Friday, 24 October 2014

Coronation Street episode review, Wednesday 22 October 2014

As we prepare to contemplate what biscuits to dunk during tonight’s double Corrie, here’s a recap on Wednesday’s.

Furious Steve visits Jim in prison to let him know he’s aware that he was only being used to get to Liz, but Jim flatly denies the accusation. Unconvinced, Steve asks him what he’d know about the truth, having made out that he was going to be behind bars for years while all the time knowing that wasn’t the case. 

He accuses Jim of attempting to get Liz to pick up where they left of by reeling her in and gaining her sympathy. Failing that, he’d resort to threats to enable him to carry on beating up Peter. “We’re all sick of your poison” Steve spits before demonstrating that two can play that game by informing a prison guard about Jim’s phone. As Jim is dragged away, his truly menacing side is revealed as he snarls  “You must be the lowest form of pond life to betray your father”. Steve is quick to respond, “You? In an open prison? Look at you, you’re a joke”, and his vicious father swears he'll "have" Steve for this. Great performances by both Charles Lawson and Simon Gregson made this a powerful scene, and while I hate to see Steve suffer, I welcome the fact that Simon gets to convey another side to his character.

Liz’s ensures stubborn Tony is in earshot as she flirts on the phone with Greg from the brewery, and his jealousy is enough to prompt him to make a reconciliation. I like the chemistry between this pair, and both can see the funny side when Michelle reveals that Greg is in fact gay. 

Things turn sour however when Liz asks him to move in, provided Michelle doesn’t mind, and completely ignores Steve who has to cough to remind them of his presence. We’ve all despaired at Steve’s ongoing treatment at the hands of his loved ones, and he finally tells them what they've long needed to hear; “You treat me like a joke half the time, pestering me, talking behind me back.” He asks if they know what it feels like to dob their own father in, and notes Jim will probably get an extended sentence as a result. Michelle reminds him that she asked if he wanted to talk and he said no, but Steve sees confiding in her as futile. “What’s the point when everything I say and do is wrong?” he asks, “I mean it’s obvious you think I’m some kind of waste of space. I may as well not even exist.” All are stunned by these home truths, clearly only finally realising the impact of their behaviour towards him.

The Kabin will undoubtedly have sold out of the Weathefield Gazette as it appears in several scenes with 'GUILTY' splashed across the front, and Ken despairingly reads aloud from it. After returning from the prison, he delivers a truth bomb to Tracy and Rob; while they have Peter's blessing to go ahead with the wedding, he needs to sell Barlow’s Buys to raise the money for an appeal.

Roy still fears being alone and is delighted to be invited to dinner with Fiz, Tyrone, Chesney and Sinead, bringing the ham they love so much. He also happily agrees to cater for Beth and Kirk’s wedding as his gift to them. Fiz calls him a “national treasure”, and despite his troubles at the moment, he continues to be a ray of sunshine courtesy of his good heart. 

The happy gathering is interrupted however as Cilla’s strident knock assails the door and she barges in, overnight bag in tow, fresh from Wolverhampton. She claims her reason for visiting is to see her children and grandchildren and the cast on her arm is the result of a bang. 

You could cut the atmosphere with a knife as she dishes out questions, and faces are disbelieving at her comments on the importance of good parenting and family life. While it appears business as usual at the outset, a softening of her character can nevertheless be observed as she is respectful in her condolences to Roy at the news of Hayley’s death. Fiz is naturally cynical about her reasons for returning however, declaring, “there’ll be something, don’t you worry”.

Driving confidence restored, Audrey continues to wax lyrical about Luke. Kylie is notably distracted and brings her drugs to the salon, flipping out when Liam takes a snoop in her bag. Maria demands an apology which results in an argument concerning child discipline. Audrey demands both take themselves home and come back in a better mood.

Agitated Yasmeen irritates all and sundry about the opening of the community centre but at least Roy’s Rolls will be a book free zone. Zeedan’s cynicism is tempered on hearing that the centre will be named after his mother.

Finally, a mention for two blasts from the past courtesy of Liz who notes “We haven’t sold bottled mild since Annie Walker’s day,” and David who recalls Audrey having worked for Archie Shuttleworth. It appears the powers that be have been listening to calls for more connections with the past. While David's memory was a logical one however,  I was a bit perturbed by Liz's remark considering she didn't appear in the show until 6 years after Annie's departure. But perhaps there are connections between the two of which my learned Corrie historians may be aware that might explain why Liz was able to make this observation. 

