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Ken Barlow (Character)
from "Coronation Street" (1960)

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"Coronation Street: Episode #1.7121" (2009)
Ross: [an AA meeting] ... and with God's help - or whoever it is up there whose keeping an eye on me - that's how it'll be for the rest of my life. And it will be.
Blanche Hunt: Have you finished?
Ross: ...Yes.
Blanche Hunt: Can I ask you something?
Howard Lee: Well we don't ___
Blanche Hunt: They say that alcohol loosens the tounge. Well you must have took ten-to-the-douzen with drink inside you, or did you get tanked up ___
Deirdre Barlow: Mother!
Blanche Hunt: What?
Deirdre Barlow: Don't be so rude!
Blanche Hunt: Well I think he needs telling! I've never heard so much self-indulgent whinging in all my life!
Ken Barlow: Blanche!
Blanche Hunt: Is there some... correlation between how boring you are and how much you drink?
Peter Barlow: Blanche, what we normally do at this point, is let other people in the group reflect on what the speaker has just said.
Blanche Hunt: And what am I doing? Chewing corn for gummy parrots?
Howard Lee: Ross was just trying to help those here with a drink problem, to see that they're not alone.
Blanche Hunt: I'm surprised no-one's fallen asleep! I thought my tea tasted funny. What did you lace it with, ProPlus?
Melanie: I found it very illuminating. Sorry my name's Melanie and I'm an alcoholic.
[They all greet her]
Melanie: No I did, I found it really interesting. I always do when you speak.
Blanche Hunt: You want to get out more - wait 'till you try bingo - you'll hyperventilate.

"Coronation Street: Episode #1.88" (1961)
Ken Barlow: I don't know. Doesn't take much to amuse some people, does it?
Valerie Tatlock: How d'you mean, Ken?
Ken Barlow: Well, look at it. Beside the Great British Seaside: masstopia here we come. No wonder some people emigrate.
Valerie Tatlock: What are you talking about?
Ken Barlow: Well just think of it. For fifty weeks of the year they work to save up for this. A fortnight in Blackpool: chip shops, stink of onions, lights, some imbecile sideshows, a dirty great concrete fairground and they're happy. Or so they think.
Valerie Tatlock: Course they're happy, Ken, they wouldn't come otherwise, would they?
Ken Barlow: No, they don't know any better. They live in dumps like Coronation Street and they think this is paradise.
Valerie Tatlock: Well what's wrong with it?
Ken Barlow: Everything - it's overcrowded, overcharged... It's not right, Val, people deserve better than this. Some people work hard, very hard, all the year round and this is what they get at the end of it. If only they could want a bit more.
Valerie Tatlock: Well it wouldn't do if everyone was alike, would it?
Ken Barlow: Well that's just what they are in this place, like a lot of sheep.
Valerie Tatlock: Look Ken, you enjoy yourself going to the theatre and reading and all that. Well other people are different, they enjoy this.
Ken Barlow: You mean they think they do cos they don't know any better.
Valerie Tatlock: [deflated] You're not enjoying yourself then?
Ken Barlow: [Beat as Ken realises what he's been saying] I am. But then I enjoy being with you.
Valerie Tatlock: Well let's see you smile, then.
[He smiles at her; they kiss]

"Coronation Street: Episode #1.7209" (2009)
Blanche Hunt: [as the Barlows meet George and Eve, Blanche is very drunk] Kids on every corner - lurking and spitting, pavements knee deep in dog-doo, murderers running actories - on it's not like it was around here. There was a time when stupid people, with nowt to steal - could leave the doors open!
Ken Barlow: You're painting a very negative picture, Blanche.
Deirdre Barlow: She's a very negative person.
Blanche Hunt: I'm a realist - I don't live in fairy-land like you do.
Eve Wilson: Everywhere's got a problem, hasn't it?
George Wilson: Exactly - there's good and bad everywhere.
Blanche Hunt: Good and bad in this room!
[Points at Deirdre]
Blanche Hunt: This one - she were in prison! I nearly died of the shame.
Deirdre Barlow: Mother! Nobody needs to know that!
Blanche Hunt: [points at Ken] He's had more affairs than Soft Mick!
Peter Barlow: I think you've had enough Blanche.
Blanche Hunt: Oh! Well you certainly have!
[points at Peter]
Blanche Hunt: And this one 'ere, he's an alcoholic, you know!
Leanne Battersby: I'll just get you another glass, Blanche, with tea in it.
Blanche Hunt: Oh! And now I'm being told off by the former prostitue! Oh naughty Blanche! Naughty!