Sunday, 26 March 2017

In awe of Annie Walker

(This post was originally posted by Llifon on the Coronation Street Blog in February 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

As Doris speeds (get it?!) over Britain, battering everything in her path, I thought I'd re-post this tribute I wrote around 2 years ago to another natural force on the cobbles, Mrs Annie Walker played of course by the wonderful Doris Speed. This blog post also appears in the blog's book which you can follow the link to buy one below.

Yesterday [New Year's Day 2015], as there was nothing that good on TV I decided to watch The Stars of Coronation Street - 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters DVD once again, this time with my mum and grandmother. We fast-forwarded some clips as the characters didn't interest us but thoroughly enjoyed watching the clips of Eddie Yeats, Hilda, Ena, Percy Sugden, Betty and Blanche.

But the one character that made my mum smile fondly every time she featured in a clip was the wonderful Annie Walker.

A precursor to the classic comedy character Hyacinth Bucket, Annie is one of the most brilliantly played characters in the history of Corrie. While it is the likes of Elsie, Hilda, Bet and Vera that we remember for catfights, Annie could also dish them out, but in a much subtler way which I love. Just look at the clip below of Annie's classic put-down of Hilda in 1977:

She was the classic snob and the clip shown of her and husband Jack on the DVD is a Corrie classic, and hasn't been shown that often which is a real shame. She reminds me of certain aunts in my family or maybe people who live in my village - those who think they're a cut above but really they're not. When Annie went a bit too far with her snobbishness, the likes of Jack, Lucille, Len and Bet were sure to take her down a peg or two. And I loved how she used to separate the customers into two categories - her friends like Len, Ken, Emily and Alf and then the peasants like the Ogdens, Eddie Yeats and the Duckworths. I also loved how she used posh language to insult Stan or Hilda where they thought she complimented them! 

It is a real shame that she departed the way she did. It is remarkable that Doris Speed was in her 80s and still made regular appearances in her final years. In the final clip on the DVD feature about Annie it shows her laying down the law to the Rovers staff and Doris was in her 80s then and what a strong performance it was. And I thought, they don't make them like that anymore!

She was a megalomaniac but she wouldn't have fit in anywhere else apart from Coronation Street in my opinion. She soldiered on as a widow to run the Rovers and I believe there has been no landlady as good as her since. Annie's character would never age because snobs still exist in today's society as shown in present Corrie with Sally Metcalfe. You could possibly not say the same about Ena, Hilda or Mavis even.

She was one of the big three originals and for me she was the best!

So let's raise a glass to Annie Walker of the Beaumonts of Clitheroe! 

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Sunday Comments March 26

Leanne has to tell Simon and soon and she has to deal with Steve so she's asked Peter to intervene with Steve. He did try. Steve figured out Leanne was behind it no matter what Peter said. Peter understood, especially thinking of his own son and his own dislike of Nick. Simon didn't take the news all that well. He's not happy at all and he's thinking of how it will affect him, in typical teenage angst. Steve got all the procedures from his solicitor and then sell his half of the pub, leading Liz to offer to sell her half as well, because she doesn't want to work with strangers and she wants to support her son.

Peter did have a point. All that legal hassle doesn't do any good for the child. And it's expensive and stressful. But Peter is more or less on Steve's side and his point about Leanne being more lenient if Nick wasn't in the picture is spot on. I think Peter was really the voice of reason in that conversation. Leanne is open to sorting something out but she's going to have to convince Nick it's a good idea.

Robert didn't waste any time beaming in on Michelle. He pretended it wanted to make sure she was ok but he brought Scrabble and Tequila. Forget the romance of red wine, he's going for the jugular! She let him stay anyway, and play Rude Word Scrabble. But in the end, she spotted Steve giving the baby a kiss from her window and she's going to have her revenge.

Toyah offers her and Peter's babysitting services so Leanne can get a bit of sleep but Peter's too busy making extra money chaufering that Chloe around. She keeps trying to lure him in to her web for drinks. He tries to resist. Really he does. But he's Peter Barlow, the man that can't resist the flutter of an eyelash. He doesn't do anything *really* bad but he doesn't tell Toyah he's flirting with a flirty thing either. But even Peter thinks it's a bit weird, driving her with huge tips like that. Tim wonders if she's going to turn into a stalker. She might, you know.

Toyah is excited that she's going to give the IVF another go even if it's going to take every penny they can make. Peter can't seem to stay away from that Chloe. He wasn't going to drive her around or do anything for her anymore, but since they need the money, he's right back there. And he had to replace a tv cable that mysteriously came unplugged? Really? I smell stalker, I really do. Meanwhile, Toyah is getting a pay out from the sale of their house from her ex, more than enough to cover the IVF treatment. Maybe Peter can leave Chloe alone now?

