Saturday, 25 October 2014

Was Jimi Hendrix a Coronation Street fan?

The new Jimi Hendrix film "All is By My Side" is now on general release in the UK.  And it's fuelling our thoughts that Jimi was indeed a Coronation Street fan.

We've already blogged about links between Jimi Hendrix and Coronation Street, including the Corrie theme tune sound-a-like riff in Hendrix's Third Stone from the Sun.

And now, in a review of the new film in the Evening Standard, it says: "This is kaleidoscopic film-making: we see real photos of Hendrix as a baby, archive footage of the capital, even clips from Coronation Street."

I think our work here is done.  

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Free Peter Barlow! Get the t-shirt here

Peter Barlow's been sent down for life for the murder of Tina McIntyre with a minimum 15 year sentence.  If it's anything like the minimum 15 year life sentence that Tracy Barlow was given, he'll be out before you can say 'doesn't it all kick off again next week?'.

Before it does, here's the Free Peter Barlow t-shirt, for sale on eBay


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Helen Worth is "absolutely delighted" about Tina O'Brien's return

Helen Worth, who plays Coronation Street's Gail McIntyre, was interviewed on Good Morning Britain this week. 

She talked about celebrating her 40 years on Corrie and the return of Tina O'Brien the show as Gail's daughter Sarah Platt. She said this about the return of Tina O'Brien:  "I'm absolutely delighted. I found out yesterday for absolute sure and I can't wait to welcome her back."

Helen also talked about the Born Free Foundation, which she has supported and has been a patron of for the last 15 years.

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Coronation Street Weekly Update, October 25 2014

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The new community centre opens this week with Yasmeen at the helm.  It’s called Jamila House, named after Khalid’s wife who died.  I like the idea of the community centre a lot. There are bookshelves, a little kitchen, some tables and chairs with checky tablecloths on them and a poster on the wall advertising the Weatherfield Walking Group, whoever they are.  Despite Emily giving her time and effort to help set up Jamila House, Yasmeen overlooks this, and Emily, in her opening speech. She’s not all good, is Yasmeen, but I’m finding her good to watch.

Over the road, Owen and Anna receive a court summons for repossession on their house. This poses soap question number 35, sub-section b, clause iii.  Namely, who owns their house anyway? I thought when Anna and Eddie moved in it was rented. But maybe I missed something, I usually do.

After being burgled last week, Roy isn’t happy being in the cafĂ© or the flat on his own. He’s clearly scared and retreats, even more, into himself.   

Steve’s also having a hard time this week, fighting in prison with dad Jim and turning him into the screws for having a mobile phone in his cell. And then Liz goes and moves Tony into the pub without asking Steve. Michelle does her best to cheer Steve up but even her sexy black top and hot-brush curls fail to hit the spot. Steve is in a dark place and it’s not nice to see.  I just want to reach into the telly screen and give him a hug.

Cilla Battersby-Brown returns this week with her arm in a cast. It’s not clear why she’s come back, unannounced, and she’s showing no signs of change, or tenderness towards her kids. Fix and Tyrone put her up and put up with her, for now at least. And after they all head to bed, Sinead questions Cilla about her arm. “It’s osteoporosis,” says Cilla. “Me bones are like sticks.”

Peter Barlow is found guilty this week for Tina McIntyre’s murder.  He gets banged up in the big house for life, a minimum of 15 years. But if it’s the same minimum 15 year life sentence for that Tracy Barlow was given, chances are he’ll be out before the next series of Strictly Come Dancing starts next year.  Although given that Carla’s getting suspicious about brother Rob, he could even be out earlier than that.

And finally this week, Kylie’s back on the estate taking drugs and taking chances with Max’s dad Callum. Callum wants to see his son, and although Kylie denies him this, Callum still turns up outside Bessie Street School in his flash car trying to chat to his son.  Kylie’s all over the place at the minute and David knows there’s summat up, he’s just not sure what, not yet.

