Monday, 30 March 2015

Sarah Louise Platt - a quick re-cap in pictures

Before the return of Sarah Platt tonight on Coronation Street, here's a very quick re-cap of her story so far.
Sarah is the daughter of Brian Tilsley (who was stabbed to death up an alley behind a nightclub) and Gail Tilsley. When Sarah was born questions were raised about her paternity, due to Gail's affair with Brian's cousin, Ian Latimer and Brian rejected Sarah, believing she was not his daughter; until a blood test reveals otherwise

Sarah is sister to Nick Tilsley and half-sister to David Platt, granddaughter to Audrey Roberts and mother to Bethany.

Sarah's storylines have included a controversial and ground-breaking underage pregnancy which saw her giving birth to Bethany Platt and saw Sarah deal with motherhood in her teens..

...internet grooming by a man more than twice her age

...being left for dead in a car crash, the car was driven by Aiden Critchley

...being driven into a canal by step dad Richard Hillman

...having a baby with Todd Grimshaw.

Sadly, baby Billy died a day after he was born.  Sarah dumped Todd when she found out he'd been seeing Karl, a male nurse at work.

She hit back at Todd by sleeping with his brother Jason.

...and managed to get Jason up the aisle on their wedding day. They didn't get wed - Jason did a runner out of the toilet window. He sent Sarah a text: "Sorry babes, I couldn't do it"

...eventually marrying Jason despite David's attempts to ruin her big day. As Sarah and Jason exchanged vows, David drove his car into the canal.  This was 31 October 2007.

Sarah left Weatherfield later in 2007 with Bethany. She flew off to work in Milan for her Canadian uncle Steven (Audrey's son and Gail's half-brother).

While in Milan she divorced Jason.

And now she's returning!  This could be fun.  I can't wait to see Eileen's face.

See also: Coronation Street Blog interview with Tina O'Brien (Sarah Platt) by our blogger Ruth

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In pictures: the many wives of Steve McDonald

Now that Steve and Michelle are going to get married on Coronation Street, it's time to look back at the many weddings and wives of Steve McDonald, so far...

Mrs McDonald No. 1
Vicky Arden.
Wealthy, orphan grand-daughter of Rovers landlord Alex Gilroy.
Married in St Lucia on 18 August 1995.

Mrs McDonald No. 2
Karen Phillips, they married for a bet on 30 August 2001.

Mrs McDonald No. 2 (again)

Karen McDonald, they married again on 18 February 2004, this time for love not money.

Mrs McDonald No. 3 - Almost!
Friday 13 March 2009
Steve's bride, Becky Granger was too drunk and the wedding didn't go ahead.

Mrs McDonald No. 3 - Second time lucky
Friday August 14th, 2009
Becky Granger

Mrs McDonald No. 4
Tracy Barlow, January 21, 2012
Separated at the wedding reception when Steve learned Tracy had lied about her miscarriage being caused by Becky pushing her down the stairs.

So far, Steve has had six weddings and four wives...will it be a happy ever after with Michelle? 

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Vote for Corrie! British Soap Awards 2015

Voting is now open on the longlist in the British Soap Awards 2015.  Voting will remain open until April 21st.

From Coronation Street, the nominations for the three categories in which viewers can vote are as follows:

Best Actress - Alison King (Carla Connor); Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor); Debbie Rush (Anna Windass).

Best Actor - Jack P Shepherd (David Platt); Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald); David Neilson (Roy Cropper).

Best Soap - Coronation Street.

Vote here.

This year there will be no award for Sexiest Male and Sexiest Female, and there will be an award for an issue-led storyline instead. Read more here.

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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Monday 30 March

See also: Sarah Louise Platt - a quick re-cap

TRACY’S HOPES ARE GONE WITH THE WOODWIND. Tony tells Liz and Michelle the money has come through from the house sale and he’s paid off Steve’s tax bill. Michelle nervously breaks the news to Steve but Steve’s grateful and she’s relieved by his reaction. Meanwhile Tracy mithers Tony about the money, telling him her plans for expanding the business. Tony lies, making out the money hasn’t come through yet. But as they all attend Amy’s recorder recital at school, Steve thanks Tony for lending him the money for his tax bill. Will Tracy realise that Tony’s been stringing her along?
ANOTHER HURRICANE FROM ITALY HITS THE PLATTS. Bethany’s unimpressed after being forced to work at the Bistro for the day for free. As Gail tries to lay down the law, suddenly the front door flies open and Sarah storms in. Bethany cowers as Sarah tears a strip off her, revealing the truth behind Bethany’s sudden arrival in Weatherfield.
CRAIG’S BEHAVIOUR TROUBLES TIM. As Craig implores Faye to reconsider her plans for the impending birth, Tim approaches. Sensing there’s something going on, Tim corners Craig and demands to know what Faye is keeping from him. Will Craig crumble under pressure?
ELSEWHERE Sally spends the day working as Norris’s butler. Sharif enlists the help of Zeedan and Simon with his allotment. Gail struggles with the web of deceit she’s created.

