Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Win a walk-on part on Coronation Street

Fancy appearing on the Corrie cobbles in a walk-on part? Well, thanks to Craig Charles, who plays cabbie Lloyd Mullaney, you can bid to win a walk-on part. It's up for auction at the Help for Heroes ball on April 18th, organised by the Southern Yacht Club.

Find out all about it here.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Behind the scenes at the Coronation Street fire

See the special effects used to create all that smoke and fire in the bookies on Coronation Street. There's a behind-the-scenes video at the official Corrie site here.

Read all about the fire in the Coronation Street Weekly Update here.

Coronation Street Weekly Update, March 30 2009

Greetings and welcome to another weekly wotsit of wonder. This week the update comes whizzing through the airwaves at the speed of light wearing stripy pink socks. And so without any further ado, here we go with this week’s Coronation Street update.

In the flat above the bookies, Peter drinks and falls, bumping his head and applying a plaster to the cut.
“Whaddaveyadunteryerself?” Audrey laughs at Peter in the Street. “Got drunk and fallen over?” Peter doesn’t deny it and word reaches Deirdre who puffs up her chest and storms round to count the number of empty booze bottles at Peter’s. “I’m calling Social Services!” she yells at Peter after she accuses him of being an alcoholic and fears for little Simon. Deirdre presses a button for Social Services on speed dial as a panicked Peter looks on. At t’other end of the line, a confused Blanche answers an even more confusing telephone call. But Deirdre’s ploy is not enough to shock Peter out of downing the booze and he falls asleep drunk with a cigarette in his hand while cheesy hits from the 70s and 80s plays on CD and provides the soundtrack to a fire in the bookies.

Peter’s cigarette burns a hole in the rug to The Only Ones’ Another Girl, Another Planet. The flames reach higher and higher to Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders and by the time Luke Strong and Tony Gordon break the door down and rescue Simon and Peter, it’s Vienna’s Ultravox. But the best bit, oh, the best bit by far was Luke Strong going back into the burning flat to rescue Leanne the rabbit. Sinnita’s So Macho should have been playing, but it wasn’t, perhaps because the CD player had melted in the heat. “You had to go back for the rabbit?” Tony asks Luke later at th’ospital. And when Luke Strong replies: “I always go back for the rabbit,” you know you can take him at his word.

And where’s Ken when all this is going on? He’s on the love boat with Martha. She’s very comely, is Martha, very welcoming in a mature lady sort of a way and you can see why Ken’s tempted. I wouldn’t mind popping round there myself for a spot of freshly made coffee, some mothering and a bit of her worldly advice. But when Ken returns to find Peter and Simon in th’ospital and the bookies up in flames, he has a lot to think on. Will it be Martha or marriage? Deirdre or chips?

It’s getting creepy between Tony and Maria when he gives her the glad-eye with his good eye. But while Tony and Maria grow close and confidential, Natasha’s the one that Tony’s taking to bed. She’s fair and easy game, throwing caution to the wind and her knickers in the air as she knocks the dust off Tony’s duvet. Maria, as you can tell, is not best pleased and more than a tad jealous. “You’ve been out all night in them clothes, again?” she tuts at Natasha. “No,” Tash replies, “I washed me tights out but my gusset’s still a bit damp.”

At Tara’s art gallery, Dev says ta-ra to a load of his dosh as he gets Minnie to pretend she’s an art buyer who spends £700 on Tara’s art prints. Dev has to spend the cash just to make Tara feel that the art gallery’s worthwhile and making a profit. When Tara finds out what Dev’s gone and done she packs up and leaves him but Dev’s not lost for long. He waves ta-ra to Tara and finds his accountant lady friend Lisa in the Rovers. After a swift drink he whisks her back to the flat to show her his etchings he’s just bought from Tara.

Kirk’s a bit upset this week. Well, Julie thought she was pregnant and then she found out she wasn’t so Kirk had his hopes raised and then dashed in the same episode. “I feel like my life’s changing every five minutes,” he moans in the Rovers. Poor Kirkeh. Poor Julie. Poor Babeh.

And finally, Sally hosts the dinner party from hell although she did wear a nice frock. She wanted to get Molly and Tyrone over for their tea so she could grill both on their intentions about their share in Kev’s garage. Molly wanted to get more involved in doing the books but Sally shook her head patronisingly and told Molly she looked after that sort of thing and there was nothing for Molly to worry about, or do. Sally is wonderful when she’s in full Hyacinth Bouquet flow. She even took something out of the freezer for tea. I never knew you could freeze tins of beans.

