Sunday, 14 February 2016

Corrie Weekly Awards for Feb. 8 - 12

The EveryWoman! "Been there. Done that" A tshirt slogan for Tim and Kevin. Priceless!

That's Not Helping award: Leanne's idea of helping Simon with his homework is to do it for him.

Unfathomable award: How could Kirk have heard a rustling from the part of the factory he was in (wide open door) when Marta was behind a closed door at the other end?

Health and Safety award: Maybe Izzy can un-dislocate her hip but surely, to cover workplace insurance, an ambulance should be called to check her over anyway? Or at least, a visit to the doctor.

Medical fail: Why didn't Beth go to the doctor for a shot or take some allergy pills? She'd have suffered a lot less. Is it really wise for Izzy to be drinking wine and taking heavy pain killers?

Arrest fail: I'm surprised they sent two police officers and nobody from Social Services (or Child Protection Services, whatever they're called this week) to question Simon. More shocked that they man-handled a child into the car. And neither was the Social involved in the interview. He might have had his grandfather there, but shouldn't Social Services have been involved as well? It was all very ham-fisted and poorly handled, I think.

Salon fail (are we spotting a pattern here?): No patch test before trying a different dye. 1. David didn't realize he was using a different dye that Beth's normal. 2. A patch test wouldn't have revealed the allergy which didn't show up for hours after.

Fashion accessory award: Beth's blingy hair bow

Lines of the week:
Simon "Who brings their granddad to their football match?" (er, quite a few kids, I should think, ya muppet)
Aidan "Since when do mice read newspapers?" Kirk "Have you never heard of Tom and Jerry?" (snort)
Beth "Don't look at me, I'm a monster!"
Robert about Beth "She's all mouth and no trousers, that one" (Phrase of Doom alert!)
Sally "People want bold thinking, Tim!"
Anna to Sally "Voting for you is like turkeys voting for Christmas"
Izzy "I'm fine, thanks" Erica "When you're bored of putting a brave face on it, let me know"
Todd "I just don't do 'sincere' very well" (heh)
Kylie to Beth "Get back under a bridge, ya troll"
Tim about Sally "She cares about you even when she's nagging you in a high pitched voice"



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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Winner announced in our Corrie scriptwriter book competition

Congratulations go to Coronation Street Blog reader Beverley Burgoyne in Canada who has been drawn at random from all correct entries received to win John Finch's novel, Shaft of Light.

John Finch is a name that should ring a bell for die-hard Coronation Street fans.  John was Coronation Street's first ever trainee writer to be contracted to write for Coronation Street. He later became Editor and then Coronation Street Producer from 1968-9.

In 2009 we interviewed John for the Coronation Street Blog and you can read it here.

John's new book, the novel A SHAFT OF LIGHT follows the fortunes of a group of young people growing up in a Yorkshire mining village in the 1930s.

You can buy John Finch's book from Amazon here.

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Corrie weekly update - Whistling the people's tune

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All the wit and warmth of Weatherfield, none of the waffle

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HMS Sally’s in full sail as she cracks on with her campaign to be elected as independent Weatherfield Councillor. With all the Simon business going on, Ken stands down as her campaign manager and she has to choose between Norris and Mary who both want the job.  It’s Norris she chooses, much to Mary’s chagrin.
Phelan sabotages the lecky at Kev’s new garage so that Kev will keep him on to fix it. Phelan needs to stay working for Kev because he’s got no more work to go to but Kevin doesn’t know that. However, Anna does. She overhears Phelan on his phone touting for work and throws a wobbler when she finds out Kev’s kept the slime-ball on. Why Anna doesn’t tell Kev about her history with Phelan is beyond me. 
 

Over at Underworld, the girls are in a state and Johnny Connor runs half-way up the stairs when someone says they’ve seen a mouse. It’s not a mouse, but the rustling and food stealing that’s been going on comes out in the open when Marta runs out of the factory hiding under Sean’s coat.  Eva comes clean to Aidan and tells him all she knows about Marta hiding in the factory. What neither of them know is where Marta has gone or how far the nasty O’Driscolls are involved in human trafficking. An interesting storyline, to be sure.

As Marta dashes out of the factory, she bumps into Izzy and knocks her to the floor.  Izzy’s already in pain and the accident makes things ten times worse. She turns to Erica and takes up her offer of cannabis in the search for pain relief.

 

Leanne turns Simon into the cops this week after he breaks Kyle’s leg playing footy. Poor Simon. I have always been on his side and I make no apology for it. Being passed from pillar (Peter) to post (Leanne) and with no-one actually wanting him or loving him; having his mum and grandma die. Having to live with trollop Leanne in a tiny little flat. The list goes on. The boy is troubled and needs some help. Turning him into the cops for assault wasn’t the best move, but it’s the one Leanne takes.  Simon’s bundled into a cop car on the cobbles in a big noisy fuss and given a very hard time down at the station. 
 

