Sunday, 1 May 2016

Who's the right man for Audrey - Freddie or Ken?

Now then, I like Audrey Roberts. I also like this new fella Freddie on Coronation Street.  And I'm quite fond of Ken.  But who would YOU like to see Audrey go on a proper date with and start a relationship with?

I vote for Freddie, he's far more fun than Ken will ever be.  Audrey is a flighty piece and there's still a lot of life left in her. She doesn't want to be tied down to Ken and his cardigans, just yet, does she?

You can keep your Ken. Let Audrey have a fling with Freddie, I say, and the sooner the better!

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Cath Tyldesley: “Without Corrie, I’d be a very bitter drama teacher.”

There's a long interview today with Catherine Tyldesley, who plays Eva Price in Coronation Street.

Cath is about to get married to her fiance Tom in a few days time.  The interview is nice becuase it focuses on her home life with Tom and their baby Alfie.  She also talks about playing Eva in Corrie, of course.

She says that on set she's always singing with Shayne Ward, who plays Aidan Connor. “Yes. But me and Shayne just sing all day every day anyway, to be honest. And anything – Motown, pop, musical theatre, even Disney. It drives the others mad.”

Have a read of the full interview here.  

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Corrie weekly update - brown sauce, tea bags and a fighting Vicar

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Now then, I’ve never had much time for Eileen Grimshaw and she’s plummeted even further in my estimation this week after she asks Phelan to move in. Eileen ignores Todd’s pleas not to rush into things with Phelan but Eileen, as always, ignores the voice of reason.  Phelan’s been centre stage of the cobbles this week. First, he breaks into Jamila House and smashes the place up, so that he can go in there to fix it up again. He’s hailed as a hero, but Todd’s on his case, he knows there’s summat fishy about Phelan after he sees him hanging around outside the community centre just minutes before the break in. 

Then, when news reaches the Grimshaws that Tony has died, Phelan’s the one who’s leading the family in their grief. He especially comforts Jason, which is rather creepy although endears him to Eileen even more.  Todd, Jason and Phelan go to Tony’s flat to clear his belongings and pick out a suit to bury him in. When they enter the flat, it’s in disarray, as if Tony has just stepped outside and left things as they were. Jason picks up a bottle from the kitchen worktop. “He loved his brown sauce,” he muses, tears in his eyes. This was a wonderful bit of comedy in another wise nasty, dark scene as Todd tries to stop Phelan getting his claws into his brother as he wallows in grief. 

Later in the Rovers, Eva’s comforting Jason over the death of his dad but Jason loses his temper with her.  Aidan storms in to find out what’s going on and the two lads end up fighting at the bar. In storms Phelan to lift Aidan off Jason, and then Johnny Connor storms in (there was a lot of storming), punching Phelan’s lights out. (We cheered at this point). And then, oh then, Billy the vicar wades into the fight and splits Phelan and Johnny from killing each other. “You!” he yells at Phelan. “Get over there! And You! He yells at Johnny, “Get over there!”.  Billy’s got his dander up and there’s testosterone flying all over the bar.  It was all rather good stuff.

The reason Billy’s in such a bad mood is because he’s pestered this week with text messages from someone he doesn’t want to be pestered by. The pesterer then turns up in the shadows on the street demanding money from Billy, which he hands over in secret.  The same lad turns up again and Billy refuses him money this time. Who is the mystery stranger and why is Billy enraged?

At Roy’s Rolls, Alex tells Cathy that his mum is moving to Scotland with her new fella and he doesn’t want to go with them. Cathy wonders if Alex can stay with her and Roy – when he returns – in the flat about the caff.

Audrey agrees to go to the Rovers with Ken for a quiet drink. It’s a drink that Ken’s been trying for weeks to have with Audrey, but alas it’s not to be as Ken would quite like.  Freddie turns up in the salon and asks Kylie if she’ll accompany him to the Rovers for a quick drink, so the salon staff all troop in there together.  When Ken turns up looking for Audrey (“It’s not a date!) on their date, he finds her being friendly with Freddie. I like Freddie. I like Audrey. I hope I see a story forming.

Elsewhere this week, a vapid character in a nurse’s uniform sucked the life out of the screen every time she appeared.   

