Friday, 31 October 2014

Facing the music

It’s a shame about Rob but it’s time for him to face the music.

With the threat of “best bird” Carla pulling the plug on his big day, Wednesday night’s episode saw Rob iron his shirt and make his way to the wedding with a happily-ever-after ending looking increasingly unlikely.

Beautiful grounds, a horse and carriage, elegant bridal wear - this wedding can’t have come cheap. Wedding Planner Extraordinaire, Michelle Connor is either the best negotiator in Manchester or the profit margin on hooky hairdryers at Barlow's Buys is higher than Kylie Platt after a visit to The Dog and Gun.



Tracy has been going for a “classy with a contemporary twist” vibe and I was looking forward to seeing the blushing bride walk down the aisle to a string-laden “Firestarter” or “Wonderwall”. But having sacked the harpist the day before the wedding, this now looks improbable.

However, while the congregation waited for Tracy’s arrival, they were treated to a lovely instrumental version of The Stone Roses’ “Waterfall” by an acoustic guitarist drafted in by Michelle.

Stone Roses' singer Ian Brown enjoys an OJ in The Rovers

I love it when Corrie writers acknowledge Manchester’s musical heritage. Music is in the city’s DNA and I was sure that Rob’s Britpop-era musical tastes would be reflected in the ceremony somehow.

I enjoyed the spoken word recital of “Cast No Shadow” (Oasis) in Corrie’s October trailer, which did a powerful job of foreshadowing what was about to unfold on screen:


Rob is clearly into his classic indie but you never know, there could also be a bit of drum and bass in his iTunes library if this video is anything to go by:


That’s right, back in 2008 Marc Baylis appeared in the video for the song “Propane Nightmares” by Pendulum. Amazing!

But back to Weatherfield and back to the wedding. The chorus to “Waterfall” (not that we heard the lyrics, of course), goes “She'll carry on through it all/She's a waterfall”.


Tracy Barlow is certainly hard-nosed but she adores Rob and I’m not so sure she will be able to simply carry on through it all. In the short term, at least, she’ll be crying a waterfall of tears on Ken’s shoulder before the day is through and soaking his pristine white tux in the process.


All this talk of Rob’s record collection has got me thinking about the wedding playlist. I have no idea whether Rob and Tracy will get married or not. But what I do know is this – when the Titanic began to sink, the band played on.

With that spirit in mind, if I was DJing – here are the ten Manchester tunes that I feel would be most fitting to carry on spinning while Rob’s world caves in on him and his fairy-tale wedding to Tracy crashes and burns:


1. Donovan (Happy Mondays)
2. Used To Be A Sweet Boy (Morrissey)
3. Lose Control (James)
4. Beast Inside (Inspiral Carpets)
5. The Kill (Joy Division)
6. Where Did It All Go Wrong? (Oasis)
7. Regret (New Order)
9. Nothing Left (Buzzcocks)
8. Going Down (Stone Roses)
10. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (The Smiths)


And then I’d play The Smith’s “Strangeways, Here We Come” album out in full because that’s exactly where Rob will be headed (again) if the law does finally catch up with him.

Are there any other songs that should be played at Donovan’s Disco? Unlike some DJs, I do take requests so please get them in on the comments board.

I look forward to seeing how the wedding plays out tonight as we get nearer and nearer to Rob Donovan’s Coronation Street swan song.

By Martin Leay
Twitter: @mpleay

My pre-wedding interview with Marc Baylis can be found here.
My blog on Coronation Street and Morrissey is available here.


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Play the Coronation Street picture game

With thanks to @Soap_Watcher_ and @TomBryant77 on twitter for sending in yet another great Coronation Street picture game for us this week.  Let's call it PiCorrie!

In response to last week's PicCorrie, this week is a bit harder. There are no clues either. This week the pictures are those of past, present or future Corrie characters or places.  Have fun!