Chesney, all bruised, had reserved a night in a hotel for Sinead's birthday. He whinged that Daniel started the fight but that's only because Chesney baited him. Fiz tried to talk some sense into him. Sinead gave him a bleeding ear with her criticisms and Gemma was stoutly defending him. But Chesney gave her the hotel voucher for her birthday anyway. I wouldn't have. I'd have given it to Kirk and Beth or Fiz and Tyrone. Sinead tried to book the room online and was hitting dates from the week before. She freaked out a bit when she realized it was March. Why? Because.... in typical soap cliche, she's pregnant and it's Daniel's baby! It's really not in a good position for a baby for either of them. Beth thinks Sinead should keep it to herself just for now.

Finally! Ken going on about Daniel fighting over a woman in public and Rita called him on it. Yes, he's done the same thing a few times, himself and he did have the grace to look guilty. But Ken made the mistake of calling Sinead "intellectually inferior" to Daniel and he walked out. I like that he stands his ground even against his high falutin father. Ken wants more for his son and Brian is right, much as i hate to admit it. The more Ken pushes, the faster Daniel will run.

He might run anyway. He found Sinead's used pregnancy test! Pros and cons. A lot of cons against having a baby. Only two pros. "Might be nice" isn't really a good reason. Daniel and Sinead are agreed. They will get a termination but neither one of them seems very happy about it. Sinead's temper flares at Chesney, overheard by Rana who manages to get Daniel alone for a confidential chat. He was lurking around the medical center looking at pregnancy information leaflets. She advised him to find out if Sinead only agreed to the termination to make him happy. Daniel seems to suspect this is the truth, as well. He is starting to change his mind, Do The Right Thing and all that. It only serves to confuse Sinead, though. She feels like it makes it all her decision and she's not handling the pressure well. Far too early in the relationship for this sort of thing, really.

Daniel decided to help out and get a job at the Bistro. Except he has no experience. He's very good at the talk, though. It worked, though. He got the job but she's buckling under the pressure. You can see she really doesn't want to have a termination. She really doesn't know Daniel well yet, they have no money and need a flat of their own. She is about to tell him she'll agree to have the baby when he starts scaring her by telling her there's things she doesn't know about him. Turns out it was all that business about his mother leaving him. That impressed her. Looks like it's all on.

Sally's campaign has spread to quite a few women on the street. She insists on getting satisfaction and is setting an example for Rosie, and to make up for being a terrible mother. You have to hand it to her, she's tireless and persistent. The foreman wants Gary to try to talk them down because he knows them. Yeah, like that's going to work and Rita decided to take matters into her own hands and she chained herself to the fence! It sounds very much like the campaign worked brilliantly. Cheeky Chops is likely going to get fired, too! Brian did forget the combination of the lock for his bicycle, the one Rita used but, come on, it's a building site. Surely they have some bolt cutters or something. Gemma to the rescue. She could pick the lock easily.

Sally has her minions behind her when she goes to face the owner of the building company that dissed her daughter but isn't allowed to bring them all with her. She's got her reporter friend there too who thinks she's wasted her time waiting for Sally until the young photographer shows up and spots Rosie. He went to school with her, knows that she was a glamour model and recalls things like her having the affair with Mr. Stape who then kidnapped her. The reporter's interest is piqued. There might be more of a story here than she thought.

Sally was successful, too. There is an agreement and the offending man was sacked. But the reporter is plying Rosie with drinks and found out about the Pop My Cherry vodka campaign, too. And guess what? The article that's supposed to be about empowering women turns out to be a feature on the daft Rosie's Pop the Cherry campaign which was definitely exploitive vs. Sally's campaign to scold men that wolf whistle at women. Does come across as hypocritical, when you look at it that way.

Sally had sent the newpaper a statement chastising the reporter but in the wake of that, comments posted online were not very flattering to Sally. 'Scathing' might be a good word!
Adam had a newspaper that said a local man was cleared of drugs charges. I would imagine that's the guy that Rosie's Antoine's drugs were meant for. Meanwhile, he passed the first round of exams with one more to write in August. Ken is underwhelmed since cheaters never prosper and all that. Later, Tracy reigned Adam in to help with flower deliveries and he went right along with it. Because, you see, earlier, he'd wanted to borrow Ken's car anyway and that's what he had to use for the delivery since he wasn't insured on the delivery van. And why did he need a vehicle? Because he's off following a drug dealer.