Finally this week, there was a lovely scene between Carla and Nick, and that’s not something I think I’ve ever said in a weekly update before.  Nick continues to have trouble as the symptoms of his brain injury return. He goes to the doc who says he needs to speak to a consultant. He confides in David that he can’t tell Carla because it wouldn’t be fair on her.  Threatening to call off the wedding he says “If I can’t be proper husband, I can’t marry her at all.” Oh dear.  This was just after he’d met Carla in the Bistro and she noticed he wasn’t drinking. She joked with him about this and they talked about their wedding. “Till death us do part,” he says to him to which he replies, “In sickness and in health.”  “Yeah, but we’re both as fit as fiddles aren’t we?” she smiles. Oh, if only she knew.  Later, in Carla’s flat Nick goes out running for the second time in the same day, as a way to vent his frustrations.  “Run like the wind,” Carla tells him. “Run to the top of a mountain and pull me down a star.”  “I was thinking of five times around the Red Rec.” Nick replies. And it’s wonderful dialogue like this that proves exactly why I love Coronation Street.

And that’s just about that for this week.

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Corrie Weekly Awards April 25 - 29

Billy Ballistic award: I did not see that coming!

Gossip Boy award: Yes, Sean, you really are a huge gossip.

Too Much Information (for Zeedan): Yasmeen recalling canoodling in a phone booth and reassuring her she still has a sex life.

Eulogy: Liz and Eileen talking about Tony's big personality, and how he could make you feel like a million dollars, or worthless, but it was never boring.

Pot stirring award: Phelan, with a perfect little piece of passive aggression or subliminal suggestion which sent Jason straight to the pub to shout at Liz, exactly as intended.

Stylin' award: Really liked Zeedan's outfit, from the skull shirt to the zips on his trousers.

Profound award: Sean's right. Even if it hurts to remember, it's not so bad either. We need to remember our loved ones and the things we loved about them.

One of those days: Kylie got bumped into twice, and had drinks spilled on her both times!

Musical amabiance: "End of the Line" by the Traveling Wilburys when Todd found out that Phelan is moving in.

High Noon award: Phelan and Johnny are now glaring into the sun at each other across the cobbles. I think Johnny's probably a worthy opponent, too.

Lines of the week:
Phelan "It's a building job, not a fashion show"
Phelan to Todd "Shouldn't you be playing with your pansies?" Todd "Wow. Homophobic, pig ugly and twisted. My mum's really hit the jackpot this time."
Yasmeen "What does a step ladder have to do with first aid?" and then "You might want to wipe that lipstick off your neck. or is it imaginary blood?" (Yasmeen wasn't born yesterday)
Michelle "Isn't it better to tell him?" (parallelling her situation to Carla's) Carla "And risk losing him? No, I'd rather live with the guilt" (because you've done that so well)
Tim "It's not the same going in the Rovers when the barmaid looks like she's going to cry in your pint"
Zeedan "You're my gran" Yasmeen "Doesn't mean I don't have a sex life"
Sean "I'm an events bee, a factory bee, and a bar bee"
Phelan "Wind'em up. Watch 'em go"
Zeedan "I'm a chef. My knife is my life"

There won't be any awards next week as I'll be away over the weekend. By the time I've caught up, it'll be into the next week of Corrie.

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First-look pics: Carla's hen party in Coronation Street

Here are some preview pictures from the episode of Coronation Street to be shown on Friday 13 May.

Each dressed as Carla, the hens - Beth, Kate, Michelle, Maria, Sally, Caz, Gail, Kylie and Cathy - set off to a club in town.

In high spirits, Gail and Kate wrestle over the DJ’s microphone, each wanting to say a few words about Carla. In the scuffle, they damage the DJ’s equipment and club manager intervenes.

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

What a night at the UK Blog Awards!

Ah the morning after the night before. Thankfully there was no Liz McDonald style walk of shame home after the UK Blog Awards bash in Central London. What a night! Emma Hynes and I were so proud to represent this wonderful blog and all our fellow, massively talented bloggers.

