Friday, 1 August 2014

Spot the Corrie prop - August 1st 2014

This week congratulations go to ELK who was the first to spot that last week's scenes of New York City can be found in Steph's flat.

For this week's Coronation Street prop puzzle all you have to do is tell us on whose bedroom wall you would find this comical wallpaper.

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Preview of tonight's double Coronation Street - Friday 1 Aug

Friday 1st August
DAVID AND KYLIE ARE FRAUGHT AS MAX RUNS WILD. Kylie and David arrive home with Lily and a hyper Max, who runs amok on the street with a water pistol angering residents. David admits to Gail that Max was a nightmare on holiday and he’s worried there may be something wrong with him. When David then receives a fine for taking Max out of school without permission his stress levels rise!
ROY REVEALS HIS MESSAGE FROM HAYLEY. Roy and Yasmeen spend the night protesting in the library, Kal visits with supplies but realises they have fallen out over Yasmeen’s insensitive comments about Roy’s single status. Can Kal help them to sort out their differences?.
SOPHIE AND MADDIE’S POOL PARTY GETS OUT OF HAND. Maddie entertains Simon at the Websters, but when Amy comes to play in the paddling pool too she upsets Simon by making digs about his dad being in prison. How will Maddie deal with Amy?
ELSEWHERE at Rob’s insistence, Tracy arranges a meeting with the medal collector who bought Uncle Albert’s medal, in the hope of buying it back.  

Friday 1st August
KYLIE’S IN DENIAL ABOUT MAX. David’s at his wits end as he struggles with Max’s behaviour. He tries to voice his concerns with Kylie but she’s immediately defensive. Will she accept that Max could have a problem?
A FIRE AT THE LIBRARY TURNS ROY’S CAMPAIGN TO ASHES.Kal gives Yasmeen and Roy the good news that they’ve won the right to appeal over the library closure. But when a fire breaks out destroying the library what will their next plan of action be?
AMY CAUSES TROUBLE FOR MADDIE AND SOPHIE. Maddie’s fed up with Amy’s attitude so when she whines that she’s bored Maddie tells her to find something else to do. Arriving at the shop Amy lies, telling Tracy she ran away because Maddie threatened to slap her. Furious, Tracy confronts Maddie.
ELSEWHERE when the medal collector demands £500 for Uncle Albert’s medal, Tracy tells her to shove it. But will Rob let her get away with losing the family heirloom?

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

State of the Street - July 2014

At the end of each month, I generally ramble on about some of the storylines on Coronation Street from that month. It's not really a storyline summary, it's more about my reaction to things that happened.

I'm finding Todd is in danger of becoming too one-dimensional though he's fun to watch at the moment. Peter's in prison on very thin circumstantial evidence and Ken's absence, though we understand why it's been there, is difficult to swallow. Nick is doing my head in but at least he's not boring to watch, either. I'm starting a new drinking game every time Gary or Alya coincidentally run into one another.

We've lost Dennis and Marcus this month and both will be missed even if they were both criminally undervalued. Loving Yasmeen so far!

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Chris Gascoyne joins Jack and the Beanstalk panto

Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter Barlow in Coronation Street, will be starring in panto this Christmas. Oh yes he will, etc.

Chris will be starring in Jack and the Benstalk at Birmingham Hippodrome for the festive season.

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Put your questions to Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn

Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn will be chatting to Digital Spy next month, so here's your chance to submit some questions for the show's boss.

Whether its characters, sets or storylines, all questions are welcome. 

To submit your questions to Stuart Blackburn, use the form at Digital Spy.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

My disappointment in Dennis

Well, Dennis Tanner has gone! Will he be back? Who knows?

I have to say that since Dennis was re-introduced into Corrie over three years ago, I have been very disappointed at the way his character has been dealt with. And this is no fault of Philip Lowrie. It's in the hands of the powers that be. Here are some of my thoughts on the weaknesses of the charatcer.

His re-introduction

When I heard the news that Dennis Tanner was being re-introduced, I was a little apprehensive. Yes, I was thrilled they were thinking of bringing him back, but yet I questioned why? There were plenty of other characters to re-introduce, why Dennis Tanner? He hadn't appeared since 1968 and only two characters, three at a push would remember him.

Then we got more info on his comeback. He would return as a tramp which was an interesting angle. You would expect that maybe Emily would find him prowling around the charity shop. But oh no, it was Rita who found him while volunteering in a homeless shelter. The producers made a mountain out of a molehill, quite frankly, of their friendship. Yes, Rita was introduced as Dennis' friend in 1964, but that was about it. For me, it would have been better for Emily or Ken to come across him and then bring him home and for Rita to recognise him. What was also weird was that Dennis didn't comment on how the street had changed since he left. He didn't comment how the Rovers had changed - how the snug or select wasn't there any more.

