N ever has an acting performance wrung me out as much as that of Corrie’s Kym Marsh, as her character Michelle deals with the death of her stillborn son. In real life, Kym suffered the death of her own son after he was born prematurely at 21 weeks in 2009, so the plotline has added poignancy. But this is also a performance of such brilliance, my guess is there’ll be no-one to hold a candle to it, come awards season.
From the initial fear of losing her child, to the pain of giving birth, knowing he might not survive, to the overwhelming solitude of grief… I can’t get it out of my head and have no doubt it will be of enormous help to people who have undergone the same experience. Soaps may be entertainment, but it’s easy to forget the power they have when dealing with issues that affect people. Emmerdale’s storyline about Ashley’s dementia is another masterpiece, and EastEnders has also delivered big time with Phil’s battle with alcoholism.
All three of these storylines have moved me in different ways and this really is drama at its absolute best.