Sunday, 2 August 2015

Simon gets drunk - first-look Coronation Street pictures

Here are some sneak preview pictures of Coronation Street to be shown on Wednesday 12 August 2015.
In a bid to smooth things over between her and Simon, Leanne suggests he invites his friends for lunch at the Bistro.

Leanne’s pleased when Simon appears to be enjoying himself but doesn’t notice when Simon steals a bottle of vodka from behind the bar.

As he and his friends become increasingly drunk, Leanne is horrified to discover the empty bottle under the table.

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Coronation Street weekly update, August 1 2015

Corrie weekly updates from 1995 - 20 years in 20 e-books
All the wit and warmth of Weatherfield, none of the waffle

Available from or

Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street
- 2015 official ITV tie-in book

and Coronation Street unofficial companion books:

Norman Bates with a Briefcase, the Richard Hillman Story

A Perfect Duet, the diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper

Greetings and welcome to the Coronation Street Weekly Update. Find out more about the Coronation Street Weekly Updates and why they've been written for th'internet since 1995 at 

My highlight of this week has been the sublime acting relationship between David Neilson and Melanie Hill as Cathy and Roy.  These two actors together are creating a partnership on Corrie the likes of which have never been seen before and it’s all power to the incredible David Neilson. He was wonderful with Julie Hesmondhalgh as Hayley and he’s now proving his worth again with Melanie Hill as Cathy.

After Cathy gets trapped by a falling mountain of rubbish she’s hoarded in her house, Roy knows it’s not safe for her to stay there any more. He takes her to a museum for the day where the two of them join an art class and draw pictures of each other. While they’re out of the house, Tyrone, Fiz and Chesney tidy up Cathy’s house to reveal a sofa, a carpet and a panic attack from Cathy when she returns to see what they’ve done.  She’s too scared to stay in the house on her own as it brings too many memories of how she’s let things go since her husband died. Roy, being Roy, asks her to move into the flat above the café with him. It’s a safe haven for wounded souls, and Cathy accepts.  I have a feeling that Hayley would approve.

Now that Sally and Tim are engaged, she’s got big plans for her fiancé.  She wants him to move up in the world, and not just climb another rung on his window cleaning ladder. So when Kevin tells Sally and Tim that he’s put a good word in for Tim at a car dealership with plate glass windows who are looking for a window cleaner, Sally’s all ears while Tim turns a blind eye. Sally irons a shirt for Tim to wear for his spec visit to the car salesroom but Tim visits granddaughter Miley instead. After much to and fro, Tim tells Sally the truth about why he turned down the chance to take on a bigger round and bigger windows. “I didn’t want to do it.” You can’t say fairer than that.  Mind you, Sally’s not best pleased.

Over at the Dog and Gun, Bethany develops a crush on Callum while mum Sarah frets about what her daughter is up to and grandma Gail reminds Sarah that she was as bad as Beth at her age. 

In the factory, Alya thinks she might be pregnant after her one-night stand with Jason. Oblivious to all the turmoil going on in Alya’s head, Gary plans their wedding with the families Nazir and Windass. When asked who he’d want to invite to their small wedding, Gary reels off a list of names, none of them being Eddie, his dad. How odd.

At Streetcars, Eileen finds a bracelet on the floor that she thinks a stroppy customer has dropped so she pockets the bracelet, much to reformed burglar Michael’s disdain. He’s also not too happy with Eileen for rubbing Gail’s nose in things and flaunting their relationship in the Rovers. Michael tells Eileen sternly to leave Gail alone: “I don’t want you thinking about Gail when you’re kissing me!”

And that's just about that for this week.

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This week’s writers were Simon Crowther (Monday double); Chris Fewtrell (Wednesday); Susan Oudot (Friday double).  Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team at

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Last chance to enter! Win Coronation Street games

Competition ends today, Saturday 1 August 2015 at 3pm

We’ve teamed up with Jumbo Games, the Number 1 manufacturer of adult puzzles in the UK*, to offer two lucky Coronation Street Blog readers the chance to win either the brand new Coronation Street True or False Trivia Board Game OR the brand new Coronation Street 1,000 piece Double Acts jigsaw puzzle!

The Coronation Street True or False Trivia Board Game will test your knowledge of all things Coronation Street with over 750 True or False questions. Test your knowledge from Britain’s most popular soap and make your way around the board by answering the questions and earning extra bonus points to help you be the first to reach The Rovers Return.

The 1,000 piece Double Acts jigsaw puzzle will take you down memory lane as you piece together 38 famous Corrie double acts, old and new - perfect for all Corrie fans!

You can read our review of the new game and the puzzle here.

To be in with a chance to win one of these great prizes, all you have to do is answer the two following questions correctly and email the right answers to me at with JUMBO in your email subject line.

Two winners will be picked at random from all correct entries received. Sorry, overseas fans, this competition is restricted to UK fans only.  Deadline for entries is Saturday 1 August 2015 at 3pm. Winners will be announced here on the Coronation Street Blog.

Entries from moneysavingsexpert, Loquax and all other competition entry websites will not be included.

Here are your questions, Corrie fans - good luck!

1. From the Jumbo website, which town in the UK is the Jumbo office based?

2. In our Coronation Street Blog review of the new Trivia Game, which two Corrie characters did Sunny Jim and I choose when we played the game?

