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5.0 out of 5 stars Women of Coronation Street, 17 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Coronation Street: Women Of Coronation Street [VHS] [1998] (VHS Tape)
This was an enjoyable canter through half-a-century of The Street. I disagree with the other reviewers who criticised Betty Driver's performance - I thought there was nothing wrong with it at all. I won't spoil the video, but the very last comment (after the credits have rolled) is wonderfully funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane with Hilda and Betty, 28 April 2015
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This review is from: Coronation Street: Women Of Coronation Street [VHS] [1998] (VHS Tape)
Fans of 'Coronation Street' in it's golden years will want to snap this straight-to-video special up to see the return of Jean Alexander as Hilda Ogden in 1998.

Set in the comfort of her Derbyshire cottage, Hilda is visited by Betty Williams (Betty Driver), her old friend and former work mate at the Rovers Return. Over biscuits and cups of tea, it isn't long before the two ladies start to remenise about the people who they knew in 'Coronation Street', particularly the women. In between the new footage of the two talking, many classic clips from the programme's early days, from the 1960s up-to 1998 are slotted in. The script was written by 'Corrie' archivist, writer, and general expert Daran Little, who chose also chose these vintage snippets, some of which have been rarely repeated.

It's all very good stuff, from the funny to the feisty to the heartbreak, it's the 'Coronation Street' girls at their best. See Hilda row and insult Annie Walker, Bet Gilroy and Raquel Watts drowning their sorrows in the Rovers Return, Sally Webster's fury at unfaithful husband Kevin, Leanne Battersby accusing café owner Roy Crooper of being a pervert, and much more besides.

With excellent performances from the late Betty Driver, and the now retired Jean Alexander, who was able to slip into Hilda mode so well that it was like she'd never been away from the role, 'The Women of Coronation Street' is a thoroughly entertaining trip down memory lane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Jun. 2009
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This was an excellent video and it was brilliant looking back on the earlier days of the street with the memorable female characters.
Jean Alexandra was yet again brilliant in her role as Hilda Ogden. Betty Driver wasnt good but that didnt stop me enjoying it from beginning to end.
Any corrie lover and anyone who liked the female characters would want this great funny video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The women of the street, 28 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Coronation Street: Women Of Coronation Street [VHS] [1998] (VHS Tape)
Well- Jean Alexandra AKA Hilda Ogden. Fantastically performed, comically resorected into her old hairnet and curlers as Hilda Ogden once was. But what is troubling me is that she hasn't playe dthe part before about 10 years of making the video and was superb. BettyDriver AKA Betty Williamson was b****y awful. She couldn't ever act if her life depnded on it. But the tape shpws a good 1 hour or more fantatsically funny, dramatic and best moments the street has ever seen.
Most Funniest Moments Come From
Hilda Ogden
Bet Lynch/Gilroy
Raquel Wolstunhume
Anne Kirkbride (She's not unny but the vains in her neck are)
Annie Walker
Ena Sharples
Elsie Tanner
Phyliss Pearce
Most Dramatic Moments Came From
Bet Lynch/Gilroy (Badly acted, should stick to comedy acting)
Raquel Wolstunhume
Liz McDonald
Rita Sullivan
Elsie Tanner
Ena Sharples
Worst Actors who should have been sacked from Coronation Street and Why-
Snotty Emily Bishop- A stuck up snutty madame who everytime talks is SO posh you have to look her words up in a dictionary to find out what say Repugnas means (Why doesn't she just say horrid)
Dreary Deirdre Rachid- How can them vains still stand?
Goodness me!!! Surely they cannot stand much longer of Deirdre. Everytime the women turns her face all her vains pop up the side of her neck to support her. Everytime she cries her vains go bright red and rashy and look like they are going to explode with anger. And everytime the women speaks it sounds like she's got a sore throat. Everytime the women breaths it sounds like she can't and if I was Ken I would have thrown the baggy old bat out years ago. And she is now 50 years of age, my grandmother is 80 and shes not that bad imagine Deirdre then, she will have to wear protective throat and vain gear for th rest of her life.
But otherwise don't be put off my Anne Kirkbride's dreadful acting. Get the comcial tape whoch provides highlights from the past 45 years.
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