Elsewhere this week, Johnny and Jenny share a drink in the Bistro. A possible friendship and romance brews up at the bar.
 

Over at the salon, Beth has her hair done by David who uses a new colour on her roots that he’s never used before. Two words, David. Patch test.  Beth comes out in a rash all over her face and at first blames the food at the Bistro before Audrey takes responsibility and gives Beth free hairdos for a year to keep her gob shut.

And that’s just about that for this week.

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This week’s writers were John Kerr and Simon Crowther (Monday double); Mark Burt (Wednesday); Ellen Taylor and Ella Greenhill (Friday double).  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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Coronation Street writer profile: Ella Greenhill



Ella Greenhill's first Coronation Street episode aired on Friday February 12th, 2016.

She is one of the winning writers for ITV’s Original Voices for BAME writers for Coronation Street.

Ella is a playwright and television writer. She was writer on attachment with both Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Paines Plough and is a Royal Court Studio writers group alumnus

Ella is one of the Theatre 503Five writers in residence and she is part of the Manchester Royal exchange Next Stages Project.

As well as across the UK, Ella’s work has been performed in Mexico, New York, Madrid and Romania.

Ella's full CV is here and you can follow her on twitter @ellagreenhill


If you can help update this Corrie writer's profile, leave a comment below or email me here.

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Coronation Street double episode review, Friday 12 February 2016

Confessions were rife on Friday’s Corrie, so I’ll begin with one of my own; the episode previews didn’t have me overly excited to see them. I haven’t enjoyed the Simon story, and the prospect of Beth slogging it out with Kylie, upset Izzy and Mary and Norris arguing didn’t fill me with enthusiasm. Even so, it’s how events are portrayed that can prove pleasantly surprising, and I wasn’t watching long before Sally Metcalfe’s poster caught my eye, and her slogan, “whistling the people’s tune” had me laughing out loud. As is often the case these days, the scenes involving her, and those in her orbit, prove to be the most enjoyable.

With Ken standing down on family grounds, Mary and Norris are ready to step into the role of campaign manager. As observed in my last review, Mary is over Brendan now, and is not the only one to revert to type as the Norris who championed his injured friend just two weeks ago has crawled back under his bridge. As Mary declares, “Strategy is my middle name”, the Kabin dweller retorts, “As is evidenced by your highly successful life.” How dreadful.

Realising their political persuasions are too different, both insist that Sally must choose between them. Her decision raised the roof in my house as she selected Norris on the basis that Mary’s affair could link her to a “sordid scandal”. A delicious irony there - perhaps when it comes to slogans, Mary’s suggestion of “the woman you haven’t met yet” isn’t far off the mark.

Tim’s eye-rolls amuse, but make no mistake, he is fully behind his wife as he staunchly defends her in the Rovers. It’s a pity Sally didn’t hear him, as he’s accused seconds later of failing to be supportive and muddles off like a kicked puppy.

With regard to Mary, I hoped her bad experience would give her a new lease of life. I’m not sure flaunting her new-found status as a “woman of the world” constitutes that, and in the style stakes, she’s left her beautiful outfits behind for her oversized mac. A scene between her and Gail in the Bistro was nevertheless a triumph as she laments the role of Valentine’s Day in reminding single ladies of their status, and criticises Michael and Brendan via some wonderful dialogue from writer Ella Greenhill.

MARY: “If they wanted to tame a strong, independent woman, they should have got down on one knee”
GAIL: “Well, Michael did get down on one knee” 
MARY: “Yes, but then he got up and staggered over to Eileen” 

Brilliant. 

Despite having the support of Ken and Zeedan, Leanne should’ve shared her decision to go to the police with Simon long before they arrived at the door, and manhandled him into the car.

Ken accompanies Simon to the station where he admits to being unable to control his anger. It isn’t long before the police see the red mist descend for themselves when he feels nobody believes him.

Meanwhile, Zeedan is there to comfort Leanne, and echo Ken’s sentiments, that a rap on the knuckles might be just what Simon needs. His consistent support, along with that of Eva and Ken, continues to be a highlight of this storyline.

Once released pending an investigation, Simon insists on staying with Ken. Leanne is later stunned to discover from Tom that video footage of the incident with Kyle proves Simon’s innocence. While he did claim to Zeedan to have injured him on purpose, it seemed rash for Leanne to act as she did on this basis alone without at least attempting to talk to other witnesses; after all, Kyle’s family obviously didn’t see fit to call the police over it. It’s hard to see how their relationship can come back from this.

Meanwhile, David and Kylie are involved in another cover-up. David knows Beth’s rash is his fault, having applied hair dye while failing to do a patch test, but she’s blaming Nick’s Bistro and calls Environmental Health to investigate. Conscience-free Kylie encourages David to say nothing until Audrey forces him to confess. All convene at The Bistro where they sit about over a prolonged period as if it’s a doctor’s waiting room. The result is a slanging match between Beth and Kylie which involves jumping on seats in view of the customers and Nick grimacing that he’s trying to run a business. In the end, so aggrieved is Beth that she accepts free hairdos for a year from the place which she claims nearly killed her.