And that's just about that for this week. Remember, you can sign up to get these Corrie weekly updates by email at http://www.corrie.net/updates/weekly/subscribe.htm

This week’s writers were John Kerr and Susan Oudot (Monday), Martin Allen (Wednesday), Damon Rochefort and Mark Wadlow (Friday).  Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team at http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.com/2008/11/exclusive-all-current-corrie-writers.html

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Another Rover Returns


The delightful Sarah Louise Platt is heading back to Weatherfield in the new year. News like this really does make my jaded little Corrie heart sing. Well not quite, but I'm hoping it'll be an interesting development. Gail better not start all that dreadful Sarah-Lou business again or else I'll be switching off.

I guess a return for Sarah was all the more likely now we have a full quota of Grimshaws back on Coronation Street. There is much shared history between the two families and this will surely be exploited once again. Sarah was once married to Jason (on the second attempt - he escaped through a toilet window first time around). They finally divorced in 2010. Although Jason now seems happy with Eva, I wonder what the reappearance of Sarah will do to that relationship?

Of course before Jason, came brother Todd. Who can forget Todd realising he was gay thanks to Martin's colleague Karl Foster, while playing happy families with Sarah and her daughter Bethany. Throw into the mix the fact that Sarah and David didn't exactly part on the best of terms and I'm worried poor old Gail might not be in for a great time. Nevertheless, I'm sure she will eye having her family back together again with Ivy Tilsley-like relish.

I wonder what Sarah has been up to in Milan these past few years? I wonder if she'll do a Peter Barlow and come back after all these years without the slightest hint of an Italian accent? You'd expect Sarah to have picked up a bit of Italian in seven years and young Bethany must also be fluent if she was schooled there. Don't let us down oh powerful Corrie production team!

I'm imagining that the teenage Bethany is going to be a bit of a handful. Oh what joy. Just what we need, another moody teenager. I suppose what goes around comes around, which means Sarah is due her share. Which can only mean sad sap Gail will pick up the slack. 

I do wonder how they will all fit into that house though, although Kylie will probably have taken flight before Sarah arrives home. I hope Sarah kicks around long enough for a face off with her sister in law. That could be fun. It will be good to have all the Platt family back together again, apart from dear old Martin, long since forgotten even though he actually only moved as far as Liverpool.

I have one plea to the Corrie writers. Please oh please can Sarah's return spark a come back for the full on Gail/Eileen public slanging match? I adored those scenes, some of the most memorable Corrie has produced in recent times. Something about the height difference made their scraps just downright hilarious. Somehow we must strive for a rematch of the infamous fight on the cobbles. It was truly sublime.

So what do you think of Sarah's return to Coronation Street? Are you looking forward to it? What do you think the powers that be have in store for the character?


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Friday, 24 October 2014

Coronation Street episode review, Wednesday 22 October 2014

As we prepare to contemplate what biscuits to dunk during tonight’s double Corrie, here’s a recap on Wednesday’s.

Furious Steve visits Jim in prison to let him know he’s aware that he was only being used to get to Liz, but Jim flatly denies the accusation. Unconvinced, Steve asks him what he’d know about the truth, having made out that he was going to be behind bars for years while all the time knowing that wasn’t the case. 

He accuses Jim of attempting to get Liz to pick up where they left of by reeling her in and gaining her sympathy. Failing that, he’d resort to threats to enable him to carry on beating up Peter. “We’re all sick of your poison” Steve spits before demonstrating that two can play that game by informing a prison guard about Jim’s phone. As Jim is dragged away, his truly menacing side is revealed as he snarls  “You must be the lowest form of pond life to betray your father”. Steve is quick to respond, “You? In an open prison? Look at you, you’re a joke”, and his vicious father swears he'll "have" Steve for this. Great performances by both Charles Lawson and Simon Gregson made this a powerful scene, and while I hate to see Steve suffer, I welcome the fact that Simon gets to convey another side to his character.