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Fab Photo Friday - October 31st 2014

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. I quite like the idea of Jenny Bradley coming back, not only are there issues with Rita to examine but it should be interesting seeing her teaming up with Kevin. How will Sally feel? Is she really over him? Here's a picture of her father having a bit of a lie down during a hectic filming schedule in Blackpool.



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Spot the Corrie prop - October 31st 2014

As expected last week's prop poser proved to be pretty straightforward with lots of correct answers. The first to post that the maple syrup can be found in the Barlow's was Vicky who wins nothing at all but our hearty congratulations.

This week we look to the humble toaster again and as whereabouts on the Coronation Street set you would find this fine example.




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Pics: Coronation Street - Horrible Hallowe'en 2014

It's Hallowe'en, and time to give these fabulous archive pictures another airing for our Coronation Street horrible Hallowe'en blog post.  All the pictures below are from the Hallowe'en episode in 2003 when Fred Elliot threw a Hallowe'en party in the Rovers Return.


The episode aired on Friday 31st October 2003 and was written by Daran Little.


One of the great lines in the episode came from Jack Duckworth: "You've heard of the Bride of Frankenstein? Well I'm the husband of Vera Duckworth."



You can read the 2003 Hallowe'en episode synopsis on Wikipedia.
  

You might also like to read our Top 5 Coronation Street Hallowe'en Howlers


How many of the Corrie characters from the pictures below, taken 10 years ago, can you remember?








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Preview of tonight's Corrie - Rob and Tracy's Halloween wedding

Friday October 31st 2014
WILL ROB & TRACY GET THEIR HAPPILY EVER AFTER? As Tracy and Amy pose for photos outside the wedding venue, Rob tries to read Carla. Will Carla stand by her brother and watch the wedding go ahead or is Rob and Tracy’s perfect day about to be blown apart?
MICHAEL BURIES HIS AWFUL NEWS. As Michael and Gail enjoy their sushi, they’re interrupted by David and Kylie who insist on joining them. When David accuses Michael of having an affair with Eileen, Michael is forced to tell Gail how Eileen accompanied him to his hospital appointment. Gail’s furious that he chose to take Eileen rather than her. But when Michael reveals his results Gail is silenced.
SINEAD SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT ABOUT CILLA. As Fiz and Chesney celebrate the fact Cilla’s gone, Sinead can’t bare it any longer and reveals that Cilla is in fact seriously ill. Fiz and Chesney are stunned.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Coronation Street bus crash revealed for 2015

In a recent interview, Stuart Blackburn hinted that there will be an upcoming tragedy. He said:

"Yes, coming up in the New Year, there is a real tragedy that's going to affect a dozen or so of our characters. Last year we had David and the car crash and of course that was a stunt, but it genuinely felt like it had come from story. It wasn't us suddenly deciding that we needed to do something spectacular to get the viewers.

"It's the same with what we're planning, because it'll come from a relatively long-running story. It is going to be spectacular and a little bit heartbreaking!"


Now, ITV has released a few details. There will be an Underworld Works outing in the New Year. They all head out in a mini-van driven by Steve McDonald but there's a crash and some of the factory workers will end up in hospital with one person in critical condition. They'll film it before Christmas to air in the New Year.

As for Mr. Blackburn's remark about it coming from a long running story, I reckon if Steve is driving, it's only going to add to his current problems. In the state he's in, and he's only going to get worse before he gets better, I speculate that his attention gets distracted and a mistake ends up in this tragedy. Maybe that will be the catalyst that finally pushes him to get help. What do you reckon?


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Job vacancies: More Corrie tour guides needed in Manchester

With the news that the Coronation Street set is going to be open for a lot longer than planned, they're recruiting more Corrie tour guides.  Fancy a job?

You’ll perform and create a memorable tour for every guest by employing a skilful mix of theatricality, humour and expert knowledge.

With experience of performing to and engaging with an audience and working with the public, you will be an excellent communicator with the ability to promote the attraction.  Sound knowledge and interest in Coronation Street is essential.   

Ideally candidates will be available for training week commencing 17 November 2014.

All details are online here.
 
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