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Corrie disaster goes off the rails; Coronation Street, ITV.

Byline: Paul English

IT took two full episodes for the emergency services to arrive on the scene of the Weatherfield explosion.

Seems they were stuck on the M8 at Harthill too.

The Coronation Street disaster story staved off yet another X Factory "controversy" this week to become the biggest telly event of the week.

ITV blew their budget on staging a massive, Hollywoodstyle pyrotechnic disaster to mark their 50th anniversary.

No doubt all the office staff they made redundant last year will have particularly enjoyed seeing what used to be their salaries pay for an animated choo-choo train.

The speeded-up moment of the tram's impact was straight out of the Thunderbirds, while the wobbly camera shots as John and Charlotte went at each other with hammers was straight out of Peep Show.

I was expecting to see Mark and Jez pop up down the Rovers.

The big event has been streamed online too, with mocked-up live ITV newsflashes. On Monday, they couldn't rule out a terrorist attack. On Tuesday, they suspected a gas leak. By the end of the week, they'll be blaming it on Scottish transport minister Stewart Stevenson.

Last night, it looked like curtains for Ashley, which is a tragedy - he didn't live long enough to hear his voice break. And it doesn't look good for Rita either.

But if she has taken to breaking into shops in the dead of night to feed her voracious chocoholism, then she's better off dead before her character's storylines get any more ludicrous.

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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Columns
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 9, 2010
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