Friday, 28 April 2017

Vote for Coronation Street in British Soap Awards 2017

The voting has opened on the long list in the British Soap Awards 2017.

This year's ceremony will take place in Manchester at The Lowry on Saturday 3 June.

Those up for nomination from Coronation Street who we can vote for right now are as follows:

Best Actor
William Roache (Ken Barlow, Coronation Street)
Jack P Shepherd (David Platt, Coronation Street)
Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald, Coronation Street)

Best Actress
Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby, Coronation Street)
Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor, Coronation Street)
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt, Coronation Street)

Best British Soap
Coronation Street

Vote here

And the following categories will be voted on by the Soap Awards Panel:

Villain of the Year
Best Single Episode
Best Male Dramatic Performance
Best Female Dramatic Performance
Best Comedy Performance
Best Young Actor
Scene of the Year
Best On-Screen Partnership
Best Newcomer
Best Storyline
The winners of the Outstanding Achievement Awards will be announced on the night

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Who are your Top 3 Corrie Fit Fellas?

Ah, Coronation Street men. They're rugged, they're handsome, they're usually to be found propping up the bar at the Rovers Return.

But who are your favourite, current Coronation Steret fit fellas? Who are the ones that you love to watch on screen because you like a bit of rough with your cup of tea and biscuit while you're wearing your slippes and your onesie?

My current - and I say current because this changes all the time - favourites are as pictured above. Rugged man of experience Johnny Connor.  Dark and handsome Peter Barlow is a perennial favourite too. And of course, another excuse to post a picture of the lovely Gary Windass, of whom I'm rather fond.

If any of our bloggers want to do a blog post about their favourite sexy females, go ahead. But for now I'm going to swoon over Gary just a little bit more.

Who would you put in your top three of Corrie fit fellas right now?

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Could Mary save Bethany from Nathan?

We posted a few days ago to say that it might be Craig Tinker who comes to Bethany's rescue after she's found the worse for wear. You can read more on that here

And in next week's Coronation Street, we'll see an unlikely alliance begin to form when Mary and Bethany share secrets in the florists.

It begins when Bethany and Mary are caught chatting inside Preston's Petals by Nathan. He demands to know what Bethany has been telling Mary and then he bundles her out of the shop. Mary, not one to miss much at the best of times, is onto Nathan and wonders what's going on.  So could Mary be the one to save her? Perhaps she and Craig get together and express their concerns to Sarah and Gary about the way Nathan's treating Bethany? I do hope so.

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"Real Life Bethany" tells her story

Barnardos is a charity that helps vulnerable children in crisis and they have been working closely with ITV on Bethany's grooming storyline. Here's "Nicole's" story and some good information about the topic from Barnardos:

As Coronation Street’s sexual exploitation storyline peaks tonight (Friday, April 28), real life grooming victim "Nicole" – who has been helped by Barnardo’s - tells her own story. The ITV soap’s disturbing plot - which has been described as uncomfortable viewing by many - sees teenager Bethany Platt groomed and sexually exploited by much older Nathan Curtis, who pressures her into having sex with another man in tonight’s episodes. And as Nathan’s sexual exploitation of his young victim reaches the next level, ‘real life Bethany’ *Nicole reveals her story, which has chilling similarities to the Corrie plot.

“We’d go to parties, there’d be music and drink and some people would be doing drugs,” says "Nicole". “The alcohol was given to us by the men at the party. There’d always be alcohol around; we’d never have to ask for it. Usually it was older men; none of them were in school any more. They were all a lot older than us.

“At the start of the nights I’d be really uncomfortable, a bit nervous because of all the men who were there, but after we’d had a few drinks most people would be up dancing and having a laugh and your nerves would be out the window.”

In the wake of Coronation Street tackling the important issue, the UK’s leading children’s charity is highlighting the seven stages of grooming so children and young people – and their parents, carers and teachers – know how master manipulators like Corrie’s Nathan operate.
  • Target - A groomer looks for a vulnerable child – but all children are potential victims.
  • Trust - A groomer gains trust by making a child feel understood and valued.
  • Information - A groomer gathers information about the child, their needs and how to fulfil them.
  • Need - A groomer fills the void in a child’s life by making them feel loved and special. They may give them drink, drugs, somewhere to stay or thoughtful gifts.
  • Isolation - A groomer isolates their victim by encouraging them to sever contact with family and friends and assumes a protective position.
  • Sexualisation - After forming an emotional attachment and gaining trust, a groomer sexualises the relationship by talking about sex, watching porn or having sexual contact.
  • Control - Once sexual abuse has begun a groomer uses secrecy, blame and threats to force the child into silence. They may threaten to harm a child’s family and friends or to circulate indecent images.
Older men started grooming "Nicole" when she was just 12 which led to her staying out drinking and not coming home.

