Monday, 20 July 2009

From Coronation Street To Beckindale...

Here's a few mid-1980s soap crossovers - from Corrie to Emmerdale Farm.

First, we see Sandra Gough, formerly Irma Ogden/Barlow of The Street, with Mr Wilks (Arthur Pentelow), Amos Brearly (Ronald Magill) and Malt Shovel landlord Ernie Shuttleworth (Peter Schofield). Sandra was playing Doreen, a saucy new barmaid at The Shovel, who soon had Mr Wilks drinking from her glass slipper. I kid you not. And who's that bloke on't far right of't picture? Surely, it's Joe Dawson, a brief-stint Corrie character of 1978, owner of Dawson's cafe in Rosamund Street? Peter Schofield stepped into the role of Beckindale's Ernie Shuttleworth in 1984.

Drinking from the barmaid's slipper... Amos was horrified!

Daily Mirror, January 14, 1984.

Joe Dawson, apparently about to get a biff on't beezer from that respected local businessman and councillor, Mr Leonard Frankland Fairclough.

Here's the very excellent Ruth Holden with the equally excellent Stan Richards. Ms Holden was once Vera Lomax, tragic daughter of Ena Sharples, who popped her clogs in the late 1960s. In Emmerdale Farm, Ruth took over the role of Meg Armstrong for a brief stint in 1986. The character was transformed from being Seth's downtrodden, long-faced Mrs, to a comic barmpot with a cleaning fixation who called Seth "poppet". Much to his dismay!

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