Thursday, 28 July 2016

Corrie villain stars in new horror at Edinburgh Fringe

Sean Ward, who played Callum Logan in Coronation Street, will be starring in Darktales, a spooky horror ato the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Sunday Post says that it’s the scary show’s first time back in the capital since it made its debut there 21 years ago – and it left its mark.

“Someone in the audience fainted during the first night because it was so scary,” Sean explained. "Darktales was so successful at the Fringe that it went straight to London’s West End afterwards, which is the challenge we’ve now set ourselves for this version. This is a revised text because it’s tougher to scare people these days, but we have a few shocks and scares up our sleeves."

Not only is Darktales Sean’s first visit to the Fringe and to Scotland, it’s also his stage debut.

“This is probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve ever taken on in terms of acting, since the live episode of Corrie, but it’s good to constantly be pushing myself.”

Starring alongside him is fellow Corrie bad guy, Andrew Paul, who played Dan (the brewery man) Jones. He also spent years on The Bill as PC Dave Quinnan.

Darktales, Pleasance One, Edinburgh, Aug 3-29.  Buy your tickets here.

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Catherine Tyldesley sings live in London

Having enjoyed a starring role as Eva Price for the past few years in Coronation Street, Catherine Tyldesley is branching out to explore her lifelong love for music.

She'll be singing live at London's Brasserie Zedel on September 10th at 3pm and 7pm.

You can buy your tickets here.

Performing has always been a big part of Cath's life after graduating from the Birmingham School of Acting in 2005, from which her training in classical and musical theatre helped her land roles in top TV dramas including 'Lilies', 'Shameless' and 'Emmerdale'.

Now, after touring with Manchester United football team, singing at the city's Cathedral and performing at the Grand Prix Ball, she is heading to the studio to start working on her own material.

A huge fan of musical theatre, jazz and the occasional rendition of the Disney 'Frozen' soundtrack, the next few months promise to be a whole new journey for her as she discovers her own sound.

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Kate Oates first Coronation Street episode to air mid-August

Digital Spy confirms that we'll see the name of Coronation Street's new producer Kate Oates on her first credited episode next month.

Kate Oates' name will be in the Coronation Street credits for the first time on Monday, August 15, 2016.

The show's new producer has been working on Corrie since April this year. As  episodes are storylined and scripted so far in advance it has taken a while for her first episodes to appear on screen.

Blogger Emma and I met Kate Oates last week at the Coronation Street press day.

Read our interview with her here and find out what's in store on our favourite show.

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Coronation Street Weds 27th July episode review

Hello! It's just Jordan with this week's Wednesday review. Apologies for the lack of review last week - work just got on top of me like a derailed tram.  I've managed to plough my way through six episodes over the course of one evening and now, with my head whirring with thoughts of cobble drama, here are my thoughts on tonight's episode.

It's been an action-packed couple of weeks on our favourite street; we said goodbye to Kylie NotMinogue and I have been finding the episodes since her demise much more emotional than the somewhat stereotypical ratings-grabber episode dished up on the day she died.  Now it's time to get the important things organised and David has set to organising a funeral for his wife. When a liaison officer calls round with a bag of Kylie's possessions, both he and Gail are a little taken aback to find in it the jacket David was wearing at the time of the murder, still stained with Kylie's blood. Gail suggests he disposes of it,  a suggestion he later agrees to. He seems to have entered into an eerily calm phase of organisation. Deciding upon a humanist ceremony for his wife, with poems and songs instead of hymns, he plans the sad occasion with Billy. Gail stands watching them make plans and is growing more concerned about her son. Up until now, she herself seems to have had a systematic response to Kylie's death. She's doing what she can to support David but she, of all people, knows that life goes on in the face of death. Still, the news that Sarah is finally coming home from the psychiatric ward she really should have been on years ago on Friday lightens the mood a little.

"I'm worried he's bottling things up"

The other storyline dominating the Street at the minute is Leanne's pregnancy. We recently learned (as if we didn't know already) that Steve McDonald is the mystery father of the latest Battersby. an odd pairing to say the least. Only Soapland fate could lead Steve McDonald to Leanne Battersby's flat for way too much drink and a one night stand. In order to force the storyline to go that little bit further, Michelle is now playing best friend to the woman who is pregnant with her husband's baby and has decided she wants a baby with said husband. Old McDonald is against the idea though - apparently for that very reason. He thinks that he and Michelle are too old to have a baby. Isn't that right, Leanne? In a plot filler even more contrived than the friendship of Leanne and Michelle, Steve has now found an instant best friend in Dev. Yes, the local shopkeeper is now playing confidant to the local landlord. For some reason. After doing his usual trying-to-be-hilarious routine, he basically stupidly tells Steve that if he refuses to have a baby with Michelle then he risks losing her. I guess this explains why Dev has so many children dotted about all over the place. Honestly -  I would say that this whole thing about Michelle suddenly wanting a baby is nothing more than diluted fuel to add to the dying fire of contrived drama. Unfortunately, Steve listens to Dev and relents to a delighted Michelle by the end of the episode. You may be the most fertile man in Weatherfield, Steve, but that doesn't mean you should go round proving that title willy-nilly. It won't end well. As Michelle throws her arms round her husband, Liz pulls face akin to the frustrated matrons of storylines gone by. I don't think Michelle and Steve will end up having this baby anyway. Leanne and Steve's oh-so brilliant pact to lock away his paternity as a secret forever and ever is sure to be exposed soon.
"This has got disaster written all over it!"
"Well, we shall see"
"Indeed we shall"