Liz’s ensures stubborn Tony is in earshot as she flirts on the phone with Greg from the brewery, and his jealousy is enough to prompt him to make a reconciliation. I like the chemistry between this pair, and both can see the funny side when Michelle reveals that Greg is in fact gay. 

Things turn sour however when Liz asks him to move in, provided Michelle doesn’t mind, and completely ignores Steve who has to cough to remind them of his presence. We’ve all despaired at Steve’s ongoing treatment at the hands of his loved ones, and he finally tells them what they've long needed to hear; “You treat me like a joke half the time, pestering me, talking behind me back.” He asks if they know what it feels like to dob their own father in, and notes Jim will probably get an extended sentence as a result. Michelle reminds him that she asked if he wanted to talk and he said no, but Steve sees confiding in her as futile. “What’s the point when everything I say and do is wrong?” he asks, “I mean it’s obvious you think I’m some kind of waste of space. I may as well not even exist.” All are stunned by these home truths, clearly only finally realising the impact of their behaviour towards him.

The Kabin will undoubtedly have sold out of the Weathefield Gazette as it appears in several scenes with 'GUILTY' splashed across the front, and Ken despairingly reads aloud from it. After returning from the prison, he delivers a truth bomb to Tracy and Rob; while they have Peter's blessing to go ahead with the wedding, he needs to sell Barlow’s Buys to raise the money for an appeal.

Roy still fears being alone and is delighted to be invited to dinner with Fiz, Tyrone, Chesney and Sinead, bringing the ham they love so much. He also happily agrees to cater for Beth and Kirk’s wedding as his gift to them. Fiz calls him a “national treasure”, and despite his troubles at the moment, he continues to be a ray of sunshine courtesy of his good heart. 

The happy gathering is interrupted however as Cilla’s strident knock assails the door and she barges in, overnight bag in tow, fresh from Wolverhampton. She claims her reason for visiting is to see her children and grandchildren and the cast on her arm is the result of a bang. 

You could cut the atmosphere with a knife as she dishes out questions, and faces are disbelieving at her comments on the importance of good parenting and family life. While it appears business as usual at the outset, a softening of her character can nevertheless be observed as she is respectful in her condolences to Roy at the news of Hayley’s death. Fiz is naturally cynical about her reasons for returning however, declaring, “there’ll be something, don’t you worry”.

Driving confidence restored, Audrey continues to wax lyrical about Luke. Kylie is notably distracted and brings her drugs to the salon, flipping out when Liam takes a snoop in her bag. Maria demands an apology which results in an argument concerning child discipline. Audrey demands both take themselves home and come back in a better mood.

Agitated Yasmeen irritates all and sundry about the opening of the community centre but at least Roy’s Rolls will be a book free zone. Zeedan’s cynicism is tempered on hearing that the centre will be named after his mother.

Finally, a mention for two blasts from the past courtesy of Liz who notes “We haven’t sold bottled mild since Annie Walker’s day,” and David who recalls Audrey having worked for Archie Shuttleworth. It appears the powers that be have been listening to calls for more connections with the past. While David's memory was a logical one however,  I was a bit perturbed by Liz's remark considering she didn't appear in the show until 6 years after Annie's departure. But perhaps there are connections between the two of which my learned Corrie historians may be aware that might explain why Liz was able to make this observation. 

By Emma Hynes
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Play the Coronation Street Pictionary game

With thanks to Jon Harris on twitter @Soap_Watcher_ and Tom Bryant on twitter at @Tombryant77 we bring you a bit of Friday fun in the form of a Coronation Street Pictionary game.  It's just for fun, so don't ring in.  If you get them all right, award yourself a barm cake and a half of stout in the snug.


NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE CHARACTER

NAME THE PLACE

NAME THE PLACE

NAME THE PLACE

NAME THE PLACE

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Fab Photo Friday - October 24th 2014

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. If I remember correctly this was Sally's 40th birthday.



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