As the end of another year draws to a close, I have, as ever, loved bringing you all the soapy news and gossip in 2011, so I thought today, I’d dedicate my posts to celebrating the best bits of our top three soaps – EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
So, on to Corrie, and at number three on my list of the Top Three best storylines from the cobbles this year is the Leanne and Peter Barlow plotline.
The reason being that the characters of Leanne and Peter – who are of course played by Jane Danson and Chris Gascoyne – could be your neighbours…
They’re a classic example of what a modern family unit might be, with a step-mum, a dad with a booze issue and in the middle, a little boy.
Over the course of 2011, Leanne and Peter have been desperately trying to keep their marriage together in the aftermath of the Tram Crash, and of course, Leanne miscarried her much wanted baby, and rediscovered her mother, Stella (Michelle Collins).
And throughout, there’s been the simmering tension of Peter and Carla’s will-they-won’t-they plotline, and now of course, they have, and are having an affair that’s about to be exposed.
However, for me, Jane Danson and Chris Gascoyne have played their roles magnificently, often in a very understated manner, which has in fact highlighted what they’re meant to be; just ordinary people making their way in the world with their own baggage along for the ride.
Here are some of their best bits from 2011…
Number two on my Top Three list is the John Stape (Graeme Hawley) storyline, which of course came to its dramatic conclusion this year.
The fact of it is, for me, the whole plotline was a classic soapy edge-of-the-seater in that it was far fetched and mostly ridiculous, but again, in terms of acting, Jennie McAlpine was brilliant as Fiz Stape, who was caught in a lie and spent months in prison on suspicion of murder.
As I said, while much of it was totally unbelievable, it made for great viewing.
Here are a few of the highlights of the plot…
So, that just leaves the Number One spot on my list of this year’s favourite storylines from Weatherfield, and that is the tale of wicked Frank Foster, who’s played by Andrew Lancel.
The thing that I’ve really liked about this plotline is the very real feeling of menace that Andrew exudes when he’s playing Frank…
And of course, the issue of his raping his fiancé Carla is one that is sure to cause more controversy yet when he’s found not guilty in the New Year.
However, the real kudos for the plotline goes to the show’s writers as well as to Andrew for his brilliant portrayal of Frank.
The writers are the ones who must put themselves into the mindset of a man like Frank, and as we’ve come to expect, though not often enough acknowledge, the writers of Corrie did a fantastic job.
Here are just a few of the best bits of Frank’s storyline…
But of course, there was very sad news this year when Betty Driver passed away. She’s very much missed.
Which have been your favourite plotlines on Coronation Street this year?