Monday, 24 April 2017

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  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?

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Last chance to enter! WIN Tickets to Granadaland Wrap Party

Last chance to enter! Competition closes at 5pm today, Monday 24 April 2017.

We've got free tickets to be won to the GranadaLand Big Wrap Party!

It's a three night party taking place in Old Granada Studios over the Bank Holiday Weekend from Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April 2017. 

The party takes place in sound stage one at the Old Granada Studios in Manchester.  The studios was home to some of the UK’s favourite TV shows and movies including Coronation Street. There'll be live bands, a DJ, food, drinks and all kinds of good stuff going on.

We've got TWO sets of FOUR tickets to give away in a special competition here on the Coronation Street Blog. 

Entries from, Loquax & other competition entry websites will not be included.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these sets of four tickets, to a night of your choice at the party, all you have to do is answer the following two questions correctly and email the correct answers to me at with GRANADALAND in your email subject line.

The deadline for entries is Monday 24 April 2017 at 5pm. Winners will be announced here on the Coronation Street Blog.  Minimum age for entry to the party is 16 years old.  Entries can be received from overseas fans but obviously, travel to and from the party isn't included!

Here are your questions, good luck! Answers can be found at the Granadaland website.

1. What year was Granada Studios built?
2. Name the iconic pop band who made their very first TV appearance from Granada Studios.

Good luck!

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Remembering Coronation Street's Phyllis Pearce

One of the many great things about watching Coronation Street for years, decades even, is the affection you develop for some of the characters. A few can walk off the cobbles and be instantly forgotten, but others will stick in your mind as if you knew them personally.  

One of my perennial favourites was Phyllis Pearce, played by Jill Summers.  Phyllis was given a mention just recently in Coronation Street in a bit of a 'blink and you'll miss it' moment. She was gravel-voiced and purple-haired and many fans became a dab-hand at doing their Phyllis impersonation of "Ooh! Percy!".

In this wonderful clip below, Phyllis tries to woo Percy (who steadfastly refused to be woo'd by ayone, and especially by Phyllis) into attending an art class with her. 

"There'll be models," she tells him, to which he replies. "What do you think I am? A pervert?"

It's well worth a little look.

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Coronation Street characters currently missing in action

With Coronation Street's current focus on the Who Pushed Ken? and Bethany's grooming storylines, a few of the regulars have been squeezed off screen for a while.

Let's take a look at those Corrie characters who are currently missing in action and try to find out where they are.
Eileen came back from her holiday after staying with her sister Julie. And then... she disappeared again. We know she's around somewhere, possibly out shopping for yet another leatherette handbag. Come on Eileen, show yourself!

Dev, Erica and the twins haven't been seen on screen for a while. Erica made a fleeting appearance with Kev Webster, prompting a blog post asking if there was a possible romance on the cards between the two of them. You can read more on that here.

If we can't have more Dev and the twins at the moment, then please, Corrie, don't deny us more Erica, she's great!
Yasmeen Nazir hasn't been seen for a while. Is she hiding out at the Community Centre? She hasn't even popped into Roy's Rolls for ages.  Where's she gone?

Cathy's nephew Alex hasn't been working in Roy's for some time.  The actor who plays him is appearing in a stage play next week - you can read more on that here - but do we know if he's returning?
And nosy Norris hasn't been on the lookout for gossip from behind the counter in the Kabin. Where's he gone, eh?

Much as I love a big story line, I do find I'm missing the subtlety of these regular character appearances.

See also: Summer spoilers from Coronation Street producer Kate Oates

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Which THREE Corrie characters would you get rid of?

With Freddie's departure on Friday night last week from Coronation Street, I'm wondering which characters I'd actually like to see leave.  I'll miss Freddie and I liked him a lot, it's a real shame he's gone.

Instead of Freddie leaving, there are a few other characters I could do without and would like to see the back of. 

Here's my current top three characters I'd like to chop right now from the cobbles. I say it's my 'current' choice because my top three constantly change.  And so, in no particular order, for today anyway, here they are:

Sean Tully

He's hardly in the show any way any more so who'd miss him? Eileen's got a house full, Billy's moved on to life with Todd and there's little chance that Marcus will come for him any day soon.  Apart from a raised eyebrow behind the bar a la Bet Lynch, Sean's not done much in months. I'd like to see him leave with a new love and an open return.

Rana Nazir

There are some characters that I try to warm to. I really try. Sadly, for this Corrie fan, Rana Nazir isn't one of those. She's got lovely hair, though.

Maria Connor

Speaking of lovely hair, the lovely Maria wasn't missed much in our house when she was locked up in the big house for a few months.  Her friendship with David might just redeem her, so watch this space.

Which three characters would you get rid of, right now, if you had to?

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Mon 24 April

TRACY’S FEELING THE STRAIN Amy confides in Tracy that she hates Ken as he refused to lend her the money to buy the florists, Tracy’s further troubled that Amy attacked Ken. Adam tells the police he was in no.1 briefly on the night of Ken’s assault as he called to collect some money Amy had left for him. The police follow this up with Amy but she denies all knowledge. Sure she’s lying, Tracy searches Amy’s bedroom, what will she find?
SARAH AND GARY CRASH NATHAN’S PARTY Sick with worry, Sarah and Gary resolve to have it out with Nathan. As Nathan’s mates gather in his flat for a party, Neil watches Bethany admiringly. Sarah and Gary call downstairs at the tanning salon and order Bethany to come home, will she comply?
TOYAH HAS A BIG DECISION TO MAKE Peter tells Toyah they should put the IVF on hold until he’s cleared his name over Ken’s attack. Upset Toyah promises to phone the clinic.
ELSEWHERE Dev and Aidan go head to head recruiting opposing teams for the pub quiz. Billy’s ex Drew pays him a visit with Billy’s goddaughter Summer. When Drew announces they’re moving to Weatherfield, Todd’s put out.

TRACY BEGINS TO FEAR THE WORST ABOUT AMY Convinced that Adam was his assailant Ken builds bridges with the rest of the Barlows. The police interview Adam again, telling him that Amy denied all knowledge of the money, Adam’s fuming and points the finger at Tracy. Tracy suspects Amy tried to kill Ken.
GARY MAKES MATTERS TEN TIMES WORSE Nathan insists that Bethany should stay away from Gary, claiming he’s clearly a dangerous man, Bethany hangs on his every word. Meanwhile at her wit’s end, Sarah resolves to try and make Bethany see what a creep Nathan is. Nathan confides in Mel that it’s time to take the next step with Bethany.
TOYAH HIDES THE TRUTH FROM PETER Toyah admits to Leanne that she went behind Peter’s back and had the embryos implanted as planned.
ELSEWHERE Billy’s amused to realise that Todd is jealous of Drew. Dev and Aidan square up to each other for the Rovers’ quiz. Brian and Cathy grow closer.

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