THERE are times when being a Corrie fan can be, quite frankly, a bit of a chore.
Wading though episodes in a quiet period when the storyline is simply simmering along.
But then Britain’s best soap raises its game to boiling point – as with the two visits to the cobbles last night.
Both were written by Jonathan Harvey, who hit a purple patch when he sat down at his computer keyboard to write the scripts.
Packed with outstanding lines, wonderful two-handers involving a range of characters and – of course – Molly and Ty’s wedding day drama.
Jonathan is both a theatre playwright and the man behind other TV shows like Gimme Gimme Gimme and Murder Most Horrid.
He also adapted Beautiful People for BBC2 last autumn.
The expanded opening titles view of Weatherfield set the tone for what was to come.
With some wide-ranging storylines sprinkled in and around the main event.
Both cast and production team rose to match Jonathan’s writing.
Including Auntie Pam dropping in a mention of The Moonies:
“In the seventies, folks were joining them in their droves.”
Ten million viewers watched last night’s episodes.
They won’t have been to everyone’s taste.
But, for me, they were among the best I’ve seen in a long while.
Here are just two examples of many more memorable lines.
Blanche on the alcoholic content of Peter’s shopping bags:
“Clanking away, he was, like Edna The Inebriate Woman.
“And the smell of booze on his breath.
“It were like conversing with a slice of Rum Tipsy Cake.”
And, of course, Jack missing Vera:
“It’s been a bit of a day and she isn’t here, is she?”
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