The Monkey Princess (stellanova) wrote,
The Monkey Princess

it's not grim up north

There's a lovely article by the sometimes-annoying-but-not-this-time Johann Hari in the Independent about why he loves Coronation Street, entitled Why Coronation Street Fills Me With Pride. It's subscriber only on the website (bah), but it's definitely worth picking up the hard copy. He describes it as "one of the great artworks of our time, alternately profound and hilarious" before bringing up out the programme's exploration of class issues, and (correctly) compares it favourably to the bleak and boring EastEnders:
Indeed, Coronation Street and EastEnders offer politically-opposed ways of imagining the British working class. Coronation Street presents a socialistic community where people basically help each other out, and suffering is greeted with compassion. EastEnders offers a blackly Tebbit-flavoured vision where everybody is perennially poised to rip off their neighbours, and anybody who does show even a flicker of compassion - like Dot Branning - is invariably exposed as a dupe... I wouldn't want to make too much of it, but I think it's quietly revealing that Corrie's leftish vision is thriving, while EastEnders' vision of a society spiralling into mutual suspicion is languishing in the ratings...

Long before Hollywood congratulated itself on its mumbling gay cowboys, the Street had a resident transexual woman who - according to all the surveys - is one of the most popular characters with its overwhemingly working-class audience. While EastEnders' minority characters could be listed in the credits as "Token Black" or "Token Asian", Corrie's are just funny or warm or weird people, like everyone else in Weatherfield.

And that's why I like it. That and the fact that it's hilarious and charming and melodramatic. Seriously, everyone should watch it.
Tags: corrie, media whore
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