Newest Review: ... would watch it if it was based on real life as it isn't always that interesting. I think Coronation Street is very entertaining with a goo... more
I love Corrie!
Member Name: Shellie1210
Disadvantages: Acting isn't great
Coronation Street is Britain's longest running soap opera, now running for over 50 years and has always been popular since the outset.
It's set in the fictional town of Weatherfield, which is on the outskirts of Manchester. It's actually filmed in Manchester itself so any of the outside shots will be familiar to anyone who knows the city.
On the street where it's set, Coronation Street, we follow the lives of all the families through all their ups and downs. The programme has dealt with a huge variety of storylines and always deals with them sensitively and presented with proper research having been done. Abortions and miscarriages, drug addiction, murders, domestic violence, death and destruction. If there are any serious issues being dealt with, they often have a phone number of a helpline for anyone to call if they're being affected by any of the issues.
And, of course, no soap would be complete if half the characters weren't having affairs and sleeping with anyone that comes along!
It's not all serious, however. There are a few comedy relief characters in the form of Steve McDonald, Lloyd Mullaney (played by Craig Charles of Dave Lister fame in Red Dwarf), Kirk Sutherland and Beth Tinker. These characters rarely have serious storylines and I think that's how it differs from Eastenders in that the whole programme isn't all doom and gloom when these characters are around.
Obviously it doesn't represent real life, there is no street in the world that has all this drama going on all at the same time, but then no one would watch it if it was based on real life as it isn't always that interesting.
I think Coronation Street is very entertaining with a good mix of serious and funny storylines with characters for everyone to relate to.
Summary: Something for everyone