Thursday, 23 December 2010

A very Corrie Christmas. The 90s

A decade of illegal raves, Cool Britannia and the death of a Princess. In Weatherfield the Queen of the Rovers bade farewell and we saw the last of Ivy, Des, Mavis and Derek. Memorable years but how memorable were the Christmas celebrations?

Like mother, like daughter
Santa must have been in a bad mood in 1990 as he managed to deliver both Rosie Webster and David Platt. Thanks for that. Meanwhile Jack & Vera's dog Boomer eats their turkey and traps them in their bedroom!

1991 was a lonely Christmas for Reg and Curly so they raided Bettabuys for champagne and caviar. Alma decides that she doesn't realy love Ken - much to Mike's delight. Spoilt little rich girl Vicky suspects Bet of having an affair with Des. Now that would have been a disgusting storyline.

Spiral perm anyone?
 Bet threw a Christmas Day lunch for Raquel, Rita, Phyllis and Denise - a kind of low level version of 'Loose Women'. Meanwhile on the Baldwin-Barlow merry-go-round, Ken is now spending Christmas with Mike's ex, the sour Maggie.

All hell broke loose at the Duckworth household in 1993 as Terry sold his own son to the Hortons. Jack rewarded him with a punch on the face. Vera sobbed over the presents. Ivy fears that Don may be on the verge of suicide (well, she was a boring woman . . .). At the Rovers, Audrey gets drunk at an after hours party and passes out.

Salaam, duck . . .
The 1994 rubbish gift award goes to Vera who presented Jack with a packet of fags. Phyllis hunts Percy down with her mistletoe, Deirdre decides to emigrate to Morocco with her young man and Curly presents Raquel with her own star.

By Christmas 1995 the Duckworths are owners of the Rovers and Vera finds the festive season exhausting. Andy goes out on a date with Maxine, Don buys Josie a bike for Christmas whereas Audrey refuses to buy Alf anything. The whacked out Duckworths have soup and a sandwich for Christmas Dinner!

It's another round of fun and joy in 1996 as Don tries to kill himself and rebukes Martin for having saved him. Vera flirts with Alec behind the bar and delights in making Jack jealous. An even more repulsive sexual encounter takes place - Curly and Maureen! She was driven to it by a tedious Christmas dinner with Percy and Maud.

Well and truly stuffed . . .
1997 sees the Battersbys sitting down to their road kill turkey. Toyah refuses to eat even a slice. Kevin is allowed across the threshold of number 13 for the day and later Sally agrees to take him back. Natalie takes this news badly but Alec, reassuring as ever, tells her that she will get over it.

The Battle of the Rovers commences at Christmas 1998. Alec rules downstairs while the beleagured Duckworths remain trapped upstairs. Blanche tells Deirdre that she wishes she had a daughter to be proud of. Judy gives birth to twins, Leanne has a fit of jealousy over Nick's lovely new jumper and Sally warns Maxine to be careful around Greg.

Happy never after . . .
It's the end of the decade and widower Gary spends Christmas Day with Jack and Vera, He even partakes in the annual tradition of thumping Terry. Doreen and Audrey flirt with a Russian sailor (what?) and Natalie invites Kevin, Jim and Curly for a depressing dinner. Ashley buys Maxine a kitten for Christmas - Fred gives the pair of them a house!

Another decade comes to pass, seemingly dominated by the Duckworths hitting each other, shouting at each other, gaining a pub and then losing it. Happy days!


  1. The Des that vicky thought Bet was having an affair with was Des Foster, an old friend of hers, not Des Barnes.

    The Russian came around because Ashley was too scared of flying to fly back from his honeymoon with Maxine and took a freighter instead. The Russian was a sailor that struck up a friendship and he turned up on Ashley's doorstep at Christmas.

  2. Thanks for the info Tvor! Of course that makes sense. I remember Des the Decorator and was trying desperately to think of any storyline that involved Des Barnes and Bet. The thoughts of that pair having a fling makes the Molvin affair almost palatable!