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We don’t have a ‘gay agenda’, says Corrie boss

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  1. and James Barlow, he’s gay.

    1. and something of a villain it seems – that was a surprise.

      1. Another Hannah 13 Jul 2011, 9:27pm

        what! you you couldn’t see he was a villain!?

  2. Jock S. Trap 13 Jul 2011, 3:33pm

    Has someone got this memo on this bloody ‘Gay agenda’ I seemed to have been missed out when they were handing them out when I was born.

    1. jamestoronto 13 Jul 2011, 3:47pm

      It comes along with your membership card and secret handshake demonstration

      1. I’d be surprised if any 2 of us could agree long enough to put an agenda together.

        As for Corrie, I’ve never been able to watch it, that old depressing music and Ena Sharles’ drab coat and hairnet put me off long ago.

        1. Well said, Alf

          Even on issues that we would all probably think we would agree on there would be dissenters or lack of agreement on the detail and we do love to analyse …

          1. Another Hannah 13 Jul 2011, 9:28pm

            I disagree

    2. Good luck on finding the gay “Agenda” I have long found it interesting that we the gay population can’t get our hands on a copy! even our straight friendly friends don’t seem to know where copies can be found. Yet the homophobes and religious bigots seem to have copies to spare with frequent addendum to suit their cause. If? it exist it has to be in a place safer than the propaganda merchants who use it must have it stored away in a place safer than the bank of England!

      1. Jock S. Trap 14 Jul 2011, 8:35am

        Indiana Jones and the Mystical Gay Agenda?

  3. Luke (Ex Corrie fan, can't stand it now) 13 Jul 2011, 4:16pm

    I very much doubt the reason for the drop in viewing figures is due to the number of gay characters. The reason people are turning off is because of the ridiculous and awful story lines. Gay characters have featured a lot lately, however.
    I used to be a fan of Corrie and enjoyed the wit from some of the characters but now all of the story lines are extremely far fetched and not researched properly either.

    Sean features far too often and is a cr@p actor too! Get rid of him.

    Plus, the latest transgender person…. what another ridiculous story line. The producer is really giving gay people a bad name by introducing us in this way, Sean,… the crazy transgender story line – it came out of the blue. He is doing gay rights a disservice.

    1. It does need to get back some of its wit and humour. Ian McKellen was brilliant on Corrie.

      1. Another Hannah 13 Jul 2011, 9:31pm

        I think possibly they’ve gone too far with the exotic characters, and lost too many meat and veg characters. Probably because some high falutin’ analytic data shows exotic characters draw more viewers. same thing happenens in business – but yuo have to have a certain quantitiy of the meat and veggies…..

    2. What latest transgender person, Luke? There’s a new sometime-transvestite character, but no new transgender one as far as I know.

  4. two lesbians and two gay men in a cast of how many? i doubt if they’ve got up to 10% yet, so evidently they need some more

  5. Tom Stoppard 13 Jul 2011, 5:39pm

    I have a policy. If Brian Sewell says something, do the opposite. It’s always worked for me.

    1. Another Hannah 13 Jul 2011, 9:32pm

      I’ve always found myself to not hear it and pay no head if you do.

      1. Or even give no head

  6. ok is it me, or did this type of cr@p increase in the last year?

    1. Another Hannah 13 Jul 2011, 9:34pm

      on the rise everywhere. there are no customers but young customers (they spend more money you know). only problem is most elder folk might spend less, but there is hugely more of them, and too many younger charcters alienates them. everyone’s chasing the big money, even if there aren’t enough of them to go around.

  7. Paula Thomas 13 Jul 2011, 8:15pm

    The audience figures given are cherry picked. The 10.em figure is for a 9pm ep. sandwiched between two Britain’s Got Talent episodes, IIRC no episode that month topped 9m except the ones in that week. The lower figure of 7.4m followed a 1hr long EastEnders which meant that the usual pick up from Emmerdale was reduced. Indeed on Monday of this week in Sophie and Sian centred episodes which also featured James and Sean viewing was 8.4 at 7:30 and 8.7 for 8:30 so I really don’t think Corrie is in any trouble at all.

