Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Classic Corrie Christmas Moments Countdown - Day 17


Today we're going back to 1967 for Christmas Day on the cobbles.

The men are having a tug of war against The Flying Horse. Elsie and Steve Tanner spend their last Christmas at No. 11. Well, that's what Elsie thought!

So join the Tanners, Albert, Ena, the Barlows, the Ogdens, the Cheveskis, Jerry, the Walkers, Len, Emily, Minnie and Lucille for Christmas on the cobbles 47 years ago.

A link to the video on YouTube is here.

And then Ena plays the piano as the regulars have a Christmas singsong.

Enjoy!


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Coronation Street Blog Advent Calendar 2014 - Day 17

Welcome to day 16 of the Coronation Street Blog advent calendar. I hope you all get what you want from the ones you love. Here's Dennis Stringer about to open his present from Janice in 2001. He wasn't disappointed as it was a new leather biking jacket.


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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 17 Dec

Wednesday 17th December
THERE’S NEEDLE BETWEEN DAVID AND TYRONE. David’s suspicious as to where Kylie got to when she slipped out last night. Kylie tries to talk her way out of trouble but when David admits he’s struggling to trust her, Kylie feels terrible for putting a strain on their marriage. Meanwhile David’s furious when Tyrone buys the corner shop’s best Christmas tree from under his nose. He demands Tyrone relinquish it but he refuses and they tussle in the street. Who will be victorious?
WILL ALYA STAND BY HER MAN? Alya watches as Owen and Katy lay into Gary in the street, troubled by the rift she’s caused. As the Nazirs move into No.6. Alya tearfully tells them she’s going to finish with Gary as they’re causing too much heartache. Hiding their relief, Kal and Yasmeen assure her she’s made the right decision. But when Alya breaks the news to Gary he begs her to reconsider. Will Alya have a change of heart?
TRACY’S TAKING CONTROL AND SHE MEANS BUSINESS. Tony’s ears prick up as Leanne gives Tracy a message from Peter – cough up the rent or the shop’s going up for sale at the end of the week. When Tony then offers to supply her with his latest consignment of dodgy goods, Tracy agrees. But how will she respond to his offer to clear her rent arrears in exchange for 50% of her business?
ELSEWHERE When Erica flirts with Nick in the Bistro he readily accepts her invitation to join her at the Rovers later. As they cosy up in the back room it takes no time at all until they’re kissing passionately.Gavin tells Michael he’s not been to see a doctor yet. Urging him to go soon, Michael invites Gavin to spend Christmas with them. Knowing his luck is running out, Gavin makes another urgent phone call.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Classic Corrie Christmas Moments Countdown - Day 16


Today we're going way back to 1961 in our Christmas countdown.

So join the Barlows, Ena, Minnie, Martha, the Walkers, the Hewitts, Albert Len, Florrie and the Tanners in what was Corrie's first episode to be broadcast on Christmas Day.

Here's a link to the episode on YouTube.

Enjoy!


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Coronation Street Christmas ad breaks

Did anyone else enjoy seeing the Christmassy camera shots before and after the ad breaks in Coronation Street last night? 

I particularly loved the one above, it's the paper seller from outside The Kabin.


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Video: Claire King on Corrie newcomer Erica Holroyd

Claire King made her debut apperance on Coronation Street last night as Erica, Liz's mate from Spain.  Actress Claire King was interviewed on ITV's This Morning this morning and talks about joining Corrie in her new role.

You can read our blogger Ruth's interview with Claire King here.

Claire says that Erica's running away from Spain and a bad marriage and she wants a good time now with her mate Liz.  She's friends in real life with Bev Callard, who plays Liz, and talks about how iconic The Rovers set is to be working in. She says that Bill Roache (Ken Barlow) told her he still gets nervous doing scenes in The Rovers!

Claire talks about Erica's upcoming romance with Nick Tilsley and says she loves playing the comedy scenes against Helen Worth as Nick's mum Gail.  

Asked how long she was going to be in the show, Claire says she is "coming back in January" so I guess that means she has to leave before she can return.

You can watch the video here.

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The curse of 6 Coronation Street


So the Nazir family are rather inexplicably moving into number 6 Coronation Street. I still do not understand the reason behind this impulse purchase, other than a crazy notion these days that every character connected with the programme must live on the street itself. Gone are the days of seeing the wider Weatherfield world it seems. 

I'm trying very hard to like the Nazir family. Alya is the brightest hope for a long term character I can take to. I can't even find the words to describe how boring I find Kal, Zeedan and Sharif. I feel sorry for Jane Danson as the trend for her character being placed with unpopular new arrivals continues. Yasmeen has promise but she can sometimes be just too full on for me. Putting her in charge of the new community centre has been a good move but the current Alya/Gary storyline isn't impressing me all that much.

Anyway, they've moved into number 6 which hopefully means that horrid living room wallpaper will soon disappear. Every cloud. 6 Coronation Street is something of a doom-laden property so that doesn't exactly augur well for its latest inhabitants. Shall we take a look at the evidence as we go through the keyhole? Ahem.

For the first eight years of its life, the house was owned by bookmaker Des Barnes. The fondest memory I have of this time is the lovely Phyllis Pearce acting as his cleaner. Sadly all was not well chez Barnes and before too long Steph had run off with someone else. More misery ensued as Des mucked poor Raquel about for years. And of course Des met his maker in the house thanks to a run in with a coffee table and some dodgy drug dealers. 

Ever since then, the house has changed hands on a rather alarming number of occasions. It has become a temporary residence for a constant stream of ill-advised casting decisions. Debs Brownlow and Matt and Charlie Ramsden spring uneasily to mind. 

Then came the Harris family, never a happy, bubbly brood. They ruined the character of Martin Platt, daughter Katy killed her father and then herself and mother Angela went to prison. 

Then came Charlie Stubbs, who also breathed his last under that roof thanks to a combination of Tracy's woeful sexy dance and her nack with heavy, ugly ornaments. After a quick bottoming through, in come 23 members of the Morton family, although the only one I can remember is Sinbad from Brookside. Most recently we've had to witness the extended misery of the extended Armstrong-Windass clan, now forever banished to the gloomy flat above Tracy's emporium of knock off. Not exactly a glittering track record is it? 

So I wonder what lies in store for the Nazirs? Will it be more murder, mayhem and misery or will they lead a more charmed existence, sandwiched between Sally and Gail? I'd say it will be interesting finding out, but I'm yet to be convinced. 


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Coronation Street Blog Advent Calendar 2014 - Day 16

It's time to open door 16 on the Coronation Street advent calendar. It can't be very nice to spend Christmas Day in A&E, so be careful when carrying around the pudding, you don't want to end up like poor Norris.



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