Monday, 16 January 2017

Preview of tonight's double Coronation Street - Mon 16 Jan

Monday 16th January
PHELAN SETS ANDY HIS MOST DANGEROUS TASK YET Having flashed her underwear at Luke in the garage, Tracy heads off grinning. Meanwhile Phelan hangs around the garage, desperate to get his hands on Kevin’s laptop to destroy the CCTV footage of his conversation with Todd, but Kevin tells him to do one. Quietly fuming, Phelan orders Andy to burn down Kevin’s garage, telling him it’ll be the worst for Steph if he fails to do so. At the bistro, Phelan laces Kevin’s drinks with vodka before promising Robert and Steph that he’ll get him home. When Tracy overhears Freddie talking about the new CCTV, she’s mortified, realising they’ll have images of her in her underwear. Dragging Luke out of the pub, Tracy insists they must delete the footage immediately. Phelan guides Kevin to the old garage and having stolen his keys, leaves him on the back seat of a customer’s car in a drunken stupor. Phelan hands the keys to Andy who lets himself into the new garage and prepares for the task ahead. But when he’s interrupted by the arrival of Luke and Tracy, is Andy about to be discovered?
STEVE’S AT A LOSS TO HELP MICHELLE Nick confides in Leanne that he’s worried Michelle’s baby might have had a genetic defect which caused the early labour and Leanne does her best to reassure him. Meanwhile, Michelle hides away in the bedroom, desperately missing her baby and unable to face the outside world. Steve’s at a loss for what to do.
ONE DOOR CLOSES AND ANOTHER OPENS FOR BETHANY Bethany shows Nathan some pictures on her phone of hair and makeup which she’s done for friends. Nathan’s impressed and offering to give her his old camera, suggests she should do online tutorials. Bethany’s flattered.
ELSEWHERE Gary returns from Germany and is gutted to find out from Dev that the gym has gone bust. Meanwhile when Chesney turns down Sinead’s invitation for a date night, will she accept Daniel’s offer to buy her a drink instead?

Monday 16th January
ARSONIST ANDY REACHES BREAKING POINT Satisfied they’ve deleted the saucy footage from the CCTV Luke and Tracy head out, locking the new garage behind them. Andy breathes a sigh of relief. Freddie, Tyrone and Luke find Kevin sprawled out in the back of a car in the old garage but realising he’s drunk they leave him to it. Seizing the moment, Andy sets fire to the new garage and grabs Kevin’s laptop as he does a runner. Brian spots the garage fire and orders everybody to stand clear while he calls the fire brigade. As the fire rages Phelan allows himself a satisfied smile, while Freddie, Tyrone, Luke and Kevin watch in anguish. Having returned home a shaken Andy shoves Kevin’s laptop in a cupboard and his fire damaged clothes in the washing machine. Steph arrives home and discovers Andy’s blackened clothes. Glad to finally unburden himself, Andy tells Steph how he attacked Phelan as revenge for Michael but Phelan’s been blackmailing him ever since. Steph listens aghast at his list of crimes. Will Steph report Andy or stand by her man?
STEVE CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG In the cab office Eileen hugs Steve and over tea and biscuits, tells him of her secret wedding plans. Steve’s grateful for the distraction. Michelle emerges from the bedroom and wonders where Steve’s got to. When Liz explains that he’s popped over to Street Cars, Michelle’s deeply hurt. When Nick tentatively asks Steve why baby Ruairi died and if it could possibly be something genetic, Steve punches him. Having clocked their exchange through the bedroom window, Michelle’s horrified and a further strain is placed on their relationship?
LOVE IS IN THE AIR FOR SARAH AND GARY Sarah admits to Gary how much she missed him and they kiss passionately. Are they back on?
ELSEWHERE Telling Tim that communication is the key to a healthy marriage, Sally insists that from now on, they’ll only have sex after an improving conversation.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

World's most iconic album covers, Weatherfield-style

Here are some of the world's most iconic album covers, given a Coronation Street makeover by us today.

 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band meets the cast of Coronation Street.

Queen II by Queen as interpeted by our Corrie favourites when they were trapped inside Terry Duckworth's club.

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars meets the poster for Fat Brenda's stage play My flamin' life

 Animals by Pink Flloyd meets the chimney pots of Weatherfield

 Parallel Lines by Blondie meets the Connor clan

 In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson meets Fiz giving birth in Coronation Street.

