Saturday, 17 March 2018

Five Things We Learned In Corrie This Week

Google Maps don't cover Weatherfield.  I will swallow many of Corrie's contrivances.  I will accept people without two pennies to rub together still going out for their breakfast, I will accept everyone working eight feet from their front door, I will accept that the new tram stop just isn't right.  I will not, however, believe that two teenage girls would use an A-Z when they have smartphones in their pockets.  I mean, where did they even get it?  If they dug it out of Ken's sideboard it'll be at least thirty years out of date; it's probably still got Archie Street on it.  Filming of this scene was presumably delayed for twenty minutes while the director explained to the actresses exactly what a paper map was.

Summer's been through enough already.  Someone's said this exact line every week for the last nine months.  "We can't possibly do X, Summer's been through enough already."  And then they do X, and Summer suffers even more.  In fact I'm starting to wonder if it's all her fault.  Think about it; she's had THREE dads so far - one died, one is missing, and as for the third...  Billy was a perfectly lovely vicar until Summer came along; now he's robbing the neighbours and shooting up in the pews.  On top of that she's overdosed on spice, been kidnapped, has a murderer for a step-grandfather and couldn't even hang around outside the school gates for two minutes without a pervert trying to entice her into his car.  Perhaps Summer should just be sent to a nice quiet boarding school somewhere in the Orkneys, out of the reach of trouble.

Corrie continues to push the pre-watershed boundaries.  No, I'm not talking about David's rape; I'm talking about some of the filth that the writers and actors are sneaking into the scripts.  There was Gemma not being able to swallow a sausage after a night of passion with Tyrone, which raises all kinds of questions about his downstairs equipment.  There was David calling Josh's mum's habit of picking up lorry drivers "mother trucking".  And most magnificently, there was Mary's former shell collecting hobby, leading to the observation that "my pink slit conch was very much admired."  Absolutely obscene.  I put my foot through my television and I shall be sending ITV the bill.

Semillon is made for sharing.  It was wonderful to see Audrey and Gail knocking back a glass or fourteen of white wine and chewing the fat.  Knowing Audrey, that's probably her third bottle of the day.  They bonded over their shared gullibility without ever saying "Nigel Havers" because let's be honest, we were all thinking it.  Gail hasn't shown as much enthusiasm for Rosemary's psychic gifts as Audrey which is understandable; when you have four dead husbands it's less a reading, more of a conference call.  

The power of Christ really can compel you.  What's scarier than Pat Phelan?  Turns out it's Pat Phelan filled with religious fervour.  He was far more terrifying forcing Billy to beg for the Lord's forgiveness than when he was running around with an actual firearm.  You can tell Pat's a Catholic by his distinctly fire and brimstone version of God; this was a deity who judges and punishes, not the weedy Church of England version practiced by Billy and the Bishop (who will always be Jez from Gimme Gimme Gimme to me).  Pat's God wouldn't have booked Billy into a Christian rehab centre to be tenderly brought back to full health.  He'd have locked him in a bare room to pray for purity and salvation while furious nuns battered him with rulers.  Which raises the question: exactly what kind of punishment does Pat expect to get when he crosses to the other side?

@merseytart has never had a problem swallowing sausages.

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COMPETITION TIME! WIN a designer Coronation Street tea-towel

Jo, the lovely lady at BearPrint Design has designed this wonderful Coronation Street tea towel which is up for grabs in a very special competition which she's running specially for readers of our website.

To be in with a chance of winning the tea towel, all you have to do is visit BearPrint Design on facebook and on Folksy  On BearPrint Design's Facebook page, you will also need to like, comment and share this Facebook post and answer the two following questions correctly:

Question 1: How many ducks are included in the Facebook status that you see here?

Question 2: Which Coronation Street character features on the T-Shirt that's for sale in the BearPrint Design Folksy shop?  

Email your answers to me at by the deadline of 12 noon on Saturday 24 March 2018 with QUACKERS in your email subject line.

All correct entries will be entered into a draw and the winner drawn at random and announced here on the Coronation Street Blog.

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Coronation Street does Sport Relief 2018

Sport Relief begins next week and there are a couple of Coronation Street connections that are worth pointing out.

Nicola Thorp, who plays Nicola Rubinstein in Corrie, will be taking part in the BBC vs ITV boat race. Nicola's obviously in the ITV team of course. 

Finding their sea legs for ITV (pictured above) are Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, TOWIE star and presenter Ferne McCann, Coronation Street's Nicola Thorp, Emmerdale (and ex-Corrie actor) Chris Bisson, Benidorm's Jake Canuso and Love Island star Chris Hughes.

On the high seas of Salford Quays, famous faces from BBC and ITV are set to battle it out in a Clash of the Channels Boat Race for Sport Relief.

Hoping for glory the BBC team (pictured above) includes Radio 2 DJ Sara Cox, BBC Breakfast's Dan Walker, Top Gear's Rory Reid, newsreader Sophie Raworth, Countryfile's Ellie Harrison and Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin.