“There’s one particular event I remember clearly in my head, as if it was yesterday, she continues. “We’d been taken somewhere – I don’t know where it was. We’d been driving for a while and we got taken to this house.”

"Nicole" and a friend found themselves alone in the home of an older man they didn’t know – they had been left there by their groomers.

“My friend texted them to ask them where they were and they said that the other guy was going to give us a lift home,” she remembers. “But he said that he wasn’t going to give us a lift until we’d performed some sort of sexual activity on him. We were locked in, we couldn’t get out. He wouldn’t let us out the house. It was really scary because he was telling us that if we didn’t do what he said then we weren’t allowed to go home. I had no control over what was happening and I felt really scared.”

"Nicole" and her friend were eventually let out of the house after she made a panicked phone call to her mum.

“We were walking for a while before we finally came to a neighbourhood that we recognised,” she says. “It was very unnerving. At the time my mum didn’t really know what was going on. She didn’t know the full story. She just presumed I was being a typical naughty teenage girl, just going through that stage, but she didn’t know enough information to be able to help me.”

One Coronation Street scene this Friday will see terrified 16-year-old Bethany being led to the bedroom by older man Neil as her manipulative ‘boyfriend’ Nathan encourages her with a reassuring smile. Millions have been watching Nathan’s sinister exploitation of schoolgirl Bethany as Corrie’s disturbing storyline unfolds and earlier this week Barnardo’s issued advice to teenagers to help keep them safe from sexual exploitation.

“Nathan is a master manipulator,” says Corrie star Christopher Harper, who plays Nathan in the ITV soap. “Bethany thinks he loves her but he is isolating her from her friends and family so he can control her and exploit her sexually. Groomers like Nathan can target anyone but there are things you can do to help keep you and your mates safe. Barnardo’s has lots of top tips, including staying with friends your own age, always making sure someone you trust knows where you are and having charge and credit on your phone. It’s important to ask yourself if you’re in a safe situation and to be careful around drugs and alcohol, as they could make you an easier target for someone who wants to hurt you.”

"Nicole" has stressed the importance of young people having someone they can trust and confide in. “You have to gain that trust so a young person can open up to you to be able to tell you what’s going on otherwise they’d just keep it to themselves,” she says. “They need to be able to trust you enough to tell you and let somebody know what’s happening to them. It’s important that a young person feels like they’re not to blame, that they haven’t caused what’s happened to them.”

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan added: “Sexual abuse and exploitation is never your fault, so please tell someone if you are scared or worried about yourself or a friend, so you can get help.” With the help of Barnardo’s, "Nicole" has been able to put her horrific experience behind her and focus on her future.

“My life has changed dramatically in the last two years,” she explains.” I’ve gone from a horrible place where I never want to return to a really good life. I’m going to university, I’ve got new friends – I’ve got real  friends for once - and I’ve got more people around me who are helping me and supporting me. I’m just really happy to be able to say that I made it out the other side and my life’s going to be a lot better for it.”

Barnardo’s has previously praised Coronation Street’s writers for tackling the issue of child sexual exploitation and issued advice for parents worried about their children in its Be Safe Guide.

Top tips from Barnardo’s Real Love Rocks educational programme to help young people stay safe are:

1.   Stick with mates a similar age to you – a good mate won’t ask you to do stuff you’re uncomfortable with.
2.   If you feel you can’t say no, ask yourself ‘am I in a safe situation?’
3.   If someone offers you something for free, ask yourself what will they want in return?
4.   Listen to your body – heart beating, stomach turning are signs you feel unsafe.
5.   Be careful what personal details (including photos) you give out online and in real life.
6.   Make sure you know where you are going and how to get home. Have credit and charge on your phone.
7.   Make sure someone you trust always knows where you are.
8.   Drinking and drugs can make you unaware of unsafe situations and you can become a target for people who may hurt you.