Contemporary Corrie tends to bring in short plot lines from time to time to facilitate bigger ones, and then the lead-in issue disappears, having fulfilled its purpose. Anyone else wondering how Rita’s foray into social media is going? Has Carla gambled since she slept with Robert? Of late, we’ve gotten to know Erica better, and I love what I see. Her positive outlook is refreshing, she doesn’t worry about much, and is a risk-taker always up for a bit of fun. I’m hoping the emergence of these qualities hasn’t been to set her up as the model candidate for the purchase of cannabis for Izzy who is struggling to cope with the pain caused by dislocating her hip. Optimistic, carefree Erica needs to stay!

Elsewhere, Tracy is disgusted to hear from Todd that Carla and Michelle plan to stay overnight at a wedding fair she’s attending with Robert. I’m all for the Todd and Tracy double-act, but it feels as if some scenes are forced for our amusement, such as having Todd rehearse what to say to someone ordering flowers for a funeral. His general irritation at Tracy is amusing though, as is his escape to the Rovers to avoid her.

Finally, we never did see Sally tuck into Tim’s supermarket dinner for two. Heaven forbid he has plumped for Freshco’s Fundamentals.

By Emma Hynes
Twitter: @ELHynes

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Friday, 12 February 2016

ITV Job Vacancy: Production Electrician, Coronation Street

Production Electrician, Coronation Street-16000100 
UK-North West-Manchester 
Production Electrician
ITV Coronation Street
Manchester


ITV is the biggest commercial television network in the UK. Behind every famous ITV face, there are hundreds of others, all doing their bit to make things happen. Coronation Street is the world's longest-running TV Serial Drama currently in production, and our Lighting team is a big part of that!

We are looking for a Production Electrician to join our fast paced environment here on Coronation Street at ITV Studios. You will be part of the Production Lighting team supplying various lighting and electrical needs.

Our Production Electrician will rig, de-rig, operate, maintain and store lighting and electrical equipment in studios and on location with full consideration for the health and safety. You will work with different power supplies including 3 phase and generators, plus aspects of power connection.

We will look to you to work at height including, mobile elevated working platforms, scaffolds and ladders and occasionally drive LGVs and HGVs subject to appropriate licences being held, you will ensure that Driver’s Rules and Tachograph Protocols are adhered to and that all related records are completed and returned

The successful candidate will be Qualified to City and Guilds 2330 Certificate in Electro-technical Technology Level 3 and City and Guilds 2381 Certificate in the Requirements for Electrical Installation (BS 7671)17th Edition or equivalent.

Here on Coronation Street, we are a tight knit, established team and we are now looking for ideal candidate who work well in a collaborative and open working environment. So if you’ve got the skills and experience we’re looking for and you and thrive in a fast paced environment where no two days are the same, we’d love to hear from you.

Full details at www.itvjobs.com

Closing date for applications: 26th February 2016

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WIN! New novel from acclaimed Coronation Street scriptwriter

John Finch is a name that should ring a bell for die-hard Coronation Street fans.  John was Coronation Street's first ever trainee writer to be contracted to write for Coronation Street. He later became Editor and then Coronation Street Producer from 1968-9.

In 2009 we interviewed John for the Coronation Street Blog and you can read it here.

John has now released a new book. The novel A SHAFT OF LIGHT  follows the fortunes of a group of young people growing up in a Yorkshire mining village in the 1930s.

With thanks to the lovely people at Corazon Books, we have a paperback copy of John Finch's novel to give away in a special competition here on the Coronation Street Blog. 

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning the book is to answer the following two questions correctly and email you answers to glenda.young@btinternet.com with FINCH in your email header.

One correct entry will be drawn at random to win the book. The winner will be announced on the Coronation Street Blog. Deadline for entries is Saturday 13 February 2016 at 12 noon.  Overseas fans can enter. 

Here are your questions, good luck!  Answers can be found in our interview with John Finch.

1. John Finch became the first trainee writer to be contracted to write for Coronation Street. He later became Editor and then Producer from 1968-9, and is one of only two people to have done all three jobs for Coronation Street.  Can you name the other person who has held all three jobs?

2. Name one of the other television shows (in addition to Coronation Street) that John Finch has written.

You can buy John Finch's book from Amazon here.

Entries to this competition from Loquax, moneysavingsexperforum and other competition entry websites will not be included.

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Spot the Corrie prop - February 12th 2016

Congratulations this week go to rob h who was the first to spot that last week's jaunty jar can be found in Dev's house. Well done!

For this week's prop puzzle just tell us whereabouts on the Coronation Street set you would find this tasteful table decoration.



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