Tameside on Television #2.1: A Beginners’ Guide to Making Out

Franc Roddam’s drama set largely in the Tameside and Stockport areas

Tower Mill, Dukinfield
Tower Mill, Dukinfield: the focus of Lyme Electronics’ activities.

In the 1980s, Franc Roddam gained a reputation for his honest portrayal of working class life. For many, his most celebrated work is Quadrophenia (1979), loosely based on The Who’s rock opera. Others may consider Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983 – 88 and 2002) his finest hour. Few would have thought one of his next moves was the long-running Masterchef (1990 – to date). Continue reading “Tameside on Television #2.1: A Beginners’ Guide to Making Out”

Dogs in Soapland: A Septet of Fictitious Canines

A random selection of canine characters from Soapland

The anorak behind East of the M60 is also a Coronation Street fan, though blogging interests and the like have got in the way of catching up with his five times a week Corrie fix. Schmeichel is one of a few dogs to have graced the cobbles of Coronation Street. As an opportunist way of grabbing more traffic on the back of this storyline, he hastily constructed this cheap and cheerful rundown of other canine characters besides the excellent Schmeichel. Barking? Yes, if you refer to our intrepid popular culture fiend, dog lover and part-owner of a Jack Russell Terrier (who sometimes adds the odd bit of creative output to this blog).

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Crimes Against Soap Operas: The Not So Perfect Ten

Serial misdemeanours in Soapland

“First rule of comedy: you’ve got to have reality…”

– Edward ‘Ted’ Bovis (played by Paul Shane, Hi-de-Hi!, 1980 – 1988)

Regular readers of East of the M60 may well note the amount of coverage which this year’s General Election is getting with the little articles on each constituency east of the oft-mentioned motorway. For anyone thinking that East of the M60 is turning into a political blog, think again.
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The (Not So) Mysterious Death of a Provincial Theatre

With 13,000 plus friends on Facebook favouring its retention, support from beyond the Tameside boundaries and celebrities, Tameside Hippodrome must have had a fighting chance of being saved. Continue reading “The (Not So) Mysterious Death of a Provincial Theatre”

Sunday Night Terrors: The Not So Perfect Ten

“…Heartbeat, why do you miss when my baby kisses me…” – Buddy Holly

The strains of ITV’s much loved period drama may no longer haunt the screens in a few years time due to falling ad revenues, which may well be a blow for the North Yorkshire village of Goathland. Viewing figures have halved since the programme made its debut in 1992. I reckon it could down to the fact the programme may have ran its course, but that’s another story best left to another topic.

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