5 more days of Olympics left, kids, and we’ll get our Corrie back. In the meantime, who would you like to see more of in the show when it returns to our screens?
Here are a few people I think could use a little more screen time:
Amber first came to our screens as the newly revealed daughter of shopkeeper Dev Alahan. Her snarky backtalk to her fading lothario father was welcome around here, with some going so far as to declare her “the new Bet Lynch” as early scenes of Bet from the sixties compare quite strikingly with Amber’s introduction.
Amber briefly worked in Kevin’s garage and reportedly had a knack for mechanics. Dev, being sexist, said he didn’t want his daughter doing men’s work but Amber countered that she didn’t want to be Asian stereotype and work in a shop.
Since then, it’s been revealed that she has an unreciprocated thing for David Platt. Other than that, we rarely see her, other than to offer reactions to David’s shenanagins. Like David, she is funny and more intelligent than many of her peers. This is a character with tons of potential just waiting to be used.
And speaking of Amber’s dad, whatever happened to the street’s aging ladykiller, cornershop magnate, and loyal customer of Sex Panther cologne? Dev made a name for himself bedding the ladies of the street, including mother-daughter pair Deirdre and Tracy Barlow (not at the same time! Don’t be gross!).
Ever since Sunita left with the twins after discovering his retconned existence as the baby daddy to several of his shop girls, Dev’s been rarely seen. He occasionally offers advice to the lovelorn and had a weird, one-episode relationship with salad creme, but other than that, he’s been reduced to a background player.
I’d like to see more of Dev, particularly as he copes with middle age.
Wiki (yes, it’s spelled like it sounds) came to street as a newly arrived Polish employee at Underworld, taking on extra shifts for low pay. She is working to support her son back home in Poland. She also has a university degree.
Despite some anti-migrant worker sentiments from the other stitchers, Wiki was recently promoted to Hayley’s old post of floor manager (or whatever it’s called). She also has improved her English to the point where her vocabulary now exceeds Becky Granger’s.
She looks discombobulated.
Oh now, you can’t just go making words up, love.
Wiki adds a dash of realism to the show as few modern working class neighbourhoods today would be as culturally homogenous as Coronation Street nearly is. She has also hinted at an interesting life that she left behind in Poland. I’d love to something develop from that in the future.
Whenever elder sister Rosie experiences the heartbreak of her goth boyfriend going to Berlin, or has an affair with an older teacher, Sophie is always there, snarking behind her back in a thick Lancashire dialect. Sure she’s hard to understand sometimes but it’s worth the effort as the comic rewards are rich.
Chesney has a crush on her, which she is thus far not reciprocating. But if Tyrone and Molly are 2nd generation Jack and Vera, I could see Ches and Sophie as third. Give it twenty years of failed relationships and I’m sure it would happen.
What do you all think? Who would you like to see more of on the street?