Saturday, 24 June 2017

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At Yasmeen’s house, she’s at her wits end with Cathy and Brian canoodling in the corner and Brian cooking in her kitchen in just his pants and socks. Zeedan’s fed up too and tells Roy that Brian wants to see him in the flat, knowing full well that Brian’s got Cathy there. Roy heads to the flat to find out why Brian needs to see him, only to find Brian on one side of the bathroom door with Cathy on the other. Brian lies that he’s got a woman in there that he met on the internet, and her name’s Gwen Hoarder. It doesn’t take long for Roy to realise it’s Cathy and after a wonderfully comic scene, Roy tells them he gives their relationship his blessing.

Nathan’s arrested and taken away after Bethany seeks help in a service station when Nathan stops there on his way driving her out of the country. The cops are called, Nathan’s nicked and that’s the end of that, right? Not quite. There’s a long way to go just yet. Back in Weatherfield, the Platt clan gather round Bethany as David agrees to Sarah’s demand that Gail’s allowed to move back in. Down at the cop shop, Bethany’s interviewed about Nathan, but she’s already been warned by Nathan’s mate, policeman Neil, to watch what she says. She doesn’t name Neil, she breaks down in tears and lies to the detective interviewing her.  Later, she gets drunk on vodka on Maxine’s bench. She says a teary thank you to Mary for her help and support and then calls to see Craig, drunkenly veering between flirting with him and plucking up the courage to tell him about Neil. But… “He’s not all that he seems,” is all she gets to say – for now, at least.

Billy’s ex-fella Drew died this week and Drew’s mum arrives. She’s a nasty piece of work is Drew’s mum , Geraldine. A homophobic, right nasty piece of work, who tells Billy that he’s not invited to Drew’s funeral and he’s not to contact Summer again.  Todd comes out fighting for what he knows is right and for Billy and Summer too. It was great to see a charged-up Todd doing something good.
Fiz’s old mate Kim returns to the Street and Tyrone’s jealous when he spies the two of them chatting. It’s too much for Tyrone to bear and he loses his temper with them both, until Kim admits that he’s gay.  Tyrone is suitably chastised after a dressing down from Fiz.

Kev’s had enough of Anna this week and ends up snogging Erica on the sofa at Dev’s.  Kev tells Anna he can’t deal with being pushed away by her all and wonders how long they can stay together.  Anna’s got more on her mind than Kev’s wandering mind when she finds out that Faye and Seb have been sleeping together. Tim’s also not best pleased and grabs Seb on the Street. “She’s only 15!” Tim tells Seb and warns him to stay away from his daughter or he’ll go to the cops. Does this stop Seb and Faye from meeting up again in the ginnel for a hug and a kiss? No, it flaming well does not.

And finally this week, Aidan’s ready to break things off with Eva but she gets a phone call from Stella in France where her fella’s dumped her in the Dordogne. Eva leaves on a plane and Maria’s straight round to see Aidan in the empty flat. When Eva returns she’ll be looking to breaking a certain thing off Aidan, when she finds out what’s been going on.

And that’s just about that for this week.

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This week’s writers were Susan Oudot (Monday double); Mark Burt (Wednesday); Joe Turner (Friday double). Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team at

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Dan Brocklebank: “Motor Neurone Disease is cruel and evil.”

Dan Brocklebank, who plays Billy Mayhew in Coronation Street, has been interviewed in Gay Times magazine where he talks about his grandad who died from motor neurone disease.

It's a very moving interview in which Daniel reveals that he has been working with the charity Motor Neurone Disease Association for the last 14 years.

"It’s an incredible charity that does amazing things to help people and their families who’re affected by MND." he says. "They help with everything from funding for things like chair lifts and wheelchairs, to emotional support – and, of course, research to try to find a cure.

"In the 14 years I’ve been working with the charity I’m endlessly impressed by how hard it works and for the amazing things it does. The charity receives no government funding so it also work tirelessly to keep money coming in."

For more information about MND and the Association please visit and You can also follow the MND Association on Twitter at @mndassoc or follow Dan on Twitter at @dan_brocklebank.

