Sunday, 31 January 2010
White Star for Steve in matching vest and shaving cream.
Lead swinging award: Gold Star: Joe didn't really have a bad back, he was just hiding from the loan shark
He had it coming award: Gold Star: Gail smacking Joe for trying to dump the house for peanuts and then insulting her. The only downside is that Gail forgave him anyway after his sob story.
Mother knows best award: Gold Star: Audrey only Gail won't listen.
Avoiding the obvious: Gold Star: Steve looking everywhere on the Street for Becky except the cafe. I recon he just didn't want to be confronted by Roy and Hayley's disapproval.
Love advice from the expert (?) award: Gold Star: Kirk! But really, telling Tyrone to use his head instead of his heart was good advice.
Silver star: Liz advising Steve on his marrage.
Scary award: Gold award: Mary, singing about the eye of the tiger with a line aobut stalking being strongly emphasized.
Lines of the Week:
Graeme to Rosie "I'm not staring. I'm drinking in your loveliness!"
Joe to Gail "You're a jinx!! You're the equivalent of Tutenkhamen's curse!!!" (or you could just be a Loser, Joe!)
Audrey "David...!" David "Yeah i know, put the kettle on" Audrey "Oh, Stick the kettle, have you got any wine?"
Gail "I just feel that you've been lying to me!" (Feel? FEEL???)
Steve "You are MY WIFE ..." (then start acting like a husband!)
Simon "See ya later crocodile!"
Kevin "They've been good as gold all afternoon" Sophie "Good as Gold?!! Dad, d'you actually know how old we are??"
Saturday, 30 January 2010
There Steve was in Roy's Rolls, enjoying his sausage and chips, and the camera showed a full sausage on the end of Steve's fork. In the next shot, the sausage had both ends chewed off before it reverted back to its full, unchewed length. Then we saw the sausage with just one end chewed off and in the final shot, the sausage had gone back to its full size. What is Roy cooking those sausages in?!
- Simon saying "see you later crocodile" when it's supposed to be "see you later alligator." That kid is so darn cute!
- Gail mentioning that at her work (medical center reception) that when they have technical issues they call it "computer says no." Haha, that was a good one!
- Steve waltzing around with a full face of shaving cream.
- Ken goes out for a walk and Deirdre yells after him "stay away from that canal!" Haha.
- Why on earth was Steve asking around at every place on the street to find where Becky was when the obvious thing to do would be to check the cafe first. Duh.
- Sophie noting that their going to Sally's radiotherapy treatment with her is a "family outing to the cancer wing." How sad.
- Is Steve just about the most unsupportive husband ever? My word he's self-centered.
- George pushing his influence on Peter again.
Looking forward to: Scenes without Becky/Steve tension from now on! And hopefully seeing the backside of Steve's motorbike outfit?
NOT looking forward to: What George's intentions are with poor Simon and Peter.
- Janice holding onto the binman's rear-view mirror as he drives away.
- When Kevin asks if Rosie's scared to go under the knife for her boob job, Sophie chimes in "You have to suffer for your art, Dad." Haha.
- Mary's rendition of "Eye of the Tiger." I had flashbacks from Rocky, I swear.
- Steve still being brash with Becky. And Becky's annoying silence, why doesn't she just tell him that her mum's died? People can't feel sorry for you unless they know what they're to feel sorry about.
Looking forward to: More action between Janice and the bin man.
NOT looking forward to: Whatever plan Jumpy-Joe has next for Gail.
Friday, 29 January 2010
Corrieproducer Kim Crowther says Owen will become Liz McDonald's new love interest, and not get off to a good start with Becky. He's also Izzy's father, and will have another daughter showing up on the Street too.
What are your initial thoughts on the new family unit? Sound off below!
I've obtained them all through writing to the individual cast members at the Coronation Street offices. Some take longer than others to reply, and I've written to some that I'm still awaiting a reply from. It's been great to build up this collection so far, and I look forward to expanding it in the years to come.
Here at the Coronation Street blog, we'd love to hear about your autograph successes, and it would be nice to run a regular feature to see how others fare in writing to the cast. Feel free to drop us an email with your stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Tupele's been named as one of the players in a new show on ITV called Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Burnout. The show - which replaces Hell's Kitchen, begins on ITV1 next month.
Trevor the binman turns up soon and moves in with Janice so he might turn out to be an eyeful. And Ciaran returns to chat up Carla Connor so there's him to consider, true.
But there still isn't much in the way of man eye-candy and it's time it was put right.
Let's hark back to the days of real men on Corrie. And we're not talking lightweights like Jason. I'm thinking of the men who had a bit of clout about them, men like Billy Walker. Men like Charlie Whelan. For ladies of a certain age, now that was man totty and a half.
