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Katie Fitzpatrick

Hilarious Corrie 'blunder' explained as one fan says 'it's wrong and should be stopped'

A Coronation Street podcast has lifted the lid on soap editing after sharing a hilarious clip. The Talk of the Street posted a Corrie scene featuring Gary Windass and his sister Faye in the Rovers Return, where Gary suddenly and comically appears to be doing an impression of Gemma Winter.

Gemma's distinctive voice saying 'hiyah' can be heard over Gary gulping down his pint. But the podcast explained that 'odd' moments such as this happen because of type of editing called J-Cut.

J-Cut is a technique in which the audio from a following scene overlaps the picture from the previous scene. This causes the audio from the next scene to start playing before the picture.

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The Talk of the Street @corriepodcast explained with the clip: "Fun Fact - a J-Cut is a type of edit when the audio from the next scene bleeds into the end of the current scene. #Corrie does it all the time, and sometimes it happens at odd moments, like here, where it seems Gary is doing an impression of Gemma while drinking his pint."

Emmerdale fan @TheTateDynasty replied: "Happened recently when Wendy exclaimed 'Liam' over an image of Caleb." And @corriepodcast responded: "Fantastic!"

@Kosmo100 said: "It is wrong and should be stopped." And @corriepodcast delved for more information on the subject, reaching out to directors on the soap to help advise on why it is used.

@corriepodcast said: "I'm not too sure what function it serves. Keeps the pace moving or something? Creates a sense that everything is connected? I dunno." They asked: "Maybe @matthiltondir @reece_dinsdale or @MerlynMMR can help?"

Director Matt Hilton replied to explain that the technique helps to 'tighten' an episode up and to help hit the running time. He explained: "It is usually, in unconnected scenes, just to keep the pace moving like you say. It can be that you do it to help tighten the episode up if it is over running too, we have a min and max run time we have to hit and fit all those scenes in to so every second counts."

@corriepodcast replied: "Cheers, Matt! That's very interesting about the runtime. I guess three seconds here or there can really add up! Thanks for the insights!" And @ChloeJones1983 said: "It’s to create a sense of flow and continuity, all soaps do it. Sometimes however, as in this scene, the timing is a bit off…"


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