Viewers will see which team is crowned champion of the Clash of the Channels Boat Race: BBC vs ITV when it airs on BBC One on Friday 23 March as part of Sport Relief, which this year is preceded by a week of activity from 17-23 March.

And Les Dennis, who played Michael Rodwell, is taking part in the BBC programme Famously Unfit which will air on BBC2.

The celebrities taking charge of their fitness are fashion journalist, author and designer Susannah Constantine; presenter and actor Les Dennis; actress and comedienne Tameka Empson and actor and comedian Miles Jupp.

The hour-long programme will see the celebs push themselves to the limit as they embark on a mission to regain their fitness and help inspire the great British public to get active and do their part for Sport Relief too.

The show will follow the four of them over 10 weeks as they run, row and swim their way back to fitness. The programme will culminate in one of the UK’s hardest and most demanding physical challenges, which will see the four celebs tackle a muddy and exhausting obstacle course in freezing temperatures.

You can watch Les bust some sports relief moves here. 

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Corrie weekly update - aka Weatherfield week of woe

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An unpleasant week, in every respect, this week on Coronation Street. Let’s start with the major storyline of troubled David Platt. He’s never had any friends and so when Josh turned up and took a shine to David, it was completely believable that David would team up with his new friend. Let down by all the men in his life, deserted by his dad and his brother, having a serial killer as a stepdad, well you can see why David would seek out a bit of friendship with someone like Josh who seems so kind and caring. The only thing is, Josh is anything but. And on a night out in town, Josh spikes David’s drink and takes him back to his flat where David falls unconscious. David falls face down onto Josh’s bed, Josh locks the bedroom door and undoes his trouser belt. We all know what’s going to happen. We all know Jack P Shepherd is one of the best soap actors, ever. He’ll win every award they throw at him for this storyline. But I just wish it wasn’t being shown in Corrie, my Corrie. There’s a place for rape storylines, for murder, for heroin addiction. Coronation Street before the watershed is not that place, not in my living room ... not for much longer, I fear. 

Please, Corrie, stop making me love you less with every single episode you show. 

Elsewhere this week, Fiz finds a condom packet in the sheets and knows that Tyrone has been having ess-ee-ex while she’s been away. At first, she thinks the condom might be from Sean but he denies ever having brought anyone back to their house while he’s been lodging there. Fiz takes out her anger on Gemma and there’s a food fight in the kebab shop, with the only bit of light relief the lettuce that lodges in Rita’s, er, hair.  Anyway, Fiz takes Tyrone back and he tells her he’s putting Ruby into therapy as he knows she’s the one behind all the bad things that have been happening. But she’s not... as we find out that it’s Hope who’s the villain of the piece after she almost chucks Jack down the stairs. Well, her father was a serial killer. 

A bit of warmth this week came our way when Rosemary the clairvoyant turned up in Audrey’s salon with a message for Aud from her Alfeh. Audrey’s skeptical at first but soon comes around to Rosemary’s messages from beyond when she tells her that she’s receiving messages from Gail’s dead husband… no, her dead husbands! This could be fun and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. If only it wasn’t the only ray of light in Corrie, but sadly it is. 

Meanwhile in the Rovers, Eva is eating for England as her pregnancy belly grows. Leanne is none the wiser as to why her step sister is eating like a pig and putting on a pile of weight. 

Adam returned this week, with a haircut, and went straight to the cop shop where Billy’s been arrested. He promises to stand by Billy as his brief. Eileen calls the Bishop who takes Billy off to rehab and we all breathe a sigh of relief.

Mary finds a job in the Weatherfield Gazette that she thinks would be ideal for Jude. It’s a research assistant job in a marine laboratory where Jude would be researching the warty venous clam. Jude is reluctant to go for the interview, but Mary makes him do so. He returns and says he’s got the job, but then we see him on his phone later and it’s clear that all is not as it seems.

And that’s that for this week. Does anyone else feel as disappointed as I do by the workings of Weatherfield of late?

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Happy St. Patrick's Day - Corrie's Irish Links

Michelle with Barry "daddy" Connor
Corrie’s links with Ireland have existed since the beginning with one of the original characters, Concepta Riley, hailing from Ireland. She regularly appeared until 1964 and made guest appearances in 1967, 1972 and 1975.

The most famous Irishman on the street has been Jim McDonald. Loved for his accent and quirky Irish sayings, Jim has become a firm favourite with viewers. 

Other Irish links include barman and chef Ciaran McCarthy who was played by Boyzone’s Keith Duffy.
Paul, Liam and Michelle Connor’s parents Barry and Helen are Irish and live in Ireland although none of the children have an Irish accent. Unless they were brought up in Manchester and then the senior Connors returned to their native island.
Elsie Tanner had two Irishmen as lovers: Jim Mount (1965-66) and Ron Mather (1978-9).
And when Concepta visited in 1972 and 1975, she was accompanied by her fiancée and later second husband Sean Regan. Upon his visit, Sean made a pass at Bet Lynch.
And a piece of trivia for you: Sam Kydd, who played Mike Baldwin’s Cockney wide-boy dad Frankie, was an Irishman!

And a member of our blogging team, Emma, is also Irish!

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