And that’s just about that for this week.

Coronation Street writers this week were John Kerr, Peter Whalley, Damon Rochefort, Julie Jones and Joe “I saved Leanne the rabbit” Turner.

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When is Sally Webster not Sally Webster?

When it's the Sally Webster Inn, a hotel in America. You can even book to stay in Sally's own room.

Katherine Kelly on Justin Lee Collins this week

Watch Katherine Kelly, Coronation Street's barmcake Becky Granger, on ITV's Justin Collins show this week.

The show's on Thursday 2 April at 10pm on ITV2. The show website's here.

Newton and Ridley ride again

With thanks to fellow bloggers at the Big Lorry Blog for this smashing old picture of a lorry named Newton and Ridley. The driver must have been a Coronation Street fan and if you're a fan of lorries you can find out all about it here. Go on, you know you want to.

Corrie's Ozzy enjoys his hols

The lovely people at Welcome Cottages have sent me a postcard from, er, Ozzy the Coronation Street black labrador. It's all a ploy to advertise their dog-friendly holiday homes and you can catch up with Ozzy's adventures online with a little video. It's all quite sweet!

Sunday, 29 March 2009

The best thing about Coronation Street is...

... the writing.

I've long maintained that the reason I watch the show is to listen to the dialogue that the writers put into the actors' mouths. Actor Craig Charles, who plays Coronation Street cabbie Lloyd Mullaney, agrees.

Read profiles on all of the current Coronation Street writers here.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Eileen Grimshaw's dad exposed as a pervert

Crikey, well, this has been a long time coming but The Daily Star have got the story first.

Eileen Grimshaw's dad Colin will admit that he's the real dad of Julie Carp after he got Julie's mum Paula pregnant when she was only 14. So yes, that does make Colin a dirty old man - and legally, much worse. I can't type the "p" word on this blog because blogspot doesn't like it but you know what I mean. Oh Colin. Oh Eileen. Oh dearie, dearie me.

Flaming Nora's 10-step plan to make Corrie fab again

There's a great article in The Yorkshire Evening Post to which I found myself nodding my head in agreement with almost every word. It lays out some of the things the writer finds wrong with Corrie at the minute and I now propose some ways to take that further.

So here it is. My ten-step plan to get Coronation Street out of its current slump.

1. Get rid of Uncle Umed. He's not big, he's not clever and he's certainly not funny.
2. Get rid of the Windasses. Ditto.
3. Don't go into overdrive with Becky Granger. Yes, fans love her but we can have too much of a good thing. Remember what happened with Sean Tully?
4. Get rid of Tony Gordon and send him to EastEnders.
5. Bring back Curly Watts and while you're at it, bring back Spider Nugent too.
6. Have Norris come out of the closet, at last.
7. Give more airtime to Betty.
8. Give Deirdre Barlow a toy-boy.
9. Give Gail Platt something to smile about, possibly an affair with Eileen Grimshaw.
10. Marry Roy and Hayley Cropper - legally.

And that's it. Not much to ask, is it? I'm still loving Coronation Street with my personal highlight being the quality of the writing. Stories I'm currently enjoying are Martha, Ken and Deirdre in the Bermuda triangle of love, Blanche and little Simon, the Websters are fab, Norris, Rita and Emily as always are superb, Liz and Lloyd are good fun and Darryl and Amber are ace.

So come on Corrie, pull your socks up and, in the words of Oliver Cross: "Either get your act together or we'll, er, keep moaning about you and possibly boycott Harveys The Furniture Store, even though most of us would have to start shopping there first."

Friday, 27 March 2009

Becky Granger in drugs bust

There's a good spoiler in The Sun who say that barmcake Becky Granger gets caught with a stash of Class A's when the Rovers Return gets raided in a drugs bust. Fortunately for fans of Coronation Street's barmaid Becky, she's going to be innocent. The drugs are planted on her by ex-boyfriend Slug who is blackmailed by bent copper DC Hooch.

Good old Roy Cropper knows that Becky is innocent and sets about trying to prove the truth. Well, Roy's got form in being innocent in a drugs bust, hasn't he?

