Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 20 August

Wednesday 20th August
KEN DESPAIRS AS PETER GOES COLD TURKEY. Suffering from alcohol withdrawal, Peter begs Jim for
more booze. Jim informs Peter there’s a price to pay and he’ll find out what it is soon. As Peter
promises to do whatever he wants, Jim’s satisfied he’s got him where he wants him. Meanwhile Ken is
shocked to see the state Peter is in and fearing he’ll drink himself to death debates reporting him to the
prison so he can get help. Tracy advises against it claiming it won’t look good in court, will Ken relent?
NEIL’S ACTIONS START TO SPIRAL OUT OF CONTROL.As Neil continues to watch Andrea he ups his
nuisance campaign by sending her a barrage of texts and ordering a stack of pizzas to the cab office.
Steve advises Lloyd it’s time to play Neil at his own game.
SMUG NICK ENJOYS CONFIRMING LEANNE’S SUSPICIONS. Eva and Kal offer Nick their support but
convinced Nick is faking his seizures Leanne accuses Nick of hoodwinking Eva. Will Nick drop the act?
ELSEWHERE Sophie suggests Maddie needs another job and asks Carla about a packing job at the
factory. But will she drop the attitude for long enough to let Carla see the person underneath?

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Pics: Coronation Street Triathlon team

The move of Coronation Street to MediaCityUK at the start of this year brought an altogether different challenge for the cast and crew as over 30 of them took part in the Nuffield Health Salford Triathlon on Sunday 17 August.

Cast members Krissi Bohn (Jenna Kamara), Ian Puleston Davies (Owen Armstrong) and Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw) were joined by the crew and production team to tackle their own 'wave' in one of the toughest sporting events the north west has to offer.

Krissi swam 750 metres alongside nearly 1,000 novice and more experienced triathletes in the clean waters of dock 9 in the heart of MediaCityUK...

...while team mate Ian Puleston Davies ran 5km along the iconic waterfront...

 ...and Ryan Thomas completed the Coronation Street sprint relay race with a 20km bike ride.

Photos copyright David Nelson and/or ITV.
Team Corrie raised funds for the St Mary’s Hospital Charity (Newborn Intensive Care Unit).
You can see a video of last year’s event here.

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Is Andrea the one for Corrie's Lloyd?

I don't know what it is, but the whole Lloyd, Andrea, Neil storyline just isn't working for me. I hate to admit it, but I did begin to fast forward through all their scenes last night.

I've always loved Lloyd. Craig Charles is brilliant in Corrie. His double act with Simon Gregson is a joy. It's a shame they didn't spend more time developing the Lloyd and Jenna relationship onscreen, instead preferring to focus on Lloyd and Andrea. 

The whole story is just a big snooze to me and it's such a pity. Lloyd is crying out for a decent story to get his teeth into and I'm afraid this really isn't it. The actor playing Neil is great although I'm really not sure what this character's game is! I'm sure all will become clear in time, hopefully fairly soon though as it feels like this is being drawn out.

I do have a bit of a problem with the way both Lloyd and Andrea have dealt with Neil. Yes he is being painted as a big wet blanket who won't take the hint, but they are treating him cruelly at times. Given that Andrea in particular has cheated on Neil and broken up their marriage I feel like she should have a bit more respect for her husband. 

Lloyd too has been rather harsh and less than understanding. As he acknowledged briefly last night, he knows what it is like to be messed about and dumped by a partner, so even though he was an unwitting accomplice in this mess, he should really be more sympathetic towards Neil. 

I'm not sure what I make of Andrea. At first she was a breath of fresh air, mainly because she highlighted how atrociously Michelle treats Steve. Then things got complicated and her motives became unclear. I don't think she's a baddie in the traditional sense, she's flawed and human like the rest of us. At the end of the day though she basically just irritates me and I can't seem to get past that. 

So what do we all make of this storyline? Are you enjoying it or do you wish we could move on to something new? Do you think Andrea is the one for Lloyd? 

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Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, August 25-29

Without any piffle, here's the storyline for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Week of Monday 25 August to Friday 29 August

Liz visits Jim, Steve visits Peter, Tyrone in hospital when ceiling crashes, Max plays up on Lily’s birthday, Rovers cricket team takes shape, Tony turns on Todd.

The full weekly preview, with loads of pictures is right here on

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Coronation Street Double Episode Review 18 August 2014

There's no doubt that Leanne has much to deal with, but one of her problems is solved by Dev, in that he offers her a job at the kebab shop. Understandably, Leanne is anxious about Simon's visit to see Peter in prison. It cannot be easy for any child to see his dad in prison, but equally it cannot be easy to have your child visit you in prison. To make things a little easier for himself, Peter goes to see Landlord Jim and after a bit of unnerving banter about cheating at snooker and stealing of deodorants, Peter finally gets what he came for.