Elsewhere, the gorgeous vicar and the equally as gorgeous florist graced our screens again tonight after an absence of a week or so. I've missed them so much! Anyway, it looks like Eileen is beginning to suspect something after she spots Todd swooning over his phone when he receives a text from Billy. Unfortunately, Sean is not staying in London permanently and is very conveniently returning home early from his trip to see Violet and Dylan. This gives the new couple very little time to formulate a plan on if, how and when to tell Sean. Not that it should really matter; it's nothing to do with him.  They're also struggling to keep a lid on things around Eileen and Pat. Not that this should matter either, but because Eileen is getting dafter and dafter lately so she'd probably side with her lodger rather than her son. However, I am still really enjoying the Todd/Billy storyline and the third-best thing about it is the ever-loving support they receive fromTracy.

"Oooh! Don't mind me, guys. You can use the back room if you like. Don't worry, I won't grass you up, Vicar"
"Tracy, we weren't do anything"
"Only, stay clear from the boiler because it's gas. One spark from you two and the whole place will blow up"

 A rather good episode tonight. However, I am still not sure I understand the Leanne/Steve storyline. It seems a little vague and random to me. On a positive note, though, nothing bad can be said about Jane Danson as Leanne. She is a strong actress and can always be relied upon to pull off a stellar performance no matter what is thrown at Leanne.

The Platt scenes following Kylie's death have been fantastic. The episode where it all happened was brilliantly acted but the script and story were just contrived. I hate having to use that word so frequently when reviewing Corrie, but it's becoming particularly and sadly useful.  On a lighter note - more Todd and Billy, please!  Oh, and a very warm welcome back to the ever-fabulous Eva, the glamour of the Street who has returned from France.

As always,

Thanks for reading!


Twitter- @JordanLloyd39

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Coronation Street honoured in Sky Arts documentary next week

Coronation Street will be honoured in an upcoming episode of The South Bank Show Originals. 

The show will include a clip of an interview with Tony Warren who was quizzed by Melvyn Bragg about his work creating Coronation Street.

Although Tony Warren created Corrie and wrote the first 13 episodes, he ran into difficulties with his colleagues because he was openly gay at a time when homosexuality was still illegal.

Speaking candidly about the experience, he revealed: "It got unpleasant, very unpleasant. I was openly gay at a time when it was not seen as sensible to be openly gay, but someone had to stand up and say: 'Yes, I'm gay'.

"They ganged up, and they really did gang up as well, but I don't think even knew they'd done it.

"There was a terrible morning when there was a story conference and I sat there and I listened. I got to my feet and said, 'Gentlemen, I have sat here and listened to two poof jokes, an actor referred to as a poof and a line dismissed because it's poofy – I'd like to remind you that without a poof, none of you would be in work this morning'.

"And nothing was ever quite the same after that."

Asked if Corrie could have only been created by a gay man, he replied: "Yes! Only this gay man could have written it."

The South Bank Show Originals
, which revisits past series of the art show while giving a fresh perspective on the interviewees, returns to Sky Arts with a double bill from 10pm tonight (July 27).

You'll be able to see Tony Warren's interview next Wednesday, August 3.

With thanks to Digital Spy for bringing this to our attention.

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Lisa George hosts Vintage Fair and Fashion Show this weekend

Lisa George, who plays Beth Tinker in Coronation Street, will be hosting the Vintage Fair and Fashion Show this Saturday, 30th July.

Lisa will be hosting the show which takes place at Stalybridge Civic Hall. 

Tickets are £3 and can be purchased here.

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Helen Flanagan says she'd love to return to Coronation Street

Helen Flanagan, who played Rosie Webster on Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Loose Women today.

She revealed that she would love to return to the show.  If you remember, Helen left the show in 2012 after suffering panic attacks and anxiety on set.  She gave a nice interview to the Manchester Evening News when she left - read it here.

Helen is now mum of Matilda and was pictured behind the scenes at Loose Women with her little girl today.

There could be a place for Rosie on the cobbles of course, as Sophie is leaving the show on a break as she takes to the stage with Ruth Madoc - read more on that here.

Would you welcome the return of Rosie Webster?

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Secret scenes written for Corrie couple's night of passion

When blogger Emma and I attended the Coronation Street press day at ITV last week, we met Simon Gregson and Kym Marsh.  Emma has written a fantastic account of the interview here and I would urge you to read it, it's great.

At the press event, Simon Gregson talked about Leanne's baby storyline, of course. And he took us all by surprise by saying that the Coronation Street scriptwriters had written the scene for Steve and Leanne for the night when Leanne's baby was conceived.

Now, it's a scene we'll never see, I guess. But the fact that the writers did this to help Simon and Jane (as Steve and Leanne) understand what was going on between their characters on that night, and how they ended up in bed together, is great. It really shows attention to detail.

Speaking about Steve and Leanne's baby, Simon Gregson told us: "It just came out of the blue - me and Jane were a bit like, ‘Where has this come from?'"

So, the scriptwriters wrote scenes for it, which made sense to us. Absolutely no sense to the viewers of course, but…"

"He goes around to her flat and they’re both in a bad place. Steve thinks Michelle’s gone and it’s all over. They have a drink of wine and woe is us!"

See also a guest blog post: Why Steve and Leanne's baby doesn't make sense.

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