Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Fifty Years of Coronation Street: Tim Randall, 21–31 December, 2010.
My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊
Since my mother wasn’t even born when Coronation Street began in 1960, I missed out on the classic characters such as Ena Sharples and Elsie Tanner the first time round. Corrie is a British legend, and this book charts its first 50 years.
Split into decades, Fifty Years of Coronation Street chronicles the major plots in time order, interspersed with 1- or 2-page “Icon” profiles for fifty major characters, from Ken Barlow to Tina McIntyre. It’s very well put together with some special features, such as a page of Blanch-isms, and very easy to follow. My only disappointment is that there isn’t more of it – but perhaps that’s just greedy.
It’s a fantastic overview and helps the reader make connections with characters and storylines gone by. It’s a must for any Corrie fan, for educational or nostalgic purposes depending on your age.