Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Wed 22 Feb

WEDNESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
NICK FIGHTS HIS INSECURITIES OVER STEVE As Toyah cuddles the baby, Leanne announces that they’re calling him Oliver. Clearly the proud Dad, Nick reveals that he’s booked them an appointment to register the baby’s name tomorrow afternoon. Back at home the Platts visit the new baby. Peter and Toyah discover they both know that Nick’s not the baby’s father and it must be very difficult for him. Meanwhile alone at last with their new baby, Leanne breaks the news to Nick that she doesn’t want his name on Oliver’s birth certificate as it would seem wrong. How will Nick react to this?
MICHELLE TRIES TO MOVE ON When Michelle finds out Leanne’s had the baby, she’s emotional but genuinely pleased for her and insists they visit. Steve’s horrified at the thought but knows he must play along for her sake. Making out he’s too upset as it stirs up memories of Ruairi, Steve waits outside Victoria Court whilst Michelle heads up to see Leanne’s new baby. How will Michelle cope?
WILL JENNY’S UNDERWORLD IDEA FALL APART AT THE SEAMS? Aidan returns from Spain and is annoyed to find Jenny ensconced in the factory office. Jenny explains how she’s in the process of developing a new range of specialised bras and Richard Drake has placed an order.
ELSEWHERE Liam is desperate to see mum Maria in prison.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Faye Brookes opens up about relationship with Gareth Gates


Faye Brookes, who plays Kate Connor in Coronation Street, is on the front of this week's OK! magazine along with her fella, singer Gareth Gates.
Faye and Gareth talk to the mag about their relationship and in typically OK! style, they (and this is in OK-ese, not my words... "explained their romance is seriously intense."

Faye says: "Our relationship's always fiery because there's so much love there and so much passion. And because we have limited time with each other each week, there's an added pressure as we want it to be perfect. When you love each other so much, things get heightened. It's amazing."


Gareth said:"We're both quite needy, sensitive people and, as we don't spend every second together, we thrive on needing each other's attention. I think that happens within every relationship. Jealousy finds its way. We get jealous of the time we spend with other people; it's not because we don't trust each other."

And if you like that sort of thing, there's more over at OK including a video of the two of them in bed the morning after Faye won her NTA award for Best Soap Newcomer last month.

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Coronation Street double epsiode review – Monday 20 Feb

Our blogger Rachel Stevenson normally writes her fantastic Monday night episode reviews but is away on holiday. While she's been away, Coronation Street Blog reader Ryan Oxley kindly offered to step into Rachel's shoes to bring you his review of Monday night's episodes.

And so, it's over to Ryan...

The birth of a Baby, the death of a rat (Ouroborus)

Well here it is, my third and final review of the Monday night double episode while Rachel has been on holiday. Treading the cobbles of the Coronation Street Blog has been a delicious delight - like one of Betty's Hotpots.

A familiar theme, maybe a motif, threaded through tonight’s brilliant Corrie double. A maternalistic streak that favoured Leanne, Toyah, Sarah and Eva, and sadness for Michelle as ashes were scattered on one of Corrie's finest (and incredibly upsetting) storylines. Also, another unexpected death that spelt the end of an era. Greek mythology isn’t something I’d ever associate with Corrie but tonight’s double (including the tale of the giant causeway) had a mythical if not ouroborus air to it. 

Following Friday's ‘night out’ we learn that Bethany has slept with sinister Nathan and without protection. Is this insidious storyline about to reap another unplanned pregnancy? Sarah seethes upon learning the ‘truth’, and her mothering instincts are troubled in handling the situation.

Toyah’s IVF battle sees Peter borrow money from Ken to book a conveniently cancelled IVF consultation and Eva ‘loses’ track of Liam who races to the bus stop, wishing to visit his imprisoned mum. The lad is consoled by a heavily pregnant Leanne, and Little Liam’s woes continue as we learn he caused Darryl the rat to escape into the street. Leanne is still distraught at her unified sisters, and an argument explodes with Toyah, as they leave Victoria Court and head into the lift.

Steve and Michelle retreat to Anglesey, the shores of Wales, to scatter baby Ruairi’s ashes. We are treated to a beautiful location shoot, the strong winter wind and the tides in unison to the couples shattered emotions. The broken couple both stare out poignantly at the distant horizon. This could be foreshadowing for their relationship, as we already know; another McDonald baby is about to be born.  It’s worth mentioning that this was another heartfelt and understated performance from Kym Marsh and Simon Gregson. ‘Rover’ running around the beach added a subtle comedic touch. Corrie at its finest.