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Coronation Street T-shirt of the Week

It's Saturday and time for another Coronation Street T-shirt of the week.  It's another fantastic design by Pickled Jo, this time showing Gail and the love of her life, and the other, and the other, and the... well, you get my drift.

Yes, it's Gail Potter, Tilsley, Tilsley, Platt, Hillman, McIntyre, Rodwell with all the men in her life (so far).

You can buy it here.

See also:

Annie Walker t-shirt

Albert Tatlock t-shirt
Bet Lynch t-shirt
Elsie Tanner t-shirt
Mavis and Rita t-shirt

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Taking Dramatic License

Cross posted from State of the Street

Many viewers have expressed concerns about the grooming storyline. Bethany's story has definitely been quite controversial. Some think it's gone too far. Some hate that a corrupt policeman has been added for dramatic effect, saying that it could stop someone going for help in "real life". But people know this is a fictional drama, and though these things happen in life, most of the police are not going to be corrupt. This kind of situation is nothing new. Pimps have been seducing vulnerable young women for centuries. Bethany might not have been forced to walk the streets for her clients but Nathan is pimping her out just the same. Even though the vast majority of the police are trustworthy and do an admirable job, there have also always been a few corrupt police officers so why not introduce one to the storyline? Surely people watching have the sense to understand that it's still fiction they're watching on the screen?

Mind you, I should know better than to say that. I used to process the email that came in through the website. Flaming Nora can back me up here. There would occasionally be an email from someone that didn't seem to understand that what they were watching was acting. I remember when Alma died of cancer. There were a half dozen or more emails from people who really thought the actress was dying and how brave was it of her to portray Alma's death on screen. When the storyline aired in Canada some months later, in popped a few more similar emails. I guess there really are some people that get far too involved and confuse fantasy with reality.

Would it really be possible for a mother to disappear without a trace for 7 years, leaving a 15 year old alone as Denise did with Daniel? The financial aspect alone would make it nearly impossible. She had a breakdown, allegedly, so how was she getting the money to put in the bank to pay the rent and bills? Yet apparently she did that. So why didn't Daniel trace her through the bank deposits? Why did not one neighbour or friend find it suspicious that she hadn't been seen for years? Why didn't Denise contact Ken and send Daniel to him if she wasn't going to be around? Daniel wasn't too keen on having his father in his life, as we saw during that last time Ken saw him but rather than leave your child alone, she had that option. Daniel could only lie and cover for her for so long before someone would start asking questions. We complain a bit but more or less accept the storyline as given because it's fiction.

I'm finding it a little difficult to accept that a man diagnosed with terminal cancer only bothered to try to find a guardian for his daughter almost before it was too late. He knew he didn't have much time left, he told that to Billy when he first appeared on the screen about a month ago. Surely if you have cancer, even if you don't know yet that it's terminal, you would scramble to get your house in order especially if you had the guardianship of a child to worry about, and especially knowing she'd either go into care or be given to your homophobic parents if you didn't make prior arrangements or at least write a will and express your wishes there. Social services might still get involved under those circumstances but surely they'd lean towards a big hearted gay vicar over a mean spirited homophobic grandmother.

I can't say yet if this story is going to interest me much but I will say this, if Billy and Todd do end up with Summer, they had better find somewhere to live. I'm pretty sure Eileen isn't going to go for having yet another mouth to feed.

David finally found out Shona's connection to his late wife, the fact that her child is the one that killed Kylie. Naturally he went ballistic, particularly because he was finding that he was attracted to her and it was mutual. She went and ran off but I'm sure she'll be back and in the time honoured tradition of soaps, they'll eventually get together though it's going to be weird that Kylie's kids' step-mother is the mother of the man that killed their mother. My head hurts already!

