I hate to veer off the course of pure unadulterated Corrie, but I feel compelled by the striking similarities between Coronation Street and Downton Abbey. Am I out of my mind or is Downton Abbey really Coronation Street with better clothes, posher accents and larger houses?
I think it is. Upon closer examination, Lord Grantham's vast country estate has more in common with the Red Rec than you might care to admit. Consider a few parallels:
Downton: Lady Edith is wooed by a married newspaper fella whose wife happens to be in an asylum
Coronation Street: Eileen Grimshaw is wooed by a married firefighter fella whose wife happens to have Alzheimer's.
Downton: A feisty Irishman named Branson becomes inextricably involved with the Grantham toffs.
Coronation Street: Two words: Jim McDonald (so he is)
Downton: A bounder (aka Lewis Archer) turns up and the period gigolo tries to take advantage of Lady Rosamund
Coronation Street: A bounder (Lewis Archer) turns up and the modern gigolo takes advantage of Audrey, Gail (and God knows how many more Platts)
Downton: Lady Edith is jilted at the altar
Coronation Street: Who isn't jilted at the altar? Tyrone, Leanne. Take your pick.
Downton: A gay under butler servant (aka Liam)
Coronation Street: a straight Under world owner (Liam)
Downton: The Countess of Grantham, the acerbic-tongued dowager of Downton with the best one liners
Coronation Street: Blanche Hunt, the original acerbic-tongued dowager of Coronation Street with the best one liners.