I can't remember how he knew where the guy lives but he rocks up in Ken's car in the morning after smarming Mary into turning her back and robbing 100 pounds from the flower shop till. He's then shocked to discover that the drug dealer's girlfriend is Trina, the receptionist from the solicitor's office that Adam spent a night with. She thinks Adam is stalking her! They lie about how they knew each other and Adam makes a date and time to meet up with Ronan later in the day.

Meanwhile people are hinting to Ken about the ne'er do well that is his grandson and knowing Adam took his car without permission didn't sit well. Also meanwhile, poor Amy is feeling like nobody loves her. Michelle is being mean and not returning any texts or messages, her mother is ordering her out of her site and then she gets into the car with Adam and he shouts at her, too. What's a girl to do? burst into tears and even Adam's hard heart can't stand up to that. She persuades him to take her to the cemetery to visit Deirdre's grave and guess what, that funeral for the girl that died of a drug overdose is just about to start there as well. The police had suspected Ronan, the dealer that Adam is trying to sell Rosie's cocaine to, you see. That's where it all comes together. Amy's tears and the sight of the funeral seemed to change Adam's mind about what he was doing. Maybe he does have a conscience in there somewhere.

But Ken is furious at Adam for all sorts of things, not the least for being a selfish and greedy person. He's determined to confront Adam in front of Daniel so Adam hasn't got a way of getting out of anything. But Peter and Ken's argument about the Barlows doing the right thing or not gives Daniel a good case of the guilts and he shouts at them about people having to do what's right and runs out. Adam does the right thing, for now, he cancels the deal with Ronan. Now what's the right thing for Daniel. All this talk about putting family first and regrets from Peter reinforced Daniel's confusion on what to do for the best. I bet he feels trapped, really, with this future he had all planned going up in smoke.

When Adam finally gets back, Ken shouts at him out on the street. Really shouts. That changes Adam's mind back again. He gave Ronan the drugs and thought the man was going to take off without paying but the blood money came through. Ronan got a little rough with Trina because he suspects there's something going on with her and Adam but Does Adam get out of the car to help? does he 'eck. Ronan wasn't hurting her but he was a bit aggressive. But Adam values his kneecaps and his pretty face too much.

He's flashing the cash around the next day like it's water, giving Daniel money for food and he's paid the rent, paid Tracy back as well. He got a bit of a shock, though, Ronan turned up in the pub. He wants the money back in payback for Adam sleeping with his girlfriend and naturally, Adam doesn't have all of it. Ronan seems to be implying Adam's family could be at risk. There's an even bigger problem, though. Ken found the bag of cash while he was looking for the car key that Adam kept and he burned it in the back yard! I don't know why Ken hasn't had another stroke, the amount of shouting and screaming and upset he's been doing and experiencing.

Sarah wants to meet Nathan so she nicked Bethany's phone and got the phone number to call Nathan. I laughed at Toyah suggesting that what she's trying to do is more like something Gail would do. Sarah looked like a deer caught in the headlights! She's in a tough position but she probably shouldn't be confiding in all the neighbours about it, either. Poor Bethany would be mortified! Sarah made the call anyway and left a message. Meanwhile, Bethany has had the birth control implant put in. When she found out Sarah contacted Nathan, she was duly horrified and embarassed!

In a rather bizarre story, Gemma has persuaded Cathy to go out on a night out on the tiles with her, getting drunk and having a kebab at the end of it. It goes about as well as you might expect with Cathy tossing her cookies all over the cobbles and Brian's shoes. Mortifying! She's very hungover the day after and embarassed. Gemma has twigged that Cathy fancies Brian because she was more upset at what Brian thought than what Roy thought of her unfortunate performance. Cathy has decided to retreat to Scotland for a bit of time away.

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Coronation Street Blog interview with The Sun

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Our sister site, The Coronation Street Blog, has been featured in The Sun this month. Glenda Young is the founder and editor and says:

The article calls me "Corrie's biggest fan" - which I know I'm not. I'm just a fan who likes my Corrie.

Also, the article says that I've made "a successful business" and "a career" out of my love of the soap.  Again, that's not correct. The Coronation Street Blog is a labour of love.

Apart from that, it's quite a nice little read and recognition for all of the hard work that we do here as a team.

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 to film music video on Coronation Street?

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Tabloid newspaper The Star reports that The Voice judge and Black Eyed Peas frontman is going to film his new music video on Coronation Street.

And, the paper reports, he has already been in talks with the cast about his plans.

