Hard to believe that given the state the show is in now (and has been for some time), 'Coronation Street' was once a very realistic, highly entertaining working-class drama with the perfect combination of drama and comedy.
Luckily, we have this brilliant ten disc DVD boxset, with eight episodes for each year in the 1980s, which was a very strong decade for the nation's flagship soap opera.
It was wonderful to be able to see things like the superb comic paring of Bet and Alec Gilroy, Ivy Tilsley at her vicious best, the wonderful Jack and Vera Duckworth before they became glorified extras, and of course - Stan and Hilda Ogden - television gold.
Watching these classic episodes serves as a reminder of how good the show used to be. There are so many classic episodes here, Elsie Tanner's departure, Alan Bradley's death and a wonderful episode from 1984 when a talent contest was held in the Rovers Return, Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) puts his voice (which he has used to record albums in real life) to good use, and old clubland acts Liz Dawn (Vera) and Lynne Perrie (Ivy) give an hilarious rendition of 'We're A Couple Of Swells'.
The only downside is that I do wish more episodes were included, the show was so good back in the 1980s that was dying to see more. It's a shame that they didn't include big episodes like Derrick Wilton and Mavis Riley jilting each other during their first attempt at marriage, Bet Lynch trapped in a fire upstairs in the Rovers and Brian Tilsley's nightclub murder (and it's aftermath, Lynne Perrie gave a cracking performance). However, you can't have everything, but with 80 episodes, you can't go all that wrong really.
Five stars all the way - a must for any soap opera/classic British television fans.