Welcome to Chuckles Corrie Mania! I watched Coronation Street all through the late 70's, 80's and early 90's but lost touch with it by 1999 due to work. So discovering that kind Corrie viewers have uploaded a ton of classic episodes on YouTube was great! I've spent two years gathering as many as I can, ready to get watching, and as I work my way through them, I'll be reviewing what I watch and sharing my thoughts. Would love to hear the thoughts on these episodes from other fans.
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Where better to start than at the very beginning! The 1960 disk of the 1960's dvd box set from Network features the first 8 episodes of the soap in order, and here I am talking about thelatest episodes I've watched.
Episode 3: December 16th 1960
Elsie tries to play peacemaker when Ivan arrives to try to persuade Linda(right) to come home with him. Leonard Swindley tells Ena that he will evict her from the Mission Hall if she continues to go drinking in the Rovers. May returns home from her stay in hospital for a mental breakdown to find relations strained with her daughter Christine, and the neighbours gossiping about her. Linda admits she is pregnant and knows Ivan doesn't want a baby but he is thrilled and they put their differences aside.
I swear I was ready to strangle Linda in this episode! She was moaning, whining and shouting non stop and poor Ivan seems like such a nice, kind guy. I have no clue why he wanted to marry such a hellcat! Those kids annoying May...I wanted to strangle them as well. They talk about kids today but these brats were just as bad!
Episode 4: December 21st 1960
Annie is unhappy at the magazine content that Jack(left) has been looking at while Elsie is on at Dennis to make more effort in finding a job to pay his way. Lucille Hewitt runs away from the orphanage to spend Christmas with her father Harry, and Esther takes her under her wing. Leonard catches Ena in the pub and she feels he is picking on her. During a verbal spat with him at the Mission, Ena collapses.
Poor Jack! I like his character so much and seeing him henpecked is a shame! Ena was funny as she ranted on about her morals being questioned by the Mission people. 'We will go down to Sodom and Gomorrah and seek out Mrs Sharples!'
Episode 5: December 23rd 1960
Elsie rows with Dennis when she finds money in his pocket and thinks he has been stealing again. Martha steps in to help the Mission while Ena is in hospital but the furious Ena accuses Martha of plotting to steal her job. Linda isn't happy with Ivan again and Ena makes life miserable for the nurses by complaining about everything. Concepta Riley returns from Ireland and is given her job back at the Rovers by the delighted Annie. The police pay a visit to Dennis.(right)
You have to feel sorry for Elsie with her moaning daughter and lazy son! It's no wonder that her own temper is on such a short fuse and she looks frazzled all the time! It is so weird for me to see Dennis as a young man after watching him in the more recent episodes with Rita. It was also good to see a nice normal Irish woman! When Eastenders brought in those Irish relatives for Pauline Fowler they were all portrayed as drunks and idiots so it was good to see Concepta as normal instead of a dreadful steriotype, something Eastenders is bad for. To read more about that, follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EastEnders_episodes_in_Ireland