Friday, 27 January 2017

Classic

I adore this clip.
For those that don't know it's from the early days of a British Soap opera called Coronation Street  which was ( and is)  set in the industrial North of the country.
The writing is superb, but it's the delivery by the  Violet Carson that impresses the most....
This is where the roots of my own humour hail from
The working class matriarchs of the North West

27 comments:

  1. Classic!Have you seen the Victoria Wood Ena Sharples sketch,hilarious!

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  2. Yes........it was affectionate and oh so accurate

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  3. I like the way she pulls a packet of tea out of thin air.

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  4. Her comic timing would match Les Dawson's.

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  5. I can't listen that fast anymore. It becomes a foreign language. I need subtitles.

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  6. LOVE! Sure miss Ena, Elsie and Hilda and all the girls. The Street just isn't the same anymore.

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  7. Oh my goodness. ALl I could think of was Victoria Wood! (And I see that someone else has already commented that)

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  8. In those days "Coronation Street" was groundbreaking television. At last the working class had a proper stage. They were no longer caricatures to be derided. There was a fullness and a richness about their lives.

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  9. Here in Philly where I am, my public station plays a pretty impressive slate of Brit and Aussie shows. But this is one I have yet to see here. The only "soap" type show I see here is EastEnders. I loved the clip.

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  10. Coronation Street is quite popular in our Canadian province. Some of the actors even came here to meet fans. Soap operas aren't my cup of tea, but there are some rabid fans here!

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    1. Do they feed them carrots?

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    2. No, they shoot them :)

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  11. I loved watching Coronation Street, it reminded me of the neighbours who popped in my gran's bakery. If they wanted a cup of tea and a custard tart, and a sit by the fire, she'd have them peel a bucket of potatoes :)
    Down to earth sorts, knew everybody's business, but would help in a minute.
    ~Jo

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  12. I love it John. I remember (and this is in the South not the North of England)when women kept their hair curlers and hairnet on all day and only ever took them out for a wedding or special occasion!

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    1. ha! Hair curlers and hairnets on all day. Now that reminds me of Nora Batty from Last of the Summer Wine.

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  14. I have to admit that I watched it more than once to get myself acclimated to the accents. But I did and it was superb. I loved the writing of shows like this and sure do miss it. One of the reasons I love classic movies is because of the dialogue. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Are them fancies today's? This was quality! Nothing like the soap operas I grew up avoiding in the USA.

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  16. Even though I understood only half of what she said, clearly her timing was brilliant. Don't much care for religion? Ah, must be C of E. I suppose the accents in Corres are less strong now.

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  17. They certainly dont write like that anymore. But I still hear it.

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  18. It won't play in "my region". But Ena always made me think of my Grannie in Aberdeen. Could scare the crap out of you with a glower but was there to protect you in a flash.

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  19. Missed vocation really. Should have been a comedy actress

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  20. Superb, brings back my childhood viewing in a flash. Now then John, think on and look sharp about it!
    Jean

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  21. Sadly the above clip is not available for viewing here. I had watched Coronation Street from day one but stopped watching about a year ago. It was getting so stupid with bodies under garage floors etc. that I couldn't be bothered with it any more. I have to confess I do check on the updates on the internet every once in a while but I find I don't now half the characters any more. Back in the 60's when we lived in Manchester my dad was a policeman and the coronation street set and granada studios was part of his beat. He met all the actors and actresses and said that Ena was very posh and very nice in real life.

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  22. Won't play in my area either (Canada). I lived in Scotland til I was 9 (mid 1960's) and Ena Sharples scared the bejesus out of me. Elsie Tanner was a force to be reckoned with as well!

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  23. Corrie always seemed to be on TV when I was young and Elsie Tanner seemed to be all that a grown woman should be.

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