Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Neighbours' Harold to appear on Corrie

Old Jellybelly's coming to Weatherfield!!

It is reported that Harold Bishop, played by Ian Smith, who has appeared on and off the Aussie soap opera since 1987 will pay a visit to the cobbles later this year.

It is understood that Harold, who's doing a family tree, will travel all the way from Australia after he finds out that he is a distant cousin of the late Ernie Bishop, who appeared on Corrie between 1967 and 1978. He turns up on Emily's doorstep and she's so taken by him that she lets him stay for a few weeks. And even Norris likes him!

A Corrie spokesman said: "I think this is the first time that an actor from another soap appears in another. We've had Children in Need but that was cannon. I think it'll work and it's so fitting with it being Neighbours' 30th anniversary year!".

Harold's guest appearance will last four weeks.

What viewers have to take into consideration is that Emily and the rest of the residents don't know anything about Harold, because Neighbours doesn't exist. So they don't know Madge, Lou Carpenter, Ramsay Street or his amnesia. 

Corrie will make a official statement around midday.

What do you think of this news? I think it's terrific because I love both shows! 

by Llifon

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A week without Corrie

As you may know I'm currently having some time away from Corrie as I'm suffering from a bit of Weatherfield burn out. I still have a deep love for the show, its history and many of its characters but a lot of Corrie happenings today are either irritating me or just leaving me cold.

I've now missed seven consecutive episodes, the biggest gap in my Corrie watching life I'm rather ashamed to admit! I also must admit I've not missed it nearly as much as I'd feared. Corrie cold turkey is yet to descend. The question is, should I tune back in now? 

I started to think about what I was missing most about Coronation Street. Most of all I miss the humour. I know some would say Corrie is nowhere near as funny as it used to be but there are still moments that make me laugh out loud much more than actual sitcoms do. I also miss some of the more longstanding and well established characters, particularly Emily, Audrey, Rita and Sally. After so many years of dedicated watching they do feel like extended family. On a purely personal and pretty shallow level I also miss certain parts of Gary Windass and rather surprisingly Nick Tilsley. Don't shoot me down!

From interactions with some lovely Twitter followers I'm rather glad to have missed out on more of the new Bethany Platt. I saw her return episodes the other week and the character got on my nerves straight away. I wonder if she has improved any since then? 

I also missed Sean and Billy hosting the butler auction which I'm not too bothered about even if it did feature the lovely Emily. Michelle proposing to Steve...hmmm while I do not object strongly to the idea of them marrying I do worry it might be one big cringe fest. 

One thing I am definitely sorry I missed was Sally going into service and working for Norris! Sally as Norris' slave...that has the potential for its own kinky spin off I reckon!

Undoubtedly I will pick up watching Coronation Street again. I love it too much to keep away. I just don't love it nearly as much as I did. 

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Coronation Street facts and figures up for sale on eBay

A friend of mine has found this Coronation Street book of facts and figures while he was cleaning out his back room.  It doesn't look like an official publication and I wonder if anyone knows where it has come from and who Terry M is?

If you're interested in buying it, it's for sale on eBay now.

Here are the details:

Titled " The Coronation Street Book Of Facts. A Chronological Overview"
Author listed as Terry M.
We won this as a Coronation St fan gathering whilst living in Canada.
This looks like either a Canadian fan-made publication or a Coronation St writer reference.
Volume One is signed by Author, Terry M.

This Set is listed as Edition 1, Copy 55 and details the dates it was printed as "April 14 2005, 25 copies; April 20 2005, 25 copies, April 27 2005, 15 copies."
8-1/2" x 11" size, spiral coil bound with a clear plastic cover and a heavier card back page.

Volume One
Episode Dates and Details, Dec 1960 to April 2005, Episode Numbers 1 to 6000. Each episode shows episode number and air date.
Some episodes list significant storylines, character introductions and farewells.
Also includes -
A Brief History of early residents of Coronation St 1902-1960; Map of Coronation St layout 2005;
Residents addresses on April 11, 2005; List of longest serving characters as of 2005; list of Multiple Marriages; and 'All Creatures Great & Small,' a list of animals and creatures that have appeared, including a history of Jack's Pigeons.

