Thursday, 25 August 2016

Corrie Canada sneak previews August 29 - Sept. 2

Without further ado here is a brief sneak preview of what you'll see on  next week's Corrie in Canada.

REMEMBER, CBC is airing DOUBLE episodes of Coronation Street this week. Back to a normal schedule next week. 

Luke's error causes ructions. Eva's enthusiasm drives Aidan into someone else's arms. Lies nearly get caught out and Maria dumps Luke. Steve finally confesses to Michelle that he doesn't want a baby but it's too late! Michelle is pregnant. Eva presses Aidan to move in together. Leanne's back at the Bistro and Nick's jealous but when Nick backs down, Leanne's jealous. When she hears Michelle's pregnancy news, she makes plans to leave Weatherfield altogether. Will Nick manage to change her mind?

Izzy comes home and Gary feels trapped and finally admits he doesn't want to get back together with her.  Gemma becomes a Good Neighbour, as only Gemma can. Gail and Michael's reconciliation hits a rocky patch, with partial thanks to Phelan. Sean looks for a new home. An Anniversary party is planned for the Nazirs with an unexpected guest who turns out to have a big secret. The fallout from the bullies has Bethany taking desperate measures but someone unexpected is on her side. Kylie and Lily's birthdays are quietly celebrated.

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In Pics: Gemma Winter - Coronation Street's new fashion queen

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Last night on Coronation Street, Gemma Winter stole the show - once again. In her wonderful funeral attire she set twitter ablaze. She knows how to dress, does Gemma, especially for a funeral. 

Here's a reminder of what she wore for Callum's funeral...

After Kylie's funeral our blogger Emma pointed out on twitter "When you're so street, your outfit matches the local graffiti" 

Yes, Gemma's really that street.

Photo from our blogger Emma on twitter @elhynes
Now then, here's the part where I put on my Corrie anorak and fasten it tight.  A week or so ago, I noticed something in a scene after Kylie's death when David was in the hair salon on his own.  He was having a bit of a moment as Kylie's death hit him hard. On the chair in the salon was Kylie's pink hoodie. David pulled it to him and breathed in Kylie's scent from the pink hoodie, one of Kylie's favourite items of clothing...

And then the camera panned to the bus stop, where Gemma was sitting waiting for the Weatherfield Wayfarer. Gemma too was wearing a pink hoodie under her jacket.

It was as if the mantle of the pink hoodie had been passed on.

But there is one outfit in which Gemma always looks smart, if not totally comfortable...

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Taking The Fun Out Of A Funeral

(This post was originally posted by Scott Willison on the Coronation Street Blog in July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Kylie's funeral in last night's Corrie was very affecting.  Even my cynical heart - formed out of concrete and razor blades - had a slight crack when Max was wheeled on to talk about how great his mother was before she died.  It was a moving and appropriate tribute.

A shame, then, that the good work on the funeral was undercut by the deserted wake.  They'd made such a fuss about it - booking the venue, letting Max choose the food - and then when it happened, it turned out the producers had decided to do it on the cheap.

Literally everyone who attended could fit in a single booth at the Rovers.  There was Gail, Audrey, Rita, Bethany, Michael, Derek Griffiths (I believe his character has a name, but I'm a child of Play School, so I will only ever call him Derek Griffiths and sit cross legged waiting for him to do a song about balloons).  Eva perched on a stool.  Norris floated in at the end with some bonbons.  Tim wandered around talking about antimacassars.  And that was it.

Really?  So Nick and Roy - who carried Kylie's coffin - couldn't make it to the actual wake?  Nick couldn't get out of his busy schedule of standing around being useless? (And even though Roy was at the funeral, there was no sign of Cathy in support).

It was more than that.  Tim and Rita behind the bar was utterly illogical - chattering about being "roped in to help" would make sense if, at any point, we saw Steve, Liz or Michelle busying themselves with other arrangements.  Not a sign.  Maria (who was attending without Luke, for some reason) took the kids away from the actual burial.  Fair enough.  But after Max deciding on burger and chips for everyone, wouldn't it be nice to let him actually eat some?  (In fact, I didn't see anyone eat anything all episode).  It's actually quite life-affirming to have children at a wake - everyone talking about the deceased in glowing terms, while kids play.  That's the part of the funeral they should attend, instead of being trapped in Maria's tiny flat.