Kym Marsh gets divorced

Kym Marsh-Ryder-Marsh, who plays Coronation Street's Michelle Connor, has been divorced from husband Jack.

Hmm... wonder what she's going to the do with those tattoos of his name on her body now then?

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Steve McDonald gurn of the week - March 26, 09

With thanks to Corrie fan Martin S. for sending in this wonderful gurn of Steve McDonald at his non-wedding to Becky Granger.

If you've captured a good Steve gurn and want to share it via the blog, do email it in. To see more gurnage from Stevie McGurn, have a look here, there's loads. Some good, some bad and some really very funny.

Mr Gay Weatherfield joins Coronation Street

Antony Cotton has signed a new contract keeping him in Coronation Street as Sean Tully until July next year, says The Sun.

And his character is going to fall for a fella he meets at the Mr Gay Weatherfield contest. I wonder if Norris will enter?

Samia Smith's Eye Candy

Samia Smith who plays Corrie crimper Maria Connor, has been wearing bracelets made by pupils from Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, during filming. The pupils have called their venture Eye Candy because the bangles are made of sweets, and are marketing their product as seen on TV to boost sales. And now they can say, as seen on the Coronation Street blog!

Dolly mixtures and jelly bears coated in varnish are used to make the bracelets, says the Manchester Evening News. Pupil Alice Connaughton, who is managing director of Eye Candy, said: "We knew our product was fun and good looking but we were over the moon when Samia said she liked them. To see it on television was so exciting." The team of 14 and 15-year-olds will compete in a Young Enterprise competition on April 2. Good luck to them all.

Have a night out with the Corrie stars

With thanks to Corrie fan Deborah for alerting the blog to this one.

Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland in Coronation Street, is playing with his band at a charity event on May 10th at The Willows in Salford.

The host for the night is DJ Darren Proctor from Key 103 and you'll be able to see Andy Whyment and his live band, Kym Marsh, Antony Cotton, Sam Aston and Archie Kelly (Kenny Senior from Phoenix Nights). There's going to be a buffet, auction and raffle. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.45pm start and the event is raise funds for Natalie Kerr, a friend of Andy Whyment and his family, who is suffering from a rare heart condition. Andy Whyment hopes this evening will go a long way to help raise the much needed funds for Natalie to go to America to receive Stem Cell treatment.

Full details and ticket information are on The Willows website here. Thanks again to Deborah!

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Sneak preview of next week's Corrie, Mar 30-Apr 3

Without any piffle, here's the storyline for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Week of Monday 30 March to Friday 3 April
Note: No Corrie on Wednesday 1 April due to England's football match

Peter sets the bookies ablaze and Simon ends up in intensive care, Dev cheats on Tara with his accountant, Ken admits to Martha that he's married, Chesney gets bulled again, Kirk dumps Julie and Graeme reckons Joshua could be the next David Beckham.

The full weekly preview, with pictures, is right here on Corrie.net

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Catch up with the Coronation Street Weekly Updates

Why no BAFTA nomination for Corrie?

It's not been a good year for Coronation Street so far as awards ceremonies go. And with the nominations released this week for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) I was shocked to see that Corrie wasn't even nominated. No, not for anything. The four shows nominated under Best Continuing Drama were EastEnders, Emmerdale, The Bill and Casualty.

Is Coronation Street really that bad?

Jenny Platt stars in Chimps

News just in from a nice man at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich is that Jenny Platt, who played Coronation Street's Violet Wilson, is starring in a new a comedy called Chimps. It runs from 30 April to 16 May and Jenny Platt plays Stevie, the female lead.

I'm told that the dialogue is razor sharp and Jenny gets all the best lines. In fact, Jenny's first professional job was at the New Wolsey back in 1986 in The Sound of Music so it's a bit of a homecoming for her. She is perfect for this role and will be incredible.

Find our more on the website, http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/.

Great news for Corrie fans in New Zealand

Kiwi Coronation Street fans can now catch up with Coronation Street online at the TV New Zealand website. Full episodes of Coronation Street are now available the morning after they screen on TV ONE, with each episode available for a week after their broadcast slot (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on TV ONE).

The new, dedicated programme site for Coronation Street on TVNZ.CO.NZ gives viewers the opportunity to delve deeper into their favourite onscreen community. The site offers viewers in-depth characters profiles; key moments from the past; episode recaps; Coronation Street trivia; and the platform to share their thoughts and opinions about Corrie too.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Buy the new Coronation Street beer in Manchester pubs

Corrie fans will soon be able to sup a pint of Coronation stret beer. It's true, and all the details are all on Ian Wylie's blog at the Manchester Evening News.

