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I didn't see it here, but those f.ucking birds are finally leaving The Street! Yaaaaaaaaaaaay!

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Two things ...

1) Man, look at Gail with that long mane.

2) Is it wrong/morbid that I really enjoy death montages?

Not at all. They can be very emotional and effective, especially when a soap cares, as Corrie usually does. Some of their most moving were in their earliest days, like Martha Longhurst. And I'll never forget when poor loveable Jerry Booth died, and his best friend Len was sitting at the bar, quietly, telling Betty it was so difficult. Betty just said that's what life is about, you just get through (her own husband had died only a year earlier). He just nodded, finished his drink, and walked out.

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No way! You like Screechy?

Claire I could take or leave, but I really like Ashley. I think Steven Arnold is an underrated dramatic actor (he was wonderful when Fred died), and he has a lot of chemistry with characters like Peter and Graeme. It's also nice to see a normal character on a soap. When I think of dead weight I think of Michelle, Sean, or Nick.

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Claire I could take or leave, but I really like Ashley. I think Steven Arnold is an underrated dramatic actor (he was wonderful when Fred died), and he has a lot of chemistry with characters like Peter and Graeme. It's also nice to see a normal character on a soap. When I think of dead weight I think of Michelle, Sean, or Nick.

Kind of how I feel about it as well... I am happy Claire's leaving but Ashley I wish would have stayed. But, I guess there was just no chance they wouldn't write Ashley off with Screechy.

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Barbara Knox in that clip where Alan dies https://boards.soapoperanetwork.com/uploads/emoticons/default_sad.png She was so good. I wonder why they never showed the police telling her that Len died. I watched that episode a few weeks ago, and I was getting a huge knot in my stomach waiting to see her immediate reaction, but all we got was Betty coming out and telling the others.

I don't know if we ever saw her immediate reaction, I'm not sure.

Len was such a big character for such a long time, probably the strongest male character the show ever had. His relationship with Elsie was often raw and powerful, especially in the 60s. It sucks that the backstage conflict between the producers and Peter Adamson led to not only a fairly weak exit for Len, but also character trashing (after Len died they revealed that he'd been seeing another woman for some time).

1983-1984 were such huge years of change for the show, it's almost a bit impossible to conceive now.

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Not at all. They can be very emotional and effective, especially when a soap cares, as Corrie usually does. Some of their most moving were in their earliest days, like Martha Longhurst. And I'll never forget when poor loveable Jerry Booth died, and his best friend Len was sitting at the bar, quietly, telling Betty it was so difficult. Betty just said that's what life is about, you just get through (her own husband had died only a year earlier). He just nodded, finished his drink, and walked out.

Well if you feel that way. Watch this great montage for Home and Away Deaths! ;)

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Natasha Blakeman to leave Corrie

Natasha Blakeman is to be written out of Coronation Street later this year, it has been announced.

The hairdresser, played by former Holby City actress Rachel Leskovac, will bow out from Weatherfield in dramatic circumstances in the build-up to the soap's 50th anniversary celebrations.

An ITV spokesman told The Sun: "We can confirm that Rachel Leskovac will leave Coronation Street later this year. Her departure will be the culmination of a dramatic storyline which will be seen on screen this summer and into the autumn."

Coronation Street's new series producer Phil Collinson added: "Rachel is a really talented actress who has been an asset to the show. Her character will be involved in an exciting and dramatic storyline which will be an integral part of the build-up to Coronation Street's 50th anniversary.

"She will leave behind a trail of devastation - a real testament to the impact Rachel as Natasha has had on many lives in our community. We wish her much success for the future."

Natasha joined Coronation Street in 2008 as a new recruit for Audrey Roberts's (Sue Nicholls) hair salon. She later became embroiled in the programme's dramatic Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien) storyline by starting a relationship with the villainous businessman. More recently, she has focused her attention on Audrey's grandson Nick Tilsley (Ben Price).

News of her departure follows last week's announcement that the Peacock family are to leave the long-running soap later this year.

