Thursday, 18 September 2014

WIN! Tickets to Coronation Street tour and meet Sherrie Hewson

Throughout September and early October Coronation Street The Tour will be playing host to some familiar faces as Richard Hillman, Reg Holdsworth and Maureen Naylor return for a series of special appearances.
Visitors who attend tours at the former Coronation Street set between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 18 and 25 of September and Thursday 2 October will have the chance to meet and have their picture taken with either Sherrie Hewson, Brian Capron or Ken Morley. The former Corrie stars will also enthral visitors with tales of their time on the show.
We have two tickets up for grabs to go on a tour between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 2 October where you will be able to meet and have a picture taken with Sherrie Hewson on the cobbles of the nation’s Street.  

To enter this competition all you have to do is email the correct answer to the following two questions to with TOUR in your email subject line.  

Your two questions are:
Q1: On the Coronation Street Tour official website, what time does it say the tour is open from every day?
Q2: What was the first name of the character that actress Sherrie Hewson played on Coronation Street?

Deadline for entries is Friday September 25th 2014 at 5pm.  One winner will be picked at random from all correct entries received, and announced here on the Coronation Street Blog.

Good luck! 
A limited number of tickets are available at the usual price and can be booked now at

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No, this isn't about storylines, it's about specs, that is, eyeglasses. Funny, the things that occur to you sometimes when you're watching Corrie. I realized the other day that almost none of the characters in the show are full time wearers of glasses. Norris and Deirdre are the only two that come to mind.

There are a very small number of other characters that we've seen wearing them on  occasion for reading including Ken, Rita, Emily, (all of them senior citizens) and even rarely on occasion, Kal, Gail, Owen and, I think, Dev, and Audrey maybe. I'm probably missing a couple but for the most part, those are the only ones I can recall with frames on their face even now and then.

That strikes me as very odd. In a neighbourhood with this many characters, half of whom are over 40 or close enough to it, there should be far more that use them at least for reading and a good handful more that have progressed to wearing glasses full time. I've certainly seen my friends' and family's eyes covered more over the advancing years.

It's particularly odd that I haven't seen any of the factory workers wearing them for their job. You would think that after years of having to do precise and close stitching, some of the stitchers might need a bit of magnification as their eyes age. (or have I just not really noticed?)

Back in the 90s, there was a storyline where Bet thought someone was stealing from the till in the pub. It turned out that Jack wasn't seeing correctly and was giving out the wrong change. He got specs and all was clear again. Betty and Blanche used to wear them full time, and in the old days, so did Albert Tatlock. I recall Elsie Tanner using them for reading once or twice. Overall, though, most characters seem to be spec-less.

It just seems odd. I'll get me coat.

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Interview with Corrie insider Mark Llewellin

Canadian Coronation Street fan Christine Warren runs the Corrie fun pages website. Christine's recently interview Coronation Street insider Mark Llewellin.

We're big fans of Mark here on the Coronation Street Blog and if you've ever been on one of Mark's guided locations tours around Manchester you'll know he has a wealth of insider knowledge. He's also got a cheeky smile that hints at oh, so much more he could tell you, if only he could!

Read Mark's interview at Christine's website here.

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Coronation Street fan of the week - Diane in Canada

It's time to meet another Corrie fan of the week.
Would you like to be our Coronation Street fan of the week? 
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Who are you and where are you from?

I'm Diane, from across the pond in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

How long have you been watching Corrie?

I have been watching Corrie since 1999.  I rarely miss an episode, unless it is pre-empted by the Olympics or another sporting event; in which case I will watch online (thank goodness for online television). I usually eat my dinner while watching Corrie and often, that's the only time I have the television on.

Who are your favourite female and male characters - and the reasons why?

That's a tough one to answer, there are so many great characters... currently I would have to choose Carla because of how her character has evolved over the years, especially when she became close with Hayley, and then her troubles with Peter. She is wickedly strong, yet we've seen her compassionate and vulnerable side.  Favorite male character would have to be Steve for his humour and how he innocently gets himself into trouble all the time.

