Tuesday, 30 June 2015

COMPETITION! Win "I Heart Coronation Street" shopper bag

There’s a whole batch of new official Coronation Street merchandise available for fans to purchase.  The new items can all be found on eBay here.

The new range includes cups, travel mugs, notepads, fridge magnets, a shopper bag, tea towels and a bookmark.  New items are being added to the range so keep checking the eBay page!

Over the next few weeks, each Tuesday, we’ll be offering items of the new merchandise to fans as competition prizes.  Sorry, overseas fans, these prizes can be sent to UK addresses only.  If I could, I would open all of our competitions to fans all over the world. However, due to the product licensing on these items, we’re tied to offering them to UK fans only.   That doesn’t stop you from buying the new items of course, we just can’t offer them overseas via our website.

This is our second competition and it gives you the chance to win this fantastic "I heart Coronation Street" shopper bag.

You can win the above by entering our competition, answering the following two questions correctly and then being drawn at random from all correct entries received.  The deadline for entries to this competition is Tuesday 7 July 2015 at 5pm.  The winner will be announced here on the Coronation Street Blog.

Email your answers to me at glenda.young@btinternet.com with the subject line of SHOPPER in your email.

Entries from moneysavingsexpertforum, Loquax and all other competition entry websites will not be included.

Here are your two questions. Good luck!

1.    How much does the I Heart Coronation Street shopper bag retail for?
2.    What material is the shopper bag made from?

There's still time (just!) to enter our competition to win Corrie Cups and Mugs - enter here.

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Monday, 29 June 2015

Coronation Street Double Episode Review 29 June 2015


I’ve only ever witnessed one fight between women in my life. It was a bitter January Sunday morning, at an Under 13s football match in a godforsaken place called Maltby. One boy went in hard on another and a scuffle broke out. It was sorted quickly by the referee, but the mothers of the two boys were on the floor scrapping. Can you imagine the embarrassment for all concerned?

And so it is with Gail and Eileen. Wholly embarrassing. Embarrassing for themselves, their families and for the idea that 2 middle aged women would stoop to a physical fight -unconvincing, slapstick, not big, not clever and not, sadly, entertaining.  Later, Nick tells his mother that he is doing his best to cope with the loss of a much-wanted baby, in order to put a perspective on events and that the last thing he wanted was to witness a circus like that.

Neither Gail nor Eileen are stupid women but here they behave stupidly. Eileen was mightily provoked and why on earth did Audrey and Maria not stop Gail throwing all the hair products.

 Eileen actually encourages Michael to sort things out with Gail, which he agrees to do. He explains how angry and upset he was over the deceit about Gavin. Gail faithfully promises no more dishonesty. Michael, warming to the theme, tells Gail that it was getting cosy with Eileen that brought on his heart attack. Some things are best kept quiet. Gail rails at Eileen, who she detests anyway. Eileen says that they only kissed and reassures Gail that she has no designs on him. Gail is in hot pursuit of Eileen and starts to fight.  Sweet heavens! Michael hoves into view and gets a ringside seat and consequently hears the unkind remarks Gail makes about him. ‘He’s a failed burglar, with a dodgy heart and a fondness for Y-fronts.’

Todd is highly amused. Discovering that his mother was ‘romping’ and ‘pawing’ he says, ‘I know you’re desperate, but that’s practically grave robbing.’

Tracy makes sure that Brian keeps his date at the Bistro with Julie Carp. Because Tracy is involved, we know that there will be something unkind involved. The Julie Carp, who is not our Julie Carp, says she would like to travel around the world. The poor soul is happy to meet Brian but Brian has to pull out.

At home, there is quite a disturbing scene where Amy seems to be Tracy’s mini –me. To see the 2 of them in cahoots that way is worrying. ‘He wanted to meet Julie Carp for lunch and we made it happen,’ says chip off the old block, Amy. Ken pulls his head out of his latest classic, Emma Bovary, to tell his daughter that she is monumentally uncharitable.’ Nothing new there, Ken.


