Monday, 27 April 2015

Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Monday 27 April

Monday 27th April
MARIA’S GOBSMACKED BY JENNY’S ACTIONS When Jenny accidentally walks into Maria, Maria is slightly annoyed but is shocked when Jenny angrily bites back. Later, as Liam and Jack play together, Jenny is furious when she catches Liam hitting Jack and vows to tell Maria how badly behaved her son was. But when a row ensues in the salon Jenny ends up slapping Maria in the face, leaving Maria completely stunned!
CHESNEY’S GREEN EYED MONSTER SURFACES As Sinead prepares to leave the hospital for home, Chesney is overcome with jealousy when Sam hands her a parting gift. When Sam later tips up at No.5 to return Sinead’s favourite pyjamas, Chesney feels pushed out.
SARAH AND BETHANY CONTINUE TO CLASH Sarah is horrified when Bethany appears ready for her first day at Weatherfield High in a short skirt and bright red lipstick.
ELSEWHERE Sophie’s suspicious of Jenny and curiosity gets the better of her when she goes rifling through Jenny’s bag to dig up some dirt. But when Jenny catches her, how will she react? And Sharif leaves Roy to do his dirty work.

Monday 27th April
SOPHIE PAINTS HERSELF INTO A CORNER Sophie is still suspicious of Jenny and doesn’t believe her when she tells them all that it was Maria who slapped her, and not vice versa. But when Sophie tries to tell her dad the truth about Jenny, he refuses to believe her when she tells him that Jenny lied about the fight with Maria and that Jenny wasn’t sacked from her job at all - she quit. Desperate for someone to believe her, Sophie tries to get Maddie on side but when even she thinks Sophie is over reacting, Sophie storms off to her mum’s.
JEALOUS CHESNEY FINDS AN UNLIKELY CONFIDANTE Chesney struggles to hide his jealousy towards Sam. Picking up on this, Sam makes his excuses and leaves - but not before Sinead makes him promise to visit again. But when Sam approaches Chesney outside the chippy, Chesney is pacified when Sam tells him that Sinead is lucky to have such a loving boyfriend and promises to stay out of the way.
SARAH’S THE NEW FACE BEHIND THE ROVERS Sarah manages to talk Steve round and becomes the latest barmaid to grace the Rovers Return, which gives Callum the perfect opportunity to flirt with her over the bar. Meanwhile Bethany’s unfazed when Nick reads her the riot act about going back to school.
ELSEWHERE Cathy calls to see Roy in the cafe but quickly leaves in a hurry when Roy suggests a drink in the Rovers.

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Vote for Corrie! British Soap Awards shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced in this year's British Soap Awards. The 17th annual awards, will take place in Manchester at the Palace Theatre on Saturday 16th May, airing on ITV a few days later. It will be hosted by Phillip Schofield

For full details on categories and voting please go to

The categories in which Coronation Street is nominated are as follows.

Coronation Street

BEST ACTOR (Last year’s winner was David Neilson – Coronation Street)
Coronation Street:         Simon Gregson         (Steve McDonald)
Coronation Street:         David Neilson             (Roy Cropper)

(Last year’s winner was Julie Hesmondhalgh - Coronation Street)
Coronation Street:        Alison King            (Carla Connor)

Coronation Street:         Sean Ward            (Callum Logan) 

Coronation Street:        Sean Ward            (Callum Logan)
BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was Simon Gregson – Coronation Street)
Coronation Street:        Sally Dynevor            (Sally Webster)

BEST STORYLINE (Last year’s winner was Hayley’s Cancer – Coronation Street)
Coronation Street:        Steve and Michelle, Hearts And Minds   
BEST SINGLE EPISODE (Last year’s winner was Hayley’s Death)
Coronation Street:        Rob’s Confession

BEST DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE (Last year’s winner was David Neilson)
Coronation Street:         Simon Gregson        (Steve McDonald)

BEST ON-SCREEN PARTNERSHIP (Last year’s winners were David Neilson & Julie Hesmondhalgh)
Coronation Street:        Sally Dynevor & Joe Duttine (Sally Webster & Tim Metcalfe)                       

Coronation Street:        Ellie Leach            (Faye Windass)     

Coronation Street:        Deirdre Throws The Trifle        


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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Corrie weekly awards for April 20 - 24

Keystone Cops award: Callum threatened to set Gemma and Macca on Andy if he fell out of line again. Oooh. I'm so scared. Or not. A real drug dealer would have left David in pieces but this one punched him once, didn't break a rib and then drove him home!