The Star reports that Corrie actress Beverley Callard, who plays Liz McDonald said: “ told us he does want to film his new video in the Rovers. He has said he is very keen but just needs to find a suitable time. He said we can all join in. We’re all so excited.”

Bev said: “It was an honour. And can you imagine karaoke nights in the Rovers if these guys worked for Liz! I love I’d love to get him a cameo with Liz.”

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Corrie writers grapple with Bethany's dark grooming storyline

(This post was originally posted by Stevie Dawsonon the Coronation Street Blog in February 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Creative differences on Coronation Street have hit the headlines today. For all the right reasons.

Whilst the Sun is keen to say Corrie is in 'crisis' over the Bethany Platt grooming storyline, more moderate and reliable media outlets have revealed tense discussions between the writers and production crew over tackling the issue as Betheny falls under Nathan's spell.

Bethany's troubles were a topic of discussion at 'Coronation Street: The Next 56 Years' panel event
held in Salford this week. The Metro quoted writer Jan McVerry on how writers have agreed on Bethany's journey in the shocking and emotive storyline, which began at Christmas. She admitted there had been some disagreements at first:

‘I think it’s an important story to tell for young people, particularly those who may be lacking in self-confidence.

‘There are worries these unscrupulous bastards get in your lives and lure you away. It is a very dark subject. My own children are teenagers, but others with very young children have asked “should we be going into this darker territory?”

‘We have had many discussions on how to tell the story.’

On Monday we saw Bethany and Nathan share a kiss in his car, as slowly but surely he draws her in.
Tonight's episode takes an unexpected turn as Nathan is taken in by police under suspiction of abduction. Will this be Bethany's way out?

Viewers and fans have shared their feelings on social media and in the press about this and other similarly dark plots on Coronation Street. Famed for it's lighter side, Corrie has always taken on tough issues. But is this a step too far or will it help, as actor Christopher Harper (Nathan) hopes, bring greater awareness of this serious real life issue?

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Vote in our poll: Who should take over the Rovers Return?

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

There's a For Sale up outside of Coronation Street's pub as Steve and Michelle head for a war of divorce.  This week in Corrie, we'll see Liz show some prospective buyers around the pub...

...and there's even been a hint that Peter Barlow will throw his hat into the ring to purchase his favourite pub.

But who should run it? Who would you like to see behind the bar? Vote in our poll and have your say!

In our last poll, we asked What is Shona's Secret. As you can see from the results below, the majority of fans reckon she's the mum of Clayton, who killed Kylie Platt.

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Rob Mallard: "I watched loads of old clips of Ken Barlow"

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

There's a great interview in today's Mirror with Rob Mallard, who plays Daniel Osbourne in Coronation Street.

Rob says that when he got the part of Daniel in Corrie: “... I went back and watched a lot of the old clips of Bill as Ken, especially ones of him fighting. There’s lots of those. I wanted to see how Ken considered himself not as posh, but above the rest of the people around him, the anger he had in him and also the way he wooed women back in the day.”

He tells the Mirror: “In the description of the character, it did say Daniel was a young Ken Barlow. It was only after getting the job that people started saying that I looked like him back in the day. I’ve had people write to me saying they can see the comparisons to the way Bill was in the early 1970s. The hair definitely has something to do with it, and the way Daniel dresses.

“Bill can see it, too. He brought an old picture of himself into make-up one morning and went round showing it to everyone, saying he couldn’t believe how closely we resemble each other. He loves it.”

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More Barlow babies required on Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Another great guest blog post from Coronation Street fan Rob Coates. 

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And now, it's over to Rob...

"Is it just me who believes the Barlow gene should always be a part of Corrie?

With Sinead's latest pregnancy news, the possible patter of tiny feet on the cobbles is good news. Because we need the Barlow name to stick around. And the way to do that is by more Barlows being born.

As the years go on, it's becoming less and less likely that Tracy will have another child. Not impossible, but more unlikely. And she's not really a Barlow, anyway. She's a Langton. Which, of course, means that Amy is a Langton/McDonald. So Amy's future off-spring are useless in this argument!

Luckily we have good old Peter who probably can't work the zip in his jeans, having never had the need to keep his pants on for longer than five minutes in any given day. Which is good news for the Barlow gene as there are countless possibilities in the future for some random women to turn up in Weatherfield claiming that at some point in the past, they slept with and got pregnant by our Peter. Meaning the Barlow name could live on.

Then there's Adam Barlow. Surely he will leave a few women alone and pregnant after a night of passion. Meaning we could also end up with a Peter-type situation with Adam. And to think the male biological influence on Adam was the Baldwin gene. Seems as though the Barlow and Baldwin genes aren't that different after all. Who knew?

