Thursday, 2 April 2015

State of the Street - March 2015

March has gone out like a lion, with the return of Sarah hot on the stilettos of her wayward daughter. I say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree but at least Bethany has got to 14 without giving birth. Unlike another young teen on the street in a storyline I'm quite enjoying. I think they've done a smashing job with Faye's pregnancy, something I was a bit dubious about at first. The diamond in that storyline has to be Craig Tinker and I think we all agree with that.

I think there's been a lot of good stuff over the last month and I've quite enjoyed Corrie on the whole. Tracy leading Tony around is at least interesting. Linda came and fetched Katy and I can't say I'm sorry she's gone. The storyline that had Mrs. Armstrong return for her chicks wasn't all that great but the end result worked for me! The other result was it widened the crack that Owen and Anna had papered over several times over the years.

I am a bit bored with the whole Callum/David storyline, but really enjoying the ongoing Gavin and Andy thing with Michael. Gavin's death is having long standing repercussions as more and more lies are woven.

You can read more over on State of the Street here.

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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Video: Colson Smith on Faye's pregnancy storyline

The rather fab Colson Smith who plays Craig Tinker, and Lisa George, who plays his mum Beth, were interviewed on ITV's This Morning today.

It was Colson's first live interview and he did very well.

Colson explained that Craig has to convince his mum Beth that he's not the dad of Faye's baby girl on Coronation Street.  He talks about Craig's friendship with Faye and how Craig helps out Faye and is present when she gives birth.

He says that the storyline is good fun to play and is an important one too in that it does happen in real life.

Talking about Darryl the rat, Colson says it wees a lot on the Corrie set!

You can watch the video here.

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April Fools - Neighbours Harold not going to be on Corrie

Sadly, Ian Smith won't be appearing on Coronation Street as Harold Bishop - as we know of!!

It was an April Fools joke by me!

It would have made a good storyline wouldn't it? Care to pinch it writers?

Sorry if I disappointed a lot of you! 

Look, even Emily's disappointed!

I posted the original post at 11.15 but it didn't appear on social media until after 12 so sorry it was a bit late in the day. And it's now that I'm able to get to a computer. Have a great day everyone!

by Llifon

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Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding to join Coronation Street cast

Our blogger Llifon said earlier today that Harold from Neighbours was joining Coronation Street. April Fool!

However, this one appears to be serious.

ITV Corrie report that Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud will make a guest appearance on Coronation Street in four episodes to be transmitted this summer.

Exact details of her storylines are being kept under wraps, but she will play a feisty character who is going to make life difficult for troublemaker Tracy Barlow.

Sarah whose acting credits include Bad Day, the BBC television film Freefall, Run for your Wife and St Trinians 2: The legend of Fritton’s Gold, will start filming in May.

Sarah Harding said: "I am extremely excited to be joining Coronation Street. As a fan of the show it is a huge honour for me to join the cast. I can’t wait to get started!!"

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Neighbours' Harold to appear on Corrie

Old Jellybelly's coming to Weatherfield!!

It is reported that Harold Bishop, played by Ian Smith, who has appeared on and off the Aussie soap opera since 1987 will pay a visit to the cobbles later this year.

It is understood that Harold, who's doing a family tree, will travel all the way from Australia after he finds out that he is a distant cousin of the late Ernie Bishop, who appeared on Corrie between 1967 and 1978. He turns up on Emily's doorstep and she's so taken by him that she lets him stay for a few weeks. And even Norris likes him!

A Corrie spokesman said: "I think this is the first time that an actor from another soap appears in another. We've had Children in Need but that was cannon. I think it'll work and it's so fitting with it being Neighbours' 30th anniversary year!".

Harold's guest appearance will last four weeks.

What viewers have to take into consideration is that Emily and the rest of the residents don't know anything about Harold, because Neighbours doesn't exist. So they don't know Madge, Lou Carpenter, Ramsay Street or his amnesia. 

Corrie will make a official statement around midday.

What do you think of this news? I think it's terrific because I love both shows! 

by Llifon

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A week without Corrie

As you may know I'm currently having some time away from Corrie as I'm suffering from a bit of Weatherfield burn out. I still have a deep love for the show, its history and many of its characters but a lot of Corrie happenings today are either irritating me or just leaving me cold.

