Sunday, 19 April 2015

Corrie Weekly Awards for April 13 - 17

Got it Bad Award: Nick for Carla. She wasn't answering her phone but he decided to take a chance she was in anyway and he brought cake.

Name Game award: Carla keeps going back to Connor rather than Donovan. I suppose it's to do with business mainly.

Fashion don't. The hat is cute. But it doesn't suit someone Izzy's age. I don't even think Amy would like it!

Phrase of Doom award: Gail telling Nick "You wait until you have kids" and Nick replying "The best thing about that phrase is never having to hear it again" Oh dear.

Hypocrite award: Anna doesn't want Owen in her bed but she was shocked when he said he was leaving town and not coming back at all. She used Faye as an excuse but Faye's not Owen's kid and it isn't enough.

Only game in town award: Surely there are other corner shops or garages that sell cheap flowers for Gavin's grave other than Dev's?

Shock of your life award: David looking at a grave of a man he thinks is actually alive!
Pants on Fire award: Tony pretending he owes a loan shark.

Skulking award: David creeping after Gail.

Brotherly love: Nick does have the measure of David's cunning. Just like a corkscrew! And he's right! David needs to settle down and do what he does best. Scheme.

Pop Culture award: Sean telling the landlord not to check Trip Advisor!
Lines of the week:
Nick about the family dinner "I'll be on hand with a mop and bucket should any blood be spilled" (a very real possibility!)
Gail "We've not come here to be sniping and arguing. We can do that at home!"
Bethany about her mother "She is such a drama queen" (another one that gets it from her mother, then, both of them!)
Tracy to Tony "Would you rather be next door helping Old Ma McDonald put her rollers in"
Bethany "Talk to the elbow, at least it's got a point!"
Pub landlord "OUT!" Sean "Yes! And proud!... It'll be nice to get back to the 21st century!"
David "I thought *I* were the 'ead case of the family!"
Sean "Homophobia is alive and well and living in a pub in the Peak District. They do pub quizzes on Mondays. Stonings on Wednesdays"
Nick "This is about cunning, guile, fighting dirty and in that situation, there's not a man in the world I'd back against you"
Sarah "I've had a crisis but does anybody care?" (no, you brought it on yourself)

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Friday, 17 April 2015

Paula Tilbrook's Corrie roles

While I'm not a regular Emmerdale viewer, I do have some warm memories of watching it with my Nain when I was a boy in the late 90s/early 00s and so I was and am still fond of characters like Betty, Seth, Alan Turner and Jack Sugden. 

So I couldn't let the announcement of Paula's retirement go by without looking back at the various roles she has played in Corrie over the years.

They have all been minor roles, and so here are a brief synopses of each one:

In episode 665 (1 May 1967), she played a Customer

In episode 1351 (26 December 1973), she played Mrs Cleghorn, who rubbed Rita up the wrong way. See a synopsis of the character here.

She then appeared as Estelle Pimpton, an acquaintance of Annie Walker from the Lady Victuallers Society in episode 1741 (21st September 1977) who is amused that Annie's new carpet is from the old bingo hall!

In episodes 1978 and 1979 (17th and 19th of March 1980), she appeared as Olive Taylor-Brown, another friend of Annie Walker. You can see a synopsis of the character here.

Her final role was as Vivian Barford on a irregular basis between March 1991 and July 1993. Vivian was a member of WARTs and was an old friend of Alf Roberts who rubbed Audrey up the wrong way. She successfully persuaded him to re-stand as a councillor in 1991 against Deirdre. You can read a synopsis about the character here.

Soon after her last appearance on Corrie, she began her long stint on Emmerdale. Happy retirement Paula!

by Llifon

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Video: Billy the Vicar and Sean storyline teasers

Daniel Brocklebank and Antony Cotton, who play Billy the Vicar and Sean Tully on Coronation Street, were interviewed on ITV's This Morning, this morning.

The pair were there to talk about Billy and Sean's upcoming storyline in which they'll face a homophobic pub landlord who denies them an overnight room because of his homophobia. Sean will kick off big style, which will be good to see.

Daniel also recounted a homophobic incident in his own life that mirrors the one that we'll see on screen.

