Friday, 9 October 2015

Fab Photo Friday - October 9 2015

This week's fab photo shows step-sisters Leanne and Toyah Battersby.  Earlier this week our blogger Ruth wrote a great post - What next for Leanne?

Who'd love to see Toyah back on Coronation Street?  I would!

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Preview of tonight's Corrie, Friday 9 October

Friday 9th October
Note that Corrie is on at 6.45pm tonight and there is only one episode.

THE PLATTS ARE AT BREAKING POINT Kylie runs after Sarah and begs her not to go to the police. Sarah heads to work clearly stressed. Unable to suppress her fears, Sarah tells Michelle that she needs to go to the police station as she has information about the body they found in the canal. Kylie finds jittery Sarah in the police station and implores her not to report the murder.  Will a desperate Kylie be able to convince Sarah to keep quiet?
TYRONE'S BRAVADO MASKS A TANGLE OF FEAR When Kevin arrives in an upbeat mood and announces he's just landed another contract, Tyrone's worried, knowing he needs time off to be with Hope. Aware of the stress they're under, Sinead insists that Tyrone and Fiz go for a drink whilst she babysits.
CARLA'S FORCED TO COMPROMISE Carla, Aidan, Johnny and Kate discuss the factory over dinner in the bistro. Johnny confirms that he's on board with the factory on two conditions; that he's central to the running of the business and that they find a job for Kate. How will Carla respond?
ELSEWHERE As Roy and Ken set off for their classical concert, Cathy admits to Anna she's jealous of Ken. How will Cathy react when Anna explains Roy had intended to take her and only invited Ken out of pity.

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Hope's cancer storyline ending revealed

In this week's TV Times magazine there's a good interview with Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz Stape in Coronation Street.  Jennie talks about the cancer storyline affecting Hope in Corrie and says that she feels priviliged that Corrie chose her and Alan Halsall (Tyrone) to do this storyline.

Jennie has spent time researching the cancer storyline with Royal Manchester Children's Hospital oncology and haematology ward.

The twin girls - Faith and Nicola Holt - who play Hope know it's not real, says Jennie. "We don't want to put them in scenes that are too harrowing: that's where we'll never truly reflect what happens in real life and it wouldn't be very responsible of us to try to do that. So we're just showing a snapshot. But the girls are doing brilliantly and they know we're just pretending."

TV Times says that next week there's good news as Fiz and Tyrone are told there's a 80% chance that Hope will survive her childhood cancer.  And the interview goes on to say that the writers have already decided that Hope will make a full recovery. 

Jennie says: "The doctors that I spoke to said 'Please show that these things can have positive outcomes, because they can'.  I think it'd be a bit too much for the audience if she didn't get better and it's right for this storyline."

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Coronation Street Weds 7th October episode review

Welcome to my first Wednesday review of October. Being totally honest, I didn't enjoy tonight's episode as much as I have been enjoying Corrie lately but one storyline continued to play out spectacularly.

In tonight's episode we learn that becoming Mrs Metcalfe has not changed Sally one bit. Performing her usual trick of crossing generosity with snobbishness, Sally has bought her new husband a 'more professional' looking van for his business. As she gives him a talk about how he can further improve his business, Tim looks at his new wife, wondering what on earth he has been sentenced to. Of course, he knows. As Tim jokingly blackmails Kevin into moving his shiny new toy every few days to keep it safe, Sally then whisks her current ever-stubborn project off on their honeymoon.

"I haven't got a son"
"No, but it looks more professional. And they won't know that Craig's not yours"

More of the constantly growing Connor congregation (Conngregation?) drama unravelled tonight as Johnny arrived at the factory to assume his role as Carla's new business partner. Alya flutters over him with coffee and small-talk and the workers are very apprehensive. Rightly so though, as Johnny failed to show much sympathy for Beth when he learned about Hope's cancer, only bothered about the 'substandard' knickers Beth has produced.

When Johnny looks at the Underworld accounts, Carla is forced to explain why the business in so much debt. Apart from the ushering in of never-before-mentioned relatives, there is something else I dislike about this storyline. Carla is supposed to be a strong woman. She came from a poor background and although she married into money, she kept that money going when her first husband died. Carla Connor is not weak, and yet over the last few months, she has depressingly become the woman she was never meant to be. Alison King is one of the best  actresses the show has ever had, and her ability still shines through, but the whole storyline seems rather contrived to me. However, I do hope Johnny does something to get Carla back to the woman she used to be.

"Who would you prefer? Team Johnny or Team Aidan?"
"Team Carla! You know where you are with her, give or take the odd hangover"

The saving grace in tonight's episode was the continuation of the ever-tangled web of the Platts. Sarah is jumpier than ever and looks about to crack any moment. She can't concentrate at work, she is overly worried about Bethany and when Michelle reads in the Gazette that a body has been found in the canal, the poor girl goes into crisis mode. For some reason, Sarah has been lied to by Kylie and David. As far as she knows, Callum's body was dumped in the canal. She doesn't know that he is cosily tucked into Gail's manhole under cement. The calmness Kylie has been experiencing as of late is whipped away when Gary and Tony tell her there is a problem with the building work and the cement may have to be removed and the process restarted.  Sarah is getting worse by the second and by the end of the episode, in a fit of desperation, she goes to the police, much to Kylie's dismay. Killing Callum off was the twist this storyline needed and tonight the storyline was executed further by two of the show's finest actresses.

