I heart Leeanne
Leeanne Battersby is back in Corrie, and with a great big meaty storyline to go with it. She's got a job as a "high-class escort" (complete with posh accent) although has told everyone she's making her money selling holiday homes in Spain. Her step-mum Janice decides to surprise her on the job, and discovers the awful truth, leading to a classic Corrie confronation where Leeanne defiantly defends her choice:
Leeanne: One of the reasons I am doing it is because I want to get out of places like this. Look at it. It's pathetic and depressing.
Janice: Oh listen to it. The hooker that thinks she is better than me
Leeanne: I AM better than you because I have a future. I am moving up and going places. Look at you, you'll never go anywhere. You're one of life's losers. Living in a scabby flat? Working in a scabby factory? Fretting about having enough money for beer and bingo?
Janice: Get out!
Leeanne: I'm going don't worry. I wouldn't stay in this dump if you paid me. Oh and don't worry about my clothes and all my stuff. I'll just buy new
I like Leeanne - she's one of those pragmatic girls who knows the score and does what she has to in order to survive. I'm pleased that Corrie seems to be leaving its little 1950s bubble and updating its storylines to reflect contemporary life (children smoking a spliff, bisexual love triangles... it's all part of life's rich tapestry). One thing that it hasn't lost touch with though is it's strong women - and Leeanne's firmly grasped that mantel.