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It's hard to believe now, given the state the show is in now (and has been for some time), but '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 the unlikely couple Bet and Alec Gilroy, the acid-tongued Poison Ivy Tilsley at her vicious best, the wonderful, constantly bickering Jack and Vera Duckworth before they became glorified extras, and of course - dear old Stan and Hilda Ogden, who were pure television gold.

Watching these classic episodes serves as a reminder of how good the show used to be. There are many classic episodes to be savoured on here, including Elsie Tanner's emotional departure, Stan Ogden's funeral (with Jean Alexander's incredibly moving BAFTA nominated performance as wife Hilda breaking down at home), Alan Bradley's sensational death by a Blackpool tram, 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-time clubland acts Liz Dawn (Vera) and Lynne Perrie (Ivy) give an hilarious rendition of 'We're A Couple Of Swells'.

The only downside really is that I do wish more episodes were included, the show was so good back in the 1980s that I was dying to see more. It's a shame that they didn't include the really big episodes like Derrick Wilton and Mavis Riley jilting each other during their first attempt at marriage, Bet Lynch when she was trapped in a fire upstairs in the Rovers, and Brian Tilsley's nightclub murder (and it's aftermath, because Lynne Perrie gave a cracking performance after receiving the news that her son was dead). However, you can't have everything, but with 80 episodes, you can't go all that wrong really.

This boxed set is a five star release all the way, and must for any soap opera/classic British television fans.
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on 12 September 2017
Gone to Australia gift for Corrie fan
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on 31 December 2009
Having already purchased both the 1960's and 1970's Coronation Box Set's for my partner,I know have the 1980's.
What's next, well we will just have to wait to see if they bring out a box set for the 1990's and beyond.
All the Corrie Box Set's at present are excellent value for money, if you shop around for the best price of course.
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on 9 October 2012
if you love coronation street you will love this, its great watching.a lot of the old caracters with some new ones as well, I just loved it.
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on 25 June 2010
For those who have purchased the 1960's, 1970's and this, the 1980's Coronation Street boxset, I am sure that you would agree that the 60's and 70's are the most entertaining of the three sets. Throughout these years, Coronation Street retained a sense of humour but was equally dramatic and gritty, the latter of which, I believe is part of the show's appeal. However, the 1980's boxset, yes whilst dramatic,and humorous occasionally, has lost some of the appeal that the earlier two decades had. The only thing that I feel I can put this down to is that by 1984, most of the shows original characters had left, Elsie Tanner left in January of that year, and unfortunately, Stan Ogden died. They however, were only the last in a gradual succession of characters to have left in the early 80's. What occurs in the mid 1980's is that the show's focus switches onto a secondary group of characters, particularly the younger ones. Jack and Vera Duckworth replace Stan and Hilda Ogden as the most argumentative couple in the programme. Although, arguably, with their advantages, the two of these were never the same as the latter, and in places they became boring, as unlike Stan and Hilda, there is absolutely no compassion between them. Furthermore, the show gives rise to younger characters, who are no compensation for the loss of the original ones mentioned earlier. This is reflected by the fact that there is a big increase in the number of episodes featuring weddings. Although bearable at first, these soon get repetitive, however, I would say this compilation especially, would hold a lot of appeal to anybody interested in soap weddings.

I would recommend getting this compilation as a follow on from the 60's and 70's, and also for those who wish to see how the show has progressed over the years. Do not misunderstand me, this boxset is entertaining and dramatic, personally, there is just not as much appeal as in the earlier two decades.
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on 30 December 2012
During the 1980s I progressed through my childhood and I can remember some of these episodes being screened on ITV. This was back in the day when two episodes a week sufficed for ITV's schedulers every Monday and Wednesday at 19.30.
There are some fantastic choices here packed with drama, comedy and that good old Coronation Street feel that are so embedded into the programme. There's a chance to see some long gone favourites such as Elsie Tanner, Alan Bradley and Brian Tilsley among others.
This is the ideal gift for any Corrie fan!
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