Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sam Aston Interview on Chesney's shock stabbing


Sam Aston, who plays Coronation Street's Chesney Brown, has been talking about the scenes in which his character gets stabbed next week.

In a robbery that will see the Bistro fall victim to a gang of thugs, Chesney gets caught in the crossfire when he tries to find Daniel and ends up getting slashed in the neck by a broken bottle.

Sam tells The Express that he found the change in pace for his character refreshing, but noted that the scenes were difficult to film.

"It was great fun, I’ve been here for quite a long time and I have never done anything like that. It was a challenge because Chesney is making kebabs most of the time but it was really cool to be involved in something different," he said.

While it has been speculated that the moment Chesney is stabbed could spell the end for the popular character, Sam said that he enjoyed being able to show a different side to the relationship between the long-time rivals.

See also: Bloodbath at the Bistro


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Video Trailer: Eva's Revenge in Coronation Street


"I'm going to take him for every piggin' thing he's got!" says Eva in the trailer video of Eva's revenge that's been released by ITV Coronation Street.

And it looks as if she's going to do it in style too, with a pink 4x4 car as starters - all charged to Aidan's credit card.

You can watch the video trailer below (with apologies to fans in Canada who might be unable to see it).



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Bistro bloodbath, Chesney stabbed and more big Corrie spoilers

There's another exciting week ahead in Weatherfield next week and so here's our pick of the storylines and spoilers.


Eva's plan of revenge against Aidan begins! Let the fun start now.  Find out what's going on right here.


Think that Nathan's evil grooming storyline is over? Think again. The Platts reel from shock news from the cops about Nathan. Find out more here.


As Erica and Kev continue to get cosy, is it too late for Anna to try to win him back? Find out more here.


Why is Jenny out on a date with Johnny's business partner, Matthew Singh?  Find out more here.


Can Todd and Billy do right by Drew and look after Summer? Drew's funeral takes place too. Find out what else happens here.


Adam begins to blackmail Aidan. But why and what's he going to do with the cash? Find out here.


Eileen finds a stash of old love letters that Phelan's been hiding. She's so paranoid about them that Phelan threatens to call the cops. What's going on here then? Find out more!


Meanwhile, over at the Bistro, there's money laundering going on - but that's not all. Chesney's caught up in the Bistro bloodbath!  Find out more on the money laundering and Chesney's stabbing.

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Where are they now? Corrie Icons of the 90s - Denise Welch


Denise Welch joined Coronation Street as Natalie Horrocks (later Natalie Barnes) in 1997 and was part of the show until 2000.  She played the street strumpet who went after Kevin Webster when wife Sally was away looking after her ill mother in Scarborough - and she was given one of the best slaps that we've seen on the cobbles!


Sally Dynevor (who plays Sally Metcalfe) and Denise Welch re-enacted the slap scene earlier this year when they met at the Greater Manchester Run.  Have a look at it here.



Denise left Coronation Street in December 2000. The door was left open for her return, an offer that, to date, has not been taken up.

She continued acting with roles in Where the Heart is, Down to Earth, Waterloo Road, Holby City and The Bill. Then she became a part of the Loose Women team from 2005 until 2013.

In 2016 she starred in the wonderful telly show Boy Meets Girl.  She has released her autobiography.

Since leaving the Street Denise has confessed that she has suffered from clinical depression for most of her life and that during her time on the programme her suffering was acute. Her problems were accentuated by alcoholism, a problem she was helped with by Kevin Kennedy (who played Curly Watts) who encouraged her to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.  

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Vote for Corrie! TV Choice Awards 2017


The shortlist has now been published in this year's TV Choice Awards 2017.

You can now vote for your favourite TV shows.

From Coronation Street, the choices are as follows:

Best Soap Actress:
Lucy Fallon as Bethany Platt
Kym Marsh as Michelle Connor

Best Soap Newcomer:
Julia Goulding as Shona Ramsey
Rob Mallard as Daniel Osbourne

Best Soap:
Coronation Street

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Nazirs?


Guest blog post by Glenn Meads who is on Twitter and LinkedIn
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When the Nazirs were first introduced three years ago, expectations were high. Not just in terms of Muslim representation in a mainstream soap, but also because the family set-up seemed interesting.

Kal was killed off and that gave the family more drama to contend with. And we witnessed some first class acting from Shelley King, as the matriarch, Yasmeen. Then Marc Anwar was sacked, and since then, there has not been much for this family to do.

So, how do you solve a problem like the Nazirs?


1. Get Alya more involved in Underworld. She has a good job, but we barely see her do it. She has the makings of a cut throat Carla Connor, if we saw her at work.


2. Zeedan has a great sense of humour. Let's see more of it. I like this character, as he has evolved, since he first skulked onto the street. But, if Alya must be the bad girl, Zeedan needs to laugh and joke more.

3. Yasmeen needs more scenes with Roy and a storyline. Shelley King can act, so give the actress something to do. Her scenes with Roy used to be superb. We need more of them, and she needs a challenging story arc.

4. Let's see the family's friends. They would mix with other people outside of the street, so let's see them and how they interact with more than Rita.

5. Give Zee a wandering eye, even if it never comes to fruition. He began the show as a bit of a wide boy. Now, all he does is fret about his chunky chips.

6. Integrate the family more. They are on the street, but not in the street. They need to be immersed. And the only way is to do this, is by developing friendships, to enable this family to interact.

7. Give them some conflict. They need something to play off. Drop the Tracy feud, it's boring; create a new one!


8. Rana has a big storyline coming up. Good job, as she has become like Steph;  a cypher for more interesting characters. I hope this new storyline does her justice.

I know many would rather this family left the cobbles behind. But, I think we have a strong cast here, but they are not being stretched and on paper, these characters could create some fireworks.

Glenn Meads

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