article de Victoria Mary Clarke pour l'Irish Times, 18 décembre 2013 :Shane MacGowan's Fairytale of Weatherfield: an Irish rover in the Rovers ReturnShane MacGowan and his much-loved Christmas song, Fairytale of New York, star in a special episode of Coronation Street. His partner writes about the visit and sharing pork scratchings with Peter Barlow
I am sitting in the Coronation Street
Rovers Return pub on a Sunday afternoon, having a gin and tonic with Peter Barlow
. This is a momentous occasion for me. Not a lot of people get to sit in the Rovers, and even if they do, I am assured that not many get served a real gin and tonic: the actors get fizzy water.
Being asked to be on Coronation Street
is a flattering and terrifying proposition, especially if you have lived in England
for any length of time, for it is as much a national institution as the queen.
In my case, having only been asked as the less famous partner of Shane MacGowan is less flattering but just as terrifying. The director tells me that the show (the longest-running soap on British telly) attracts about 10 million viewers per episode, 53 years after it was first broadcast in 1960.
However snobbish you are about soaps (and I am the first to admit I am snobbish about soaps. I generally restrict my viewing to Mastermind
and edifying documentaries), that is serious exposure. Maybe if I make the right impression, I will be offered a permanent role. It could be the defining moment of my career. And because I don’t have any lines to say, everything will hinge on what I am wearing.
Shane suggests I should go totally trashy – a bit Bet Lynch. I consider it, but in the end I am too shy, and opt for a demure and respectable look.Favourite Christmas song
I should explain exactly how and why it is that Shane and I are now sharing pork scratchings with Peter Barlow. It is very simple. Shane’s song Fairytale of New York
was last year voted Britain’s favourite Christmas song on ITV. The song has made the transition from being synonymous with Christmas in real life to being also a part of the Christmases of fictional characters such as the inhabitants of Weatherfield, where Coronation Street
Every year ITV hosts a charity fund-raising show called Text Santa
, and as a part of this year’s show, the cast of Coronation Street
have created a special episode, Fairytale of Weatherfield
, built around the song. That is as much as I am permitted to reveal at this point; the rest you will have to find out by watching the programme on Friday.
In the meantime, I can only say that Shane and I, along with our dear friend Gerry O’Boyle, are being filmed on location in the Rovers. The Corrie community
When you tell people you are going to be on Corrie
, it is quite surprising the type of person who is impressed. I am not suggesting there is anything wrong with Coronation Street
, it is just that I have not got into the habit of watching it. And perhaps I had formed a prejudice about the type of person who might watch it.
But my prejudices have been obliterated by this experience. Shane’s mother, for example, is a sophisticated, exceptionally intelligent woman, from whom he inherited at least half of his genius. And yet she tells me she was thrilled to bits when she heard that her son is going to be on Coronation Street
. She has not missed an episode since the series began, she tells me. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/shane-macgowan-s-fairytale-of-weatherfield-an-irish-rover-in-the-rovers-return-1.1630807#.UrFf8zH7i-Y.twitter