Friday, 28 November 2014

Fab Photo Friday - November 28th 2014

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo.I'm not sure what's going on here but it's a fab photo of Hilda, Stan and Ken.



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Our blogger Emma was interviewed this week on BBC Radio Tees, talking about Steve McDonald's depression storyline on Coronation Street.

You can listen to Emma on the BBC Player here at 1 hr, 19 minutes.



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Peter’s Pompey Paradise


People of Portsmouth – lock up your daughters, sisters, wives and mothers; beers, wines and spirits – because Peter Barlow is in town.

Actually, it’s probably too late, such is the havoc the renowned imbiber of women and alcohol is likely to have already wreaked on the South Coast.

What is it about The Waterfront City that always lures Peter back? As Carla astutely observes, “he always goes down there… he licks his wounds and then he comes back with his tail between his legs”. A fine analogy for the dirty dog that he is.

A quick glance at Peter’s Weatherfield-Portsmouth migration patterns on Corriepedia throws up the following timeline:

• 2003 – with his life in ruins after being busted for bigamy, Peter moved to Portsmouth and set up a business there.

• 2007 – Peter returned to Coronation Street worried about Tracy's relationship with Charlie Stubbs. When Tracy went down for Charlie’s murder, Peter returned to his life in Portsmouth.

• 2009 – Peter entered rehab in Portsmouth and whilst battling the booze was unable to kick his other habit – he had a fling, cheating on Leanne (not for the last time, obviously).

• 2014 (May) – before her death, Peter gave Tina his credit card and told her to buy train tickets so that they could run away together and start a new life in… Portsmouth. It’s not surprising that Peter Barlow is irresistible to women with those kind of promises!

• 2014 (November) – to avoid the judgement of Weatherfield residents and constant reminders of the past, Peter abandons his son (again) to seek solace in Portsmouth (again).


Now, I’ve been to Portsmouth – many times. It has heritage and a lot more besides but it has never had the spiritually healing effect on me that it seemingly does on Peter Barlow. That said, last time I was in Southsea, the Honest Politician were offering selected pints and j├Ągerbombs for £2.50 – a price that must compare favourably even to The Rovers. To use Pompey parlance, you’d have to be a right dinlow to miss out on a deal like THAT.

Portsmouth has a pub on every corner, a fact that could seriously scupper Peter’s desire to “sort (his) head out”. After a menacing medley of pints and j├Ągerbombs, I boarded a bus decked out in amazing facts from Britain’s naval history. I remember thinking it’s no wonder that Peter Barlow is so enamoured with the home of the Royal Navy, with whom he served for 20 years.

And you know what they say about sailors having a girl in every port? Well, maybe Peter has an old squeeze down there – perhaps the same woman he bunked up with after that stint in rehab. Ah – women, wine and song – the perennial pursuits of Peter Barlow. Will he ever really change?

I know it’s been a fortnight now since Peter’s departure but it’s taken me that long to reflect on the exit of my favourite ever Corrie character. It feels good to break my silence.

I’ve always been drawn to the duality within Peter Barlow – the Jekyll and Hyde conflict between the good friend, father and husband he is capable of being; and the selfish and destructive alcoholic womaniser he seems powerless to resist turning into.

At his best, Peter is a man that other men aspire to be like (charming, cool, charismatic) but at his worst he is someone we all fear becoming (reckless, ratty, reprehensible). He is a brilliantly complex character played with great skill and sincerity over many years by Chris Gascoyne. And as I always say when defending Peter Barlow – it’s all Ken’s fault.


Peter will be missed but as noted on Emma’s excellent exit blog (link here), it feels the time is right, somehow, for the character to be rested and I doubt he has ‘gone to Portsmouth’ for the last time. He will return rejuvenated at some point, I’m sure.

But what of his exit? Blog readers may have picked up on the scathing write-up in The Metro (read it here) which described Peter’s departure as “a dull cop out” arguing that even Peter wouldn’t walk out on Simon, especially not since the thought of being reunited with his son is exactly what kept him going while inside. It makes the point that a character as fascinating as Peter deserved more fanfare. What do you think? Was Peter’s departure a damp squib?

Perhaps it was – a bit – but moving to Portsmouth in times of trouble is hardly out of character. And we all know that Peter’s character, while fascinating, is also deeply flawed.

Flawed though he may be (and who isn’t?) I still think Portsmouth’s Visitor Information Service should update their marketing strategy. I’m no PR guru but I’ve got an idea for their next tourism drive…


By Martin Leay
Twitter: @mpleay


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Spot the Corrie prop - November 28th 2014

Congratulations this week go to one of our Anonymous contributors who was first to guess that last week's portable music system can be found in The Platt's kitchen.