But which Corrie fella gets you going these days on the Street?
Well done, Corrie!
Thanks go to Coronation Street fan Roger Albon for sending in this fab Stevie McGurn. If you've captured a good Corrie Steve gurn and want to share it via the blog, do email it in.
To see more gurnage from Stevie McGurn, have a look here, there's loads. Some good, some bad and some really very funny.
Week of Monday February 1 to Friday February 5
Betty celebrates her 90th birthday, Ciaran returns and chats up Carla, Peter’s back on the booze, Becky tells Steve she’s pregnant, Trevor the binman moves in with Janice, and Hayley shakes it at salsa!
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Wednesday, 27 January 2010
But that's not the best bit.
At the end of the newspaper article there's a link to a gallery of pictures taken in Blackpool when Corrie have filmed there in the past. It's well worth a look and it's here.
Fancy a Corrie weekend in Blackpool?
What's your favourite Corrie in Blackpool storyline? Mine would be Rita, Alan and the tram.
The Sun reports today that not only will Rita return but she's going to get on the wrong side of Audrey when the two women battle for the charms of Lewis the escort. This storyline sounds good fun and as a Rita fan (she's my all-time favourite Corrie woman) I'm delighted that she'll be back on the Street soon.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
- David referring to Joe as "action man."
- Graeme "drinking in" Rosie's loveliness, and Rosie pretending not to love the attention, although turning him down for a date.
- Tyrone working up the nerve to go into Dev's repeating "no fear, no fear" to himself.
- Steve coming into the Rovers dressed in that motorbike getup.
- Gail for not letting Joe sell her house from under her and standing her ground, for once!
- Rosie saying that her manicured hands are part of her livelihood and Sophie stating, "sure, because everyone's looking at your hands."
- Becky asking Kelly about how bad the "accident" was on the bike. Since it looked like Kelly got dragged behind the bike. Ouch!
- Eddie Windass suggesting they all get bladdered then tells Tyrone was drink he's having.
- Kev giving Tyrone advice to go after Molly. Just stay out of it.
- Joe and his lies trying to sell Gail's house from under her nose.
- Steve's immaturity. What is he doing buying a motorbike, and traipsing around like an idiot anyway? You don't like your wife? Life goes on.
- The sad look on Kelly's face when she realized that Steve wasn't into her, and never would be because he still loved Becky.
- Granddad George and his interference in Simon and Peter's lives.
- Poor Gail Platt, disappointed by yet another man in her life.
Looking forward to:
- What on earth is going to happen to Joe McIntrye. How's he going to get out of this debt?
NOT looking forward to:
- Watching Steve galavant around as a "free man" (drunk) anymore.
Molly’s in the dog house. Tyrone tries to woo her back by bursting into the shop when she’s dusting the tinned puds but she blanks him by the cheese and he leaves, forlorn. Pam’s furious with Mol and says she might as well have stamped on a kitten when she dumped Ty. Jack’s straight round there once he hears the news and over a few beers in the Rovers, and well-meaning words from Fiz and John, Tyrone’s heart bleeds over losing his wife. Jack coos pigeon-speak to Tyrone: “Lost birds allus come back.” Let’s just hope they don’t fly in and poo on Tyrone’s head. Anyway, when Molly moves into the flat about Dev’s shop, Tyrone puts two and two together and ends up with sixty-nine, accusing Molly and Dev of having an affair. It’s Kev, not Dev, you Div! Tyrone thumps Dev and lays him flat out and it’s Kevin who pulls Tyrone out of the fight. Molly later gives Kevin her wedding ring and tells him to give it back to Tyrone. Oh, how flippin’ nasty was that? Nastier still was that Kev went and did it.
Kev’s a man lost and alone. Sally got her lumpectomy test results and it’s good news, she’s given the all-clear as the cancer hasn’t spread but she’ll still need radiotherapy, just in case. It’s champagne all round in the Webster house as they toast Sally’s health but Kevin loses control later when Sophie tells him she’s prayed for her mum. Kev wants to know what use prayer will do and loses his temper with his youngest daughter. He also comes close to hitting his eldest when he finds out that Rosie’s selling her car to pay for a boob job. Rosie’s on the phone to a prospective car buyer who wants to know how big the engine is. “It’s about the size of three handbags,” the daft mare replies.
It’s been a sad week all round, all things considered and there’s more of the same in the Rovers as Steve and Becky continue not speaking. Becky’s had bad news, her mum has died, only we don’t know that yet and she’s not told anyone. She’s keeping it to herself, all that pain inside of her, and all of her anger is growing as Steve acts on like he’s single again, buys a motorbike and takes leggy Kelly Crabtree for a spin around the block.