We all know that Eva's been in full on Bridezilla mode, trying to get Aidan to propose. She's been dropping hints like the flower girl drops rose petals up the church aisle. He's not picking them up. Deliberately. He likes having it both ways, a gorgeous blonde in his bed and another beauty on the side. He can continue to make promises to both of them and probably enjoys the danger zone. Eva took desperate measures and proposed to him in public so what could he do but say yes! Just to cement the deal, Eva is now pregnant though of course, she wouldn't have known that before the proposal I don't think. What I do think is that I wouldn't put it past her to have placed herself in that position of the possibility of getting pregnant because that would be her backup guarantee of a wedding.

Eva's always been full-on with relationships, pushing them into the next step before the fella was ready for it. I think that's why she kept getting engaged and then dumped. When we first met her, she was licking her wounds after a broken engagement and was there not something about when she was staying in France (when the actress was on maternity leave), that she wrote to Leanne that she met a guy and got engaged? When she returned, she was broken hearted again. Those relationships start up and zoom through to that huge commitment stage far too quickly and that's her fueling the zoom bit just like she's done with Aidan. First it was the push to get him to move in and recently it's been the proposal anticipation. But while she's told him about the baby, she's also going to be plotting his downfall while he continues to gleefully juggle both women, making empty promises to each.

 We suspend disbelief in most cases when dramatic license is taken. There's no harm in that. Tv, movies, books, fiction. Sometimes the writers need to throw in a twist or two that might be a bit over the top.

What bothers me is the nit-picky stuff, or if a character is written to do something that we know they would never, ever do. (i.e. when it was discovered that Betty Williams pilfered all those bar glasses) We also stand up and holler if Corrie history is blatantly rewritten (Annie Walker couldn't leave the pub to Betty because the brewery owned it and did until Bet Lynch left and the Duckies bought it from Newton and Ridley.) Would one small neighbourhood have that many people that have had anywhere between 4 and 6 spouses? Would one small neighbourhood have a building bursting into flame every year or two? Sometimes, you just roll your eyes and get on with it.

Tvor (Twitter @tvordlj)

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Antony Cotton says he wants to drop dead on Corrie set

Antony Cotton, who plays Coronation Street's Sean Tully, has been speaking to The Express about  a potential exit story for his character.

"I literally want to come to work one day, however old I am, drop dead at work, cart me off, fine, gone. Just drop dead on set and let them deal with it, because it won't be any worry of mine will it. "They'll have no choice," he laughed.

He also said that while he loves his job at Corrie, he's been the same throughout his entire working-life.

"I want to work, I want to drop dead at work. I can't think of anything worse. I know it's different strokes for different folks, I'm not going down the pit and I realise it's not that, but I love my job, I've worked since I was a kid," he explained.

Antony also shared his fears about his luck running out and recognised the opportunities he's been fortunate enough to have throughout his career.

"If I have a week off work where I'm not in the schedule, I go mad. I appreciate that 90% of actors are out of work 90% of the time,” he said.

"It's one thing being over-worked and doing too many hours etc. But it's a whole other kettle of fish and a whole other set of problems if you're just never in work. I mean I can't think of anything worse."

Antony is busy supporting SSAFA - the Armed Forces charity that he is ambassador for - as they are busy getting its annual Big Brew Up campaign underway this month.

"The Big Brew Up is about people coming together, sitting round a table having a chat and having a brew. I think it's important because it's about families, not necessarily blood relatives but families which you’re a part of and I'm very lucky I have three. I've got my own, I’ve got my Coronation Street family and I've got my military family," he added.

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Video: Chris Harper on Nathan's comeuppance

Chris Harper, who plays evil Nathan Curtis in Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Loose Women this week.

Chris spoke about dealing with his character Nathan grooming Bethany Platt in one of the most controversial storylines in the history of the soap.

'He’s going to get his comeuppance," Chris said. "Bethany’s going to go on a very brave journey and we’ll all witness that,' Chris revealed.

And he explained why he took the role and wanted to do the storyline justice.

'The bravery of people who come forward and tell the law cannot be underestimated,' Chris said. 'It’s a real privilege to be part of the storyline. They have really cared about Bethany and about where her journey is going, and also about survivors and victims themselves and really wanting to get this story right for them.'

You can watch the interview here.

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