Coronation Street double episode review, Friday 25 November 2016.
I do love a good Corrie drama, even the odd stunt, but the most enjoyable aspect of watching for me has always been intimately experiencing the lives of its characters as if you’re the unseen guest at every table. Friday’s double Corrie captured that feeling perfectly as we were nestled upfront alongside the Barlows, Platts, Nazirs, and those collected in the Rovers, to witness events unfold.
Daniel Osbourne is undoubtedly my favourite new addition to the street. He’s unique, clever and compelling with a feisty streak, and I’m loving Rob Mallard’s subtle performance of this intriguing character. We’ve now learned that his mother Denise left him to fend for himself aged 15 with little more than a few debit card deposits, phone calls and a smattering of visits at Christmas and birthdays. It also transpires that the shady individual peering in the window of number 1 may be a debt collector, after Daniel was left with no choice but to take out a loan he couldn’t repay.
The fact that Daniel has been needlessly scorned at by all but Peter and Ken is a testimony to how different he is to people who have yet to see the like of him on the street, and I was relieved to see this latest revelation soften Tracy towards him. Adam is another story, however. He seems to be permanently sneering, particularly at Daniel, and once we learned that the stealing of his expensive hire car is a scam he’s set to profit from, I found it frankly sinister that he was intent on pinning the blame for this on Daniel. This is not endearing Adam to me I’m afraid.
Ken watching the cars depart for Michael’s funeral as he emerged from the medical centre alone, Tracy having forgotten to accompany him, was a lonely sight which was beautifully shot. It also foreshadowed the news that if he experiences any more stress, it could lead to a fatal stroke. Ken reveals this to Peter who steps up to the plate, gathers the clan together for a peaceful meal, and arranges for Adam and Daniel to move into Dev’s flat above the shop. The fact that they haven’t been getting along is mainly down to Adam, so it’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds. The positive thing is that they’re agreeing to do so without quibble for Ken’s sake. I’m loving the new Barlows, and particularly Peter as the calm, measured patriarch holding the whole thing together.
As we bid farewell to Michael, we witnessed arguably his greatest legacy; a truce between Gail and Eileen. While all wish to forget about the flats and arguments for the day that’s in it, Andy can’t, and even though a visit to Phelan seems to reassure him, he still looks suspicious concerning what exactly happened.
As Zeedan turns 21, the wonderful Yasmeen tries to keep her best face out for the sake of his birthday, but he can’t as Rana incurs his wrath by encouraging Alya to bring her card and present in person. We already heard Zeedan say he wants to know she will respect his decisions, and now he’s angry about his future wife going behind his back. Rana, however, retaliates to say she doesn’t like pig headed, macho men. It was great to see her come into her own in this episode, and even though they made up, I’m wondering if their different attitudes will make them compatible.
I really enjoyed Dev’s visit to Yasmeen. His awkwardness at calling over regarding money was offset by her offer of a meal and her dignity in the face of the financial problems they share because of Sharif.
Elsewhere, the scenes in the Rovers were simply a joy as Brian, Mary, Rita and Norris set about putting the world to rights, undoubtedly over a dubonnet, a gin and halves of Newton & Ridley’s finest, none of which Norris seemed enthused to pay for. That is, until he managed to score another lodger in the form of Brian, and he’s more than happy to stun everyone by buying a round. I’ve loved every minute of Brian Packham’s return in the capable hands of the brilliant Peter Gunn, and I’m delighted he’s set to become ensconsced at the centre of the street.
As I have done with a number of Corrie episodes of late, I watched these twice, and long may my urge to do so continue.