Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Quality Street

Forget who will win X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing; the real question gripping the nation today is who will survive the carnage of Coronation Street.

The world's longest- running soap opera has come up with a suitably dramatic plot to mark its 50th birthday and some much-loved characters are destined to die in the rubble of the gas explosion and tram crash. Corrie, as it is affectionately known, is almost a national heritage and its cast have become family favourites over the years.

Hence the feverish speculation on who will die and who will live. Many viewers actually care about the characters and surely that is the greatest tribute to The Street.

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