Here is Simon Barlow, as played by *checks notes* some cute little kid, arguably the best child actor since Judy Garland strapped down her bosoms to play Dorothy. He is flawless in Coronation Street and was justly feted at last night’s Inside Soap Awards, which probably smelt of Glade Plug-Ins and Digestive biscuits, as Best Young Actor. And it was pretty much all Corrie got apart from Sexiest Female for Tina who works in The Kabin. Sorry t’Kabin. And a nod to the factory fire.
But may we take this popportunity to persuade you to give Coronation Street a try. For a start, it’s often written by Jonathan Harvey of Beautiful Thing fame (last night’s Sally going on about how can her daughter be a lesbian when she has lovely long hair was funny and upsetting all at the same time). Second up, it is consistently witty, dramatic and, most importantly of all, enjoyable. Third up (oh, we don’t think we could manage three up… Maybe we could if we readjusted our clothing), it’s just become the longest running drama in the history of the world. Did we mention it was high-larious?
Take Norris going in the Rovers after Natasha’s attempted suicide: ‘I can’t believe it. She was in the shop yesterday. [Wistfully] Cosmopolitan, Twix…’ Pure genius.
EastBenders cleans up again at an awards show. Excuse us but has anyone ever contrasted Coronation Street and the 'Benders? Or is it just McCain Microwave Chips mums who are doing the voting and all of Corrie goes over their heads?,