JACI STEPHEN’S ultimate insight into the week’s soaps
Tonight sees the annual BAFTA television awards ceremony. It’s usually a given that all three shows covered on this page make it to the shortlist in the Soap & Continuing Drama category. This year, however, Coronation Street is a notable absence from the nominations.
Currently, Corrie is not at its best. The brilliant Bethany/ Nathan storyline aside, it is too heavily weighted in favour of the Barlows: Ken’s stroke and the attempt on his life, not to mention the stress of having a new kitchen fitted. Then there’s Egg-gate, with smirking Toyah going behind Peter’s back in the hope of conceiving. As for the sub-standard prison break debacle, one can only hope that whoever thought it up is now on medication.
But in 2016, the period that tonight’s BAFTA awards cover, the Street was superb. I’ve been a judge on this panel, and back then each series was judged on the basis of just one episode. Nowadays up to four episodes are considered, but this is still nowhere near enough – it’s serial drama so judges should be required to watch a month’s worth of any one soap. I’ll be spitting blood, whoever wins.