The story goes that the spirit of Corrie’s larger-than-life character is set to return to the Street – in the form of his old butcher’s hat. Apparently, the Street’s new weirdo butcher Graeme Proctor (played by Craig Gazey) will be seen speaking like Fred whenever he dons the late butcher’s hat. Graeme will even litter his speech with Fred’s stock phrases such as ‘Ah say’ to the bewilderment of Fred’s relatives, in particular his son borrrrrrrrrring Ashley (sorry, but he is).
A show insider said: "The storyline will be absolutely hilarious. The character of Graeme is proving to be one of our funniest and this will be laughs all the way…we’ve even talked about having the hat exorcised, which would be fantastic telly."
Well, wonders will never cease. The spirit of Fred Elliott back on the Street again… There are worse ways to bring characters back from the dead, I suppose. After all, look at what happened to EastEnders when Dirty Den rose Lazarus-like from the grave – a mistake from start to pitiful finish. However, the idea of the spirit of England’s favourite butcher returning to the cobbles (in the form of his old butcher’s hat) is certainly taking things to a whole new level. And as for exorcising Fred’s hat, well, I’ve got a better idea… I reckon they ought to just glue it permanently to borrrrrrrrring Ashley’s head – that will be one way of getting some life into him.
But seriously soapsters, you’ve got to give the Coronation Street scriptwriters credit for some originality; they certainly know how to deliver great comedy moments; you’ve only got to look at the romantic pairing of Liz and Lloyd to know what I’m talking about. I bet a few scriptwriters died from laughing too much when they came up with that idea.
Anyway, I’m sure that the "Fred’s Hat" storyline will go down in Coronation Street history as one of the great comedy moments…let’s just hope some poor unsuspecting person doesn’t have the misfortune of finding anything belonging to Coronation Street’s infamous serial killer Richard Hillman….
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