Craig did to my undercarraige”, that kept things from spiralling into outright gloom territory.

It’s the characters that really make Corrie so enjoyable to watch, and the show has a well worn track record at this stage for introducing horrible characters and redeeming them so craftily that before you know it, they’re some of your favourites. Becky, Tyrone, Fiz and both the Battersby and the Windass clan all went through the Corrie bad-to-loveable mill in the past, although I seriously can’t ever see myself coming around to David Platt. He’s a lost cause.

Anyway, we were treated to a particularly excellent Corrie exchange on Monday night, courtesy of the ever dopey Jason, when he was chatting to Stella about colour charts for painting her bedroom. “There’s fifty shades of blue ‘ere”, he informed her, when Beth chimed in with “Makes a change from Fifty Shades of Grey, eh Stella?” A confused Jason then protested “You never said owt about grey!” Someone buy those writers a drink, immediately.

So, are you a Corrie fan? If so, which characters do you love? Or hate? (*coughDAVIDcough*)

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25 Replies to "Coronation Street: the funniest comedy on the telebox. Apart from David Platt that is"

  • LynnieDoll says:

    Kitty – Have loved and watched it since I was a kid. My mother used to watch so it became ritual.
    We had our christmas doo in Granada Studios in Manchester one year when I lived over there!!!! None of the actors were there though.

    Steve Mcdonald – love him, his one liners are classic, and apparently a lot are adlibbed!!!! Not scripted.

  • Shygirl says:

    I used to love it years ago, I was a complete soap addict. I tried to watch it a few weeks ago, couldn’t follow it at all.

  • sarah says:

    I use to be a daily soap addict years ago but once I moved out of my parents home I just stopped watching them. My granddad is an extra in Fair city so I watch the odd awful episode of that when he rings me to let me know he will be sitting in the bar with a pint of Guinness!!

  • Shanna says:

    Ah I love it, it’s the only one I watch – Peter Barlow is hilarious, he looked like Jafar from Aladdin the other night, all he was short was a turban and a dramatic rubbing together of his fingers.

    Please don’t hate me, but I don’t mind David. Apart from the fact that himself and Tina are obviously in possession of either a sunlamp or an enormous stockpile of St. Tropez – who the hell is that colour? In England? In December? It’s unnatural.

    I cannot stand Simon Barlow. The child makes me want to scream, I don’t find his cheekiness at all endearing and I fear he shall grow up with eyebrows akin to his telly Dad’s if someone doesn’t pull him aside.

    I really miss Blanche, her one liners were fabulous, but I love the chat between Norris & Mary, Mary’s hilarious. Although I’m not quite sure why Norris still hangs round with her considering she go all Annie Wilkes on his ass a few years ago…

    Pass me another ball of yarn while I make an Ovaltine, cheers.

  • Atkin says:

    I love Corrie! I can’t believe no one has mentioned Lewis, Nigel Havers. I adore that man. I totally agree with you about David Platt. He is a toe rag in the soap and in real life too. He had a baby after a one night stand, offered the woman money for an abortion, denied it until paternity was proven and now has nothing to do with the child. What a charmer.

  • Breige says:

    Blanche was always my favourite for comedy!

  • Ciara says:

    Lynniedoll i love Steve too, he has some great lines, i actually love David too, he may be a very tanned weasel but he has some of the most cutting lines in the show and his constant unimpressed ‘smell the fart’ expression is great.

    The only one i really can’t stand is Norris, i know the point of the character is that he annoys everyone but i’d love to see Rita snap and murder him with a large jar of lemon sherbets.

  • lolobella says:

    I love Corrie and I’m not ashamed to say it! Mary is probably my favorite but it’s a pity she doesn’t get more screen time, I remember one scene where they cut to her stacking shelves in the kabin and she was singing ‘pass the dutchie’!! I couldn’t stop laughing! Steve is brilliant too but I really miss Becky- I cried when she left.

  • AnneMarie says:

    Shanna, I hate Simon Barlow too, his voice grates on me! Blanche was hilarious! Mary is hilarious, and i love Tracy and Deirdre, Deirdre always takes Tracey’s side no matter what she does! and esp when she makes her stuffed marrow for Ken – hahaha

  • Lynniedoll – That’s class, I love that he ad-libs some of his lines! He’s so funny.

    Emma – I KNOW. Couldn’t believe it.

    Shanna – Ahaha! He DID look like Jafar! Evil little goatee and everything!

    I also miss Blanche and Becky, they were two particularly brilliant characters. I also loved Karen who used to be married to Steve ages ago.

    Also, amazed by the Simon hatred! It’s not often I like kids onscreen in stuff, but I think he’s a dote!

  • Anna says:

    I too love Corrie, though have been finding it a bit grim in recent months with the (well-done, but upsetting) Tyrone and Kirstie storyline and the never-ending surrogacy story. I do still love lots of the characters – Beth is well on her way to becoming a true Street fixture, and I think Kylie is going through the same redemptive process as her big sister – and even in the midst of the gloom there are, as you say, always some brilliantly funny lines. And quite a few of them belong to David – he’s loathsome but he’s a great character!

    Haven’t seen this week’s episodes yet (they’re recorded – yes, that’s how sad I am) so I haven’t seen Peter’s return but I always loved him and Leanne together and was genuinely sad when they split up. I never believe in blaming the other woman in affairs – she’s not the one who’s married, after all – but in the case of Carla, a woman who basically badgered two happily married men into sleeping with her (first Liam, then Peter), I do make an exception. She doesn’t seem to really love anyone who isn’t happy with someone else, and then she connives and flings herself at them until they eventually give in!

  • Anna says:

    Kitty, thanks for the Karen reminder – she was my one of my all-time favourite characters and it was a happy day when she punched Tracey in the face. I know Suranne Jones is now enjoying a high profile and critically acclaimed career so the chances of her returning are slim, but I’d love a Christmas cameo some year…

  • Anna – I’d LOVE it if she came back too! She was amazing. Punching Tracey was quite a moment alright.

  • ladyelvis says:

    Atkin-snap! Nigel Havers as the dashing Lewis is my number one crush! My husb thinks I’m creepy for fancying him. Especially now that he’s gone quasi-evil and out for revenge on Gail. God I love his floppy hair.

  • Sandy Beach says:

    Never watch this nowadays but I caught 5 minutes on Saturday I think when one character tangoed to within an inch of her life says to another “Do I look pale to you?” I was screaming at the telly – “you couldn’t even if you tried.”

  • Louise says:

    Is it just me who thinks Peter is a ride??
    I was thinking “phroar” on Monday nights episode.
    I might get my husband some guyliner and fake tan for Christmas! lol

  • Ash says:

    Norris is hilarious!
    Not a fan of Peter Barlow but i love me some guyliner! Anyone seen Captain Hook in Once Upon a time?? Swoon!

  • Shanna says:

    Oh god Peter is a complete ride, whether he’s dressed as a cartoon villain or not! I have an autographed picture of him somewhere at Mum’s house, I sent him a letter through Soaplife when I was about 16 & he sent me a photo *mortification*

  • Aisling *Aisling* says:

    Oh god I love Corrie – it’s like a comedy. Norris and yer woman who sings (can’t remember her name) are like a comedy duo. GAIL DRIVES ME MAD! I hope Nigel Havers swindles her goodo

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