There was a half-hearted stab at explaining Sally's absence, but it was still ridiculous.  She's been mates with Gail for twenty odd years - she'd be there.  And Kevin and Sophie, as long-standing friends of the Platt family, should have been there too.  There's no chance that Beth, having actually been at the funeral, would then pass up the opportunity for free food and drink - she'd have taken a carrier bag.  She would probably have called Kirk and told him to fill his boots, but again, he was conspicuous by his absence.

Given that she was stabbed as the result of a robbery at his kebab shop, wouldn't Dev have wanted to attend as a mark of respect?  How about Chesney, supporting his friend Gemma?  How about Leanne, who was actually related to Kylie and the rest of the Platts for a while?  Hell, just pay a few extras to fill the space in the background - pretend they were Kylie's nail clients or something.

I get it: there are filming conflicts, costings, holidays.  From a production point of view, where actors are paid by the episode, it makes no sense to pay a lot of fees so that actors can have a single line or loiter in the background.  But the practicalities of production shouldn't be allowed to interfere with the drama onscreen.  Make savings elsewhere; film inserts on a different date that can be dropped in later.  Kylie's wake was sparse and miserable, and it destroyed the goodwill of the funeral in the first half of the show.  It took me out of the moment.  The Rovers looked like a ghost town, and surely, that's not what she would have wanted.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Caz - your time is up! Please pack your kit and leave

(This post was originally posted by Ruth Owen on the Coronation Street Blog in July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Yes, you Caz - it is now your time to depart the cobbles. There, that's told her. Now, let me explain why she has to go.

Caz Hammond, who arrived in November last year, has no further reason to remain in Weatherfield. Kate has told her, in no uncertain terms, that she doesn't want to see her any more and that she no longer loves her.  No doubt though, Caz is living in hope that Kate will change her mind, fall in love with her again and they'll get married. It seems unlikely.

Caz has lied repeatedly about her parachute training accident and hobbled around for several months trying to maintain the lie. Both viewers and Kate have now discovered, due to the arrival of the army's representative, who spoke of the forthcoming court martial, that Caz sustained the injury due to a fight. She is due to attend a court martial concerning the incident. According to Caz,  desperate for excuses, the girl she fought was making homophobic comments and so Caz tore into her. Hmmm.

Luke is not at all happy about the fact that Caz is staying at Maria's flat and he has made his feelings more than clear to Maria: 'She's a nutter!'

When Liam was playing with his toy car it ran over Caz's ankle, but Caz reacted as if a truck had run over her foot and not just a child's toy. Luke then informs Maria that he found a painkiller Caz claimed to need, down the sink. No wonder then that Luke is intolerant of Caz's presence. Sophie is also a good deal less than convinced about Caz's parachute training accident.  Maria has been told, in no uncertain terms, that Caz is playing her, but Maria refuses to listen and is all sympathy, telling Caz that she can stay in her flat as long as she needs, to sort herself out.

In the Rovers, Kylie's killer, Clayton, was pestering Kate. Caz, seeing red, rounded on him and fought him off. A good deed in itself but one which clearly revealed that her ankle was perfectly fine. Caz did try to ham it up a bit when she realised she had given the game away, but it was too late. Kate, shortly afterwards gives Caz her marching orders (bit of a pun there!). Caz wails, 'You're all I care about, all I've got left. She adds, 'My love life's in tatters and my career is hanging by a thread!'

What we don't yet know is almost anything about Caz's background. Might there be a clue in her past life which would explain why she seems so deeply troubled? If so, it would be interesting to find out.

Sadly, the relationship between Kate and Caz, in my view, failed to convince. This is not a criticism of each individual actor, just a comment on how some screen relationships don't quite hit the mark of credibility. Much of their time together, unfortunately, appeared forced and contrived.

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Conversation Street Podcast 210

Gemma and Michael's podcast for the episodes in Canada that aired (up to last night's Canadian Corrie) can be heard here.