What is child sexual exploitation?
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

Barnardo’s CSE services
Barnardo’s has been operating services for young people affected by sexual exploitation since 1994 and now delivers services in more than 40 locations across the UK. We are the leading agency in the UK, providing more help for sexually exploited children than anyone else. Keeping children safe is at the heart of Barnardo’s work - in 2015-16 we worked directly with over 4,330 abused, exploited or ‘at risk’ children in England and Wales.

Last year 248,000 children, young people and families were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 996 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.

We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. But we cannot do it without you. Last year 248,000 children, young people and families were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 996 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes.Visit to find out how you can get involved.

Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Fri 28 April

SARAH DRIVES BETHANY INTO THE ARMS OF DANGER As Bethany prepares for her date with Neil, Nathan assures her she’ll have Neil eating out of her hand. Determined to win her daughter back, Sarah tells Gary she’s booked a flat viewing on Victoria Street so Bethany can over her own room. Bethany’s gutted as she watches them go, assuming they’re planning a new life without her. Telling Mary she’ll be fine with Nathan, Bethany leaves. Dressed to the nines she meets up with Neil in a bar.
ROSIE MAKES A SHOCKING DISCOVERY Rosie stakes out Leah’s house. When she emerges with her step-mum, Rosie’s stunned to realise it’s Gina, Sally’s sister!
TODD’S SUSPICIONS ARE SEEMINGLY CONFIRMED Todd’s put out to discover Billy’s arranged to meet Drew for dinner, convinced Drew is planning to split them up.
ELSEWHERE Steve is shocked to receive divorce papers. Retrieving her passport Tracy tells Steve she’s taking Amy on holiday

BETHANY SLIPS INTO AN ABYSS Explaining that Nathan’s throwing a party, Neil takes Bethany back to the flat. Nathan urges Bethany to keep up the good work with Neil. Eager to please, Bethany agrees. When Neil leads Bethany towards the bedroom, she looks to Nathan, willing him to come to her rescue. When Nathan gives her an encouraging smile will Bethany go with Neil?
ROSIE IS LEFT WITH A TERRIBLE DILEMMA Rosie wants to expose Gina to Sally but Leah begs her not to, bitterly explaining that Gina’s been ill but with no support from Sally, it’s fallen to her to look after her. Rosie’s shocked. Back at home she tells Sophie that Auntie Gina is Sally’s stalker?
TRACY MAKES A BREAK FOR IT The police discuss Adam’s release, concluding that Tracy and Amy know more than they’re letting on and it’s time to pay them another visit. Promising her a surprise holiday, Tracy orders Amy to pack a bag.
ELSEWHERE When Todd confronts Drew over his apparent intention to split up he and Billy, Drew reveals the real reason for his move to Weatherfiled, which leaves both Billy and Todd stunned.

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Thursday, 27 April 2017

In pics: The Coppers of Coronation Street

In next week's Coronation Street we'll see young Craig Tinker take his first steps as a Coronation Street copper.  You can read more on that here.

This has turned my thoughts towards other regular characters who have the cobbles as a copper, so let's take a look back through the history books.

I hope Craig won't turn out to be anything like one of the last coppers we had - evil Kirsty Soames.

And there was Emma Watts, who married Curly and drove him away to live in Newcastle.

Mel Morton trained to be a policewoman too.

Hang on a minute, these are all women! What about the men?

Have we ever had any regular male characters who have trained or worked as policemen on Coronation Street? Let us know in the comments below.

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Nathan Curtis - Coronation Street's most evil man?

We've had villains a-plenty on Coronation Street. You can read about the top 10 Corrie villains here

But would you rate Nathan Curtis as a villain? I'm not sure I would.

Soap villains have a certain cartoonish flair to them when you think of the likes of Pat Phelan or Richard Hillman.

Yes, I know, they go around murdering people but they didn't mean to do it, not really. Richard only wanted to protect his family. John Stape only wanted to teach. 

But Nathan?  No, he knows what he's doing. He's not a villain. He's evil. Have we ever seen the likes of Nathan on Corrie before? 

The only good thing to come out of it so far is the knowledge that Nathan is leaving (Yes, he is, you can find out more about that here) and this awful storyline will soon come to an end. 

Would you say that Nathan's the most evil man that there's ever been on Coronation Street? 

See also: Coronation Street's Top 10 Baddies

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