Why does it feel like these departures are in the wrong order? The deadwood are still hanging around, while characters with potential are being fired before them - Natasha has potential, and the Peacocks were good supporting players, that were never used to their full advantage. I can understand letting Ashley & Claire go, but to me, they wouldn't be #1. When you look at the show, there are several that are pointless - Sean, Kirk, Michelle, Ryan...

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I am glad that she is gone. She did nothing on Corrie. She was barely on too. Good to look at but had no storys.

One of the reasons I liked Natasha is because she wasn't a big player. She was a fun, entertaining supporting character. She often made me laugh or smile. And now apparently she's leaving in some miserable way.

As Ben mentioned, why are these fun supporting players going while the deadwood continues to stay??

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true true but usually those supporting characters would be able to develop into main characters like Tina did. They didn`t do this with Natasha and its a shame because she has the potential to go so far on the show.

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true true but usually those supporting characters would be able to develop into main characters like Tina did. They didn`t do this with Natasha and its a shame because she has the potential to go so far on the show.

They seem to have given up on this for whatever reason. There were a ton of interesting female characters last yet they didn't do anything with, like Poppy, Minnie, Amber.

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This explains why Sally has been offcamera for months. How brave of Sally Whittaker. She learned she had breast cancer around the same time she was to be filming scenes where Sally Webster learned the same. At least she seems to be recovering, so I wish her the best :)

http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/showbiz/801503/Coronation-Streets-Sally-Whittaker-in-real-cancer-agony.html

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Sad news about Sally :( Hope she's feeling well and able to get back to work. I didn't realize how much I would miss her!

Last week's episodes:

~ Norris CRACKS ME UP. I don't know why, I don't know how, but M. Hebden is one of the funniest people I've ever watched on any TV show, and that's including comedy shows. He's hilarious, and I'm loving all of this Norris/Mary stuff. They really are echoing "Misery" big time with this story, especially with how much I instantly felt sorry for Mary when she made breakfast for Norris and was obviously hurt and tired of his BS in yesterday's episode. Norris still had me rolling on the floor, though! The whole phone booth thing was stupid, though, because it made no sense for him to try to run when he saw Mary coming. He should have just stayed in the booth and talked to Rita. Speaking of, Rita with David and lame Graeme was funny, too. Rita :wub:

~ The Windass stuff. So what exactly is Gary's reason for going AWOL again? He met a guy who lost his legs and an arm, and that's it? Surely they could have come up with something juicier than that. Really.

~ Poor, poor Tina. I feel for her, I really do, but she's sharing scenes with Graeme, and I can't stand the kid.

~ Audrey and Lewis. Audreh's enjoying some qualiteh shag time a lot lateleh, it seems. I personally think the whole thing stinks. I wouldn't be comfortable going about with a feller who was getting paid to go about with other women, and Audrey obviously isn't comfortable with it either. She's only with him because she probably feels like she couldn't get anyone else.

~ Nick/Natasha. Don't care, though Price is finally starting to seduce me into not fast forwarding his scenes.

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Major Natasha exit spoiler...

Suicide plot for axed Corrie character

Coronation Street's Natasha Blakeman is to commit suicide in a forthcoming storyline, it has been revealed.

The Weatherfield hairdresser, played by former Holby City actress Rachel Leskovac, will take her own life after suffering a series of personal setbacks in her final few weeks on the cobbles.

According to reports, Natasha is left heartbroken after her romance with businessman Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) runs into problems. She is also expected to face difficulties at work.

It is thought that the soap's scriptwriters have not yet reached a firm decision on how Natasha will end it all.

A show source told The Sun: "Viewers will be shocked by the storyline, but it will be handled with sensitivity."

Insiders said that Natasha is to show a nastier side before the gritty plotline airs. It is thought that she will tell Nick the truth about Leanne Battersby's (Jane Danson) past as an escort after realising that he still has feelings for his ex-wife.

Meanwhile, Natasha has also been tipped to scheme against boss Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) by trying to convince her that she is too old to run her salon - a plan which later backfires.

Leskovac's departure from Coronation Street was last week announced by the programme's new producer Phil Collinson.

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