The latest Conversation Street podcast this week, looks at Corrie in the aftermath of Kylie's death. David and Max plan the funeral while Sarah comes home and insists on staying. Steve finds himself in an awkward spot when Michelle decides she wants a baby! Jenny and Johnny are on and off and on again and end up keeping their relationship secret so Jenny can spy on the workers as his eyes and ears. There's a classic character profile about Liam Connor. There's always the news and listener feedback as well.

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Monday, 22 August 2016

State of the Street - July 2016

It's always sad when a character dies, especially one that a good deal of fans loved. Kylie will be missed and David may never get over it. Caz's lies were uncovered and she's now pulling Maria into her schemes to get Kate back. Even though it's taken a back seat to the current Platt crisis, Bethany is still suffering at the hands of the bullies. Leanne's ill advised one night stand with a heretofore unknown man ended up in a pregnancy and a reveal that the man was Steve McDonald. He seems to have a habit of getting women pregnant, women that didn't think they could have babies, that is.

If Leanne was going to have a baby, it would have to be with the one person where it would cause the most drama. Nick? She'd only have to contend with Gail. Robert? There's Tracy who'd start a new vendetta up now that Carla's gone, but I'd bet Leanne Battersby would put up a much more convincing fight than Carla did. No, Steve, with his tentative reconciliation to Michelle, is the best candidate for ongoing drama.

In the wake of Jason's exit, Phelan is trying to get his hands on the money while Todd is trying to get his hands on Billy. One has been more successful than the other. Jenny and Johnny are pussyfooting around each other. The Spy Who Loved Me may be their new favourite film.

All this and more on this month's State of the Street.

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Who’s That Pokémon? Weatherfield Edition

(This post was originally posted on the Coronation Street Blog July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

A wonderful guest blog post written by Michael from Conversation Street, the Coronation Street podcast. 

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And so now, it's over to Michael...

"I can’t be the only Corrie fan who’s been caught up in the Pokémon Go craze these past few weeks. The hottest new mobile app release is sweeping the world so much, I’m beginning to think that the reason we haven’t seen Emily Bishop back from Peru yet is that she’s actually searching the South American jungles for the mythical Mew.

Now this has all got me wondering – if some of our favourite Coronation Street characters were Pokémon, which ones would they be? I’ve drawn up a list of some of my ideas; if you have any of your own, feel free to add them to the comments below!

First up, who’s this flame-maned beauty?  Like Ponyta, Jenny Bradley can be a bit fiery at times, though treat her gently and she may offer you a ride (right, Johnny?) Just be careful you don’t get burned!

You may think that Pokémon’s just for kids, but the strangely alluring Lopunny has her fair share of grown up admirers in certain corners of the Internet. As the Street’s current sexpot, blonde bombshell Eva is certainly the Weatherfield equivalent of this beguiling bunny.

The blue garb, the squinting, pained expression, the hand thrust up to his throbbing temples… In this picture, Nick’s a dead ringer for Wobbuffet. Like his Pokémon doppelganger, Nick is usually fairly docile, but push him too hard and he’ll unleash a powerful counter attack.

When selling flowers in Preston’s Petals, Tracy and Todd may seem all sweetness and light. However, behind their rosy exteriors, these florists pack just as much toxin as the Poison-type Pokémon Roselia and Roserade.

The scowling Electric-type Pokémon Voltorb puts me in mind of Corrie’s latest villain, the chrome domed Pat Phelan. Voltorbs are best known for looking a lot like Poké Balls, but appearances can be deceptive. This is something you should certainly bear in mind about Phelan, who’s currently charming the likes of Eileen and Yasmeen into thinking he’s Mr Nice Guy…

He may be six feet under, but drug dealer Callum is still haunting poor old Sarah Platt, who’s convinced he’s out to get his revenge from beyond the grave. With its evil eyes and sharp toothed grin, the Ghost-type Pokémon Haunter, like Callum, is a fearsome force to be reckoned with.

Poor old Kirk – some people just aren’t as quick on the uptake as others. The same is true in the Pokémon world too, with Slowpoke being the epitome of dim-wittedness. Just look at those big grins, though - ignorance is most definitely bliss! And don’t you just want to give them both a hug?

