Friday, 22 May 2015

Tracy's Revenge - next week on Coronation Street

The Coronation Street blog sat down with cast and crew of Coronation Street on Friday where all was revealed ahead of the explosive week titled 'Tracy’s Revenge'. In a small screening room in Central London, Kym Marsh, Jimi Mistry and Sally-Ann Matthews sat with us as we watched each gripping episode, enjoying every moment just as much as we did with each actor's character having a central role in the episodes. Producer Stuart Blackburn shared a few teasers for the months ahead, as summer on Coronation Street promises to be truly unmissable and more than worthy of that recent BAFTA win.

Director David Kester offered an insight into the many hours put in to creating such an epic and unforgettable series of stories, culminating in several life-changing events. The fire itself, the central event in next week’s episodes, took over five weeks to film, several weeks longer than planned, as cast and crew worked painstakingly to get it just right. We've seen the build up to these scenes over many months, and at the centre of the story, we'll be left wondering whether Tracy has yet again gone too far. But it’s not just the event itself we should look forward to. What happens on Coronation Street next week will have repercussions for many months to come and will see families torn apart, surprise new relationships formed, with new and uncharted directions for some of the characters we know and love. 

The Coronation Street Blog will be with you all the way, with perspectives, opinions and exclusive news from the actors and producers themselves. So keep checking the blog over the coming days. In the meantime you can whet your appetite by watching the Tracy's Revenge trailer here.

Whilst we had them, our writers took the opportunity to ask producers about another major storyline heading our way; Deirdre’s demise. Beverley Callard revealed this week that whilst she tried hard to keep reality and Coronation Street apart, her first scenes in the Barlows’ living room recently brought back the reality of her friend Annie Kirkbride’s death, and it was a difficult experience. Stuart Blackburn revealed that they are now working on Deirdre’s funeral and the aftermath, how families and friends come together to remember the iconic character. Expect tears, laughter and the odd lock-in at the Rovers.

Don’t forget to follow #TracysRevenge on Twitter, where blogger @StevieDawson will be sharing more about the coming week’s brilliant Corrie.

It's going to be explosive...

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Fab Photo Friday - May 22nd 2015

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. Steve and Michelle are due to be married next week and so it gives me the excuse to show one of my favourite ever Coronation Street wedding photographs again. Here's Shelley Unwin doing the right thing and running away from a life of misery with Charle Stubbs.

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Spot the Corrie prop - May 22nd 2015

It's nice to catch you all out now and again. Everyone seems to think that the only place on Coronation Street you would ever find a book is either with Ken or Roy but they're all over the place. Last week's can be found in Nick's Bistro, probably only for decoration though.

For this week's prop puzzle just tell us whereabouts on Coronation Street you have seen this wicker heart.

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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Friday 22 May

Friday 22nd May
WILL CARLA RESCUE THE ROVERS? As Carla struggles to come up with the money to buy the Rovers, Liz and Tony head to the solicitors to do the deal with Travis Ltd. Tracy buzzes with excitement as Tony promises the pub will be theirs by the end of the day. As Liz and Tony wait nervously at the solicitor’s, Carla and Michelle arrive, explaining how there’s no need to sell to Travis Ltd as Carla’s seen her bank manager and would like to buy into the Rovers. Tony reels. With Tracy waiting expectantly, can Tony close the deal?
CALLUM HAS A PROPOSITION FOR SARAH When Callum tells David he’ll collect Max later, David seethes. David begs Sarah to go bowling with Callum and Max so she can keep an eye on them and report back to him. Will Sarah agree?
SHARIF RECEIVES A CORDIAL INVITE Cathy calls in the café and asks Roy if he’d be interested in buying her late husband’s elderflower cordial to sell to his customers. What will Roy and Sharif make of the drink?
ELSEWHERE Nick invites the family to join he and Erica for drinks in the bistro, in the hope they can all get along. Andrea listens in disbelief as they hear how Lloyd ended up stranded on a Norwegian fishing trawler heading north. Will he make it back for the wedding?

