Yes, we all feel very clever when we spot a soap blunder such as a clock showing the wrong time or someone’s make-up looking different between scenes. Well done us.
But listen, can we just stop with the ‘err, soaps aren’t up to date with new lockdown measures’ please?
We’re not even up to date understanding them ourselves so how on earth can we expect soaps, which film six to eight weeks in advance, to predict what new measures the government bring in.
Okay the pubs aren’t going to close in the UK like they are in England. And yes, Sean in Coronation Street is taking Dylan to a sold out County football match.
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But so what? Are we seriously watching these shows to educate us on the changing rules of Covid-19?
No, the soaps are fictional reflections of real life. In the same way that we don’t see Ken Barlow head for a dump or watch Phil Mitchell get up in the night for his third pee, reality makes soaps boring.
They are escapism. So yes, given that they have filmed weeks in advance, there’s no way they could know that Lockdown 2.0 would hit.
So Kathy Beale might serve a bacon roll (EPIC BLUNDER) and Jenny Connor may pull a pint (MAJOR FAIL).
But shouldn’t we just be grateful that in this environment, the show is going on and the cast, cre and production are working their backends off to create entertainment for us and stay on the air.
I don’t know about you but while I am watching Corrie, in which two trams have crashed into the same Street, I am not most excited to see which characters are wearing masks correctly but I am all in it for the drama.
Let’s save the major gaffe stuff til we’re back to some kind of normality, kay?
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