Onto a few classic Corrie characters now, and one of the Street’s most notorious battleaxes, Ena Sharples. Her stocky frame and permanent scowl remind us of Purugly – you’d better be prepared if you’re hoping to take this one on in a battle!

Hilda Ogden was always going on at husband Stan for being a bit of a slacker, which is why I’ve chosen the ape-like Slaking as his Pokémon equivalent. Slaking is apparently the world’s laziest Pokémon, spending all day lying down and lolling about. I’m sure it wouldn’t say no to a pint of Newton & Ridley’s either!

Finally, we have a creature that’s well-known for being a bit of a dud and a laughing stock, spending most of the time just flopping around and gawping. I’ve paired her up with Magikarp, which at least has potential if you give it enough training!

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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Corrie villain stars in new horror at Edinburgh Fringe

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Sean Ward, who played Callum Logan in Coronation Street, will be starring in Darktales, a spooky horror ato the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Sunday Post says that it’s the scary show’s first time back in the capital since it made its debut there 21 years ago – and it left its mark.

“Someone in the audience fainted during the first night because it was so scary,” Sean explained. "Darktales was so successful at the Fringe that it went straight to London’s West End afterwards, which is the challenge we’ve now set ourselves for this version. This is a revised text because it’s tougher to scare people these days, but we have a few shocks and scares up our sleeves."

Not only is Darktales Sean’s first visit to the Fringe and to Scotland, it’s also his stage debut.

“This is probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever taken on in terms of acting, since the live episode of Corrie, but it’s good to constantly be pushing myself.”

Starring alongside him is fellow Corrie bad guy, Andrew Paul, who played Dan (the brewery man) Jones. He also spent years on The Bill as PC Dave Quinnan.

Darktales, Pleasance One, Edinburgh, Aug 3-29.  Buy your tickets here.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Fab Photo Friday - The JCB

Here's a fab photo indeed, a very young Steve and Andy McDonald when they nicked the JCB (earth mover) from the building site across from Alf's shop where the "new side" of the Street was being built. The decided to try to drive it and ended up putting the bucket through Alf's shop window!

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Corrie Canada sneak previews August 22 - 26

Without further ado here is a brief sneak preview of what you'll see on  next week's Corrie in Canada.

REMEMBER, CBC is airing DOUBLE episodes of Coronation Street this week and next week. 

Sarah leaves the hospital and refuses to return, because her family needs her. Billy conducts Kylie's funeral which Max helped contribute to. David's heart is filled with revenge. Todd confronts David but is shocked when Sarah confesses who really killed Callum. Eileen discovers Billy and Todd's relationship. They promise to tell Sean but he finds out by accident. Phelan oversteps the mark and has some sucking up to do. Sean gives Eileen an ultimatum. Phelan cozies up to Sally to win council favour.

Michelle is excited about her baby plans with Steve. Eileen worries about Jason in Thailand. Macca threatens Gemma but Craig steps up. Robert struggles at the Bistro. Craig makes a change in his career choice. Ken is jealous. Gary decides to reunite with Izzy, but Anna's not best pleased. Nick threatens to open a rival restaurant until Leanne convinces he and Robert to make peace. Beth worries her past might affect Craig's future. Johnny rents a love nest. Eva gets the wrong end of the stick.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Richard Haw­ley on Corrie: "I've wanted this job for 40 years"

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

There was a good interview with Corona­tion Street’s Richard Haw­ley in The Daily Mail's Weekend magazine which I saw at the weekend.

Richard, who plays Johnny Connor in Corrie, says he's been after a role in the show for 40 years!

He says: ‘I’ve been try­ing to get a job on the Street for my whole ca­reer; I’ve been up for jobs at least six times in the past 20 years. When I got the part I went into an emo­tional free-fall. It was the chance of a life­time, so I was in­cred­i­bly ex­cited and full of adren­a­line.

‘Even now I pinch my­self; I look around and get a sense of his­tory, of stand­ing on the shoul­ders of gi­ants. I’m not sure how I got here, but I feel I’ve got the best job in the coun­try.’

Speaking about Jenny and Johnny, Richard says: ‘I en­joy work­ing with Sally Ann Matthews, who plays Jenny, and I think we’ve got chemistry. So I hope they’ll have fun for years and maybe get mar­ried one day.’

