Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hayley Is Set to Come a Cropper in Style

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hayley Is Set to Come a Cropper in Style

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CORRIE'S most endearing character, Hayley Cropper, has only just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but Street fans are already all of a lip-quiver.

"It's not real you know," shouted my incredulous other half who finds it bad enough that family reunion show Long Lost Family gets me every time Davina McCall puts a letter from a long lost mum or dad into the shaking hands of a son or daughter.

But at least that's real - well real with a huge dose of schmalz - and it wasn't on this Monday night because the royal baby birth interrupted proceedings.

Thankfully, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were minded to delay their announcement until we'd heard Hayley's diagnosis.

When it comes to killing off characters, no-one does it better than the Coronation Street scriptwriters and cast.

So we diehards are set for months of blubbing until the inevitable happens - probably at Christmas.

Like newspapers, soap scriptwriters need a bumper BMD (birth, marriage and death) page for the festive season.

Whether it will be on a par with the other great seasonal send- offs remains to be seen.

Hilda Ogden's Christmas Day departure in 1987 attracted a recordbreaking audience and didn't even require her to meet her maker.

The measure of her acting and her popularity meant she only had to walk out of the Rovers to bring on the waterworks in more than 20m households.

These days she'd have to be run over by a tram, bashed over the head with an ornament by toxic Tracy Barlow and strangled by a serial killer (probably Gail's latest hubby) to get anywhere near that kind of viewer statistic.

But we know there's only one way Hayley will exit after a stoical battle with cancer... in a coffin - probably a recycled one, to suit hapless hubby Roy's green beliefs.

It's sad for diehard viewers who've grown to love Hayley despite the fact she's too good to be true and we wish she'd ditch that red anorak. …

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