I'm not quite sure either Emma or myself could quite take in the spectacle of the UK Blog Awards. I had certainly never attended anything quite like it before. We all agreed the Coronation Street Blog was already a winner, shortlisted as we were in two categories - Arts and Culture and Most Innovative. I must take a moment here to mention that the blog had to enter not as an individual blog but as a company. This is apparently because we are a team. I do take issue with this as we are far from being anything corporate or a company. We all do this because we love it, because we love Corrie and because we love interacting with fellow fans. 


Anyway, I'll get off my soap box. The night itself was mind boggling, fantastic and at times hilarious. Emma and I scrubbed up pretty well (even if I do say so myself). We really went for it, embracing the outrageous nature of it all and letting our hair down. However we also felt a huge responsibility representing the blog team, all of whom we respect and think of as friends. 

I think we were both rather nervous before we joined the party, unsure of what to expect. Many of our fellow bloggers at the ceremony seemed much more at home at this kind of event than we did but we were most definitely proud of our achievement. The whole ethos of the UK Blog Awards is admirable and there were many worthy winners (sadly we weren't amongst them this year) however it was also pretty corporate which isn't really to my taste. Well done to all those who organised a cracking night though!


Emma and I mingled amongst the "interactive networking", the glasses of prosecco and the edible flower canapes (yes really) and before we knew it, it was time to take our seats. Thankfully the ceremony itself was short and sweet, no speeches from the winners, just a quick handshake and a photo with the judges. What amazed me was the sheer diversity of subjects people choose to blog about! However unique so many of the finalists were, there was definitely nothing else like the Coronation Street Blog represented on the night. 

Afterwards, there was more bubbly, a rather alarming disco (Emma and I took the weight off in a corner, much like Emily and Mavis at Gail's 21st birthday party in the Rovers Select circa 1979) and we finally discovered what "bowl food" was. Yes, food in a bowl. We also got our hands on some lovely goodie bags, full of rather random but lovely little trinkets (and most importantly, chocolate). As we headed off just before the witching hour, I think we both felt really privileged to have experienced such a wonderful evening. I couldn't have asked for a better partner in crime than the lovely Emma. I hope we did the blog proud.

I'm afraid I'm already at an age where I couldn't wait to get home to put my feet up and have a cup of tea but I still had an amazing time. Even though we didn't win, we can all still be incredibly proud of our achievements, both at the UK Blog Awards and with the Coronation Street Blog in general. We wouldn't have been there last night without all our loyal readers who voted so enthusiastically for the blog, so thank you all once again. We also wouldn't have been there without the lovely Glenda, our esteemed editor who keeps this blog flourishing and supports us all so well.  

Here's to next year's UK Blog Awards, Bring it on! 

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Coronation Street Blog - our name up in lights at UK Blog Awards

Our name up in lights at the UK Blog Awards, Friday April 29 2016.
We had to enter as a 'Company' as we have more than six contributors, but we're not a company - just a team of fans!

The UK Blog Awards took place on Friday 29 April at a posh hotel in Westminster, that London.  Our bloggers Graeme and Emma attended to represent the blog and, I'm hoping, will be giving us all the inside info in a blog post in the next few days.

Bloggers Graeme Naylor and Emma Hynes at the UK Blog Awards 2016

Our blog was entered and shortlisted in two categories - Arts & Culture and Most Innovative. We were pipped at the post in both categories and all the winners were very worthy ones indeed. 

We are very proud indeed to have been a finalist in the UK Blog Awards.  Our blog was one of over 2,000 blogs who entered the awards competition. And the fact that we were shortlisted in not one, but two, categories goes down to you - and you - and you - and you - and everyone who voted for us.  We wouldn't have been there last night without the support of our readers.  We love you, each and every one of you. Really, we do.

CHEERS... from the award-nominated Coronation Street Blog!

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Friday, 29 April 2016

Spot the Corrie prop - April 29th 2016

Well done to all of you who spotted that last week's medicinal brandy could be found in the Barlow house (I knew the tablecloth would be a giveaway). Congratulations to C in Canada who was the first to correctly spot it.

For this week's prop puzzle just tell us whereabouts on the Coronation Street set you would find this tinpot little trophy. You may also wish to try to guess what it was awarded for.

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