Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Hour Interview with Johnny Briggs












As Debbie mentioned in the comments, George Stromboulopolous' interview with Johnny Briggs, aka the late, great Mike Baldwin, is available at The Hour's web site. Click here to view. I'm glad they make this stuff available. I just wish the CBC would use a better video format. And create a YouTube channel, like NBC does, to allow a wider distribution.

16 comments:

Debbie said...

Hey, I have a question that has nothing to do with mike baldwin. Does anyone know who the first black regular charater on the Street was? Also, has there ever been a whole black family on The Street?

John said...

I don't think there's ever been a black family. One of the first characters was Janice Stubbs. She had an affair with Ray Langton, Tracy's father.

Since then there was Fiona Middleton, with whom Steve had a fling. And today of course, there's Kelly, Jo, Lloyd, and Nathan.

It's always been a pretty caucasian street. It's funny - when I was googling answers to your question, I came on a BBC story that introduced Vikram as part of the street's first Asian family back in 1998 (he was Dev's cousin and owned the cornershop for a bit). One of the producers commented that he wouldn't be a stereotypical Indian shop owner, living above his store.

Where's Dev moving into now?

The street definitely needs to diversify.

cloudberry said...

There was also Shirley Armitage, who was Curly's girlfriend at one time way back when. I think she worked for Mike.

Debbie said...

I found Shirley Armitage, she actually deflowered Curley. She was on the show from 1983 and had no family written for her - amazing since she was on the show for 5 years. She also was in that relationship with Curley in 1986 or 87, which was ahead of most shows in terms of interracial relationships (except Degrassi! and of course The Jeffersons)

Debbie said...

I wonder if Janice Stubbs is Charlie's mother and Charlie and Tracey are actually half siblings.

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Alasdair said...

Thanks for posting the link to the Johnny Briggs interview with GS on The Hour. Good interview - and I agree wholeheartedly with Johnny/Mike that Corrie going from 2/3 episodes a week to 5/6 has weakened things a bit. I'd not really realized about the number of scenes per episode changing so much over the years - but he said it has gone from 5 or 6 when he started to over 30 now. Kinda like news shows and such - we now live in the era of the 10-second or less sound bite.

Hope Glacia and everyone who went to Hamilton for the British Show and to meet Johnny had a great weekend. I'm having a scotch right now, and, of course, I made it a large one.

Look forward to hearing the tales from the event.

Anonymous said...

Yes...do fill us in on this event...We wanted to go but we backed out because of an invite to a Sunday dinner. That interviewer is cute but calling us Corrie Lovers "pissy" is not very nice...Johnny Briggs seems really nice and I hope you all got some photos and autographs. Please post the photos!

Michigan Corrie lady

Tinyvi said...
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Tinyvi said...

It seems that I can longer blog here any more as in the main page.

Thats a shame I have a new clip to add as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuWiqE6Gd_w

Tinyvi said...

Sorry my mistake I needed to sign with a google account.

Tinybr said...

I am now called tinybr, I am running 2 blogs.

Ang said...

I went to the british show on Friday, and was sort of disappointed. I had an appointment back in Toronto late in the afternoon, so we headed to Hamilton early. Got there just before 11, and the lineup was already huge (the show opened at 11). Finally get into the show (it's really small), and right away I notice a lineup (it was by the door). Waited, and waited... finally the got up to the front of the line, and they cute it off right before us (always my luck). I managed to sweet talk the security guy into letting us through though. Mr. Briggs was sitting behind a table signing autographs. I had him sign a show program they were giving out, and shook his hand. That was about it. I took a couple pictures which I'll post a bit later. The show itself wasn't the best. I don't think I'd go back.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about that Ang! That makes me think twice about going to the March British show....I can only imagine how bad the lines will be then...but having said that, Corrie lovers must be everywhere in Ontario and that is a good thing incase the CBC tried to cancel our beloved show!

Michigan Corrie Lady

Ang said...

The Toronto show is much more organized, and quite a bit larger. The waits will be long, but it's worth it. Hopefully we'll all be there at the same time, so we'll have a great ol' time :)

Jacqueline said...

No worries about the BIS show...well worth the wait. We went Friday morning last year and the only problem we found was that they were late opening the doors. Mr. Glacia and I didn't mind, but there were about a million seniors standing in line so I thought it was unfair making them wait. But once inside...lots of great vendors, lots of corrie stuff, lots of entertainment and the best cock-a-leekie soup I've had in a dog's age.

Rui said...

a few of the Hour's videos are on youtube www.youtube.com/thehour