A million love songs later, Take That have a starring role in Coronation Street.
Sadly, we don’t get to see the boys in person.
But they do play a crucial part at the start of Corrie’s hour-long wedding special next Wednesday.
You can tell it’s a special because it opens with a sweeping shot to the soundtrack of Take That.
What You Believe In – taken from their 2006 Beautiful World CD – is the song in question.
As the camera swoops down, we see devil boy David (Jack P Shepherd) contemplating life on the morning of his sister’s wedding.
He then switches off his car music player, ending the track.
It’s just one of several magic moments in the special, which confirms Corrie’s current hot streak.
It all begins, of course, with the scripts – and recent episodes have been packed with some brilliant writing.
Producer Steve Frost and his directing team also continue to refresh the show with new ways of looking at the Street.
And it almost goes without saying that the cast – to a man, woman and dog – rise to the challenge.
Even Jerry’s kebabs deserve a BAFTA.
Corrie’s trademark combination of drama mixed with comedy is a joy to watch in next week’s special.
As is the skill used to bring in characters like Emily and Norris for brief but telling moments.
It comes after some cracking Corrie of late.
Speaking to actress Tina O’Brien (Sarah Platt) last week, I suggested that one already screened scene would be repeated for decades to come.
That’s the one where Sarah had her wedding dress ripped and covered in wine when she tried it on at home.
For filming reasons, Corrie actually, in the end, used four identical £100 dresses from Debenhams.
“The dress was perfect, because it’s supposed to be something that she could get quite cheaply and something that was classic,” explained Tina.
“The wedding dress was definitely not my style, but I prefer it that way. It’s good to do something that’s not me.”
And that scene in the house?
“It was all in one take – the pressure was really on.
“I got my last line slightly wrong, but I just covered it and then changed it and did it anyway.
“Because after six pages there’s no way you want to go, ‘Actually darlings, can we pick that up?’
“There was no way it was going to happen. It was great fun to do. You get a real buzz from things like that.
“It was a memorable episode of Coronation Street and that is down to the writer Jonathan Harvey.”
The special leads into ITV1’s live coverage of the National Television Awards – from 8.30pm.
As usual, I’ll be at The Royal Albert Hall in London to cover the event, with Corrie nominated in four categories.
If it doesn’t win Most Popular Serial Drama this year, there really will be a huge question mark about the credibility of the NTAs.
And wouldn’t you just know it?
Take That are also in the running for Most Popular Entertainment Programme for An Audience With Take That – Live.
Go here to vote.
Also click on the link below for today’s MEN feature on Tina and the Corrie wedding.
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