Saturday, July 30, 2005

Coronation Street - the 1970s

True Corrie fans can now buy a 10 DVD box set of episodes from 1970-79. In The Guardian, Grace Dent says that this is the period when the show began to really shine.
Although Coronation Street first hit our screens in December 1960, its wasn't until the 1970s that it truly began to shine. With its reliable blend of steely, gobby northern women (Bet Lynch, Elsie Tanner, Rita Fairclough), downtrodden blokes (Stan Ogden, Eddie Yates, Len Fairclough) and its ambling tales of everyday mundanity, Corrie painted a picture of 70s working class life that Britain simply "got". A land where women had big lacquered hair-dos, fake-fur coats and endlessly nudged bosoms. Where, for the average man, heaven was a pint of Newton & Ridley, chips out of the newspaper and an hour's rest from his wife's endless quacking.
If you prefer the very early days, you can also buy a DVD of the first twelve episodes.

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