Volume Two
Character Profiles, Dec 1960 to April 2005
A listing of all characters with details of first appearance, and bio info
Also includes -
Group Outings - Details of trips and outings in the storylines.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 1 April

Wednesday 1st April
FAYE FACES AN EARLY LABOUR. Owen’s thrilled when he lands a building job. Anna offers to cook a special meal to celebrate. When Owen suggests an early night, Anna recoils, clearly still awkward around Owen and insists they go for a drink instead. Meanwhile as Craig and Faye hide out in the corner shop flat, Craig plucks up the courage to tell Faye that her crazy plan regarding the baby is never going to work. But he’s thwarted when clutching her tummy, frightened Faye tells him the baby is coming.
WHAT BETHANY WANTS, BETHANY TAKES. Callum calls at No.8 with a game for Max. David’s cool towards him and Sarah guesses that he’s Max’s Dad. Sarah takes Bethany shopping in town. Recognising the girls from earlier, Callum approaches them. Sarah’s curt but Bethany lets slip that David is her Uncle. As Sarah waits outside a boutique for Bethany, she’s startled when Bethany flies out of the door chased by security, having been caught shoplifting. Callum advises Sarah not to go after her and insists she gets in his car. 
CARLA’S RETURN SPARKS FIREWORKS. Carla arrives back from LA and surprises Tracy with a gift from her trip. Jealous of Carla’s success, Tracy resolves to improve her own business.
ELSEWHERE Dressed to kill, Tracy calls in the Rovers and winds Tony up, making out she’s going to meet a new supplier and he’s superfluous to requirements. Tony’s put out.

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Coronation Street: Owen's exit storyline revealed

Ian Puleston-Davies, who plays Owen Armstrong in Coronation Street, has been talking to Inside Soap magazine about filming his final scenes as Owen.

He talks about Faye's baby storyline and how the baby puts extra pressure between Anna and Owen.  Owen attacks Craig, who he thinks is Faye's baby's father and then Owen is carted off by the police and has to spend a night in the cells.

Owen is in the doghouse with Anna, but instead of begging for forgiveness from her, he suggests that the baby is put up for adoption.

As they row, Anna tells Owen she doesn't love him any more.

Ian says: "It adds extra poignancy when you realise you're doing this for the last time.  There's a collection of rows, and by the time they reach the big one, I think Anna and Owen are exhausted.  They part for circumstantial reasons, not because they've actually fallen out of love.

"Owen thinks they can work it out but Anna's not prepared to do that.  So maybe he'll go away and realise he could have done more..."

I wonder if when he goes away, he'll be on the first plane to Portugal?  And wouldn't this be a great time to bring Eddie Windass back?

See also: Ian Puleston-Davies to star in major TV series after he leaves Corrie

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Corrie's Dean Fagan turns theatre director

Coronation Street actor Dean Fagan, who plays garage mechanic Luke Britton, is to go behind the scenes as director on a new theatre production.

Dean and his pals from student days at Salford University have set up a new theatre company, Perfectly Flawed, and are preparing to showcase their first production in April at the Salford Arts Theatre.

Dean has been working on the production in between his filming commitments on Corrie.

Perfectly Flawed is a theatre adaptation of the brooding John Fowles novel The Collector, which will star Mark Frampton as the obsessive Frederick Clegg who kidnaps beautiful young art student Miranda Greg, played by Louise Pridding, after winning the pools and buying a remote country house to keep her imprisoned.  The Collector, which is suitable for audiences over 16, will play at the Salford Arts Theatre from April 23-25. For tickets see

The Manchester Evening News has some pictures, well worth a look.

Glenda Young
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Guess who discovers Tracy and Tony's secret?

Ooh, that Todd!

According to this week's Inside Soap magazine, Todd finds out about Tracy and Tony after he spies a stolen kiss between the two of them.  I don't know about you, but I have to hide behind a cushion every time they come on screen.

Inside Soap says that Todd figures out that Tracy is having an affair with Tony and threatens to spill the beans to Liz.  Tracy's quick to buy Todd's silence with a payrise at Barlow's Buys and hints that he could be part of her business plans for the future if he stays schtum.

But will he stay quiet?  And will we ever find out what happened to Todd  in that London to turn him into such a nasty piece of work?

Glenda Young
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Sarah Platt's return - what did you think?

What did you all make of the return of Sarah Platt last night to Coronation Street?


From her storming into the Platt household with a growling "Where IS she?" at daughter Bethany, through to the 'bride of chucky' comment from David and the clueless Jason wondering if Roberto was the Italian name for Robert, the double episodes had me chuckling from start to end.

And then the knowing looks between Sarah and Bethany, mum and daughter bonding over chips instead of Gail's bangers and mash, were lovely scenes to watch too.

I can't wait to see more of Sarah Lou - "Mum! How many times do I have to tell you? It's SARAH!" winding up half-brother David and she'll do this in fine style when she starts a snog fest with Callum. 
Next week on Corrie, Sarah and Jason wind up Bethany by pretending to get cosy together. Callum tries to flirt with Sarah but she sends him packing. Then Sarah is taken aback when Jason tells her that his feelings for her are long gone. Realising this was Bethany's idea of a joke, they decide to get their own back and set about winding Bethany up.

See also: Sarah Louise Platt - a quick re-cap in pictures
See also: Bethany Platt - a quick re-cap in pictures

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