Back on the street and with a rat now firmly on the loose, Toyah and Leanne become stranded as the lift draws to a halt (no alarm in Victoria Court?) and Leanne’s waters inconveniently break. Hero of the hour (or of any hour in Weatherfield) Robert races to the rescue. A power cut has shut the lift off!
With Leanne’s contractions getting stronger, Weatherfield’s medical marvel Rana is also on the scene. As Peter visits the IVF appointment on his own, Toyah turns midwife, unworried and seamlessly, a newfound career perhaps for councilor come barmaid, Toyah?

As the emergency services arrive, new ‘father’ Nick races to the scene, and by now, the baby has already entered the world. In tragic comic effect, it transpires that Darryl the rat had left the world by causing the power cut, as Baby Oliver has entered it, ‘He went out with a bang’ enthused Tim, as you would with 50,000 vaults through you’. A birth that will undoubtedly cause ‘explosions’ in future episodes?

A brilliant double tonight but I’m left thinking about the death of Darryl the rat, the demise of a Coronation Street legend. Almost ouroborus, or ‘one out, one in’ as my nan would say. 

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Coronation Street spoiler: Sally on the war path

Next week in Coronation Street we'll see Sally on the war path after a builder working for Phelan harasses daughter Rosie.

Inside Soap magazine reveal that Sally forms a protest with some of the women of the Street, gets herself a megaphone and screams all kinds of things through it at the building site.

It all starts after Sally finds out (from Anna, of all people!) that Rosie has brought drugs into the country from Miami.  After Sally gets over the initial shock of it all, she's upset that Rosie couldn't confide in her and determines to become closer to Rosie.  Rosie then tells her mum that she's been lying about her luxurious lifestyle while in the US to avoid letting Sally down. 

The protest becomes Sally's way of showing Rosie that she supports her and loves her.



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Rob Mallard: "I'd love Denise Black to return to Corrie!"


There's an excellent interview in Inside Soap magazine this week with Rob Mallard, who plays Daniel Osbourne in Coronation Street.

I won't blog the whole interview, because it's definitely worth buying the magazine to read what Rob has to say over two pages.  But in a nutshell, the highlights of the interview for me were the following:

Rob says the best thing about being in Corrie is hearing 57 years worth of stories from Bill Roache (Ken Barlow).  "I do feel very privileged to be hearing them from him," he says.


He says he's had a good response from the public after his interview with Gay Times.

When Daniel had to punch the wall the other week in Corrie after his fight with Chesney, Rob says: "There was actually a little square piece of wall made out of polystyrene, which was screwed into the real wall to absorb the shock.  I mean, I was still hitting a brick wall underneath, but they didn't tell me that until afterwards!"

And finally, Rob says this about the possible return of his on-screen mum, Denise Osbourne:



"I would love it if she were to come back to Corrie! I've been a fan of Denise for a few years and when the audition for the role of Daniel first came up, one of the reasons I was so keen to win the role was because of the people I'd get to work with.  I knew I'd get to do scenes with the Barlows, but there was also the possibility I'd get to work with Denise at some point down the line. And that wasn't something I was going to turn my back on!"

See also: Who'd love Denise Osbourne to return to Coronation Street?


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Coronation Street spoiler: Sinead pregnant - but who's the dad?



Next week in Coronation Street we'll see Sinead confide to Beth that she's pregnant.

But who will the daddy be - Chesney or Daniel?

Inside Soap magazine reveal that Sinead takes a pregnancy test and confides in aunty Beth when the test results come back positive. But is Sinead up the duff by Daniel or in the pudding club by Chesney?

Sinead decides to keep quiet about the baby bombshell until she weighs up all her options.  But Daniel gets a shock when he finds the pregnancy test in the flat and realises it's positive.

All of this unfolds next week when Ken continues to give Daniel an ear-bashing about Sinead not being good enough for him and how he should make something of his life.  What will Daniel do if it's his? And what will Chesney say if it turns out he's the dad?


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Coronation Street spoiler: Toyah to dump Peter?


Inside Soap magazine reveal paparazzi pictures this week showingn Toyah with her husband Toby - and he's got his arm around her. 

Now then, it doesn't say what might or might not be going on in the paparazzi snaps. And, it's fair to say, Toyah doesn't look best pleased to be with Toby, even though he's holding her around the shoulder gently with his arm.

Perhaops Toby just wants to talk to Toyah, to beg her to try again, and give their marriage another go? Or perhaps she dumps Peter after she finds out he's been seeing mystery woman Chloe again.

Oh yes, you can read all about that here.

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What is Shona's secret? Vote in our poll now!

We've blogged a few times about Shona Ramsey and wondered what secret she's hiding.  Next week in Coronation Street, Shona has a showdown with Gail in the cafe after Gail accuses her of stealing.

Shona has obviously got some connection to the Platt clan, but what do YOU think is Shona's secret that she's hiding?

Vote below and let us know what you think Shona's Corrie connection is.


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