Corrie Cast Members in Canada
Don’t forget that William Roache is coming to Canada next month. He’ll be doing appearances in Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, and Victoria. Here is the info on the Ottawa show. Be sure to follow @strollpro on Twitter for all the details.
In another, unrelated Canadian Corrie appearance, Hamilton will be getting Julia Haworth and Steve Arnold (Claire and Ashley Peacock), Nick Cochrane (Andy MacDonald), and Charles Lawson (Jim MacDonald) who is replacing Ken Morely (Reg Holdsworth), so he is. They’ll be appearing at Redeemer University College on March 29 with stops in London and Grand Bend. Click here for tickets for their other appearances.
The Carla Storyline
On Friday, Coronation Street’s episodes featured the rape of Carla Connor by Frank Foster. It was a difficult scene to watch and when it aired last September in the UK, it did not do so without controversy. The national helpline for rape survivors, Rape Crisis, reported an 800% increase in calls after the episode aired (warning – the story does not contain spoilers but the related links do so exercise appropriate caution).
There are a few reasons for the controversy. In Britain, television has what they call a “watershed” hour. Anything airing before 9:00pm must be considered family friendly and after 9:00pm you get, well, The Tudors. Corrie airs before the watershed and therefore they always walk a fine line when it comes this type of subject matter. But there is also an argument that this sort of thing is needlessly sensationalist. I’m not sure how I feel about the issue to be honest but it’s important to consider many sides to the argument. While I personally prefer a “less crime, more kitchen sink” approach to my Corrie, there is a case to be made for the fact that this is something that affects thousands of women every day. So it’s a tricky issue and I’ll just leave it there.
On a Lighter Note
I’m somewhat obsessed with animated gifs from various TV shows like this Tumblr blog of Downton Abbey gifs. I’ve always wanted to make them but it requires Photoshop or Gimp and a lot of expertise. In the meantime, I did find a site that will make them for you so I finally cooked up one as a test:
If I get ambitious, I’ll do some more.