 Led Zeppelin meets the Coronation Street tram crash.


The Division Bell by Pink Floyd meets Deirdre and Tracy Barlow.

21 by Adele meets a melancholy Elsie Tanner.

Can you think of any more classic albums that we can Corrie-fy? Leave a comment and we'll add the best ones to the blog post.

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Mad Men meets Weatherfield

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The Flintstones on Coronation Street

Tales of the (Salford) City


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Liz to confide in Michelle about losing her own baby

Next week in Coronation Street, we'll see Liz talk to Michelle about her agony at losing her own baby.

On Friday night, January 20th, Liz and Michelle will have a heart to heart after Michelle pushes Steve away from her in her grief.  Liz will tell Michelle how important it was for her and Jim to stay strong as a couple after Liz lost the baby girl that they had called Katherine "Katie" McDonald.

Liz's baby was born prematurely on 1st January 1992 and died within a couple of days.  I remember this storyline vividly and with great sadness. 

Liz's grand-daughter Amy Barlow has Katherine as her middle name in honour of Liz's baby.

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Coronation Street Weekly Awards for Jan. 9 - 13

The Godfather award: Robert's impression of Don Corleone!

Impossible dreams award: Robert fancies a married, pregnant Michelle.

Four hanky award: Michelle and Steve's tragic week was heart wrenching even if the actors hadn't been through similar in their own lives. That dose of reality made this very hard to watch. Utmost respect for both actors.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia award: Sinead has a phobia about Friday the 13th.

Salt in the Wound award: Poor Michelle. After everything else, the first person she sees when she gets home from hospital is a pregnant Leanne.

Emotions of a Stone award: Adam and Nick but especially Nick. No compassion at all unless it's all an act but if he's scared and jealous, it only makes his attitude even more contemptible.

Wrong Place Wrong Time award: The new CCTV system caught a very incriminating conversation between Phelan and Todd.

Lines of the Week:
Eva about Toyah "I know her type. Barking out all orders then basking in all the pigging glory"
Kevin "How'dyou think dipping into the petty cash for Hope last year helped, eh? I wouldn't mind only she isn't even yours!" Tyrone "It's not the first time I've raised a kid that wasn't mine"
Gemma "I've done it on the top of a bus shelter and let me tell you, I couldn't have cared less about those people on the top deck of the 1-4-3!
Gemma "A six foot kebab? I'd be more worried it was going to eat you than feed you"
Liz "Grieving is a lonely, lonely place"
Phelan "I was planning to rip them off, but I didn't get the cash" (And right there, is the incriminating statement!)



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First-look pics: Michelle struggles to contain her grief

Here are some preview pictures from the episode of Coronation Street to be shown on Monday 23 January 2017.

As Michelle and Steve struggle to come to terms with the loss of their baby son Ruairi viewers will see the trauma further taking its toll on their marriage. 

Over lunch at the bistro Michelle hits the bottle hard. Michelle doesn’t take well to Steve’s request for her to slow down and as her grief spirals out of control she begins a public meltdown which sees Michelle storm out of the bistro and into the night on her own.
 

 
Dealing with his own grief, and the guilt of knowing that Leanne is carrying his unborn child, Steve’s at his wits end. 

Can the couple come together and find a way through their pain or will Michelle look elsewhere for comfort?

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Bring back Sunliners to Coronation Street - and here's why

Another great guest blog post from Coronation Street fan Rob Coates.  Ron has already written for us on the subjct of Steve McDonald and he wrote a poem about Zeedan Nazir.

This time, Rob wonders about those who wander from Weatherfield.

Becky McDonald moved to Barbados. Carla Connor moved to Devon. Elsie Tanner moved to Portugal. Reg Holdsworth moved to...  oh... Lowestoft.

Ok, so not everyone gets a happy-ever-after on a sun-soaked beach - poor old Reg - but why do people always move so far away? 

Nobody in Weatherfield ever moves "five minutes away."  It's never just a few stops on the Weatherfield Wayfarer.  If you want to leave Coronation Street, you either move hundreds of miles away to some [mostly] exotic location. Or you move to Victoria Court. There's no in between.

In the late 80s, Gail attempted to live away form the street in her cosy Weatherfield council house with Brian. And look what happened to her. All her husbands ended up dying or moving to Liverpool. Life can be very cruel.