By Emma Hynes
Twitter: @ELHynes 

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Play the Coronation Street Pictionary game

With thanks to Jon Harris on twitter @Soap_Watcher_ and Tom Bryant on twitter at @Tombryant77 we bring you a bit of Friday fun in the form of a Coronation Street Pictionary game.  It's just for fun, so don't ring in.  If you get them all right, award yourself a barm cake and a half of stout in the snug.


NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE PLACE

NAME THE PLACE

NAME THE PLACE

NAME THE PLACE

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Fab Photo Friday - October 24th 2014

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. If I remember correctly this was Sally's 40th birthday.



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Spot the Corrie prop - October 24th 2014

For the first time in ages I managed to catch you all out with last week's prop puzzle so it's a point to me for a change. The tasty toaster can be found in the Nazir's house.

This week's is a doddle. All you have to do is tell us whereabouts on Coronation Street you find this bottle of marvellous maple syrup.


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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Friday 24 Oct

Friday October 24th 2014
KYLIE’S DOUBLE LIFE THREATENS TO BE EXPOSED. Kylie’s tetchy as she tries to cover the fact she’s on another come down. When Callum phones demanding to see her she’s shocked and making out she’s got a nail appointment Kylie tracks him down to the pub. After handing her another wrap of speed Callum reveals he wants to see his son Max. Kylie’s horrified and telling Callum it’s really not a good idea she rushes off. But will Callum take no for an answer?
MICHELLE TRIES TO GET INSIDE STEVE’S HEAD. Liz and Tony are like a couple of excitable teenagers as he moves his stuff into the Rovers. Meanwhile determined to cheer Steve up and put the zing back in their relationship, Michelle tells him she’s treating him to lunch in the bistro. Will her plan work?
IT’S YASMEEN’S BIG OPENING. Surrounded by family and friends Yasmeen proudly says a few words as she opens the new community centre. But Alya’s unnerved to see Gary there after asking him to keep his distance, what does he want?
Elsewhere Having spent the night on Fiz and Tyrone’s sofa, Cilla insists on buying them lunch in the cafĂ©. Fiz is convinced she’s after something but Cilla’s absolutely charming, leaving Fiz more certain than ever that she’s up to something!

Friday October 24th 2014
KYLIE’S TWO WORLDS COLLIDE. Kylie angrily warns Callum he’s crossed the line. Lying to David about another evening nail appointment she tracks him to the pub and orders him to stay away from Max
and her family. But as she goes to leave, Gemma collapses having overdosed. Kylie’s terrified her old
friend could die and accompanies her to hospital. As Gemma fights for her life Kylie vows to give up
the drugs. But is it too little too late as a suspicious David confronts Kylie back at home. Will Kylie
confess?
MICHELLE’S HEARTBROKEN BY STEVE’S INDIFFERENCE. Aware there’s something bothering him, Michelle does her best to talk to Steve. Will he open up to her? Michelle later confides in Liz and Eileen that she reckons Steve’s gone off her. Will he be tempted by the promise of a romantic night in?
THE COMMUNITY CENTRE BRINGS GARY & ALYA TOGETHER. As Yasmeen makes a speech to the assembled crowd, Gary begs Alya to give him a chance and promises her their relationship will be a purely platonic one. Will Alya be convinced?
Elsewhere when Chesney calls at No.9 with Joseph, Cilla plays the doting Granny but Chesney’s
unmoved, convinced she’s got an ulterior motive. As Chesney stalks out, Sinead notices Cilla
convulsing in pain. Will Cilla admit the real reason for her return to Sinead?


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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Sarah Platt to return in the New Year

ITV today has released the news that Sarah Lou Platt will be returning to Weatherfield in the spring next year.  Tina O'Brien will be reprising her role and is looking forward to returning. Sarah will be bringing her 14 year old daughter, Bethany, with her and by all accounts, Bethany will be a handful. (aren't they all?) Sarah may cause ructions in the family fabric as well.

Sarah has been living in Italy since 2007 so I do hope we see signs that she speaks Italian.  Meanwhile, since her exit, Ms. O'Brien has become a mum twice over, with her newest child, a boy, born earlier this week.


