Next Monday sees a great tram crash in Coronation Street. It sets the scene for a dramatic week of deaths, a wedding and a birth - just a normal week in suburban Manchester then!
It will culminate with the soap celebrating its 50th birthday next Thursday, 9th December with a live 1 hour episode.
To pay tribute to the world's longest current runnning soap, I'm blogging a quote a day from Corrie's past up until the big day.
Indeed, Bill Tarmey who as Jack Duckworth would play one half of the next famous husband-and-wife partnership alongside Elizabeth Dawn, said in a radio interview just days ago that he cried when he saw Jean, as Hilda practise the famour post-funeral scene, then again when she acted it to be filmed and cried for a third time when it was screened on TV.
So, from Hilda to her much loved husband, quote No.3...
"You know what your trouble is, Stan? You're lax - lax from the neck up and relax from the neck down" - Hilda Ogden to husband Stan Ogden