Coronation Street fans noticed the soap had a different feel to it as they settled down to watch a Christmas Day special yesterday.
After all the death and destruction during the Super Soap Week in October – which saw Natasha Blakeman lose her life after being gunned down in October – there was warmth and silliness aplenty..
The hour-long Christmas Day Corrie featured a dysfunctional dinner for the Platts and the Barlows, which saw Audrey Roberts on top form as she became increasingly sozzled.
Tyrone Dobbs and love rival Phill Whittaker battled it out on the cobbles with an inflatable unicorn and fans were treated to the surprise return of Roy Cropper from Peru.
The episode ended with the residents putting aside all their differences with a good old sing-along around the piano played in the middle of the street by vicar Billy Mayhew, who was left fighting for life on Christmas Day 2017 after he fell off a cliff.
But some fans weren’t happy with the cobbles love-in – and took to Twitter to grumble that ‘nothing happened.’
@guyfoxy grumbled: “Both episodes were very silly were nothing happened. Sorry but IMO they were very poor.”
@SirJamieH moaned: “Tell ya what Corrie was s*** last night, no one got killed there was no trouble or anything. Poor form that.”
@anharmiah25 complained: “Well wasn’t #coronationstreet absolute s***. What a waste of an hour. #Corrie.”
DearOhDear2 tweeted: “I remember when I was a youngster the Christmas Day soaps were block busters – apart from Roy coming back today’s episode was really poor.”
And @buncie44 said: “What a poor episode of Corrie that were what really happened.”
But writer Damon A-Rochefort explained why they decided to go ‘the daft and warm route’ as other viewers applauded the episode for harking back to the ‘good old days.’
He wrote: “Huge thanks for all your beautiful tweets about tonight’s Corrie.
“It’s been such a s*** year, for so many, we felt we should go the daft and warm route this time. Enough doom and gloom IRL.
“Kudos to cast and crew managing to film this during covid restrictions. Happy Xmas all! #corrie.”
@Docw71 replied: “Well THAT is what people hanker after because Corrie USED to be like that years ago, in the GOOD OLD DAYS, don’t’cha’know…”
@MrGrahamLinton said: “THE best one yet. No sadness just pure joy, laughter and normal family (I hate to use it) ..banter. It was fantastic.”
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@JozefPFurReal tweeted: “I thought it was an incredible episode, good mix of old and newer faces, some proper plot development amongst the laughs and it reminded me of the ’87 xmas special with the cast around the piano. Well done Damon x”
@marleyj48905500 wrote: “I really enjoyed it tonight..sandwiched in between the murderous natures of Emmerdale and Eastenders, it was a lovely seasonal, smile fest! And I find the more I age, the more I aspire to be come an Audrey!”
@leehotmess said: “It was a really nice change from the usual Christmas drama. When the run up is ‘guaranteed at least one death’ and you get all excited!
“Which is not very Christmassy when you think about it.
@MissStewartie said. “Please give us more of this! This is what Corrie do best and realised tonight just how much we had missed it. Well done, it was exactly what we needed.”
And @lunchtimelady praised: “It was great. You did exactly the right thing.
“Please keep the humour, the other stuff in life just ain’t going away anytime soon!”