"You're worried that I'm going to give the game away. But the more you keep me in the dark, the more likely that is to happen"
"The less you know, the better"
Elsewhere, Roy has booked tickets to the symphony. He intends to take Cathy, albeit reluctantly, but as a surprise. However, when Ken and Rita are enjoying a meal in the café, he and Ken connect over a piece of music playing. Ken explains that classical music is helping him with his grief and Roy jumps at the chance to invite him out. This begs the question- does Roy like Cathy at all or does he still feel she can't replace Hayley? We all know Cathy will never live up to Hayley but we also know that Hayley would be cheering Roy on.

"I think it's really lovely how you two are getting on. It's quite romantic in its way"
"Remind me to order more black pudding"

Overall, a rather quiet episode with some good moments. The Platts continued to play out their story brilliantly and it was just lovely to see Ken and Rita sitting together at the café. It was so lovely, in fact, that I am going to post a picture of it below.

Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Coronation Street actors in pantomime 2015

Here we go with our yearly list of Coronation Street past and present actors who are appearing in pantomime this festive season.

If we have missed any from the list that are appearing near you, do let us know and leave a comment below. Actors are listed in alphabetical order by first name. With thanks to It's Behind You for the information.

Current cast members
Marc Baylis (Rob Donovan) in Cinderella at Theatre Royal, St. Helens
Terence Maynard (Tony Stewart) in Aladdin at Sunderland Empire

Ex-cast members
Bradley Walsh (Danny Baldwin) in Cinderella at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Bruce Jones (Les Battersby) in Snow White at Northwhich Memorial Court
Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow) in Aladdin at Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
Eric Potts (Diggory Compton) in Dick Whittington at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Fine Time Fontayne (Peter Barlow’s cellmate Clelland) in Mother Goose at Coliseum Theatre, Oldham
Vicky Entwistle (Janice Battersby) in Sleeping Beauty at Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
Nigel Havers (Lewis Archer) in Jack and the Beanstalk at Bath Theatre Royal
Sally Lindsay (Shelley Unwin) in Dick Whittington at The Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Scott Wright (Sam the Stripper) in Aladdin at Southport Theatre 
Sherrie Hewson (Maureen Holdsworth) in Snow White at De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Wendi Peters (Cilla Battersby-Brown) in Sleeping Beauty at Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

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Coronation Street murderer returns for filming

Marc Baylis, who played Rob Donovan, has started filming back on Coronation Street.

In the show, Rob Donovan is still in prison, serving time for killing off Tina McIntyre. What's on TV says this won’t stop Rob terrorising Weatherfield once again when he begins sending out visiting orders for a number of the Street’s residents. 

It was announced back in August that Marc was returning to Corrie, and ITV at the time said that Rob Donovan "has got a Connor family secret and he's not afraid to use it."

Ooh, I wonder what it is?

Whatever it is, Rob Donovan isn't in Coronation Street very long by the looks of things.  Actor Marc Baylis is appearing in pantomime this Christmas at Theatre Royal, St. Helens
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Faye Brookes on her Corrie debut as Kate Connor

Coronation Street newcomer Faye Brookes, who plays Aidan Connor's sister Kate, was interviewed on ITV's Lorraine this week.

Faye talked about Kate's girlfriend Caz, who'll be coming into the show soon. But because of Caz's job as a soldier, she'll be away a lot, although Faye says there will be a wedding.

Faye says that Kate wants to be a mini-Carla and describes her as a hot-head. She says that walking into the Coronation Street green room on her first day was like an out of body experience. Shayne Ward has looked after her really well since she arrived and Faye says he's been like her big brother off-screen as well as on.

Faye made her name in musical theatre, starred in Shrek and is the girlfriend of singer Gareth Gates.

Watch the video here.

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Updated: Corrie list of who's leaving, joining and returning

Here is our updated list of those characters and actors we know about who are joining, returning or leaving the show.

Rhea Bailey will be on screen in November as Caz, the soldier fiance of Kate Connor. Read it here.

Comedian and comedy actor Ted Collins will return to the show. This time he will play Mary's new man Brendan.  Read it here.

Jenny Bradley will return. Read it here.

Rob Donovan will return - read it here.


Ryan Thomas is leaving the show as Jason Grimshaw in 2016. Read it here.

Alison King will take a break in 2016 as Carla Connor - read it here.

Les Dennis (Michael Rodwell) is taking a sabbatical in spring 2016. Read it here.

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) is taking a break for personal reasons. Read it here.

Terence Maynard (Tony Stewart) is playing in pantomine at the Sunderland Empire this Christmas. Does this mean he's leaving Coronation Street? Read it here.

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