What's been some of your favourite Corrie storylines over the years?

By far I would say that the death of Hayley was the best storyline ever.  It was controversial, touching, highlighted the tender moments between Roy and Hayley, and I think her storyline touched upon most of the characters on the street.  The tram crash was of course, another powerful storyline, with the loss of Molly and Sunita and Ashley. There are many other storylines I could list; that's one of the reasons I love Corrie so much, for the cliff-hanger storylines.

And what would your fantasy Corrie storyline be?

I would love to see Becky return to the cobbles.  She would give Tracy a run for being the nasty one on the street.  I'd love to see Dev in love again; maybe something could spark between him and Kal's mother Yasmeen.  

Have you any snippets or news about meeting any of the Corrie cast, or trips to the set, etc., that you'd like to share?

I have not been fortunate enough yet to cross the pond over the the UK to visit the set, but it's definitely on my wish list!  I have however, seen a few of the cast members on tour when they came to Ottawa, including: Roy and Hayley, Paul and Eileen, and recently, Gary and Owen.  I'd love to see Carla and Michelle, or Steve and Michelle, or Liz and Jim (hint hint!).

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New Coronation Street writer - Cardy O'Donnell

Last night a new Coronation Street writer was credited.  Cardy O'Donnell's first Corrie episode was aired on Wednesday September 18 2014.

If you can help write Cardy O'Donnell's Corrie writer profile, do please let me know. I can't find much online about him. 

He is on twitter @cardyovascular and his twitter profile reads: "A member of the Fleetwood diaspora, now residing in Liverpool. I write Coronation Street by day, and novels no one wants to read by night"

Read about all of the Coronation Street current writing team here.
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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Coronation Street Episode Review, Wednesday 17 September 2014

Todd’s Machiavellian chickens finally come home to roost as his efforts to make amends fall on deaf ears. Tony freezes him out as he tells him he’ll deal with Fiz and Tyrone. While they initially refuse his latest offer of £5,000 on the grounds that they’re doing things above board, a persuasive visit from Eileen and Eva shows that their principles are as thin as the plaster board they’re still hoovering off the bedroom floor and they agree to take Tony’s money and forget about the whole thing. As all celebrate in the Rovers, Todd makes an unwelcome appearance and knows to leave. I will duck for cover when admitting I felt ever so slightly sorry for him.

Sally, unable to locate the source of barking in her own house and attributing it to next door, either needs a hearing test or a trophy for gullibility. The fact that she believes it to be Sophie’s non-existent barking dog text message alert sees her win first prize for the latter. Meanwhile Tim scratches and sneezes and gets a whiskey for his trouble and Deirdre frets so much over missing Eccles that Tracy reckons she wouldn’t be as upset if she were to go missing.

Maddie gets two week’s unpaid work from Carla in lieu of her not contacting the police about stealing her car. Both are well able for one another in the banter stakes, and I look forward to the possibility of more spirited tête-à-têtes between them over the coming weeks.

Some top class cleaning from Anna sees her deliver Steve and Amy’s visiting order straight into the hands of an incredulous Liz. But her attention to detail and commitment to thoroughness doesn’t end there as she turns her attention to the other side of the closed door. Her split second fall through it and recovery as Tony opens it to leave, together with Steve’s fleeting glimmer of puzzlement was comedy gold. But he has more pressing things on his mind than Anna’s ear, and Liz warns him that if Jim turns on Steve, Amy will be heartbroken. I’m not so sure. It appears of late that Amy is fixing to be Tracy in training and this was evidenced by her eagerness to hear about Jim’s crimes and unflinching, almost morbid desire to visit him.

Meanwhile things accelerate quicker than Deirdre’s broken washing machine over at the prison. Jim is of the belief that saving Peter’s life is a big motivator behind Steve’s visit and is afraid that Peter will reveal where he got the alcohol from and ruin his chances to make amends with his son. I’m not quite sure that Jim’s concerns are that well founded, as Steve no longer has much time for his old friend. Nevertheless, he attempts to ply Peter with a pending batch of booze in a bid to keep him quiet. 

