Anna Windass becomes ‘Anna Bada**’: Jim Shelley reviews Coronation Street

According to the ITV website Coronation Street is about ‘the everyday lives of ordinary folk living in a Northern town called Weatherfield.’

‘Everyday’ and ‘ordinary’? Coronation Street?

I don’t know what you say to that except… LOL.

It's Anna Bada**: Anna Windass killed Pat Phelan (stabbing him in the chest) but not before Phelan shot his daughter Nicola (inadvertently, during a struggle in her living room)

It's Anna Bada**: Anna Windass killed Pat Phelan (stabbing him in the chest) but not before Phelan shot his daughter Nicola (inadvertently, during a struggle in her living room)

It isn’t even at the best of times but particularly this week, which consisted of five nightly ‘specials’ that had to be screened at 9pm they were so dark and demented.

They weren’t even like ‘ordinary’ episodes of Coronation Street.

Friday’s show was on at the same time as The Bridge for instance but not as violent and twisted.

Well not quite anyway…

Even veteran residents considered tonight’s events were out of the ordinary.

‘It’s all going on today isn’t it?!’ cooed Gail.

One to watch: It isn’t even at the best of times but particularly this week, which consisted of five nightly ‘specials’ that had to be screened at 9pm they were so dark and demented

One to watch: It isn’t even at the best of times but particularly this week, which consisted of five nightly ‘specials’ that had to be screened at 9pm they were so dark and demented

Shona admonished her but (unusually) David Platt sided with his mother, acknowledging: ‘she’s got a point to be fair.’

It was all going on.

Anna Windass killed Pat Phelan (stabbing him in the chest) but not before Phelan shot his daughter Nicola (inadvertently, during a struggle in her living room) and Michelle Connor (very deliberately, in The Bistro just as she was about to get married, which if nothing else ruined the photos).

Pat Phelan’s high-octane finale was intercut with developments in the storylines involving David being raped by Josh, Aidan Connor committing suicide, and Rosie Webster foiling cocaine dealer Antoine’s scheme to trick model Olivia into acting as what Gemma Winter called a ‘drugs donkey’ (mule).

Very ‘ordinary.’

It's over: Pat shot his daughter Nicola Thorp during the intense stand off 

It's over: Pat shot his daughter Nicola Thorp during the intense stand off 

Coronation Street shouldn’t be this exciting, and mixing serious issues like male rape and suicide with the pantomime villain caricature of Pat Phelan was inadvisable.

But having said that, the denouement of his reign of terror was terrific.

It was certainly more cinematic than even the most ambitious, indulgent, EastEnders’ specials. Tonight didn’t feature anything as spectacularly, quintessentially, Mancunian as Thursday’s ninety second segment of Joy Division’s Atmosphere – playing as Phelan walked down the middle of Coronation Street preparing to go into Eileen’s house to see his daughter Nicola and his newborn grandson Zack.

But the scene with Anna Windass walking down the famous ginnel, following the blood trail Phelan had left as he carried Nicola to get help after he’d shot her was quietly effective.

‘She’s dying!’ he yelled bursting into the Bistro where Michelle and Robert were getting married.

Tense storylines: Coronation Street shouldn’t be this exciting, and mixing serious issues like male rape and suicide with the pantomime villain caricature of Pat Phelan was inadvisable

Tense storylines: Coronation Street shouldn’t be this exciting, and mixing serious issues like male rape and suicide with the pantomime villain caricature of Pat Phelan was inadvisable

Pat’s uncharacteristic appeal for help from the Weatherfield locals didn’t last long.

He rejected their attempts to call an ambulance by threatening: ‘if I see anyone else with a phone I will start shooting’ and convincing them (and us) that he meant it too.

‘She needs surgery now or she’s going to die!’ insisted the doctor.

‘No, you are going to save her!’ Phelan countered.

‘Pat! She’s your daughter!’ Robert implored.

Yeah he knew that.

Uncharacteristic: Pat’s uncharacteristic appeal for help from the Weatherfield locals didn’t last long. He rejected their attempts to call an ambulance

Uncharacteristic: Pat’s uncharacteristic appeal for help from the Weatherfield locals didn’t last long. He rejected their attempts to call an ambulance

Driven along by some formidable performances (particularly Connor McIntyre as Phelan), it fizzed along at a pace that managed not to become preposterous (a la Walford) – even when Phelan announced: ‘I need a hostage.’

It was when he dragged Michelle into the Bistro’s kitchen that he discovered someone was waiting for him.

‘You?!’ he muttered.

‘Yeah me,’ said Anna Windass defiantly, plunging a knife into his chest as he shot Michelle and just standing there staring at him watching the

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