Over at Gail’s it’s no bag of laughs either. Joe’s desperate over his debts and eyes up the collection box in the Rovers the girls have started for Sally’s cancer charity. Bill gives him what-for when he spots Joe lusting after the loot. After Gail throws Joe out when he calls in a property management company who offer tuppence-ha’penny to take the house off Gail’s hands, the pair of them argue in the street and she slaps him right hard. I loved this bit. It’s about time Gail stood up for herself. Audrey and David are over the moon that Gail’s seeing sense about Joe but she forgives him later on when he comes clean about how much debt he’s really in. As Audrey would say: “Oh, Gay-ell”
The only person who had a bit of fun this week and a smile on her face was Mary from the motorhome. She only went and stole the picture of Norris and Freda that was on display in the Kabin, hid it under her coat and dumped it in a bin. She’s matahari in an anorak, that one, a femme fatale styled by BHS.
And that’s just about that for this week.
Coronation Street writers this week were Debbie Oates, Peter Whalley, Mark Burt and John Kerr.
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Monday, 25 January 2010
Written by Debbie Oates (7:30) and Peter Whalley (8:30), directed by David Kester
- Rosie not understanding what "size of her engine" meant, "the size of three large handbags."
- Mary throwing the photo of Norris and Freda into the bin. She's a woman on a mission.
- Fiz being a good friend to her old pal Tyrone. I'm surprised Kirk hasn't been around to comfort Tyrone yet.
- When John asks Tyrone if he's a vegetarian, Tyrone looks offended and asks "why, has someone been saying something?!"
- Rosie still set on ruining John Stape's life, or at least, day.
- Audrey still harping on about Joe to Gail. Just let her be!
- David whining that no one considered him in the sale of the house. Had he been any other son, you know, NOT one that had pushed his mother down the stairs/almost killed his niece etc, I'd have agreed with him. But can you blame Gail for not giving a fig about what David things in matters concerning HER property? No! Shut up and grow up, David.
Looking forward to: What is going to happen with Rosie's whole "boob job" plan. She isn't REALLY going to get those bigger is she?
NOT looking forward to: Having to watch Joe run from Slick Rick and Co. again! That was tense and unnerving.
It was a nice interview that Michael gave, in this his 27th year on Coronation Street. He said that working with Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden) was one of the highlights of his Corrie career and that he learned his professionalism from her. He also praised Helen Flanagan and Brooke Vincent who play his on-screen daughters Rosie and Sophie and said that working on Corrie was "hard work, but a lot of fun".
See also: Should Kevin Webster grow his moustache back?
Monday’s Corrie was a total heartbreaker. Married only a year ago, Molly and Tyrone Dobbs quickly fell into a life of cosy domesticity. This may have carried on indefinitely, had Molly not had a taste of the thrilling excitement that is Kevin Webster. By the apparently simple expedient of exchanging one dozy, hairy mechanic for another, she’s realised that she wants more from life.
“I want more from life,” she told her confused husband. He was confused because he’d already given her a karaoke machine for Christmas – what more from life could you want? You can’t be subtle with Tyrone, so she spelled it out for him. “I don’t love you any more.” Well, Tyrone’s little face. Alan Halsall doesn’t often get to do much acting that doesn’t involve tucking enthusiastically into a pie/a pint/a good karaoke session, but when he does, he can break your heart.
Sadly Tyrone’s not the brightest spanner in the toolbox, and the best argument he could come up with to get Molly to stay was “We were the new Jack and Vera.” Who, apart from Tyrone, wouldn’t find that idea phenomenally depressing?
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Sunday, 24 January 2010
He's not a bad boss, really: Gold star: Dev. Only his generosity landed him with a black eye!
Black star: Obviously Kevin. Even though it's over, I'm still appalled at his affair with his best friend/co-partner's wife.
Best friends lost and found award: Gail is finally showing a bit of concern over Sally after virtually ignoring her for weeks!
And Fiz. You forget how fond she used to be of Tyrone. Except how on earth would she think Tyrone has turned vegetarian? Has she not seen him chowing Roy's breakfasts or hotpot in the Rovers?
Pot calling the kettle black award: Gold.. no...Platinum Star: Dev Alahan for calling Sunita's ex-fiance a womaniser and "God's Gift".
Penance award: Kevin. The disloyal one gets to be a support and comfort to the man he did the dirty on. And he deserves every minute of guilty discomfort.
