Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap. We’re now into the home straight of Coronation Street’s murder week and I have a bit of a confession to make.
So far, I’m not really feeling it. Maybe it’s because we’ve all known for a long time now that Rob James-Collier’s character, street ‘hunk’ Liam Connor, would be killed off. Therefore, the only real drama is in how he goes. It’s not in the ‘when’ (we know it’s tonight) and it’s not in the ‘who’ (the world and his uncle knows Tony ‘JR’ Gordon is behind the dirty deed) and I personally think that’s a shame.
Soap actors come and soap actors go and fans accept that; it’s always sad when a favourite decides to call it a day. When the time comes, more often than not, the actor concerned wants to go out on a high. Invariably, that may mean a death scene. Over the years, soapland’s stars have been bumped off in numerous ways. Some exits have been gripping and imaginative (serial killer Richard Hillman disposing of poor Maxine Peacock in Corrie) but others were, frankly, laughable (EastEnders’ Dirty Den’s conk on the head, courtesy of Chrissie, and subsequent burial in the Queen Vic).
One of the best soap deaths ever occurred in Channel 4’s defunct soap Brookside. Remember? The monstrous, evil, abusing Trevor Jordache was stabbed in the back by his wife Mandy to stop him beating up their daughter Beth (Anna Friel). They buried him under the patio, but the body was discovered three years later. In Emmerdale, we had one of the longest mysteries ever in soap: who killed Tom King? He was murdered on Christmas Day 2006 and it sparked a 21-week investigation to find his killer…and it turned out to be his son Carl. Some felt the aftermath was dragged out for too long a period of time – and I’m inclined to agree.
So back to tonight and will we look back on Liam Connor’s death as one of the all-time classic soap exits? Time will tell. I’ll leave you with Weatherfield’s very own dastardly villain: Tony ‘JR’ Gordon. Yes, that is his head superimposed over Dallas actor Larry Hagman. And yes, that is Southfork ranch. All he needs now is a "tramp and an unfit mother" to complete the picture. Will Carla fit the role? I can’t get it out of my mind that a fab Corrie twist would be both Carla and Maria pregnant with Liam’s baby. Oooooooooooooh! Watch this space.
That’s it for now. Join me on Monday for a full preview of your favourite soaps. Got a comment on this blog or anything else? Share it with me.
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