Andy McDonald moved to Spain. Rosie Webster moved to London. And Spider Nugent ended up in Peru.

Sally once had lofty ambitions to move to leafy Cheshire. Which is at least a little bit closer than South America yet further than the Corner Shop. Perfect! But, alas, poor Sally divorced her long-term garage owner, Kevin Webster. And married long-term ladder-owner, Tim Metcalfe. So she never quite made it past Viaduct Street.

Raquel Watts moved to Kuala Lumpur. Bet Lynch ended up in Brighton. And if memory serves me, Bill Webster returned to Germany.

Nobody ever gathers all their friends and neighbours in the Rovers for a goodbye send-off to move to Wythenshawe or Fallowfield. It always seems to be some far-flung destination that prevents them from ever popping over for a quick catch-up and a gossip in the Kabin.

With so many locals going on their travels, it's amazing that Alec Gilroy isn't still running the Weatherfield branch of Sunliners. They'd be quids-in.


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Corrie weekly update – heartbreak, fat pants and staple wars

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Greetings and welcome to another week of words from Weatherfield. And so, without any further ado, here we go with this week’s Coronation Street update.


This week has been one of the most harrowing to watch as Michelle went into early labour and lost her baby. She started having pains during the baby shower for her and Leanne in the Rovers. As Michelle cheerfully helped decorate the pub for the baby shower, she pulled out of the decoration box a string of words that had, at some point, read CONGRATULATIONS. Now it’s so old and tatty with letters missing that it just reads ONGATITIS – and we’ve seen this on Corrie before, a lovely comic touch. Audrey gets drunk at the baby shower, having to down a shot every time the word ‘baby’ was mentioned and a stripper arrived, stripping down to reveal he was wearing a nappy. It almost put me off my hotpot. These lovely comic touches… all before the drama and the horror of what was to come.

Rushed to hospital, Michelle goes into labour at only 23 weeks and when her baby boy is born he isn’t breathing. Under the hospital rules, there can be no birth or death certificate issued for the baby boy that Steve and Michelle had named Ruari. It would take a Corrie fan with a heart of stone not to have been moved by the hospital scenes, and again later when Michelle breaks down in the back room of the Rovers. Liz and Steve do their best to support Michelle but only Liz has a notion of what Michelle is going through, having lost baby Katy many years ago.

To contrast with the drama of Michelle and Steve, Corrie does what it does so perfectly. We had laughs from Kev and Tyrone fighting over a stapler and then making up in the Rovers. And we had villainy from Pat Phelan when he gets Andy to take delivery of Kev Webster’s new truck. Kev assumes, wrongly, that either Tyrone, Luke of Freddie has nicked his truck off him and can’t understand what’s going on. In an effort to convince Kevin that his workforce wouldn’t rip him off, Freddie installs CCTV in the garage linked to Kev’s laptop.


We also had some wonderful, powerful scenes from Eva when she tells Toyah that she knows all about her relationship with Peter. This is news that throws Toyah and she begs Eva to keep the news from Leanne as she’s in a fragile state with her pregnancy and all. Fluffy, pink and cuddly Eva then, once again, reveals the rod of iron that runs through her pretty little head and blackmails Toyah. She tells Toyah that she’ll keep quiet about her fling with Peter as long as Toyah gets Peter to stop his crazy claim for Underworld.

Over at Victoria Court gym, the bailiffs move in to recover possessions against Sharif’s debt that he left them all with. I’m not sure the gym worked for me as a location in Corrie, so I do hope we might see the last of it and something else might just take its place.

And finally this week, Bethany makes a new friend in Nathan who runs a tanning salon. So far, he’s being nice to her, all friendly-like and warm, but there’s danger ahead as he is going to turn out to be a sexual predator, grooming the young girl. Run, Bethany, run.

And that’s just about that for this week.
 
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This week’s writers were Damon Alexis-Rochefort and Susan Oudot (Monday double); Susan Oudot (Wednesday); Debbie Oates (Friday double). Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team at Coronation Street Blog: Exclusive: All Current Corrie writers online

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Coronation Street cast-offs go up for sale

There's a whole load of Coronation Street character clothing up for sale today.

So if you fancy bidding on any of the following, they're all here for your delectation and delight.  They all come with the ITV certificate of authenticity.

Alya Nazir's trouser suit

Sally Webster's t-shirt

Rita Sullivan's blouse

Martin Platt's cardigan

Alison Webster's jumper


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