For this week's prop puzzle, all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on Coronation Street you would find these cute china cherubs.



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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Friday 28 Nov

Friday 28th November
MICHAEL’S SECRET IS EXPOSED. When Nick complains he’s short-staffed at the bistro, Michael offers Gavin services, explaining he’s a professional cocktail waiter. Gavin is forced to agree and although he’s clearly clueless about cocktails, there’s an instant attraction between he and Steph  as she shows him the ropes. Michael calls at the bistro to lend Gavin his support but suffers a dizzy spell and collapses. Having helped Michael home, Gavin and Gail fuss round him. Under pressure from Gail, will Michael finally confess to Gavin that he has an hereditary heart condition?
THE CUFFS ARE OFF FOR TRACY AND CARLA. Tracy’s despondent when the bank reject her loan request, worried she’ll have to fold the business. When Carla then storms into the shop and demands to buy all Rob’s possessions, appalled that Tracy could be so callous as to sell them, Tracy lets rip.
DEV FINDS HIMSELF BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. As Julie excitedly tells Sophie she’s got a date with Dominic, Dev warns her that Dominic hasn’t got over his bitter divorce. During lunch Julie and Dominic soon realise that Dev has been telling them both scurrilous stories about the other.  Julie confronts Dev and demands to know why he’s been telling lies but she’s stunned by his response.
ELSEWHERE Tracy calls at No.11 and orders Todd back to work. Todd explains he’s embarrassed about  his face and doesn’t want to leave the house but Tracy pulls no punches, pointing out he can’t hide away forever. Will she get through to Todd?

Friday 28th November
MICHAEL’S SON HAS SECRETS OF HIS OWN. Michael’s worried that having given Gavin the awful news about his health, he’s scared him away. At the Rovers, Gavin confides in Steph how confused he feels about Michael. Steph assures him the Platts are a lovely family and that if he walks away now it’ll break Michael’s heart. Feeling guilty, Gavin calls at No.8 and assures Michael he just needed time to think. Thrilled to have his son back in his life, Michael urges Gavin to see a doctor and get his heart checked out. Gavin agrees but picking up his phone we discover Gavin’s hiding a secret of his own!
TRACY’S ATTEMPT TO HURT CARLA BACKFIRES. When Beth buys a birthday present for Craig in Barlow’s Buys, Tracy gives her Rob’s cufflinks for free, telling her they’re a wedding present for Kirk. Calling Tracy’s bluff, Carla thanks her for giving the cufflinks to a friend rather than selling them on. Realising Tracy was only using her to score points off Carla, Beth hands the cufflinks back to Carla.
MARY’S PERTURBED BY DEV AND JULIE’S NEWS. Dev plans an evening out with Julie, asking Mary to come round. Getting the wrong end of the stick Mary arrives with a DVD and is stunned to see Dev and Julie in a passionate embrace. As Dev proudly announces he and Julie are going on their first date, Mary realises she’s nothing more than the babysitter. Will Julie and Dev clock her disappointment?

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Coronation Street special All Star Family Fortunes

The Nazir family will be representing Coronation Street as they take on Emmerdale in a special episode of All Star Famly Fortunes this Christmas.  The episode will be shown on Sunday 21 December at 7pm on ITV1.

In a festive special, Team Coronation Street, headed by Jimi Mistry who plays Kal, battle it out against Team Emmerdale, headed by Natalie J Robb who plays Moira, for the chance to win thousands of pounds for charity.  Up to £30,000 is up for grabs, but which team will second guess the British public best and make it through to Big Money?

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Goliath the Bodybuilder joins Coronation Street


Matt Bowd, of Chadderton, was crowned winner of the Mr Athletic category at the NAC-UK Open British Championships and he'll be representing the country after winning his debut competition.

Matt, a father of six, retired from the Army a year ago and now works as a personal trainer at Absolution Gym, in Stockfield Mill, Chadderton, and runs his own fitness company Elite Military Fitness.

And Matt will soon be spotted on the small screen too – as a gym instructor called Goliath in Coronation Street.

Follow his progress at mattbowd_train2be on Instagram.

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Coronation Street film bus crash scenes

There are paparazzi pictures online of Coronation Street filming in the bus crash scenes this week.  

Corrie producer Stuart Blackburn has already teased the crash, which will be shown early in the new year.

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!"

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.

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