But as he points out, there’s a catch as the '4.2% quality draught ale' will only be available in the chain of pubs run by Manchester brewer JW Lees.

For those Corrie fans who know their beer - do you know if JW Lees are brewing this specially or will it be a re-badge jobbie?

DJ Trevor Nelson joins Coronation Street

The 1Xtra Breakfast Show with Trevor Nelson & Gemma dropped by the set of Coronation Street last week and interviewed Craig Charles, Antony Cotton, Jennie McAlpine and Ryan Thomas. They even got to act out a bit of real script which will appear on Corrie in six weeks time! With thanks to Julie at the BBC for sending this in to the blog.

Check out the video interviews and pictures here

Meet Corrie's Kirk and Fiz this weekend

Bargain shop Poundland continue to crack the credit crunch by opening two new shops this Saturday, 28th March.

Andy Whyment (Kirk Sutherland) will be opening the new Poundland store in Barrow in Furness and Jennie McAlipine (Fiz Brown) will be opening the new Poundland in East Ham on Saturday too.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Get your hands on Coronation Street knickers

Tracy Barlow's pants and knickers stitched in the Coronation Street Underworld factory are going up for sale in a charity auction. The fame auction and dinner charity event will be held this summer in Manchester. To find out more about the Knickerbokaglory of Fame Auction and Dinner event, click here. There's also pants up for sale from Richard Fleeshman's mum Sue Jenkins, who played Corrie barmaid Gloria Todd and Michael Starke, who played Jerry Morton.

All money raised will be donated in support of Comic Relief 2009.

Coronation Street Weekly Update, March 23 2009

Spring greetings and warm welcomes to this week’s update. The sun’s shining, the birds are singing and I’m having a good hair day. What more do we need? And so without any further ado, let's crack on with this week’s Coronation Street update.

Who are the Women of Wilmslow? It’s a tough question but one that needs to be asked because they’re getting their knickers in a twist. There’s a big order going out for the Women of Wilmslow and the man who comes to inspect the seams at Underworld isn’t best pleased. He sulks about the stitching and growls about the gussets. Tony tries to placate him and as the argy-bargy acts out on the factory floor things take a turn for the worse when Luke Strong announces that he’s the new factory boss. He’s only gone and bought Carla’s factory share and when Tony takes this up with Carla’s solicitor, she confirms that Carla did indeed want to sell and as quickly as she could. It’s too much for Tony and he drinks himself into a stupor before a sexy text message from Natasha sends him over the edge and into a panic attack in the flat. Hey, it happens. Meanwhile, the new factory boss buys the girls and Sean drinks in the pub and he tells them things won’t be any different, it’ll still be: “Routine, Familiarity…”, “… and chips?” asks the girls. Where would we all be without chips?

Luke rubs Tony up the wrong way when he gets his feet firmly under the Underworld office desk. So much so that Tony hires a private eye (am I dating myself by wanting to write ‘Inch High’ before those two words?) to dig dirt on Mister Strong. Tony consoles himself with a quick sub-duvet roll with Natasha the hairdresser. He woos her with his best Scots accent in a Sean Connery kind of way. Even the ITV continuity woman was wowed but I think Tony’s gruesome. Possibly Natasha felt that Tony gruesome more. But anyway, back to those Women of Wilmslow. If the order’s accepted maybe they’ll branch out and start sewing up pants for the Chaps of Chorlton or even the Slappers of Salford. Who knows?

Steve and Becky might not have got wed but they’re off on honeymoon to the Maldives this week. Now then, I work with someone who’s going to the Maldives and she has to have all kinds of jabs for this, that and t’other nasty disease. Steve and Becky had none. But I digress. Before they went off to the airport driven by Hayley in the Woody (which sounds like a dark Grimms fairytale) there was a wonderful food fight in a Chinese restaurant. Steve wanted to take Becky there for a quiet chat but as luck would have it they ended up sitting next to Lloyd and leg-over Liz who were lusting at each other with a bit of soft-shell crab. Becky and Liz started trading insults: “You dress like Barbie’s grandmother!” says Becky to Liz. That was a good one that, and Liz replied: “At least I don’t look like Dracula’s daughter!” The fight escalated and soft-shell crab was flung into Liz’s cleavage which, believe you me, was not a pretty sight. And as if that wasn’t a bad enough week for Liz, Lloyd leaves her for two weeks and heads to party-central in Ibiza but he promised Liz faithfully that he wasn’t packing his pulling shirt or his lucky pants.