TONY STRUGGLES TO CONTAIN VOLCANIC TRACY. Furious with Tony for lending Steve the money behind her back, Tracy threatens to reveal their affair. Desperate to keep her quiet, Tony explains to Liz and Michelle how Tracy had hoped he would put the money into their business and he’s let her down. Cornering Tracy in the Rovers backyard, Tony apologises but Tracy’s unforgiving and stalks off. Calling at No.1 Tony begs for Tracy’s forgiveness, suggesting they have a weekend away in a hotel of her choice. Can Tony win Tracy back round?
SARAH RETURNS WITH A BANG. Sarah continues to tear a strip off Bethany, furious at her behaviour in Milan. Bethany’s unrepentant and picking up an ornament she hurls it at Sarah. Gail, Michael, Audrey and David watch, open-mouthed. Jason finds tearful Bethany on Maxine’s bench. Bethany moans about her life in Milan and how Sarah ignores her most of the time. Finding Bethany upset, she and Bethany have a heart to heart. Bethany begs Sarah to let them stay in Weatherfield, adamant she doesn’t want to return to Milan. Realising how unhappy Bethany is, will Sarah agree they can stay?
CRAIG’S LOYALTY TO FAYE TEARS HIM APART. Tim and Sally quiz Craig over his relationship with Faye. Craig assures them Faye is just a good friend but will they realise there’s more to it?
ELSEWHERE Fed up with being treated like a slave, Sally quits her job as Norris’s butler. David becomes mildly suspicious of Gail’s strange behaviour.

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Coronation Street Episode Review, Sunday 29 March 2015

Between the snow and Liz’s hair tinsel on tonight’s Corrie, you’d be forgiven for thinking Christmas had returned. But no, spring is here, the clocks have gone forward, and Faye is running out of time. Craig agrees to help her have her baby in the flat above the corner shop if she consents to him doing a dry run to the hospital, while Tim’s suspicions that the pair are up to something are put to bed by a delightfully patronising Sally. I’m not sure why Craig’s hold all being nearly robbed at the bus stop put paid to his hospital run, and while I have enjoyed this story so far, particularly the relationship between Craig and Faye, and the performances from both actors, I would have expected mounting anxiety at this point considering how upset she has been of late and the fact that the due date looms.

Fearing competition from a new shop, Tracy is excited to learn from Todd that Tony has sold Jason’s place. She successfully seduces him into Barlow’s Buys and conveniently makes out that she has just spotted the ad for the new business in the paper and knows nothing of Tony’s sale of the house. He sees straight through her and his reaction is one of bemused admiration, leading me to continue to find this pair strangely endearing. Time will tell if he will use the cash to help out debt-ridden Steve, or pump money into a larger premises for Barlow’s Buys.

Chaos continues at the Platt's where a belligerent Bethany resists being returned to Milan. Nick continues to glide into every scene like something of a cynical jester, and his demeanour persists even after she throws his car keys into the garden and makes her bid for freedom. Her attempt at refuge in Barlow’s Buys falls flat as “traitor” Todd reveals her hiding place. She refuses to go back to Milan and Nick notes she has now missed her flight; odd considering she only appeared to be missing for mere seconds from the time she was to depart for the airport. Meanwhile, David brings Max to the park to meet Callum where the latter is happy to make a passer-by believe he and David are a couple. Gail has had enough of the lot of them and declares she’s off to the Rovers in the hope that she can bid for a whole new family, indicating that the whole concept of a butler auction may be lost on her.

Balloons, butchered banners and non-streak tan are the order of the day as Sean whips himself into a frenzy over his big gig. I had hoped to enjoy this event, and while there were amusing moments courtesy of usual suspects Sally and Tim and asides from others, there were sadly too many things which didn't work for me despite my willing it on. The Nazir’s duping Sharif into wearing a dinner suit felt mean spirited, Tyrone explaining that he had gravy all down his back because he simply liked gravy left me puzzled, and Jenny Bradley getting drunk and coming across rather badly was disappointing.

Emily’s concern at the tone of the evening and request to Liz to keep the bad language to a minimum on the basis that it was for the church, had me wondering why they were having the event in a pub and not the underused community centre. I also can't forget that this is a woman who not so long ago revealed that she was a fan of Breaking Bad. Her female church companions, to whom she continually apologised, appeared appalled one minute and were declaring their love for Carry On movies the next. Further, the snide manner in which they spoke about and reacted to Norris was jarring; perhaps they worship at the Sophie Webster school of christianity.