The visit begins and Simon can't look at a his dad, keeping his eyes down. Peter is cheery and asks Simon several questions but gains nothing. Meanwhile, Leanne is eyeing Peter suspiciously. Has he had a drink? Nothing escapes Leanne and obviously she knows him very well. 'Locked up and drunk - father of the year.' she sneers. Easy to judge and condemn Peter but, well, there but for the grace of God, and all that. Leanne whisks Simon away and it doesn't look very promising for further visits.

Leanne is also suspicious of Nick. Is he putting it on or has he really had a relapse as David claims. His motive if he is feigning? Making Kal and Leanne feel guilty presumably.

Unbeknown to Lloyd, Andrea and Steve in The Rovers, Neil was in Weatherfield as Lloyd was counting down the seconds to take off for a job at the other side of the world.

You have to hand it to Neil for determination. It seems as if, maybe, he has got the message. It made for uncomfortable viewing to see someone so desperately wanting to be with his wife of so many years and the mother of his daughter.

Some terrific scenes with Deirdre and Ken in Wales. Clearly, Wales is not Deirdre's favourite place and so she is not enjoying herself, as she would much prefer a sun lounger round a pool with a Jackie Collins on the go. But in fairness to her she did wear the borrowed boots and wander around with Ken. Ken is thrilled by being in Wales, getting milk from the udder and other delights of life in the country. Derek the bull with the huge neck seems to fascinate Ken as does the Welsh language and Ken's enthusiasm for making friends with strangers. Ken talks of his early life in Coronation Street. as Deirdre points out, 'You spend half your life complaining about where you came from and the other half misty-eyed about it.' She's right of course, as usual. She also gets her own way. One game of Snap and it's homeward bound.

When Tracy tells her dad about Peter it is frustrating for Ken. 'What chance does he stand now?' asks Ken. For Rob though, this revelation is  a real treat, 'Cheers Peter.' he says to himself, unable to repress his delight.

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Coronation Street muriel on a Weymouth wall

This fab Coronation Street muriel (as Hilda would have called it) has appeared on a wall in a car park in Weymouth.

With thanks to @thresheg on twitter, whose photo this is.

If anyone knows who the artist is, please let us know as we'd like to give you full credit and a link to your website.

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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Monday 18 August

Monday 18th August
PETER’S SIP OF DUTCH COURAGE BACKFIRES. Leanne does her best to prepare Simon as they head off to visit Peter in prison. Meanwhile Peter begs Jim for some alcohol to settle his nerves. Peter does his best to act normally as they arrive but will Leanne rumble him?
NEIL MAKES A SURPRISE RETURN. Andrea and Lloyd are horrified when Neil reveals he’s passed up the
job in order to stay and win Andrea back.When Andrea then agrees to a drink with Neil so they can talk
privately Lloyd’s paranoid, does he have reason to be?
DEIRDRE’S NOT IN THE MOOD.In Wales Deirdre is underwhelmed by the primitive surroundings while
Ken is in his element. Will the couple be able to use the holiday to rekindle their romance?
ELSEWHERE Dev offers Leanne a job in the kebab shop.

Monday 18th August
NEIL’S DESPERATION UNNERVES ANDREA. Neil becomes nostalgic as he and Andre share a drink. Will all the talk of happier family times make her have a change of heart or will she give Neil a few home truths? Lloyd’s had enough and orders him to leave but when he later spots Neil’s car parked outside the flat will Lloyd lose his cool?
DEIRDRE REFUSES TO CARRY ON CAMPING.After an unsuccessful walk in the county Ken and Deirdre
attempt to clear the air. Will they finally admit they actually missed each other while Ken was away?
LEANNE READS PETER THE RIOT ACT. Leanne’s furious with Peter for drinking before Simon’s visit and
telling him he’s blown it she takes Simon home.
ELSEWHERE David warns Nick that his playacting must stop, has Leanne rumbled his game too?

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Coronation Street director's dog lost and found in Sunderland

Duncan Foster is one of the Coronation Street Directors.  This week his pet dog, a cavalier King Charles spaniel Willow vanished from outside his daughter’s home in the north-east.

Duncan thought he saw a woman putting the dog into a car. He took to the streets of South Tyneside and Sunderland with Willow’s sister Missy to appeal for people’s help. And happily for him, Willow was found safe and well at an address in my home city of Sunderland.

Overjoyed Duncan was contacted shortly after a story about Willow’s disappearance appeared on the Sunderland Echo website - where you can see a video of Duncan and Willow.

Duncan said: “It is an immense sense of relief that she has been returned. It has been a traumatic 24 hours. I just want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped look for her. Without them, I don’t think she would have been returned.”

Duncan, who lives near Stanley in County Durham, has worked as a director for Coronation Street since 2002, as well as overseeing the 2008 spin-off video Coronation Street: Out of Africa. He has directed 236 episodes of Coronation Street.

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