But back to the Rovers where Poppy had a wonderful comic scene this week in which she snapped on yellow rubber gloves for no reason at all, except that it was really very funny indeed.

Another one who left the cobbles this week was young David Platt who went to Liverpool to stay with dad Martin when he found out that Gail had moved Joe back into the house. Audrey’s also dismayed to see Joe back in Gail’s life and came out with some sage words of advice, which is unusual for Audrey. “Forgive one set of lies,” she told her daughter, “and you’re inviting another.”

Speaking of Audrey, she’s not in Bill’s good books when she asks him to start repaying the seven and a half thousand pound loan that she gave him to set himself up in the builder’s yard. He clearly can’t afford to pay Audrey back but neither can he afford to get in her bad books. He mulls it over with Jason and a pint in the pub. “I’ll have to go now,” he tells Jase. “Sally’s cooking ravioli.” What? Sally can open a tin that’s not beans these days?

Tara’s art gallery opens for business and she’s in a right panic, it’s all she can think about, not even bothering to say congratulations to Amber who’s secured a place studying law at King’s College in that London. Tara’s running rings around Dev but he doesn’t seem to either notice or care, not now comedy uncle Umed is around. I can’t see the point to comedy uncle Umed; he’s sleazy and a bit rancid and actually, not that comedic at all. Anyway, at the art gallery opening, Darryl and Amber are in serving uniforms, the artist’s in a Che Guevara t-shirt, Dev’s in a cravat and Tara’s in debt right up to her neck.

Finally this week, Peter’s either back on the booze or whisky-soaked cornflakes are a Heston Blumenthal special that somehow passed me by. Deirdre tuts and looks rightly worried about little Simon while moaning to Eileen about Peter and Ken. “He read me a poem this morning,” Deirdre tells Eileen about her errant husband, “It was about scaffolding. I was trying to get a piccalilli stain out of the carpet at the time.” And that kind of dialogue, my friends, is why I love Coronation Street so much.

Oh, and Maria now owns 75% of Lad Rags after Carla leaves her share of the business to Ms Connor in her biggest guilt trip yet.

And that’s just about that for this week.

Coronation Street writers this week were Jonathan Harvey, Mark Burt, Debbie Oates, Chris Fewtrell, Simon Crowther.

Blogging away merrily at http://flamingnora.blogspot.com/

Tom Kerrigan leaves Coronation Street

Philip McGinley, who plays the Connor cousin Tom Kerrigan, has left Coronation Street.

Digital Spy reports that not only has Philip filmed his final scenes and had a leaving party but the actor is now trying to learn Shakespeare too.

View Corrie HQ on Google Street View

The new Google Street View shows the Manchester based offices of ITV, where Coronation Street is filmed. I don't know if the Google cameras went up and down the cobbles but at least you can have a look around the area of Granada Television. It's here.

If the picture doesn't show, just click your mouse to take a walk down Quay Street in Manchester and you'll see Granada TV.

See also: Visiting the Coronation Street set

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Coronation Street Blog in The Observer

Crumbs and yikes! This here blog got a mention in The Observer's Media pages today, Sunday March 22nd, 2009. In an item called The Curly Question the paper points out that ex-Coronation Street character Curly Watts bears an uncanny resemblance to Government Minister Lord Stephen Carter and says that a Coronation Street fan site has already pointed this out. Not only that, but a link to the blog from the Digital Britain section of the Department of Media, Culture and Sport was one of their site's most popular links during the week it ran.

And for those who missed the Curly Watts and Lord Carter look-a-like, then it's right here.

See also loads more Corrie look-a-likes here.

Will Graeme become Corrie's next old codger?

Following in a curmudgeonly line of Coronation Street codgers, news reaches the blog that butcher Graeme Proctor is set to become the new Fred Elliot. And that's not a Good Thing, because it sends him on the slippery slope of becoming Coronation Street's next old codger. Remember Uncle Albert Tatlock and Percy Sugden? Norris Cole currently wears the old codger crown but it could be going to Graeme sooner than he and his fans might like.
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