Welcome to another weekly update plopping through your wotsit and warming up your mat. Next week (and possibly the week after), Barry Smith will be sitting in the update chair to bring you the news from the cobbles while the rest of my free time this month is taken up writing something rather special and official for Corrie’s 50th anniversary this year. And so, without any further ado, here we go with this week’s Coronation Street update.
It’s birthday week on Corrie this week. Dev’s 46 going on 12 and Norris is 70 going on 93. Norris wants no fuss, he tells everyone, no fuss at all. And then when it looks like he’s not going to get any presents, he kicks up a fuss. Rita sends a card, Emily takes him for a drink and gives him toe spreaders and a callus knife (as opposed to a callous knife which would have been a cruel gift) while Mary buys him a wig. Incensed, Norris takes the toupee and intends to throw it down the men’s loo in the Rovers but can’t resist trying it on first. Then, startled when Trevor the binman comes into the gents, Norris stuffs the toupee under his cardigan and wanders out with it. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of that wig.
Dev has a better birthday as he plays happy families with Sunita’s cleavage and her twins.
Over at Underworld, Kelly bets Teresa a tenner that she won’t have a job by the end of the day. Teresa takes her on and storms into the factory asking Carla for a job. She gets one too – doing what she’s good at, scrubbing of course. Trevor the binman soon realises that Carla’s not the cleaner when he finds out about Teresa giving the floors a shine but that doesn’t put him off Carla even if Janice does have photos of the hunky refuse collector and his kittens on her phone. I can’t believe I just wrote that.
Simon returns from Spain with Jimmy Greaves and Pauline Prescott. But when Peter goes to th’airport to find his son, he’s not there. He’s not there either when the other kids are coming out of school and he’s not at George’s house later when Peter storms round there, demanding to see Simon. Leanne and Ken turn up at George’s house as Simon’s locked in the car with Eve, the cops are called and it’s poor Peter who gets arrested and taken away for breach of the peace. That George is a nasty piece of work, by ‘eck he is.
The cops get called a lot this week and as you can imagine, they’ve got a few questions for Gail. They want to know, for instance, why her sigature’s on the life insurance policy that she said she didn’t sign. They also question the Plattilsley boys, David and Nick, and take Gail down the station for questioning. Joe’s body is being released for a funeral which Gail and Tina plan to sort out between them. It’ll all kick off soon, just you wait.
Becky comes to terms with losing the baby and there’s a lovely scene when Liz confides in her about losing her own baby, Katie, 18 years ago. Yes, I know, 18 years ago.
And finally this week, Nick takes leggy Kelly for a pie and a pint somewhere posh in town. He wants to get into knickers, not particularly Kelly’s, but knickers in general and he needs an in at the factory so he can find out the whatnots and wherefores of the financial standing of Weatherfield’s finest briefs manufacturer. And Nick reckons Kelly’s just the girl to give him what he wants.
And that’s just about that for this week.
Coronation Street writers this week were Jayne Hollinson, David Lane, Chris Fewtrell and John Kerr.
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