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A definite change of direction, but too much too soon?
on 2 July 2012
Series 4 starts off on a low, kicking out two much loved characters in the first few minutes, Kev and Veronica who really kept the place together in Steve and Fiona's absence, then getting rid of two more great characters, Marty and Sue who wonder off at the end of the first episode and are never seen again, meanwhile the Maguire Family turn up and blow the roof off the place with too much violence and too many extreme storylines, they just don't fit with the warmth and the show becomes instantly cold.
Then, as we get a couple of episodes in, Sheila, another much loved character buggers off and we are left with the fat, ugly, irritating, uninteresting waste of space that is Frank's first wife to fill the void - which she doesn't.
Then, Carol Fisher, Veronica and Marty's mum is not far behind, and we are left with a husk of a great show without the humour and warmth it once had. I cannot see how the producers thought they would get away with losing six main characters in as many episodes.
We are left with, what will become the template for the next five series, a Maguire fest with a couple of new characters each year who in turn bugger off unexplained at the end of the subsequent season taking with them more main characters until we are left with about two original characters as with the current televised series.
What went wrong? Paul Abbot should have handled some characters leaving the show and introduced others slowly, he could have done this I should imagine to appear almost seamlessly, instead of this, 6 out (Kev, Veronica, Carol, Marty, Sue, Sheila), and 6 in (all characterless Maguires).
A poor show but if you want to carry on watching, you will have to get used to it, because there is no going back.