You must be new here award: Loved the scene with Andy trying to dissuade David from the drugs plan. He didn't think David would actually go through with the threat to tell. He didn't think David would want to hurt his mother. David just snorted with amusement. Later Gail was completely unwilling to think David had anything to do with he and Andy not showing up to the party. You're both new, right?

Workshy award: Sharif would rather bribe the new allotment neighbour with turnips than do the heavy lifting!

Musical Ambiance: Born to Run at the birthday party. I bet Andy wishes he could have run before Callum caught him in the car!
"At Last" playing at Gail's sixth wedding reception, after her second and, this time, successful attempt to marry Michael.

Dead Woman Walking. Good grief, that reporter was the spit of Tina McIntyre!

Pants on Fire award: Jenny.

Gentle Award: Lovely, quiet scenes between Roy and his new friend on the allotment, sharing a cuppa and having a chat.

Phantom memories: Jenny reckons Norris is one of those that have long memories, regarding her is what she was implying. But Norris would only ever know of Jenny what Rita told him. He never met her before.

Art is in the eye of the beholder aka snobbery knows no bounds: Roy played right into Sally's snobbery by suggesting the graffiti might actually be crafted by a famed artist.

Lines of the week:
Sally "I have no desire to be down with the house boys"
Nick "Mum always gets wound up before a wedding" (you'd think she would be used to it by now!)
David "Tonight, Matthew, I'm gonna be a junkie!"
Sharif "Why couldn't you have tried to bribe her with a couple of turnips?"
Gail "I'm a cleaner not a hit man for MI5"
David "I hold my hands up, or I would if I could"
Sharif "Sensitivity is my middle name" (you have more than one, then?)
Bethany "That's child abuse, that is." David "Not yet, it isn't"
Bethany "You pick a bloke out of a police line-up and 12 months later they're walking you down the aisle!", David "Classic boy meets girl"
Norris about Michael "I wonder if he'll carry her over the threshold or just jimmy an upstairs window"

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Coronation Street double episode review, Friday 24 April 2015

Michael and Gail's second attempt at a wedding has arrived, and while these are normally happy occasions, this one is constantly referred to as something to get through, and it makes me wonder why it's happening at all. I’m not sure how poorly you’d need to be to miss your daughter’s big day, but Audrey claims to be too sick which at least gives us the pleasure of a rather accurate impression from David.

It’s not all fun and games however as, having told Luke the truth about Andy, Steph watches in horror as her brother attacks him in the street. She’s quick to tell shocked witness Maria that “Gavin” cheated on her, but it doesn't prevent Luke from being dumped for his show of violence.

After hearing this news, Gail is concerned Luke will tell Maria to try justify his behaviour. She panics, and at the pleasantly predictable time of 7.59pm and mid-vows, says she's unable to go ahead with the wedding. Surely this is as likely to give Michael’s weak heart a workout as learning the man who he thinks is his son is an imposter, and his bride has been hiding the death of his real son from him? In any event, the wedding goes ahead with a rather unromantic “Let’s get this thing done” from Gail and a humorous kiss that made everyone gurn and groan and me laugh out loud. 

Andy’s speech at the reception is from the heart and appears to constitute more of a farewell than anything as he decides to leave the street. I loved Steph’s tearful phone call, his appearance at the apartment door and their passionate embrace, and while for the most part their relationship throughout this story has mainly consisted of sharing suspicious looks, this scene really showed how much they do mean to one another.

I thought Bethany sparkled when she arrived on the cobbles, but her constant sneering and smart comments have begun to wear thin. They certainly weren’t welcome when Michael read out the words of Some Enchanted Evening during his vows, and getting drunk at 14, destroying the buffet and the cake and having to be brought home by the newlyweds was just as unpalatable. Having snuck off to meet Callum, Sarah is just as unapologetic on returning to learn about all this, and it’s not hard to see where Bethany gets her attitude from. Sarah sulks at the news that Gail and Michael are off to the Costa Brava courtesy of Nick, and David says what we are surely all thinking; “you’d have known if you’d have been interested in anyone but yourself.” As Corrie weddings go, it was certainly eventful, but overall, a rather damp squib.