    1. Another Hannah 13 Jul 2011, 9:36pm

      so they’ve been cherry picking (fiddling) the figures, to support a homophobic agenda?

  8. The “gay agenda”

    (1) Seek equality with all other citizens.
    (2) See (1)

    1. Another Hannah 13 Jul 2011, 9:37pm

      speak for yourself, mines world domination (total), huge riches, vast numbers of adoring fans, etc, etc….

      1. Mine is 1) get to the gym 2) don’t have a heart attack

        1. Hannah do you work for News International by any chance, lol

      2. Jock S. Trap 14 Jul 2011, 8:36am

        Ok Another Hannah, well thats 20 mins of each day, what do you do with the rest?

    2. The “gay agenda”

      (1) A politically correct left-wing box-ticking agenda to promote gaydom in all TV drama series period, and regardless of whether it serves the story or progresses natural character development.

      (2) See (1)

  9. ‘Eck ‘ers like you don’t, chuck, like you didn’t have a gay agenda on Doctor Who. Who are you kidding Mr. C?

    1. He didn’t write Dr Who

      1. Mr Collinson produced the blooming thing, numbskull. He is responsible for every second of the programme that appears on screen. Like I said, everywhere Mr. C treads, the gay agenda follows. However, good drama is where the writing comes first and characters and situations develop naturally and are not shoe-horned in on the producer’s whim. That is why the gays being characterised on Coronation Street and EastEnders these days are such a lame bunch verging on a laughing stock. Only Emmerdale seems to have approached the gay issue with any true sense of sincerity and empathy with the brilliant character, Aaron. Compare to the appallingly bland and catty gay male couples in EastEnders and Corrie. The script writers have no idea what to do with them or where to take them, so both are now flogging the gay adoption storyline for all its worth because they do not have the imagination or ability to take them anywhere else. It is tokenism plain and simple, and as such is an insult to us all.

    2. Jock S. Trap 14 Jul 2011, 8:38am

      Oo-er Misses, do you also see dead people?

  10. The gay agenda= world domination while singing take that … We could rule the world.

    1. That’s just silly

    2. Jock S. Trap 14 Jul 2011, 8:39am

      Have a little Patience, Adam88.

  11. Interesting that they pick on our minority. I dont see them daring to run any stories whether there are too many ethnic or disabled characters. Funny that.

    1. Jock S. Trap 14 Jul 2011, 8:40am

      Yet, easy targets they think they can get away with.

  12. They are definitely picking on the gay characters, although I have to say that Corrie just now appears to lurch from one contrivance to another, all of which are heavily publicised before they happen, like the cast are siphers for ratings rather than “reaL” people. Corrie in the past had quaint characters that revelled in the minutae of life, rather than this current sensationalist nonsense. Although I comend Corrie for catching up and including gay characters, the recent influx of minorities reeks of box ticking and story line grabbing rather than natural character development.

    1. Applause! bang on comment! now if we could just get them to get rid of at least 20 of the appalling or sensationalistic ciphers, we might just get quality story lines than current the garbage scripts for 65 characters (and the payroll would be less).

  13. Al Tatlock 14 Jul 2011, 6:14pm

    Phil Collinson’s plotlines and cliffhangers on Corornation Street are more contrived and outrageous than anything he and Russell T Davis dreamt up for Doctor Who. These days it seems each plotline has to be more explosive and sensational than the last, and it has reached a point where the show is fast disappearing up its own backside. For someone who claims to be a life long fan Phil sure is putting the boot in. At the rate he is going he will have killed the Street off before too long.

  14. The guest blogger of thecustardtv thinks that there is a ‘gay agenda’; whatever that means… and he thinks it’s all the better for it!

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