Friday 22nd May
WILL TONY SHATTER TRACY’S DREAMS? Can Tony convince Liz to go through with the deal with Travis Ltd or will Liz accept Carla’s last minute offer to buy her share of the pub? And how will Tracy react if she’s usurped by her arch enemy? Tony’s on tenterhooks as he tries to placate Tracy. Can Tony hold it all together or will an increasingly bitter Tracy blow his cover and vow revenge on all who have wronged her? Oblivious to the drama Steve and Michelle happily make plans for their big day, agreeing their marriage tomorrow is forever.
DAVID THREATENS TO REVEAL ANDY’S SECRET Nick hosts a family party in the bistro and raises a toast to Erica and the baby. As Gail makes snide remarks, David becomes drunk and maudlin and rows with Andy.
ROY’S CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE Realising that Cathy needs £30 to pay her allotment dues, Roy offers to pay them for her but Cathy won’t hear of it. Roy suggests she helps out in the café in return for the money, will Cathy agree?
ELSEWHERE Sophie and Maddie, clearly loved up, discuss where they’re going to live. Alya tells Izzy and Sinead her plans to set up her own designer lingerie business as a side-line. Will they agree to work for her in their spare time?

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Rovers pub quiz at Coronation Street tour

Thursday 18th June 7pm - 10.30pm
Tickets £16.00 per person, max of 6 people per team (team members must be over 18)

Win a VIP experience! (And a goody bag with exclusive tour merchandise for each winning team member too)

Coronation Street The Tour invites you to a pub quiz with a difference. You don't have to be a Corrie expert to enter but it might help as there will be Corrie themed questions as well as picture rounds, general knowledge and name that tune.

If you are full of trivia and want a fun evening out with friends, then book your tickets now for The Corrie Tour Pub Quiz. 

The Rovers will be open so get yourself a drink and settle down at your table in the studio in front of one of the iconic Corrie sets, for a series of questions covering everything from Corrie to capital cities!

With breaks between rounds you'll have time to go for a walk along the cobbles, have a look at the selected interior sets or take a 20 minute Street Tour with one of our guides. The Crew Kitchen Cafe and catering van will also be open for chips, hotdogs, pies and pasties if you fancy a bite to eat.

Team registration 7pm
Rovers bar open 7pm - 10pm
Quiz starts 7.30pm
Depart 10.30pm

The ticket price of £16.00 includes entry to the quiz and to Coronation Street The Tour with time to explore the studio and street. Tour guides will be on hand to talk about the sets and answer your questions (no cheating!), there will also be short guided tours of the Street in the interval.

Click here to book your tickets now!

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Where would you like to work on Coronation Street?

By 'eck Mavis, that new girl's taking her time putting the kettle on
If you could choose where you'd like to work on Coronation Street, where would it be?  It could be anywhere on the Street, past or present.

I would go back in time and prop the counter up with Rita and Mavis in the Kabin.  I'd be the one who sorted the papers, ordered greetings cards and stationery from the wholesaler. I'd put the kettle on and keep them both happy. I'd also, of course, listen in on all the gossip.

Where would you like to work? And in what role?

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Would you like to be our Coronation Street fan of the week?

Would you like to join all these lovely Corrie fans and become one of our Coronation Street Fans of the Week here on the blog?

Then all you need to do is reply to these easy questions, send in your picture if you can, and reply to me at  It's as easy as that!

  1. Who are you and where are you from?
  2. How long have you been watching Corrie?
  3. Who are your favourite female and male characters - and the reasons why?
  4. What's been some of your favourite Corrie storylines over the years?
  5. And what would your fantasy Corrie storyline be?
  6. Have you any snippets or news about meeting any of the Corrie cast, or trips to the set, etc., that you'd like to share?

Coronation Street shortlisted in Observer Ethical Awards 2015

Coronation Street has been shortlisted in the Observer Ethical Awards 2015.

Corrie has been nominated in the Film and television category, in partnership with Bafta, for the following:

When relocating Coronation Street to its new home at MediaCityUK, an opportunity arose for ITV to create a step-change with regards to the show’s environmental performance. The team committed to ‘produce a television drama of the highest quality with the lowest possible environmental impact’.

The awards ceremony will be held on 2 July 2015.

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