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This review is from: Coronation Street - Best of 1970-1979 - [ITV] - [Network] - [DVD] (DVD)
I cannot remember a time without 'Coronation Street'; I was born in 1967, so that's pretty obvious. Perhaps I should have said I can't remember a time when it wasn't on every Monday and Wednesday - that's right, not making way midweek for ninety bloody boring minutes of millionaires who can't control a ball. This DVD evokes the twice-weekly treat 'Corrie' was during my childhood - all the long-forgotten (as well as the well-remembered) characters spring back to life once more; and the real fun comes from seeing the likes of Gail and Deirdre as they were when their complexions were as smooth as a baby's bottom. I also wondered if Ken Barlow has a decaying portrait in the attic - bar a few grandfatherly pounds today, he looks virtually the same in 1974.
The humour that has always been the show's secret weapon (one the interminable grimness and laughable Kray Twins 'villainy' of its upstart BBC rival can never match) gives each episode the joyful verve of a classic sitcom - from Stan & Hilda's endless comedic clashes, to Ray Langton's schoolboy pranks, to the hilarious bickering of Ena and Minnie, to Bet Lynch's banter with the luckless Fred Gee. The onset of colour TV especially enlivens the early 70s section of the box-set, when every effort is made to highlight the liberation from monochrome, even if the odd episode reverts to B&W thanks to an untimely technician's strike that engulfed the whole ITV network in 1970/'71.
The only minor gripe with this brilliant collection of episodes that actually belie the myth the show was once 'quaint' (topical references, especially to the economic climate of the decade, run throughout) is that a dramatic cliffhanger, such as when Val Barlow is electrocuted, Ernie Bishop is shot, or a lorry crashes into the Rovers, is not followed by the succeeding episode. Some I still have on VHS from 90s Granada Plus days, but it leaves the viewer feeling as though there's a BBC-like gap in the Granada archive, whereas (as far as I know) they're all available. That's the only reason I haven't given the set five stars. Otherwise, no complaints. Reuniting with some of these characters was like meeting up with beloved dead relatives again.