Sarah Platt’s exit from Coronation Street is apparently due to be based on the end of classic 1945 epic Brief Encounter which starred Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Viewers will see newlywed Sarah – who has been played by 24-year-old Tina O’Brien for the past eight years – board a train to the airport without onscreen hubby Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas, 23), after he gets cold feet, reports the Daily Star. Jason apparently decides not to move abroad with Sarah, who has been offered a fresh start by her long lost uncle in Italy. The sad scenes will be shown as part of Corrie’s Christmas specials.
I wonder whose idea it was to base Sarah’s departure on the classic movie Brief Encounter? I bet it was some ancient Corrie script writer who’s probably been writing for the soap since the days of Ena Sharples. Anyway, someone needs to tell them that most of Tina O’Brien’s young fans have probably never even heard of the movie. They’d have been better off basing Sarah’s departure on Justin Timberlake’s 2002 epic Cry Me A River (you know, that one with the Britney Spears look-alike).
I’ll miss Sarah when she leaves Coronation Street – even if she has turned into a bit of a shrew. On the day of the Christmas special, I’ll be sat in front of the telly with my box of Kleenex tissues crying: "Don’t leave us Sarah…don’t leave us… we need someone for ‘Damian’ David to wind up!" The Platt household just won’t be the same without her. In fact, neither will Coronation Street; she’ll definitely be missed. I ain’t too worried about Jason (let’s face it, his relationship with Sarah was doomed from the start) it’s ‘Damian’ David I’m more concerned about. In my opinion, he needs his sister just like Stan Laurel needs Oliver Hardy. What’s he gonna do without her?
Every soap needs a good dose of sibling rivalry doesn’t it? Think about it for a moment; where would EastEnders have been without the sibling rivalry of our beloved Mitchell bruvvers Grant and Phil? (I suppose the answer to that is easy – where it’s been for a long time now, in the doldrums). Or Dallas (for older readers) without the JR/Bobby Ewing rivalry? The love/hate relationship between sparring/warring siblings gave these soaps that little something extra and that’s why I’m really sad to see Sarah go. Her departure will leave a gaping big hole in the Platt family, one that cannot easily be filled. Anyway, I suppose one consolation is that at least we get to see her board the train, rather than get run over by it, which means there’s a chance she’ll return to the cobbles some day…
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