Elsewhere, Norris is firmly on his soap box as he claims to have made glow in the dark buttons for the war effort (despite only being born in 1940), expresses his disdain at Faye’s situation and mocks Jenny Bradley’s father’s death by asking if she’s taking a tram on her day out with Jack.

While she doesn't react to Norris, her behaviour concerning the child is of increasing concern. She lets a customer at Roy's believe he’s hers, and when she learns from Sophie that the childminder has broken her leg, resigns from her job and makes out to Kevin that she has been let go, leaving her free to look after Jack full time. Sophie gets her dander up by asking if she’d ever thought of having kids of her own, and Jenny’s spiky reaction leaves her and us even more suspicious.

Another one to arouse suspicions is Sinead's friend Sam. As she prepares to leave hospital, Chesney appears concerned at their close relationship. It’s all private jokes and giggles between the pair which I found a tad rude and immature considering Chesney has been so attentive. Sinead later reveals to Sam that she isn't looking forward to going home as she can’t take the fussing. He reminds her that the first rule of being a patient is gratitude, but aside from this, his sideways glances and mocking of Chesney make me wonder if he’s as wholesome as he makes out.

Meanwhile Sharif sets his sights on Cathy’s neglected allotment. Roy is adamant the suggestion is handled with sensitivity and disagrees with his partner’s approach. Unfortunately she overhears them discuss the matter and is incensed at the notion that they have been disingenuous and are only assisting her with their sights on a “landgrab”. Roy, being his honourable self, demands that Sharif return and throw himself on Cathy’s mercy, otherwise he can consider their partnership finished.

Cathy isn’t the only one feeling affronted, as Sally stands appalled before her side wall which has been besmirched with some interesting graffiti. Sophie sees it as artwork and refuses to destroy it and while various other residents voice their theories and opinions, Sally's gratitude at it not being pornographic is a delight. Will this be the spray paint equivalent of the grotesque Manhattan range sofa which got easier on the eye once Sally learned of its designer status? Does Sally have a Banksy on her hands?

Sally’s snobbery has become one of the street’s most treasured traits and her disdain at Tyrone’s ability to handle a meeting, the likelihood of Jenny bringing Jack back “full of E numbers and fizzy pop”, her reprimanding of Tim for being "uncouth" at the wedding reception and declaration that “It’s Weatherfield not South Central LA, and I have no desire to be down with the house boys” were all a joy.

On the whole I enjoyed both of these episodes which were peppered with animated dialogue and strong characterisation, and I find myself interested to see how each of the little cliffhangers unfold.

By Emma Hynes
Twitter: @ELHynes

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Happy 83rd Birthday to William Roache

William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, celebrates his 83rd birthday today, April 25th 2015.

Watch William's first ever scene in Coronation Street, below:

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Coronation Street weekly update - Wedding, Kidnap and Banksy

Corrie weekly updates from 1995 - 20 years in 20 e-books
All the wit and warmth of Weatherfield, none of the waffle

Available from or

PLUS... Coronation Street companion books!

Norman Bates with a Briefcase - the Richard Hillman story

With a foreword by actor Brian Capron (Richard Hillman)

A Perfect Duet. The Diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper

With a foreword by Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper)

It all went a bit crazy gang cops and robbers this week on Coronation Street. Remember the old Batman and Robin series from the 1960s where the baddies weren’t that bad? All Corrie needed was a Kapow! here and a Zap! there and Callum and his gang of comedy villains would have been dragged off screaming in a camera shot set at an odd angle.  Instead, they bundled David up in the boot of Callum’s car, took him to a warehouse where he was tied to a post and then Callum threatened him with a girl’s rounders bat and some pliers.  Callum and his crew of comedy Corrie villains are becoming great fun to watch.

From the camp-tastic Callum, the lovely manicured nails on the hands of his henchman, and the skank-tastic Cat(pee)Woman Gemma, they’re just great fun - in a not entirely intentional way.  Anyway, the reason Callum bundled David into the boot of his car was that David, now he knows about GavAndy’s secret, blackmailed him into going into a dodgy pub to buy drugs and then to plant them in Callum’s car. Nice plan if it had worked, but Callum caught GavAndy in the act. 

