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No Coronation Street For Me For A While...

I've been catching up with the soaps over the weekend and have realised Coronation Street are on the verge of running a storyline involving childhood cancer, a subject I don't want to dwell on while I'm relaxing in front of the TV in the evening. I know the soaps need to be gritty and focus on bad stuff that happens in real life, but in my opinion some subjects shouldn't be used for entertainment or as a storyline in a television programme.

I won't be watching, knowing Corrie as I do I'm sure it will have a happy ending and they won't kill off a very young child but I really don't want to see the effects of the illness and treatment on little Hope or the suffering her parents (in the soap) will naturally go through.

I suppose in a way it's highlighting an issue, but I'm not sure this is the right way to go about it - if your child is ill they go to the doctor regardless of whether Fizz and Tyrone took their little girl in a TV programme!

What do you think?

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JohnRoberts wrote on September 15, 2015, 9:09 AM

We don't get Coronation Street in the US. Hulu does offer Eastenders and Holby City.

Rufuszen wrote on September 15, 2015, 9:59 AM

Good job I'm not writing Corrie, all that would be left is the tumble weed rolling down the street!

Kasman wrote on September 15, 2015, 3:02 PM

I'm not a soap fan at all! Mrs Kasman, on the other hand, is glued to the TV whenever her favourite soap is on!

CoralLevang wrote on September 16, 2015, 12:30 PM

I am not familiar with this show, but as far as shows and story lines such as this...
I think that it is a way to build awareness where the average person would not have it.
I have a rare cancer that most do not know about, though I don't think it is rare at all, but rarely diagnosed.
The more information that is disseminated, regardless of the method, the better, as I see it.

chrisandmark wrote on September 16, 2015, 5:19 PM

Yes, see I understand that too CoralLevang - it's a tricky one for me really as issues do need to be highlighted but I'm not sure a light tea-time drama is a sensible place to do it, although the audience is huge per episode so I expect I'm thinking from a personally uncomfortable stance

chrisandmark wrote on September 16, 2015, 6:23 PM

I like the soaps but I'm not bothered if I miss an episode and can go weeks without tuning in (I like the way soaps are so easy to get back into after missing a few episodes)

AliCanary wrote on September 17, 2015, 5:23 PM

I can see why this would be disturbing. There may be some who are praising it for raising awareness, though. I'd still find it hard to watch.