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Friday, 18 August 2017

Pics from the big Coronation Street quiz

Pics: The Sun
Last night in Manchester, a team of the Coronation Street cast took on Corrie fans in a charity quiz night to raise funds for Manchester Pride.

Lucy Fallon, who plays Bethany Platt, led her co-stars  and she was joined by Julia Goulding, who plays Shona Ramsey, Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw, Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy Mayhew, and former Corrie star Hayley Tamaddon (Andrea Beckett). Also there was Nicola Thorp, who plays Phelan's daughter Nicola Rubinstein.

Actress Dolly-Rose Campbell, who plays Gemma Winter, also appeared with her dog to take on the fans in the Corrie quiz at Manchester's Blackdog Ballroom.

The lucky winners were given a prize of a VIP guided tour around the set of the show.

Michael from @ConversationStr with Lucy Fallon
Coronation Street podcaster Micheal from Conversation Street, was at the event last night and has kindly offered to write a blog post all about it for us very soon. Watch this space!

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Spot the Corrie prop - August 18th 2017

Congratulations this week go to Pod who was the only person to spot that last week's metronome can be found in Daniel and Adam's flat. Quite why they would own a metronome I don't know but well done for spotting it.

For this week's prop poser all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on the Coronation Street set you would find this lovely lamp.


Last week maggie muggins asked where I found these objects. Over the years they've come from a few different places on the internet but nowadays about the only available source is the official ITV publicity pictures. Occasionally if I spot an interesting prop in the background that doesn't appear on them I'll have to do a screengrab from the ITV Hub.




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Daniel Brocklebank Interview: Received abuse for kissing Todd

Pic: Attitude Magazine
Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy the vicar Mayhew, is interviewed in this month's Attitude magazine, which is out now.

He talks about playing gay vicar Billy Mayhew for the last three years. Billy is now in a relationship with Todd and the pair have just embarked on the show’s first gay family storyline as legal guardians of 12-year-old Summer.

In an interview for the September issue of Attitude, Dan divulges that he “wasn’t prepared” for the media coverage that came with portraying part of a gay couple on television. “Billy and Todd had a kissing scene on a hotel bed about a year ago, and it prompted a huge amount of coverage online,” he says. “People were messaging me saying that showing that on TV when kids were watching was child abuse.

“I thought, “So you’re comfortable with them watching the rapes, the murders, the drug deals, all of that. But two guys kissing is a step too far? My God, what kind of parenting are you adhering to?” If that scene caused children to ask their parents about why there were two men kissing, then that’s a great opportunity to educate them without having to broach a subject that they didn’t feel comfortable about.”

Daniel also opens up about his own coming out, revealing that his parents were “horrified” when he first told them about his sexuality. “I grew up in the middle of a field in Warwickshire in very conservative, rural middle- England, and they weren’t expecting it,” he says.

He goes on to say that his parents are “wonderful people” who have accepted his sexuality now, and blames the cultural climate of the past for the way that they viewed homosexuality. “My parents were of the generation that thought all gay men were paedophiles, for Christ’s sake,” he says.

“When my folks met my first longterm partner, I remember my mum saying, “Oh, you’re just like us!” And I was like, “Well, what did you think we were going to be like?”

Check out the full interview in the September issue of Attitude – out now. 
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Preview of tonight's double Coronation Street - Fri 18 August


FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST
Alya’s intrigued when she witnesses Gary collecting a certificate of health from the medical centre. Cornering him in the cafĂ©, Gary is forced to explain that he’s signed up for some dangerous security work in the Ukraine in a bid to clear his debts. Alya’s horrified but reluctantly agrees to deliver letters for Gary should anything happen to him. However when she unwittingly drops the letter marked ‘Sarah’, will Sarah get to read the contents before Gary leaves for the airport?
GEMMA IS ARRESTED As the police take Gemma in for questioning, Cathy assures Rita that Gemma thinks the world of her and would never steal from her. But Rita reckons Gemma has them both fooled.
WILL NICOLA SEE THE REAL PHELAN? Phelan’s chuffed when Nicola calls and asks him if he’ll cast his professional eye over a flat she’s hoping to buy. Nicola tells Phelan how she took his advice and put in a reasonable offer but the developer laughed in her face. Phelan demands the developer’s name.
ELSEWHERE Having waited for Kate to go to work, Alya emerges from Luke’s bedroom. Alya confides in Rana that she slept with Luke but they didn’t have sex. When Rana finds out that Liz has signed up for some free vape cartridges and provided her bank details, she warns her she’s been scammed.

FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST
PHELAN HAS A DARK SECRET Phelan meets up with the developer and pointing out he’s in the trade and knows every scam, leans on him to accept Nicola’s offer. Thrilled, Nicola tells Phelan her offer on the flat has been accepted and it’s clearly thanks to him.
ELSEWHERE Liz is gutted to discover her bank account has been emptied. Liz laments to Eileen how the scam leaflet was pinned to the Medical Centre notice board and she intends to find out who’s behind it.
Kate arrives home to find Luke and Alya kissing. Unimpressed, she tears a strip off them for getting together behind her back, claiming she’s going to feel like a spare part in her own home.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

CBC to air six episodes of Corrie weekly in Canada

As we know, ITV is going to be airing 6 episodes of Coronation Street and Canadians have been wondering if CBC would keep pace. Wonder no longer, Canucks. CBC today has announced that as of September 18, it will air Corrie six times a week, adding a second episode on Monday nights.

Now, there's a bit of confusion as to whether we will be caught up completely or not because earlier in the year we heard that the UK will be airing the sixth episode starting later this fall but in a recent releast, Producer Kate Oates said that it won't be until spring.

If it isn't going to be until spring, CBC would end up catching up so that there would be no delay or not much more than one episode delay on par with the UK broadcasts. (CBC is currently showing episodes 2 weeks behind the UK.) I can't really see that, can you? It seems too good to be true. Perhaps the correct rumour is the one about the autumn start to ITV's sixth episode. We'll keep Canadians up to date as we hear the news.

Edited to add: CBC replied to my tweet indicating that they will keep the 2 week delay due to distribution timelines. That says to me that ITV will start airing 6 episodes a week around the same time in September. I wonder if Ms. Oates' interview wasn't misconstrued with that major storyline she was talking about that will be aired next year. I guess we'll know closer to the date.

Here's CBC's press release: 

Beginning September 18, CBC brings you 6 episodes of Corrie every week, with a brand-new episode Mondays at 7 (7:30 NT).

Here's your new Corrie weeknight schedule: Mondays at 7 & 7:30 pm (7:30 & 8 NT), Tuesdays to Fridays at 7:30 (8 NT).

The Sunday morning omnibus of the week's episodes airs 8:00-11:00 a.m. (8:30-11:30 a.m. NT) beginning September 24.

You can keep up with the news on their Facebook page, Coronation Street on CBC.
Follow Corrie in the Canadian timeline on the Bluenose Corrie Blog (no spoilers).



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Coronation Street Episode Review Wednesday 16th of August 2017


Welcome to another Wednesday Weatherfield review. A short and sharp synopsis (with opinion) of all the latest goings on, down our favourite fictional street.

As tonight's episode opens, we are greeted with the rare sighting of Norris and Sean leaving No.3 together. Upon hearing about Norris's faux nuptials with Mary, Sean proposes that Norris gently discusses his misgivings. However, by the end of tonight's episode Norris is valiantly defending Mary's honour in The Rovers Return, will they marry?. OM triple G - I do hope so.

A Wedding I don't see happening, however, is Eva & Aidan's.
                                                                     
After tonights 'save the date' announcement (18th of Sept), Eva has delved deeper into her revenge plan on Aidan, roping a reluctant Maria into wedding planner mode, and infuriating Jenny Bradley; all at the same time. I can see this plot affecting many residents, and just what is Adam Barlow up to?.

Somebody that isn't up to anything (and really melted my heart tonight) is Gemma Winter. As Rita discovers the aftermath of the chav sweet raid, she quickly points the finger at Gemma and her 'pals'. £100 has also disappeared from her handbag  (the fruit machine win from Freddie, remains unspent). Rita informs Jenny of her suspicion, and an apologetically heartbroken Gemma retreats to 'Prima Doner' venting her upset about Rita, to Cathy. Having overheard Gemma's unintentional besmirch, 'Detective' Jenny Bradley (snooping around the street like a red-headed Sherlock) immediately informs Rita of the overheard misunderstood outburst.


Sadly, it's Rita who has misunderstood. Recently, she has become rather sanctimonious and self-righteous; or is it confusion?. Undoubtedly the matriarchal 'Queen' of the street, I feel this character changing confusion may be part of a forthcoming storyline?. Having completely disregarded Gemma's vulnerable and heartfelt plea of innocence, Rita Tanner calls the police.

This may be an upcoming downfall for our Rita (and Gemma, probably) but she's 'not ready for the knackers yard', just yet!. Spoken like a true Tanner, Rita (maybe Elsie, come to think of it).

Another 'phwoar-some' episode of Corrie, I'm now off to celebrate my birthday.

Back next week - see ya!

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