Dev and his women are causing a rumpus. This has made for uncomfortable viewing. What was Talisa doing there, in Dev`’s house in the first place? Was she contributing to the family budget, did she realize that Dev was infatuated with her and if so was she using that to her advantage? Who did she think Julie was? Dev asks Talisa to leave her husband so that makes Dev’s motives clear. Dev and Talisa have behaved badly and now, spotted holding hands in the cafe by Brian, he feels he must let Julie know, maybe seeing this as an opportunity. ‘I’ve just witnessed a scene of great intimacy,’ says Brian. ‘I’ve seen his sort before – all hair oil and shopworn charm.’

Mary arrives at Dev’s to see Julie sitting very still, all alone. She approaches her and naturally Julie asks her if she knew anything. Mary admitted she had an ‘inkling’ and that she approached Dev about it. Should Mary have approached Julie too? Maybe, but it’s understandable that she didn’t. Mary tells Julie that Dev is worth fighting for.’ Julie’s response is definite. ‘No he’s not.’

Julie plucks up the courage and confronts Dev and Talisa. Dev is dev–astated and begs Julie for another chance. Talisa is not in love with Dev and she tells him that she is gay. When Talisa leaves, Julie rips in to Dev. She tells him that while he was away she looked after his children, his house and his business and in return he betrayed her. She did all she did out of love. What a tour de force that was, Katy Kavanagh! Now I’m even more sorry you’re going!

Great to see Carla as the Victoria Coren- Mitchell, of Weatherfield. Bring on the high rollers for a game of poker, brought about by Jason’s insomnia and his early morning TV viewing. Satisfying to see Carla win and irritating to see Dan so obnoxious towards her. What a dreadful man! I know they still exist, but Carla will be only too pleased to beat the cave man. When he won’t have another game, Carla says, ‘Coward, I was just warming up.’  It’s a good job that Liz didn’t witness the way in which Dan behaved towards Carla, because had she done so she might not be so keen to be with him. What a lovely thing Carla does for Kirk by handing him a substantial amount of her winnings and will take no refusal.


Erica must be feeling distraught. Doubtless she believes that the loss of her baby means that she will remain childless. She doesn’t want any contact with Nick and is refusing to take his phone calls. The loss of the baby is sad for Nick too, as he was very keen to have a child. What should Nick do? Should he stick with Erica out of a sense of duty or should he follow his heart and turn to Carla? As we all know, Alison King is taking a break from the cobbles, so maybe nothing will happen with Nick.
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Joyous Julie


Never mind the much heralded re-match of Gail versus Eileen. While I always love to see these two exchanging unpleasantries, the highlight of Monday evening's Coronation Street was most definitely the glorious Julie Carp.

I knew I was going to miss Katy Cavanagh's Julie when it was announced the actress had decided to move on. I think perhaps I had taken Julie's presence for granted. Her cheery, ditzy good humour and joyous 1950s fashions have brightened up an increasingly dreary Weatherfield world over the past seven years. Julie has often been part of the Greek chorus, mainly in the factory. She has been comic relief, whether in her dealings with Mary or in her relationship with Brian. Like Mavis and Derek before them, they were painted as figures of fun, saved mainly by the writing and some terrific performances.

Julie's big moment came several years back when her desperate desire to become a mother took a tragic turn. It had the makings of an extremely touching and moving tale however as I remember it, this story took a back seat for other more "dramatic" offerings. A shame I think, and a missed opportunity to see these comic characters take on extra dimensions.


Anyway, Julie has dominated tonight's double bill of Corrie and I think Katy Cavanagh has really shined. Yes there has always been edges of comedy in this story with Dev and Talisa, but underneath it all there is a quiet heartbreak that once again Julie's quest for a family has failed. Although she had given up hopes of a family of her own, her blossoming romance with Dev had the added bonus of a ready made family. It was lovely to see Julie interacting with the twins (despite that tedious and out of character feuding with Mary). It is such a shame it has to come to an end, thanks to Dev's not uncharacteristic roving eye. Julie's description of Dev has a fading 1970s throwback shopkeeper was unkind but most definitely deserved! 