They talked about the future for Billy and Sean, saying that fans seem to like them together - but they revealed nothing regarding any future for their two characters, other than that the actors were having lots of fun and got on well together.

You can watch their interview here.

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Video: Melanie Hill on joining Corrie as Roy's new friend

Melanie Hill, who will be on screen soon in Coronation Street as Roy's new lady friend Cathy Matthews, was interviewed on ITV's Loose Women today.

They showed a clip of Roy and Sharif meeting Cathy on the allotment, which we'll see on Corrie on Monday 20th April.  

Melanie said that feedback so far has been great from fans. She's coming into Corrie to play Roy's friend. Cathy is a lady who has lost her husband and she and Roy bond over their grief, two lost souls together.  But does she have an ulterior motive? Cathy teased a little on that!

She said she's nervous about watching her first scenes and will be reading comments on twitter while drinking a large glass of wine to calm her nerves.  She's over the moon about joining Corrie and couldn't believe it when her agent asked her to go for the audition and screen test with David Neilson, who plays Roy. She says she's never been so nervous in all of her life.

She also announced that her daughter is expecting a baby and she's going to be a grandmother!

See also: Why Melanie Hill is the perfect actress to play Roy's friend.

You can watch Melanie on the ITVPlayer, her interview appears in the second half.

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ITV Job Vacancies: Makeup Artists on Coronation Street

Makeup Artists – Coronation Street – 12 Month FTC

An exciting opportunity to be part of ITV Continuing Drama North.

Coronation Street are looking for two Makeup Artists with solid demonstrable experience and an understanding of the importance to maintain a ‘look’ throughout filming to apply make-up and dress/style hair as appropriate. You must posses Hairdressing Skills including Cutting and work closely with other departments you will ensure that this 'look' is achieved.

You will be approachable, enthusiastic and willing to assist others in what is a fast-paced, exciting environment and have the ability to communicate positively with the entire production team, working closely with a team of Makeup Supervisors and Makeup Assistants. Experience in Film and or TV Drama is essential.

We will look to you to have experience working with scripts and schedules in order to discern make-up requirements in conjunction with our make-up supervisors. You will have a keen eye for detail and proactively assist in the care and cleanliness of our make-up equipment, wigs and hairpieces. Confidentiality, discretion and tact are a must for this role and you will build up good communication skills with a range of artistes, maintaining complete confidentiality at all times.

Our successful candidate will be a fully qualified Makeup Artist with experience of working within a television environment. You will be highly organised, have excellent presentation and communication skills, work effectively as part of a team whilst remaining calm and efficient under pressure to meet tight deadlines.

You must be up to date with new make up methods and material, Have an up to date knowledge and understanding of SFX and injuries etc. and have gained enough experience and knowledge to be able to act up to Supervisor level if and when necessary.

In addition, good IT skills. Punctuality and reliability is key and a willingness to work long hours when necessary.

Our people are our greatest asset and, as an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to work both in front of and behind the cameras.

Closing date: Thursday 30th April 2015  Full details at

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WInner announced in our Coronation Street keyring competition

Many congratulations go to Coronation Street Blog reader Nadia Stanbridge who has been drawn from all the correct entries received on last week's Spot the Prop competition, to win the Coronation Street keyring.

Nadia, all you need to do to claim your prize is email me at with your mailing address and I'll send the keyring to you by post.

Well done!

For fans in the UK, we have another competition running to win a heart-shaped silver necklace, the same as the one that Tracy Barlow wears. Enter that competition here.

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Coronation Street dogs make a special appearance on set

I really love this. Two of my favourite things: Coronation Street and doggies. ITV News is reporting that Ozzy, Eccles and Schmeichel surprised visitors at the former Corrie set at Granada Studios to mark National Pet Month. 

It's great to see Schmeichel back from the dead! 
Eccles the border terrier is actually a boy! Eccles plays the Barlow family pet who was originally named Lady Freckles on the show. And he shares the role with Freckles who is female.


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Fab Photo Friday - April 17th 2015

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. I just love the expression on John Stape's face as he hides Colin Fishwick's body. He's like a schoolboy caught out scrumping apples.

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