Coronation Street

Episode 8304

Radio Times
Review by:
David Brown

Constancy is a rare thing in soap relationships. Bust-ups are ten-a-penny and infidelity is widespread but Roy and Hayley have always stood united, anoraks against the world. Now that love story is to come to an end with the climax of a plot that has, at times, been almost unbearably sad.

Here we see Hayley (Julie Hesmondhalgh) preparing for her death by ironing the shirt she’d like Roy to wear to her funeral. It’s such a Hayley thing to do and a fine example of how this plotline has stayed true to the Croppers’ quirks and foibles while saying something universal about love and suffering.

The fact that we follow soap opera characters over years and sometimes decades means that the genre has always been able to chart life and loss. But what hurts the most about Hayley’s demise is that, as Weatherfield’s bastion of kindness and decency, she’s an especially rare breed. It’s hard to imagine how the likes of Carla, Fiz and — most of all — Roy are going to manage without her.

About this programme

Hayley decides that today is to be her last, and tells Roy she wants to see Fiz, Tyrone and the rest of the family - who happily reminisce, oblivious of her intention to end her own life. Nick encourages Leanne to make up with Stella, while Tim asks Sophie to tackle Maddie about Sally's gold watch, which was in the handbag she stole from the soup kitchen, and Chesney invites Sinead to move in with him.

Cast and crew

Cast

Hayley Cropper
Julie Hesmondhalgh
Roy Cropper
David Neilson
Gloria Price
Sue Johnston
Dennis Tanner
Philip Lowrie
Rita Tanner
Barbara Knox
Sinead Tinker
Katie McGlynn
Chesney Brown
Sam Aston
Beth Tinker
Lisa George
Anna Windass
Debbie Rush
Norris Cole
Malcolm Hebden
Eva Price
Catherine Tyldesley
Stella Price
Michelle Collins
Tyrone Dobbs
Alan Halsall
Fiz Stape
Jennie McAlpine
Leanne Tilsley
Jane Danson
Nick Tilsley
Ben Price
Steph Britton
Tisha Merry
Sophie Webster
Brooke Vincent
Tim Metcalfe
Joe Duttine
Sally Webster
Sally Dynevor
Owen Armstrong
Ian Puleston-Davies
Gary Windass
Mikey North
Katy Armstrong
Georgia May Foote
Carla Barlow
Alison King
Maddie Heath
Amy Kelly
Sean Tully
Antony Cotton
Audrey Roberts
Sue Nicholls
Tracy Barlow
Kate Ford
Emily Bishop
Eileen Derbyshire
Julie Carp
Katy Cavanagh
Mary Taylor
Patti Clare
Dr Akhtar
Vinny Dhillon
Peter Barlow
Chris Gascoyne
Kirk Sutherland
Andrew Whyment
Kal Nazir
Jimi Mistry
Jenna Kamara
Krissi Bohn
Simon Barlow
Alex Bain
Gail McIntyre
Helen Worth
David Platt
Jack P Shepherd
Kylie Platt
Paula Lane
PC Carson
Amy Searles

Crew

Director
Kay Patrick
Executive Producer
Kieran Roberts
Producer
Stuart Blackburn
Writer
Debbie Oates
Categories
Soap