This storyline has also brought out the best in Mary. I always appreciate when the writers give Patti Clare something more to get her teeth into. The slightly deranged, winnebago dwelling Mary has run its course. I think it's time to show the caring, thoughtful, delicate side to Mary more often. Her touching bond with Julie has been a joy as this storyline comes to an end.

Julie discovering Dev's stupidity tonight was Corrie at its best. It combined the delicate balance of comedy and drama and while it made me laugh it also made me quite sad, not only that lovely Julie's dream has been dashed by another daft bloke, but more so because it means Katy Cavanagh's departure date grows near. I will miss both Julie and Katy. 

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Wedding for Corrie's best loved couple, says The Sun

There's a Coronation Street spoiler in today's Sun, so as usual with these things, take them with a pinch of salt as there's no official source for these type of things.

But if you love spoilers as I do and it's out there anyway, let's speculate anyway!  The Sun says that Sally and Tim are going to get married.

Tim will pop the question, the Sun says, next month on Coronation Street. He'll get down on one knee as Take That's song Greatest Day plays in the background.

Sally accepts Tim's proposal but there's no details as to when the wedding might take place.  I'm hoping for a Christmas wedding. I wonder if Rosie will return for her mum's wedding - either in the form of Helen Flanagan or a new actress?


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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Monday 29 June

Monday 29th June
HONESTY ISN’T THE BEST POLICY FOR GAIL With some encouragement from Eileen, Michael sets off to clear the air with Gail, in the hope they can salvage their marriage. As they have a heart to heart, Michael explains to Gail how much she hurt him with her web of lies. Gail begs him to give her another chance and assures him there will be no more secrets. Agreeing that honesty is the best policy, Michael admits that his recent heart do was brought on by a moment of intimacy with Eileen. How will Gail react to the news that Michael got frisky with her nemesis?
DEV MAKES THE RIGHT MOVE WITH THE WRONG WOMAN Clearly in love, Dev puts pressure on Talisa to be honest with her husband and tell him it’s over for good. Meanwhile Tracy reminds Brian about his lunch date with Julie Carp. Brian’s bemused when a stranger approaches him in the bistro explaining she’d love to travel the world with him. What is Tracy’s game? Unimpressed, Brian’s about to leave when he clocks Dev and Talisa deep in conversation. As Dev takes Talisa’s hand, Brian grows suspicious. Finding Julie, Brian warns her that Dev’s intentions towards Talisa might not be platonic. Suspecting Brian is right, Julie goes in search of Dev, but will she overhear more than she bargained for?
ROY AND FIZ’S CURIOSITY GROWS OVER CATHY As her strange behaviour continues Roy wonders what’s behind it.
ELSEWHERE Jason, Kirk and Gary arrange a poker night in the Rovers. When Dan calls in the Rovers he invites himself to join the lads for the game.

Monday 29th June
DING! DING! IT’S ROUND 2 FOR GAIL AND EILEEN Gail rages at Eileen. Eileen does her best to defend herself, assuring Gail they only kissed and Michael isn’t really her type, but this only serves to fuel Gail’s anger. Gail pursues Eileen out of the salon and the two women fight on the street. The Platts watch in horror as Gail and Eileen brawl on the cobbles. In her rage Gail makes some disparaging remarks about Michael but her anger quickly turns to regret as she spots Michael who’s heard every word. Can he forgive Gail’s behaviour or are the couple back to square one?
JULIE’S WORLD FALLS APART Clearly embarrassed, Dev apologises to Talisa for misreading the signals. Julie explains to Mary how she overheard Dev declaring his love for Talisa. Over dinner, Julie confronts Dev and Talisa. Dev’s mortified and begs Julie to give him another chance. Will she agree? Meanwhile when Talisa delivers a few home truths to Dev it looks like Julie could be having the last laugh!
CARLA’S ON A HIGH AT POKER NIGHT Carla inveigles her way into the lads’ poker night, finding herself on a winning streak she wipes the floor with the men, much to Dan’s disgust. Oblivious to the contemptuous way he behaved towards Carla, Liz gets cosy with her new man.
ELSEWHERE Nick tells Carla that Erica has moved back to her Mum’s and is refusing to take his calls.  Carla’s sympathetic.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

COMPETITION! Win Coronation Street cups and travel mugs

There’s a whole batch of new official Coronation Street merchandise available for fans to purchase.  The new items can all be found on eBay here.