In the Pink award: Kelly for her Tshirt with shoe applique (I actually kind of liked that!), Hair ornament, gloves! Sian for those vivid pink stripes in her cardy and her pink t-shirt.
They learn young award: Gold Star: Sophie and Sian and a bucket of ice-cream to soothe their sorrows about Sian having to leave.
Lines of the week:
Jack (about Dev): "I might be past my peak but I'll punch his lights out!"
Rosie: "I can't wait to tell John Stape that he's paying for my new boobs. He'll feel like a pimp!"
Julie: "I can tell it's going to be one of those days when I have to have a little cry before I can thread the needle"
Kevin to Sally: "It's made me realise how much I love you" (And that's the first truth he's told Sally in months! Ok, but you know what I mean)
Kevin to Sophie: "Why does this God of yours do this in the first place?" (To make you see what an ass you've been, maybe? Guilt, much, Kevin?)
There's a long interview in the Mirror with Keith, too, where he talks a lot about losing his long time friend and Boyzone band member, Stephen Gately. Stephen's sudden death from a heart attack last fall really hit Keith and the other band members hard. Keith had know his friend since they were 17 and is still shocked and grieving. He does find that the return to Corrie is helping because he is busy in the days and at nights, he's learning his lines and it all keeps his mind occupied most of the time. His wife and kids are still in Dublin. The other subject he talks about is his campaigns to raise money for autistic children after finding out his younger child, daughter Maia has autism. It was difficult for Keith and his wife, Lisa, at first but they have found a way through their own problems and Keith's campaigns have raised quite a lot of money and awareness and helped to open a dozen or more specialized schools to help kids with autism develop.
I'm looking foward to Ciaran's return. He had lovely tattoos ;))) And in spite of having Michelle in his romantic sights, let's not forget his ex-love Sunita is back in the picture and there will soon be another of his exes skulking around, Tracy Barlow!
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Apparently we will also meet some of her family including a "tough-but-tender" father, probably where she got so tough and sparky herself. My take is, if she goes for bad boys - what attracts her to Kirk? But you know, he could be just the perfect boyfriend for her in the end. It sounds like she could ruffle a few feathers and be a great character! It'll be nice to see Kirk have a storyline again, too. He's been spending his time supporting Maria, playing HiyaLowa and probably walking Ozzy (Hmmm... wonder how Ozzy and Izzy are going to get along!). We haven't seen much of him lately.
Friday, 22 January 2010
There's the Soap Opera Phrase of Doom. You know the one. A couple, seemingly having it all, exclaiming "Oh I'm so happy, and we'll be together forever" or "We're perfect for each other" or "What could possibly happen?"... something like that. WHAP! You know for certain that some vile disaster is going to hit them and it won't take long.
And, of course, soaps have certain rules and Standard Soap Opera Plots (SSOP). Murderers never get away with it (Tracy Barlow. There was never a doubt no matter how many endings they filmed!). The initial suspect of a murder is never the person that did it, especially if they've been overheard threatening to kill the victim at some point or has a cirumstantially good motive (Which is why, though apparently Gail will be a suspect for Joe's murder, she'll be exonerated). There will always be love triangles and quadrangles. Two people that start out hating each other will invariably fall for each other (Tina and nuNick?). There's always one person that's a perennial loser in love (Curly Watts!) but usually they will hit the jackpot in the end. Even the villain (or layabout, ignoramus or similar) has a good side, usually love for his/her children or spouse. (Eddie does love his wife and son even if he is a waster and a tosser!) There's always one couple on a soap that genuinely has a happy marraige/relationship, these are usually the "Matriarch/patriarch" figures (Roy and Hayley). Women are the stronger characters because historically, women make up the majority of viewers.
And in American soaps, at least, nobody ever dies. Even if you see the body, don't bet on it, especially if it's a villain or a hero/ine! Also in American soaps, children grow up in leaps and bounds, usually after being sent to a Swiss boarding school. I'm glad Corrie doesn't do that (Oh yes, I know they have, but they've never aged a child beyond a couple of years, not really noticeable like sending a child to school at 8 and bringing them back a year later aged 16 and full of hormonal resentment.)
What are the Corrie cliches which come to mind? Gail will always forgive her children, no matter what they've done and usually doesn't think what they've done is all that bad anyway! Hayley will always find something good in the worst of people. Roy will always tell you some unknown trivial fact about nearly anything! When really annoyed with someone, a drink will be tossed over that someone's head in the pub in front of everyone! There will always be argy bargys in the middle of the street between two warring women. What are some Corrie cliches you've noticed over the years?
Written by Debbie Oates, directed by David Kester
Thursday, 21 January 2010
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