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Another World (1964)
Original cast members?
I watched this show in its early days, shortly after Pat Matthews had had an abortion and had been accused of killing her child's father. Susan Trustman was the original Pat (beautiful girl) and Michael M. Ryan was John Randolph, the lawyer who defended Pat. I really liked their love story in the beginning. Pat's sister, Alice (Jacqueline Courtney) had a turbulent love story with Steven Frame (George Reinholt)but it was the wicked Rachel Davis (Robin Strasser) who interfered big time. Big stars came on Another World: Charles Durning, Ted Shackelford, and Susan Sullivan, to name a few. I quit watching the show back in the 80s because I was working, and the story lines fizzled, and actors like Susan Trustman left the show. I usually have a problem staying interested in a character when there's an actor change. But it was a good show, and I'm sorry it was canceled.
Coronation Street (1960)
I miss Coronation Street!
I wish I could watch Coronation Street again! I watched it from 1989 until about 1998 or so when CBC went digital and I could no longer get it on my big C-band dish. I now have Dish Network, and I subscribe to EastEnders every month (BBC America canceled it, and did we fans raise Cain!) and I'd subscribe to Coronation Street if only Dish Network would carry it. I loved the mix of drama/comedy. I go to the ITTV official site and read the little program summaries every week. I can just hear Ken, Rita, Audrey, and unforgettable Fred talking. But I do miss watching them all and wish we could somehow bring this great "soap" to the USA.
5/21/06: I've been reading all the comments, and some hate Coronation Street, and some love it--which is as it should be. The "soap opera" as we call them in the USA is a genre that isn't for everyone.
I always tell my kids that every week, for 2 hours, I'm not in the USA any more, I'm in London's East end when I'm watching EastEnders. I felt the same way when I watched Coronation Street--that I was sitting in The Rovers in Manchester, and getting to know a little slice of Britain.
I'm 74 years old, and I've been a soap fan since I was about 5 years old. I used to sit by our little radio and listen to Our Gal Sunday (Can a girl from a little mining town in the West find happiness as the wife of England's richest Lord?) and The Romance of Helen Trent (Can a woman over 30 find love and happiness?) I don't remember what happened to Sunday after a few years married to Lord Henry Brinthrope, but I do know that Helen Trent and her doomed boyfriend, Gil Whitney never did get together because of the hateful Cynthia.
And that was the difference between Coronation Street and American soaps. American soaps are a La-La Land where nobody seems to work, and everyone is independently wealthy. We don't have shop keepers and bar tenders and people who clean the street like lovable Gus in EE or someone who works in a garage like Kevin in Coronation Street. We have to have doctors and lawyers and now (horrors) cosmetics manufacturers (The Young and the Restless) or dress designers (The Bold and the Beautiful) and they are still so far removed from reality that sometimes I cringe and change the channel. Yes, they face breast cancer, alcoholism, adultery, unplanned pregnancies, but there's very little real life involved. If there is, it doesn't last long.
With Coronation Street it used to be sort of a slice of real life. Now I'm beginning to see a terrible similarity between British and American soaps. I've been faithfully keeping up with all the story lines on the Corrie pages these past 5 or 6 years, and I'm alarmed at the changes too. But you know what? The world is changing. I don't like that either. I grew up in the 30s and 40s, when life was simpler everywhere. Even in the 50s...I don't like the way the world is changing, but I think that's the reason Coronation Street is changing. You have a new breed of writers, even if some of the actors are old timers.
EastEnders started off on a grim note, and it has tried hard to keep that up. But sometimes they have a bit of humor. I deplore some of the comings and goings, but I still like my little weekly trip to Walford. And I wish I could visit Corrie Street even with the changes. I too think it's a shame that they've had such a turnover in "landlords" at the Rovers, that some of the story lines seem to mimic the shallowness of American soaps (Danny and Leanne for instance, and the way they just happen to have cheated poor Adam out of his inheritance. And Sarah Louise and her sleazy "love life!") But shallow or not, Americans will still watch their soaps--I confess I watch 3! And I suspect that loyal Corrie fans will continue to watch it too. I would still watch it if I could. I love the theme song and that cat...and I miss it all. If I could get it back by never complaining about its story line, I'd jump at the chance. Shallow or not. I don't have much hope that it will ever be available through a U. S. provider, because not enough Americans know about British drama programs. I'd swap all my American soaps for British soaps if I could.