I've now missed seven consecutive episodes, the biggest gap in my Corrie watching life I'm rather ashamed to admit! I also must admit I've not missed it nearly as much as I'd feared. Corrie cold turkey is yet to descend. The question is, should I tune back in now? 

I started to think about what I was missing most about Coronation Street. Most of all I miss the humour. I know some would say Corrie is nowhere near as funny as it used to be but there are still moments that make me laugh out loud much more than actual sitcoms do. I also miss some of the more longstanding and well established characters, particularly Emily, Audrey, Rita and Sally. After so many years of dedicated watching they do feel like extended family. On a purely personal and pretty shallow level I also miss certain parts of Gary Windass and rather surprisingly Nick Tilsley. Don't shoot me down!

From interactions with some lovely Twitter followers I'm rather glad to have missed out on more of the new Bethany Platt. I saw her return episodes the other week and the character got on my nerves straight away. I wonder if she has improved any since then? 

I also missed Sean and Billy hosting the butler auction which I'm not too bothered about even if it did feature the lovely Emily. Michelle proposing to Steve...hmmm while I do not object strongly to the idea of them marrying I do worry it might be one big cringe fest. 

One thing I am definitely sorry I missed was Sally going into service and working for Norris! Sally as Norris' slave...that has the potential for its own kinky spin off I reckon!

Undoubtedly I will pick up watching Coronation Street again. I love it too much to keep away. I just don't love it nearly as much as I did. 

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Coronation Street facts and figures up for sale on eBay

A friend of mine has found this Coronation Street book of facts and figures while he was cleaning out his back room.  It doesn't look like an official publication and I wonder if anyone knows where it has come from and who Terry M is?

If you're interested in buying it, it's for sale on eBay now.

Here are the details:

Titled " The Coronation Street Book Of Facts. A Chronological Overview"
Author listed as Terry M.
We won this as a Coronation St fan gathering whilst living in Canada.
This looks like either a Canadian fan-made publication or a Coronation St writer reference.
Volume One is signed by Author, Terry M.

This Set is listed as Edition 1, Copy 55 and details the dates it was printed as "April 14 2005, 25 copies; April 20 2005, 25 copies, April 27 2005, 15 copies."
8-1/2" x 11" size, spiral coil bound with a clear plastic cover and a heavier card back page.

Volume One
Episode Dates and Details, Dec 1960 to April 2005, Episode Numbers 1 to 6000. Each episode shows episode number and air date.
Some episodes list significant storylines, character introductions and farewells.
Also includes -
A Brief History of early residents of Coronation St 1902-1960; Map of Coronation St layout 2005;
Residents addresses on April 11, 2005; List of longest serving characters as of 2005; list of Multiple Marriages; and 'All Creatures Great & Small,' a list of animals and creatures that have appeared, including a history of Jack's Pigeons.

Volume Two
Character Profiles, Dec 1960 to April 2005
A listing of all characters with details of first appearance, and bio info
Also includes -
Group Outings - Details of trips and outings in the storylines.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 1 April

Wednesday 1st April
FAYE FACES AN EARLY LABOUR. Owen’s thrilled when he lands a building job. Anna offers to cook a special meal to celebrate. When Owen suggests an early night, Anna recoils, clearly still awkward around Owen and insists they go for a drink instead. Meanwhile as Craig and Faye hide out in the corner shop flat, Craig plucks up the courage to tell Faye that her crazy plan regarding the baby is never going to work. But he’s thwarted when clutching her tummy, frightened Faye tells him the baby is coming.
WHAT BETHANY WANTS, BETHANY TAKES. Callum calls at No.8 with a game for Max. David’s cool towards him and Sarah guesses that he’s Max’s Dad. Sarah takes Bethany shopping in town. Recognising the girls from earlier, Callum approaches them. Sarah’s curt but Bethany lets slip that David is her Uncle. As Sarah waits outside a boutique for Bethany, she’s startled when Bethany flies out of the door chased by security, having been caught shoplifting. Callum advises Sarah not to go after her and insists she gets in his car. 
CARLA’S RETURN SPARKS FIREWORKS. Carla arrives back from LA and surprises Tracy with a gift from her trip. Jealous of Carla’s success, Tracy resolves to improve her own business.
ELSEWHERE Dressed to kill, Tracy calls in the Rovers and winds Tony up, making out she’s going to meet a new supplier and he’s superfluous to requirements. Tony’s put out.

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