The new range includes cups, travel mugs, notepads, fridge magnets, a shopper bag, tea towels and a bookmark.  New items are being added to the range so keep checking the eBay page!

Over the next few weeks, each Tuesday, we’ll be offering items of the new merchandise to fans as competition prizes.  Sorry, overseas fans, these prizes can be sent to UK addresses only.  If I could, I would open all of our competitions to fans all over the world. However, due to the product licensing on these items, we’re tied to offering them to UK fans only.   That doesn’t stop you from buying the new items of course, we just can’t offer them overseas via our website.

Our first competition gives you the chance to win ONE of these cups or travel mugs.  We have three cups on offer – Norris and Rita; Deirdre and Ken; Roy and Hayley – and two travel mugs – Sean Tully; Steve and Michelle.

You can win ONE of the above by entering our competition, answering the following two questions correctly and then being drawn at random from all correct entries received.  The deadline for entries to this competition is Tuesday 30 June 2015 at 5pm.  All winners will be announced here on the Coronation Street Blog.

Email your answers to me at glenda.young@btinternet.com with the subject line of CUPS in your email.

Entries from moneysavingsexpertforum, Loquax and all other competition entry websites will not be included.

Here are your two questions. Good luck!

1.    How much does the Ken and Deirdre mug retail for?
2.    In what year did Ken and Deirdre marry for the second time?

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Beverley Callard opens up about Anne Kirkbride's final moments

There is a beautiful interview in today's Mirror with Beverley Callard (Liz McDonald) who opens up about the last days of Anne Kirkbride. 

It's a lovely tribute to Anne Kirkbride.  Beverley and Anne were good friends and the interview is definitely well worth a read.

Beverley talks about how she first met Anne Kirkbride on the set at Coronation Street and how their friendship lasted all the way up to Anne's final moments.

Read it here.

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Corrie Weekly Awards June 22 - 26

It's not the size award: It's the number of reps!

Musical ambiance: "If I Could Turn Back Time" while Brian moans about love hurting.

Imperial award: Roy's suggestion would make the baby's name Tiberius Tilsley.

Pants on fire award: Cathy appears to be lying about various appliances being broken. What else is she hiding?

Fashion Win award: Billy looks awesome in his robes!

Denial award: Everyone's referring to the Hodges as "The posh family". If you can't face what's happening, blame "them that's got money", that's what it sounds like to me.

Woody Alert: Did you see Roy's Woody drive past in front of the Bistro when Erica came out? His 1 o'clock driving lesson.

Presumptuous award: Brian. Rent book? Really? I think Amy might have something to say about that since he's borrowing her bedroom.


Lines of the Week: 
Julie "I wouldn't go around the world with you. I wouldn't even go round the block!" 

Julie "The HMS Julie has dropped anchor in more exciting waters"
Ken to Brian "Found my kimono, I see" (How? Brian is staying in Amy's room. Is he rooting through the closets?)
Mary "I'm extremely flexible, thank you. With a good wind, I can still get my ankles behind my ears"
Mary to Talisa "He's very easily distracted. The silly man" (very pointed, too!)
Mary about Dev "Unfortunately, some people like their bread buttered on both sides" (point to Mary)
Nick about the booze "It's not the answer, though" Carla "No, but at least after a few more, you won't remember what the question is"
David to Nick "It's 'Make Your Mind Up' time, pal"
Gail "Do you always have to be so slutty?" Erica "I'm sorry. I was born this way"
Tracy to Amy "Write down 'mutton dressed as lamb'. Tell them your Grandma Liz gave it to you"
Eileen to Michael about Gail "If you don't go over there and give her a hug, I might have to and believe me, that's not something I want to go through again"


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