A bidding war ensues between Mary and Emily for Kal and Sharif, but in true Bargain Hunt style, there is also a phone bidder in the form of Zeedan; a nice touch. Yasmeen has instructed him that they are not to be auctioned to any woman under the age of 70, and apparently has a list of jobs for them. Sean may think he looks like David Dickinson, but Zeedan could do with some lessons from the bobby dazzler, as when Mary bids £40 for the pair, he jumps straight in at £100, securing them for far more than he probably needed to.

The absence of Sophie Webster courtesy of a tummy bug sees her mother conned into participating by a rather unpalatable Jenny; I know Sally has been less than welcoming to her, but Jenny's continued dignity in the face of adversity has been her trump card, and it's a shame to see her show a less than attractive side. In any case, as Sally’s name is chanted from within, an approaching Steve asks “is it a charity auction or a human sacrifice?” and again, I’m laughing. As Jenny, Norris and Gail vie for “her ladyship,” Tim fails to come to the rescue by claiming to be skint before ordering a massive round. Norris, or, “The confused man with the spectacles”, ends up winning Sally’s services with a bid to the tune of £100, placed only to refute the rumour cited by the church ladies about him being a penny pincher.

A throwaway comment from Michelle about being happy with a long engagement sends Steve into a spiral of doubt which culminates in him telling her he can’t marry her on the grounds that he’s doing her a favour.

It’s good to see Leanne, Lloyd and Andrea rally around to offer both Steve and Michelle some much needed support. Michelle decides to show him just how much she wants to marry him by setting up a candlelit meal for two in the back room, but when Steve returns he completely misunderstands the situation, and storms into the bar to accuse Tony of being insensitive by wining and dining Liz while himself and Michelle are suffering. Out of all the one liners that peppered tonight’s hour long episode, Steve’s accusation that Tony was hosting a “Barry White sex party” saw me burst out laughing despite my incredulity at the inexplicable conclusion Steve had jumped to. In any event, the result was a rather moving public proposal by Michelle to plenty of oohs and aahs from the bar.

Based on her deplorable track record when it comes to her treatment of Steve, I never thought I'd want to see him marry Michelle, but she has learned some hard lessons in recent times, and appears to have changed for the better. I hope her transformation lasts and I look forward to seeing them support one another in the times ahead. 

By Emma Hynes
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Winner announced in our Corrie keyring competition

In last week's spot the prop puzzle we offered a Coronation Street keyring as a prize.

So it's many congratulations and a Coronation Street keyring for our winner Hanney Graham who spotted the prop in Sally & Tim's kitchen.

Hanney, to claim your keyring prize, please email with the address you'd like the prize sent to and it'll be popped in the post to you asap!  Congratulations!

There'll be more Coronation Street prize giveaways in the coming weeks - so keep your eyes peeled on the background props in Corrie to stand a chance of winning.

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British Soap Awards gets rid of 'sexiest' male and female awards

The nominatons for this year's British Soap Awards will be released tomorrow, Monday 30 March. The awards ceremony will be held in Manchester again later this year.

However, this year, there will be no categories for sexiest male and sexiest female. About blinking time too!

There will be a new award category to celebrate “issue-led” story-lines.

A source told the Daily Star Sunday: “It was time to have a bit of a freshen-up. The awards will still be a big, fun celebration but we’ve found a lot of the actors and actresses are a bit embarrassed by the ‘sexiest’ tag.

Rob James Collier, who played Liam Connor in Corrie won the Sexiest Male award at the British Soap awards in 2007 and 2008. He spoke out publicly and critically about being voted 'sexy' when actors want to be appreciated for their acting skills.

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Corrie Weekly Awards for March 23 - 25

A short one this week as there were only three episodes:

Confessional award: Gavin's mother admits she turned her son against his father. She might want to make peace but the damage was done. Her hatred pushed Gavin to blackmail and ultimately to his death.

Her mother's daughter. Amy knew darn well Liz was buying her off so she wouldn't keep playing the recorder so she soaked her for enough cash for the expensive sweets!

Classics Award: Bethany has done Anna Karenina for school but better than that, she's seen the film, and better than that again, it was one of the old movies with Vivien Leigh! (from 1948)

Musical Ambiance: "At Last" playing when Steve and Michelle announced the engagement.

Lines of the week:
David "Gail is like an old piano. You got to know how to play her or she makes a terrible noise"
Gail to Bethany "I brought up David. I know every trick in the book and more besides"
Bethany about Anna Karenina "It is chick lit. In a way" (for the 19th century, yes, it is!)

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