Richard’s been mar­ried for more than 30 years and has grown-up twin daugh­ters. The fam­ily home’s in Brighton and Richard heads there when he can, but in the week he shares a Manch­ester flat with Con­nor McIntyre, who plays evil Pat Phe­lan.

It’s a price Richard’s pre­pared to pay for his dream role. ‘I al­ways wanted a job in Corrie that’d be­come a big char­ac­ter like Mike Bald­win. They’re big shoes to fill but it’s a priv­i­lege to be given a shot. If it was up to me, I’d spend a fair old time here.’

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Charlie Lawson in new TV show - he even sings the theme tune

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Charlie Lawson, who played Jim McDonald in Coronation Street, will be appearing on Irish TV in a new series called Are We There Yet! Charlie is one of two Irish men who have to get around Ireland on £10, a tank full of fuel, and nothing else but the help of Irish celebrities along the way.

It's a wild and funny programme, Part Top Gear / Part Billy Connolly / Part Interview Program and travel. As with any good telly programme, it has a theme tune, which is now available to download at iTunes.

Charlie sings the song which is called Rare Old Mountain Dew and you can listen to it here.

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Monday, 15 August 2016

A demand for Corrie DVDs

(This post was originally posted by Michael Adams on the Coronation Street Blog in July 2016.)

I've been absent on the blog for an awfully long time, and for a number of reasons. Not only have I had perhaps some of the most stressful months of my life but I've also sat through 300 episodes of Australian soap Neighbours, starting from the very beginning on 18th March 1985, right through to 18th July 1986. How time has flown - and the only thing stopping me from watching anymore is that my wifi is down, and the shabby quality of YouTube episodes. Luckily, most of those that I have already watched were in HQ, due to a fantastic release of 5 volumes of DVDs titled 'From the Beginning'.

From here, and mainly because of the lack of wifi, I moved onto the DVD releases of Emmerdale Farm, which have also been released from the very beginning, covering 5 volumes. The release of Emmerdale got me thinking - why haven't Network released Coronation Street on DVD from the beginning?

The first thing I wondered was whether there was too much of a lack of demand, though following a Twitter poll I created I realised that this was not the case. From the 145 people who voted, 56% (roughly 81 people) said that they would purchase volumes of Coronation Street on DVD 'From the Beginning...' if they were made available. Now don't get me wrong, I personally don't know how it would be logistically possible to do so without charging a great deal per set or without there being hundreds of volumes - after all, there are 8942 episodes.

In some ways I am biased towards the 44% (roughly 63 people) who voted to not purchase Corrie DVDs. I know that I definitely wouldn't have the time or the money to buy each set though if they had been released I probably would try to purchase them.

I'm not sure what the sales for the other Corrie DVD releases have been, though regardless, I would definitely like to see Network consider releasing early episodes. What do you think?

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Celebrating 42 years of Gail on Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

July 29th 2016 marked the 42nd anniversary of Gail's first appearance in Coronation Street.

Young Gail Potter first turned up in Corrie on 29 July 1974.  She was brought into the show as a friend for Tricia Hopkins, played by Kathy Jones.

When Gail first arrived on Corrie, she lodged with Tricia at the shop flat until they were forced out by new owner Renee Bradshaw.  Then for her first few years on Coronation Street, Gail lodged with Elsie Tanner at No.11, sharing a room with Suzie Birchall.

42 years later, Gail is the most-married woman on Coronation Street - see all her husbands here. 

Steve McDonald holds the record as the most-married man - see all his wives here

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Helen Flanagan says she'd love to return to Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog July 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Helen Flanagan, who played Rosie Webster on Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Loose Women today.

She revealed that she would love to return to the show.  If you remember, Helen left the show in 2012 after suffering panic attacks and anxiety on set.  She gave a nice interview to the Manchester Evening News when she left - read it here.

Helen is now mum of Matilda and was pictured behind the scenes at Loose Women with her little girl today.

There could be a place for Rosie on the cobbles of course, as Sophie is leaving the show on a break as she takes to the stage with Ruth Madoc - read more on that here.

Would you welcome the return of Rosie Webster?

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