Even though, in many ways, Corrie no longer resembles the programme it was at its inception, the strong roots planted in 1960 by Tony Warren have strongly supported it and enabled it to grow and blossom across the years to arrive at what we see today.
As an episode reviewer for this blog, it is essential to be honest, however, and if there is something I don’t feel is working, I will always say so. It is important to be respectfully critical where it warrants it but, as above, I welcome the risks taken, as without them, the programme could not develop.
We have witnessed a few innovations of late. One is the use of some interesting new camera angles which I definitely think are adding something, and I enjoyed the Christmas antics in the Rovers with Steve’s new camera where the actual action was interspersed with the footage being recorded and the associated sound. There is another, however, of which I’m not a fan, and that is the introduction of incidental music. Indeed, our editor Flaming Nora has also written a blog today on this very subject.
There have been a few episodes of late where music akin to a soundtrack has been added to scenes as opposed to appearing naturally as it might on the jukebox in the Rovers, or on a radio in someone’s house. We heard it when Liam shook his Llandudno snowglobe as he thought of Maria. Then, during the hour-long Christmas episode, it became even more obvious. Carolers were strategically placed on the street corner to croon ‘Last Christmas’ over the cobbles as Norris went about his business. While they appeared wedged in for the purpose, at least they formed part of the scene. It jarred, however, when they could be heard loudly but faded out when Andy appeared. Perhaps they walked off? Although considering what followed, probably not.
While I definitely wouldn’t be sad to see this new element dance off into the night, what I do commend is the bravery to try it out, and in being critical of it, I simultaneously welcome the move to try something different. Change is crucial to survival, and nothing or nobody can change without being granted the freedom to experiment and to make mistakes. It’s only through this that innovation can occur. Without taking such chances, we could be deprived of hitherto unknown triumphs that enhance our viewing experience and ensure we keep watching.