If you are not lucky enough to win, both these fantastic products are available on

For more information on the entire range from Jumbo Games visit

* Source: NPD FY 2014

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Friday, 31 July 2015

Fab Photo Friday, July 31st 2015

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. Yesterday was International Friendship Day and we asked for your favourite Coronation Street friendships. Humpty Dumpty came up with a few so here are Ivy and Vera and Curly, Kevin and Terry.

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Spot the Corrie prop - July 31st 2015

Congratulations this week go to Pod who was the first person to spot that last week's handbag belongs to Leanne Battersby.

For this week's prop puzzle all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on Coronation Street you would find this utensil jar.

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Pic: Corrie fan proposes outside Rovers Return

There was a marriage proposal on the old Coronation Street set this week when Scott Bladen asked his girlfriend Zoe Swift to marry him. And the lady, she said 'yes'!

When Zoe accepted Scott's proposal on the Coronation Street tour, onlookers cheered the happy couple on from the cobbles. Scott and Zoe are both huge Coronation Street fans.

Scott told the Liverpool Echo: “I was really nervous, shaking and sweating. Zoe’s a massive Corrie fan, we both watch it together and we had booked to go onto the tour. I thought it would be a good idea to propose while we were there and, with the Rovers being such a central point, to do it there. Luckily it went really well, she said yes and she was over the moon. I’d booked a limo to take us back from the set to a pub in Neston, the Malt Shovel, where our family and friends were waiting, so I was really glad she said yes!”

Many congratulations to the happy couple!

I can't think of anywhere better to be proposed to than on the Coronation Street set.

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Video: Behind the scenes at Corrie photoshoot

Here's a nice little video of the Inside Soap photoshoot we blogged about earlier this week, where cast members revealed some behind-the-scenes secrets.

In the video, Inside Soap magazine meets Coronation Street's Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Bradley), Jack P Shepherd (David Platt), Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt), Sean Ward (Callum Logan), Ellie Leach (Faye Windass) and Colson Smith (Craig Tinker) as they have their pictures taken for the magazine.

If you haven't voted for Corrie yet in the Inside Soap Awards, the link is here. Vote now!

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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Friday 31 July

Friday 31st July
ROY AND CATHY ARE THE PICTURE OF FRIENDSHIP Roy persuades a reluctant Cathy to have a day out with him whilst Tyrone, Fiz and Chesney kindly clear some junk out of her house. At Cathy’s request, they visit an art gallery. Roy’s impressed with her knowledge and it’s clear they’ve both enjoyed themselves. Tyrone, Fiz and Chesney work hard clearing out Cathy’s junk. But when Roy and Cathy return home and they reveal the fruits of their labour, how will Cathy react?
MUM’S THE WORD FOR ALYA Yasmeen’s excited at the thought of planning the wedding, guilt-ridden Alya does her best to appear enthusiastic. Plucking up the courage, Alya heads to the Underworld loos with her pregnancy testing kit. But when Beth finds the pregnancy testing kit in the bin, she and Sean wonder who it belongs to. Sinead glances at Alya, aware there’s something bothering her, but keeps her counsel. As Gary arrives in the factory to collect Alya, Beth produces the pregnancy testing kit and teases Alya by suggesting it’s hers. Alya’s alarmed whilst Gary’s bemused.
AUDREY ATTEMPTS TO BUILD BRIDGES Audrey summons Gail, Sarah and Bethany to the Salon for a pampering session, hoping they can iron out their differences. Can she unite the family once more? ELSEWHERE When a stroppy customer calls in the cab office and drops her bracelet, Eileen pockets it and Michael’s perturbed by her dishonesty.

Friday 31st July
ROY RUES HIS ACTIONS As Roy calms Cathy down, Tyrone shows her how they’ve boxed up all her junk and labelled it so she can decide what to dump and what to keep. Cathy’s touched, revealing how after Alan’s death, hoarding junk gave her comfort. Telling her to call if she needs him, Roy heads home. Clearly in a state, Cathy arrives at the café and admits to Roy that she’s scared that the longer she stays in the house, the worse she’ll become. Sympathetic, Roy makes Cathy an offer.
ALYA CONFESSES THE TRUTH TO SINEAD Sinead comes to Alya’s rescue, making out the pregnancy test was hers and it was negative. Will Gary accept this? Alya feels terrible and as she and Gary meet with Yasmeen, Sharif, and Anna to discuss wedding plans, the stress becomes too much for Alya and she heads out for some air. Sinead finds Alya in tears on the street. Alya breaks down and swearing Sinead to secrecy, confesses how she had sex with Jason. Catching up with Alya, is Gary about to discover the awful truth?
KYLIE RETURNS WITH NEWS OF DAVID Kylie arrives home with Max and Lily and explains to Gail that David is spending a few days alone with his Dad as Max’s continual references to Callum were getting him down. Sarah feels guilty.
ELSEWHERE Under pressure from Michael, Eileen begrudgingly agrees that if the customer returns looking for her bracelet, she’ll hand it over. Finding sulky Bethany alone at the bus stop, Sarah cancels her date with Callum and persuades Bethany to join her at the chippy.

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