Hello and welcome to another Slice Of Soap. So what are we making of Coronation Street’s Carla/Liam/Maria love triangle?
Personally, I don’t think it’s as strong as the Steve/Karen/Tracy one, but that’s because Maria’s a pretty ineffectual character. Don’t get me wrong, she’s nice and everything, but triangles work better when the one in the middle is caught between two dominant personalities. Liam’s capitulation was as inevitable as EastEnders winning Best Soap at the British Soap Awards.
Why? Cos Maria’s such a wet blanket compared to Carla; no prizes for guessing who’s more likely to steam up the sheets! No wonder he didn’t stop sniffing after her (dog in heat – that’s what comes to mind). It’s such a shame that Rob James Collier, voted Sexiest Male at the British Soap Awards, is bowing out. Hope he returns!
Anyway itv.com is offering Corrie fans the exclusive opportunity to watch scheming Carla finally get her man. The sexual tension between the pair has been growing and the tragic stillbirth has sent Liam into Carla’s arms. He’s caught (by mobile phone!) in a passionate clinch by Street minx Rosie Webster. She records the whole thing on her mobile – but what will she do with it? My guess is, learn some new moves – the little tramp! I say that in the nicest way possible….The episode airs this Friday, but for everyone who can’t wait to see the steamy meeting, watch Rosie’s video at www.itv.com/coronationstreet.
Crossroads Fans – Where Are You?
Who remembers Crossroads? My mum loved that soap! It was about a Midlands hotel run by owner Meg Mortimer (Noele Gordon). Critics slated it for its storylines and wobbly plywood sets, but it was a huge hit. Everyone loved Paul Henry as bumbling Benny, the handyman who loved ‘Miss Diane’ from a distance and Noele Gordon was the most popular soap star of her day. Anyway, the earliest surviving episode has been found and will get an exclusive airing on itv.com this Friday, with the chance to buy it on DVD the week after. The 1965 episode was in an unmarked tin in the old ATV archive, which now resides in west London. They thought most of the episodes from the decade had been lost forever cos they used to tape over every episode after it was broadcast. But eagle-eyed archivists spotted the ‘lost episode’ and fans will be able to watch it online from Friday morning at www.itv.com/crossroads.
My mum insists that Crossroads didn’t deserve all the stick it got from the critics. However, the mockery led to comedienne Victoria Wood’s spoof soap Acorn Antiques which mercilessly parodied the wobbly scenery, fluffed lines and transparent scripts. For all the derision, Crossroads maintained high ratings and a loyal audience throughout its original 1964-1988 run. If you think you’ve got a lost episode of Crossroads, itv.com want to hear from you. They are interested in any recordings of episodes broadcast before 1982 – on videotape or could even on reels of film! If you think you’ve got any episodes, drop the team a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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