Sunday, 14 June 2015

Chuckles Corrie Mania #3

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.

Thank you to Auntie Corrie(1976-1994), Mr Magister(1961,1995-2000), Classicsoap(2001+), CLKfanvideos(2006,2010,2011), corriestuff(various), OZZY45100(1960's, 1970's), FullEps(2009), XCorrieClassicsX(2006-2009), albiondean(2012-present), Sevin Alsoylar(2006,2011), Soap Fan 2013(various), JonathanOpenshaw(various) and everyone else who has supplied episodes online.

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 the latest episodes I've watched.

Episode 6: December 28th 1960  
Dennis won't talk to Elsie about the police visits, annoyed that everyone thinks he is guilty of the robbery but he is happy when Harry is able to give him an alibi. Ena is refusing to talk to Martha (right) over the job stealing and decides that she is going to come home to die in her own bed, sneaking out late. Christine has a date with Malcolm which May approves off though Lucille almost ruins everything by damaging the dress for the date. May is complaining of severe headaches but Christine ignores her.  

Lucille drives me crazy! She is annoying and never does what she is told. It's no wonder Harry sent her to an orphanage! Ena is not PC in this episode with her comments-I can imagine the complaints about this episode if it was screened today. I did laugh when the nurse discovers the escape, saying the missing patient is the one that calls her specky four eyes!  

Episode 7: December 30th 1960  
Christine accuses May (left) of making up the headaches for attention and storms out of the house. Ena refuses to go back to hospital and is secretly pleased when her doctor refuses to let her bully him. Florrie is embarrassed that her fine for selling after hours is in the papers. Dennis gets a job in a club and he reports to Elsie that his father was there. May tries to seek help as she collapses in pain and Florrie and Elsie go to investigate the noise, finding May dead at the foot of the stairs.  She has died of a brain tumour.

Christine is a pretty cold character who I never liked, but of course May never sought help from a doctor when the crippling headaches began. This was the first death in the Street and I felt sorry for poor May.

Episode 8: January 4th 1961
Martha and Ena have words in the shop and Elsie is putting up with Linda moaning non stop. Ida is not impressed when Ken and his posh friends use her home as a meeting place to make Ban the Bomb signs, knowing how Frank will react. Malcolm turns up after leaving Christine (right)  alone in the aftermath of May's death and is surprised when she wants nothing to do with him. Arnold Tanner comes to see Elsie to ask for a divorce and she refuses. Ena spreads gossip that Elsie has a new man when she sees Arnold leave the house. Harry is promoted.

Linda is another one who drives me nuts with all her whining and moaning. I feel sorry for Elsie and Ivan, putting up with her. Ken and his friends are so snotty and irritating in this episode. I can see why Frank gets annoyed with Ken all the time!  

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