Peter tells him he doesn’t want a drink, he just wants Jim to leave him alone and he won’t have anything to worry about. What appears a simple request from a man with the upper hand is interpreted by Big Jim as a threat, and he tears up Simon’s photo and roughs Peter up. This gets the latter’s dander up and he tells Jim that he’s played him from day one, and if he wants to see Steve again, it all stops now. “You just made a really bad move” sneers Jim, and the absence of a ‘so you have’ means he really means business.

Peter and Eugene’s cell is trashed and the latter is gutted to find a book from his Dad is destroyed. Peter admits that it’s because he threatened to tell Steve a few home truths causing his cell mate to blow up and tell him he has to tell Jim he didn’t mean it.

Next thing a shirtless Peter is raving in the locked cell and begging to be let out to make an urgent call to Steve to tell him everything before he lets Amy into Jim’s life. Eugene vehemently warns him against being a grass, telling him he won’t make it to the trial and that he’ll have him to contend with if he makes the call. A breathless Peter vows to stop Jim one way or another, declaring he won’t get away with it. Phew! Definitely a two cups of tea episode this one.

And if all that wasn’t enough, Neil sullies the name of Atomic Kitten and commits crimes against pop through an open car window in the name of losing an already long lost battle. While Lloyd must stay away from him to avoid being accused of harassment, Neil can apparently sidle up to him reciting the spoken word section of Whole Again and thumping his chest without any charges whatsoever. Where’s the fairness in that? If anyone deserves to be in a cell with Jim McDonald breathing down their neck it’s this man. As he reminisces about 2001, Andrea, firmly in 2014, tells him she’s filing for divorce. Undeterred, he completes another chorus and pledges to ensure that Lloyd and Andrea will never be happy together. Whatever comes of this one sided separation, I think it’s safe to say there’ll be no disputes over the CD collection.

By Emma Hynes
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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 17 Sep

Wednesday 17th September
PETER REALISES HE’S EMBROILED IN JIM’S GAMES. Jim makes it clear to Peter he doesn’t want Steve to find out he supplied the booze that almost killed him. Peter’s dismissive but when Peter and Clelland find their cell trashed Peter realises Jim was behind it. Clelland warns Peter not to antagonise Jim but will Peter bow down to Jim’s threats? 
EVA AND TONY JOIN FORCES FOR JASON. Tony tries again to put an end to the rift with Tyrone and Fiz and offers them £5k to drop the case. Eileen and Eva also beg them to reconsider, explaining none of the mess is Jason’s fault yet he stands to lose everything. As Todd watches on, knowing he’s an outcast, will Tyrone agree?
MADDIE SAVES THE UNDERDOG. A worried Ken and Deirdre search for Eccles who remains hidden.
ELSEWHERE As Neil continues to taunt Andrea and Lloyd will she agree to tell the police it’s Neil who’s harassing them? Gail helps Michael set up an online profile in order to try and track down his father.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday Musings

Now then. I started to jot down a few things I wanted to write about and it turned out to be a bit of an epic. I wanted to make a few comments on some of the current storylines and characters that I'm enjoying (or not).  Once I got started, it was difficult to stop. One thing kept leading to another.

Kevin's return has me wondering about Tyrone's ownership of the garage and any profit sharing that might be available. Sophie and Maddie are a bit of a non-starter at the moment but there's one aspect of Maddie's character that I have noticed and hope they keep alive. I'm enjoying Gail and Michael and I really hope this fella stays around for awhile. Aside from the unfortunate way they met, he doesn't have disaster written all over him. Yet.

Are we seeing the return of Scary Mary? You can't blame her in one way, for feeling threatened by the possibility of Julie in Dev's life. Where's the situation with Jason, Tyrone and Fiz going to end? It's anyone's guess at this point.

Read more detail on State of the Street.

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