The Road to Coronation Street
The head of 'Granada Television', Sidney Bernstein (Steven Berkoff), does not understand why one time actor, Tony Warren (David Dawson), wrote a drama like '
for! Well, it's full of urban characters. Dull. Confined to a Manchester
based setting. And to be completely honest with you, doesn't have any of the razzmatazz that swinging sixties Britain
need's at the moment.
However, whilst saying all that,
brother, Cecil (Henry Goodman), and director, Derek Bennett (Shaun Dooley), do have some faith in Tony's script. But only if the head of
casting, Margaret Morris (Jane Horrocks), is able to cast the right people for
the roles in question.
So who do you think Margaret picks, huh? Doris Speed (Celia Imrie) perhaps? As this uptight administrator would be a perfect match for the uptight landlady, 'Annie Walker'. Then there is someone like William Roache (James Roache) I suppose. Who has the right amount of book-smarts and drive for the wannabe youth of today, 'Ken Barlow'. Oh! And of course, who can forget Pat Phoenix (Jessie Wallace)? Huh? Heck, she and loudmouth lush, 'Elsie Tanner', are practically one and the same person!
But do you know what? Even with all of this 'Mank power' under Tony's belt; will he and his Canadian producer, Harry Elton (Christian McKay), manage to change
mind in this matter?
Simple put -- no -- not at all.
Though I suppose that is why what next transpires begins when an urban, dull,
based drama, falls flat on its ass just after its television pilot is made. As
a tea-lady paves the way - Ena Shapels (Lynda Baron) is certainly not gay - ' Florizel
Street' does go slightly astray - and look out
world, ' Coronation Street'
is here to stay.
Now I know that what I'm about to say to you may sound somewhat strange. But after watching this f*cking great-great drama, 'The Road to
Street', I have to state for the record that the
origins of both this 'back-alley' soap-opera, and the superhero, 'Spiderman', do
share a very common bond in indeed.
You see, I watched a documentary once where the creator of Spidey, Stan Lee, explained how difficult it was for him to get this character published (click here for the review). 'He's too skinny' said the big-wigs at Marvel Comics at the time. 'Plus his origins are too steeped in reality for anyone to take notice' they continued. Nonetheless, after some perseverance -- and quite a bit of luck - Peter Parker's alter-ego finally did get a chance to shine in the spotlight, all because of one simple truth -- universal association.
OK, for me to explain to you what I mean by this, you have to take into consideration that the world -- post 1950 -- was a place of new horizons and new frontiers, trying its best to disassociate itself from the fall out of World War 2. Well, that's one of the main reasons why the 'media big-wigs' didn't want to publish 'urban' or 'socio-political' wares -- so that the populous could be enamored by 'spectacle' and 'extravaganza', not 'mundane reality'.
Simply put, both 'Spiderman' and '
Street' opposed this ideal. As they showed the
'common man' to the 'common man' (or woman for that matter), illustrated to him
(or her) what real life is all about. Not 'spectacle' -- not 'extravaganza'
-- life -- real life -- filtered though the eyes of creators who needed to make a
Hey! Do you know what? After all of that, I just remembered that I haven't told you if I liked 'The Road to
Street' or not. Well -- I do. I think that this is
just a great piece of work. In all honesty I would not change anything about it
at all -- except that it would have been nice if I saw a couple of cameos from
the 'regular Corry players'. Apart from that though -- nish -- this is a must
see for any fan of the 'cobbles'. The actors are great. The story is very
timely. The overall package is full of personality. Heck, it's so good; I think
that Ken Barlow should sing a song? Don't you Harry?
Boy-oh-boy! I love that song. Just like I love this flick. KEN BARLOW!!!!!
THE RATING: A