We also have Simon. A true Barlow. He will have plenty of opportunity to sow the Barlow gene in years to come. And judging by the past actions of Sarah-Lou or Faye, he may not have long to wait.

Although the forgotten Lawrence Cunningham has the Barlow gene, he's now in his late 50s and so the possibility of him having more children seem similar to Tracy's chances.

Lawrence, of course, already has a son bearing the Barlow gene, James. But as James is gay, the chances of James becoming the father of a Barlow child might be slimmer. There are various options open to him, such as artificial insemination, should he so choose. Only time will tell. And that's if anyone actually remembers that he exists.

We might remember that Ken had a brother - David, who did have a son - Darren. However, both were killed off in an off-screen car crash in the early seventies. 

So it's all down to Ken's kids. Let's hope that Sinead and Daniel have their baby so that the Barlow name and gene can live on.

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CBC Schedule changes week of March 27 - 31

Heads up, fans! CBC is shuffling the air time for Coronation Street around at the end of the week of March 27 - 31 because of the World Figure Skating Championships (Helsinki).

Monday - Wednesday the schedule is the usual 7:30 air time (8:00 NF)
Thursday: Corrie airs at 5:30 p.m. (all time zones)
Friday: Corrie airs at 4:30 p.m.  (5:00 Newfoundland)

As always, check your local listings.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Chesney and Gemma - Yay or Nay?

With Sinead's future looking as if it has no place for Chesney in it, it's time to turn our thoughts to what Chesney might do next.

He could go to Portugal to visit his son Joseph and girlfriend Katy.  He could move out of the house he shares with Beth, Kirk and Craig.  He could... oh, let's face it, he's not going anywhere, is he? He's Chesney, he's dull and we like him that way.

But what he could do, and what I'm hoping will happen, is that the friendship he has with Gemma will blossom into something more.  She could be the making of him, and vice-versa too.

So - Gemma and Chesney, what do you say? Yay or Nay? I say a big cheesy Yay with extra chilli kebab sauce on top.

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Pat Phelan's house used for Coronation Street drug dealer

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Last night in Coronation Street we saw Adam Barlow sitting outside of the local drug dealer's house. It's a big house, a very big house, and I think we've seen it before.

If it is the same house, then Coronation Street have used the as Pat Phelan's home when he first appeared in the show with his wife back in October 2013.

It was also the house that Michelle's millionaire bi-sexual boyfriend Sonny Dhillon lived in.   Sonny was the one who had a fling with both Michelle and Sean and some of the action included outside shots of the house.  

I'll get me anorak.

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Corrie Canada sneak previews for March 27 - 31

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

Peter makes a surprising move to raise money. Chloe preys on Peter's sympathy. Ronan involves Tracy in Adam's "deal". Bethany wants Nathan to meet the family. He does, but has a condition to exact from her first. Later, Bethany gets into an uncomfortable situation. Leanne wants to let Steve see the baby. What will Nick think and do? Daniel gets good news but can't tell Sinead yet. Faye gets a painful birthday present. Michelle snoops and schemes. Maria's home and Gail has a Really Good Idea.

Please note that there are schedule changes next week!

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What's Daniel hiding about his mum, Denise Osbourne?

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Actor Rob Mallard, who plays Daniel Osbourne in Coronation Street, recently said in an interview "I'd love Denise Black to return to Corrie!"  You can read more on that here.

I'm also a fan of Denise Black and would love to see her back on the cobbles as Daniel's mum and Ken's ex-girlfriend.

But what is Daniel hiding about his mum, do you think?  We know that when Daniel first turned up in Corrie he said that his mum left him many years ago. But we don't know why.

And this week we saw Daniel give Sinead a gift of a blue stone necklace which had once belonged to his mum.

Are Corrie planting little clues about Daniel's mum with a view to her returning? Ooh, I do hope so.  And I hope we find out more about Daniel's past too. For this fan, he's one of the most intriguing and watchable characters that Corrie's had in a long time.

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Conversation Street podcast 242

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

This week's podcast covers the most recent five episodes airing up to Last night in Canada. The aftermath of the reveal about Oliver's biological father is splattered all over the cobbles with a very, very angry Michelle intent on taking revenge. But wait, someone else has fallen pregnant as well, it's Sinead which is a shock to both her and Daniel. Bethany has taken advice and taken measures against getting pregnant. There's news and a rant from Gemma and a clip at the end of the Best Of Conversation Street as their entry into the British Podcast Awards.

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