Lack of historical references

As I said, I was apprehensive about his return. But what I was looking forward to were references to the past. Dennis was another link to the Corrie of the 1960s along with Ken and Emily. While we got told about Elsie's fate and a reference to Martha Longhurst, I have no recollection of Dennis making any references to past characters. He could've talked about Jack and Annie Walker, the snug trio, Albert Tatlock or Lucille Hewitt. Considering his links with Gamma Garments, he never talked about Swindley with Emily. He never discussed Emily having finally got married after years of being a spinster. 

His lack of scenes with Ken were a disappointment as well. Considering he was due to ruffle Ken's feathers, no such scenes were shown. There were two years before Ken left for Canada, so there were enough opportunities. Where were the scenes where Dennis and Ken reminisced about the past and about Elsie, Frank and Ida, David and Valerie? We never saw Dennis talk to Peter about his mum. A missed opportunity.

Why didn't Linda Cheveski re-appear? Or what about a reference to Dennis' first wife Jenny?

Confinement to Rita

This was the biggest mistake they did. Since 2011, his scenes have mainly been with Rita. But I don't know why the producers chose to confine him to just Rita. They could have always maintained Rita and Dennis' friendship, like her friendship with Alf, while Dennis could communicate with other characters. I was pleased when the producers recognised the ironic link that Eileen lived at Elsie's house and that Elsie's maiden name was also Grimshaw. And it was nice how Julie took Dennis in recently. 

I was also unhappy that they married Dennis and Rita. Rita mentioned time and again that she had always wanted to be Mrs Tanner. No reference was made before and it was odd considering Rita always said that her true love was Len. For years, she refused to remarry because she still loved Len. 

There was a lot of potential for Dennis to be linked with other characters. Yes he had a friendship with Sylvia and he ran off with Gloria, but what about Audrey? They could've talked about hairdressing - Dennis was interested at one time! And  despite Gail being Elsie's lodger, no scenes were done between the characters. He became a lollipop man which gave him a story with Steve, but all was forgotten.

While Rita had always had a fun-loving and humorous nature, her marriage to Dennis made her a miserable and boring shrew. When married to Len she could be a nag which was justified, but it was a change of personality for her to be so horrible to Dennis. It was no surprise that they finally separated but it was a shame that no effort was made to portray an old aged married couple. Not many have been portrayed in soaps so it would've been a change but alas the producers didn't have time. 

Ruination of a classic Corrie character

Maybe it was a mistake bringing him back. Too much time had passed. Although when they re-introduced Jed Stone, they didn't make a mess of things but he wasn't there long! Dennis could've brought some humour back to the OAP section of the show after the deaths of Blanche and Betty and would've been a brilliant double act with Sylvia. 

They made him totally dependant on Rita which was an error as he was a pensioner so received a pension. When he courted Rita, she was sweet but when they married, she turned into a harridan. He became henpecked like Jack Duckworth and Stan Ogden.

If not making him henpecked was enough, they made him an adulterer as well - running off with Gloria. He returned a desperate man but by the end he even retorted to even stealing money from The Kabin. 

It was a shame that he was axed - a real shame. What will Rita do now? Get a divorce and revert back to Sullivan? Who knows? Rita's not having the best luck with her old friends is she? She's fallen out with Bet Lynch, Alec Gilroy and Sharon Gaskell and now Dennis! Thank goodness she's still got Mavis!

You rarely disappoint me Corrie, but this time you have.

What about you? Were you disappointed with how Dennis was dealt with? Did you have hopes for him? Leave your comments!

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Which Corrie baddie should return to Coronation Street?

I haven't watched EastEnders in years, but news this week that Nick Cotton is returning to the show (even though he's dead) made me smile.  I remember him being a thoroughly nasty piece of work - and great fun to watch.

It got me thinking about the Corrie bad lads and villains, murderers and scum bags that have walked the cobbles over the years.

Which one, if you had to choose just one, would you like to return (even from the dead)?

My vote would go to the wonderful Jez Quigley. "Steve McDonald... come on down!"

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 30 July

AUDREY TRIES TO HEAL THE RIFT IN THE PLATTS. Gail confronts Nick about vandalising
Michael’s van,will he admit to seeing red after spotting them kissing? And how will Nick
react when Audrey summons him to a family meeting to iron out their differences? Will Nick accept Michael or will Gail be made to choose between her family and the new man in her life?
more chance. It looks like she’s wavering until she witnesses a nasty altercation between
Dennis and Norris, hasDennis sealed his fate?
Craig arrive at the library to stage their protest at its closure. But who will stay after hours
and get locked in for the night?
ELSEWHERE Maddie and Simon get on well as she and Sophie look after him.

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