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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A Year in the Life of a Corrie Blogger

It was on the 22nd of October 2013, a year ago today, that I introduced myself on the Coronation Street Blog. The following day, I posted my first episode review in which Roy struggled to come to terms with hospitalised Hayley's difficult decision, Sally tried to convince everyone, not least herself, that she was only with Tim for fun, Dennis felt Rita’s wrath for pawning her engagement ring, Tommy’s departure was confirmed by Tina, and Chesney's lock up was broken into leaving him with no income.

It's hard to believe a year has passed, and yet I'm conscious that so much has happened in between. In addition to the rewarding experience of writing about Corrie over the past year, I embarked on a number of exciting blog related missions. I've had the privilege of travelling to ITV in Manchester to view episode previews and meet several cast members, and while every interview has been unique, I've marvelled each time at the passion these actors share for their craft, their characters and the programme. I also walked the cobbles for the first time, pulled a pint in the Rovers, had lunch in the Bistro and was interviewed about Corrie on BBC radio, and I feel so lucky to have had these wonderful opportunities.

Thanks to the blog I was also able to share a survey I created as part of my MA in Film and Television Studies on Corrie fan engagement and viewership. I'm sure I would never have gotten the 339 completed surveys that made my research so rewarding without it, and it’s a testament to the passion of Corrie fans that so many completed it. You have my eternal gratitude.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with the new friends I've made through writing for the blog; kindred Corrie spirits whose passion, enthusiasm and dedication is unwavering. Even if they are unhappy with their beloved soap, their desire to see change is rooted in their commitment to it and the joy it brings them. They've made me laugh, educated me, given me food for thought, inspiration and encouragement, and the interaction is a very welcome part of my life. I'm so grateful to them and to anyone who takes the time to read my pieces.

If it wasn't for the blog’s wonderful editor Glenda giving me this opportunity, I wouldn't have these enriching experiences to look back on, and we wouldn't have this great site, which I am very proud and grateful to be part of, and feel the importance of which cannot be underestimated. Coronation Street’s rich heritage is remarkable and unique, and is not only sustained on screen, but propelled forward by the threads we weave in the spaces which surround the programme. For me to have the opportunity of contributing to this vast tapestry in my own small way is a privilege I’ll always value and never take for granted.

I’m excited by what the future holds; the storylines to come, the conversations we will have about them, the words we will conjure up to give form to our thoughts, feelings and passions, and those half hours, for three evenings a week, where the world stops, and we immerse ourselves in another, so well known to us that it forms part of the very fabric of our lives. Whatever lies ahead for our favourite soap and its characters, we shouldn't forget that sharing it together is a pleasure in itself.

By Emma Hynes
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Brooke Vincent and Katie McGlynn get locked up for Halloween

Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster) and Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker) will be part of a group of female ghosthunters to gather in the bowels of Manchester’s King Street this Halloween with a double job to do - exposing ghostly goings-on whilst raising cash for charity. 

 


Brooke and Katie will be joined by Melissa Travis of ITV2’s Girlfriends fame, DJ Hattie Pearson from XFM, Manchester blogger Charlie Hoosen Sykes, and representing the business world, Sam Booth from Pro Manchester.To complete this stunning ensemble will be this year’s Miss Manchester, Codie Hayward,

As Halloween descends, everybody will be leaving mobile phones and all technology ‘above ground’ before they are ceremoniously locked in the original underground vault of the old Lloyds Bank Building on Upper King Street. 

The only way of being released first is to get friends and family to raise as much cash for Forever Manchester before they enter the vault, but totals can change at any time and depending on how much money competitor’s Just Giving pages total throughout the evening – they will either be released and whisked off to Forever Manchester’s Halloween Ball to party the night away - or locked up for even longer, until the last woman standing is solo in the vault, on the eve of all hallows!

Behind the fun and fundraising though there is real purpose - to find out exactly what is going on in the underground location.

The team developing 53 King Street have been sharing stories of screams and bumps when they visit the subterranean space. After nerves got a little too shredded they called in psychic investigator, Stuart Marshall.

To support the brave ladies entering the Lockdown visit www.forevermanchestrer.com for a full listing of how to donate and rescue them from the ghoulish terrors. 

Brooke Vincent's JustGiving website is https://www.justgiving.com/Brooke-Vincent-Lockdown

Katie McGylnn's JustGiving website is https://www.justgiving.com/Katie-McGlynn-Lockdown

  
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