Elsewhere this week, Gail was married again. Yes, she finally said “I do”, again. In fact, what she said was “I absolutely, definitely, 100% do!” before yanking Michael towards her for a smacker on the lips.  Her marriage to Michael now makes her Gail Potter Tilsley Tilsley Platt Hillman McIntyre Rodwell and long may she reign. They have their do in the Bistro and it ends in disaster as Bethany gets drunk and inadvertently chucks the wedding buffet and wedding cake all over the floor.  There was a lovely shot in the Platt’s house as they celebrated GavAndy’s 30th birthday this week with jelly and a game of Jenga. Bethany plays her turn and it all comes crashing down. “See that?!” Sarah yells at her daughter. “That’s what you’ve done to my life!”

Sean and Billy’s encounter with the homophobic hotelier last week reaches the ears of the local press when Julie rings the paper to highlight the injustice. A hack from the Weatherfield Gazette arrives for all the news but Sean, rightly, sends her away with a flea in her ear. “I don’t want to be a story,” he says.

Sally gets herself all uptight when graffiti appears on the wall opposite her house.  It could be a Banksy but Sally wants it washed off and quick.

Up at the allotment (at least I'm assuming it's 'up' although it could as easily be 'down' or 'over' or indeed 'round at the allotment'), Roy and Sharif meet Cathy, who is on the allotment plot next to theirs. It turns out that Cathy’s husband has died around the same time as Roy’s Hayley passed away and the two of them chat over cups of flask tea.  There’s a friendship brewing, slowly and subtly, but it’s there, the sadness of widow and widower uniting them both.

Kevin’s childminder has broken her leg and Jenny rings work to tell them she’s not coming back and puts herself at Kev’s disposal to look after little Jack. It’s all a bit suspect, we know something’s not right with Jenny but we don’t yet know what. She rushes little Jack to the doctors for no good reason and then hides this from Kevin until Sophie tells her dad that she doesn’t trust Jenny.  Kev sticks by Jenny, for now, anyway.  Jenny takes little Jack into the Kabin and tells Rita and Norris she’s taking Jack out for the day. “Going by tram?” asks Norris, which even for him was a bit low, as Rita points out.  Norris was referring to Alan Bradley of course, but little Jack’s mum Molly was killed by a tram too.

And that was just about that for this week.

This week's writers were Joe Turner (Monday); John Kerr (Monday); Mark Burt (Wednesday); Damon Rochefort (Friday); Ben Tagoe (Friday).   Find out more about the Coronation Street writing team at

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Coronation Street cast and crew in Great Manchester Run

Coronation Street cast and crew members are taking part in the Great Manchester Run.  They are running to raise funds for charity The Calm Zone in memory of Mike Curtis.

Mike Curtis was a props man who had worked on Corrie for a decade, and who sadly died in January.

The Morrisons Great Manchester Run 2015 takes place on Sunday 10 May 2015.  You can find out more about the run here.

Find out more about The Calm Zone charity hereTHE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, or CALM, is a charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.

To donate text CALM63 & £(AMOUNT) to 70070 or via the JustGiving page at

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Deirdre's funeral has been written for Coronation Street

Deirdre's funeral has now been written for Coronation Street.

Coronation Street writer Damon Rochefort has written the funeral. He said on twitter last night to Jane Danson, who plays Leanne, that he was proud to have written Deirdre's funeral. I agree with Gillian Skerritt, a Coronation Street fan on twitter who said she was pleased to hear Damon had written the funeral, as it was in safe hands. 

You can read Corrie writer Damon Rochefort's profile here.

News that Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter Barlow, will be returning to Coronation Street for Deirdre's funeral has been welcomed.  In a further interview today with the Nottingham Post, Chris says this about Peter's return to Corrie: "It's just to tie things up with Deirdre's character. So you know, I'll look forward to doing that, it will be good for me because I was very close to Annie (Anne Kirkbride).

"Her death hit me very hard and you know, I was away working when that happened so I wasn't there in the fold so to speak. And it was really hard to come to terms with so I'll go back and do this and get a bit of closure on it. Lay that to rest so to speak.

"But I always said that hopefully I would go back at some point. Maybe for a few years again."

See also: ITV finalise plans for Deirdre's farewell

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