Saturday, 30 April 2011
Ah, the end of the month and the start of a new one. April was pretty packed full, with a double wedding, a bank robbery, the exit of two characters, more mud slinging from the Websters. It was all Yummy Mummy competitions between Leanne and Cheryl, Maria hand wringing over Frank and the factory, and there's a new cranky old woman to shake up Roy's content life. That's been one of the bright spots of the month, and the thought of daughter-in-law Kylie making Gail's life a misery is another! Read about it in this month's State of the Street.
Abandonment Star: They ran down the hill and left the bear behind!!
Betrayal award: Gold Star: Norris slipped and now Mary knows Graeme and Xin's secret too and she grassed them up to Immigration. This is not going to end well.
All for nothing award: Gold Star: Eddie has left Anna because of Faye and now she may lose Faye anyway.
Make my day award: Cheeky Star: They should put Tommy and Julie together. She drools over anything in trousers and he flirts with anything in a skirt.
Fairy Godmother award: Sean really made a great Joseph coat! Too bad Smug Cheryl and her spawn were jealous and tried to spoil it.
Dweeb award: Steve is such a terrible liar. How could Becky not see through that fake phone call?
Movie Retcon award: Oscar winning star: Ghost! The Pottery adventures was wonderful! Ken's "jug" looked like a melted ice cream stick. or something.
Gail about Sophie "She's just having a phase of 'funny'" (Um, no she's not)
Neighbour to John "Who shall i say is callin' " (That's right. i.e. callin' = Colin)
Kylie about Graeme and Xin "If that's an act, I'm a flippin virgin"
Tina "You can sing God Save the Queen in Union Jack underpants. It won't make any difference if Xin's not here"
Mary "When you've traveled alone in foreign lands, you get used to servicing yourself" (How can they get away with this stuff! Brilliant!)
Deirdre to Ken "Are you going to sit there in that chair all day, reading about old crocks? Mind you, it takes one to know one."
Ken about the pottery guy "What a dilettante, what a phony!" (takes one to know one)
Cranky Government guy "I'll not raise a glass to a Constitutional Immaturity"
The paper says that two yobs are about to smash Leanne (Jane Danson) with a baseball bat as they rob the betting shop. But Stella grabs it and pushes one lout to the ground. She is then hailed a heroine by grateful locals, in scenes to air soon after she joins Corrie in June.
Friday, 29 April 2011
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Thursday, 28 April 2011
Stella is strong, feisty and funny, says Michelle and confirms she is going to have to act with a Northern accent. Michelle says she's got a lot of friends already on the Corrie cast and knows Helen Worth but says that she called her Gail in make-up the other day and had to apologise!
Watch Michelle's interview here.
The main story lines will revolve around John Stape's finale and Becky's massive meltdown. Sounds quite interesting, and thankfully it sounds like this week wont be interrupted by any real life similarities, like last years 'siege week'.
There's a wedding tomorrow. I know quite a few are saying "Meh" but I'll be up early to watch some of it. (It's on very early here in Canada!) In the meantime, I thought you might like a look back at last year's "Roy-al" wedding on Coronation Street when Roy and Hayley finally had a legal wedding and celebrated in true Corrie style wherein it didn't run quite as smoothly as hoped.
There's a pictorial blog of the day over here. You can also see coverage of this and other Corrie weddings on our blog here including this lovely photo of Roy and Hayley's cake!
To see more gurnage from Stevie McGurn, have a look here, there's loads. Some good, some bad and some really very funny.
Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Gem chats with Antony Cotton (Sean), Sam Aston (Chesney) and Holly Quin-Akrah (Cheryl) in the Rovers Return and Graeme Hawley talks about his on-screen murder spree as John Stape. Corrie half-sisters Katherine Kelly (Becky) and Paula Lane (Kylie) chat about why Katherine is leaving after five years, how Becky will be written out and her future plans. Samia Smith talks about her 11 years playing Maria and how she feels about the paparazzi attention. Teen couple Sacha Parkinson (Sian) and Brooke Vincent (Sophie) get very excited about Nicki Minaj and life in general.
Listen to it here (but be quick before it goes off line!) The Corrie bit kicks in at around the seven minute mark. There's also a photo gallery from the set here.
The interview is quite good, with Charlie's view on his years on Coronation Street, mostly being great. He says that Simon Gregson puts in a gruelling schedule and he thinks everyone does a bang up job on Corrie but reckons acting as a business is getting a bit too serious for him. He spends a lot of his time with his wife on their farm in Cheshire where he describes life as having a lot less bull**** (I guess he doesn't raise cattle, then!)
He is amused at the Facebook campaign to free Jim McDonald but doesn't think the producers really take that sort of thing seriously.
Will he return as Big Jim someday? Well he quips "Let's not forget we are in Never Never Land and Tracy Barlow suddenly appeared after being found guilty of murder. Bobby Ewing could leap out of that shower, you never know." Will Liz return? He and I have the same opinion on that, I wish Beverley very well. But she's a bit of a homing pigeon so I wouldn't write her off.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
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Tickets are best purchased ahead of time online here or directly from the King's Head and will cost you $15.00 CA. Once again hosted by Joe Leary of Team 1040, the Ping will be held from noon – 2:00 with doors opening at 11:00 for those wishing to arrive early. Preferential seating will be given to those with pre-purchased tickets. There will be some wonderful prizes, game ideas and door prizes that will be given away as well as another trivia contest, so be sure to study up on your Corrie trivia.
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Kate says: "Tracy loves the idea of Steve. Whether she actually loves him is another story, though! She's sure that she can tempt him away from Becky. Tracy plans to be married to Steve within a year - she thinks that she's on the road to success and will play the long game."
Oh, please, no.
Week of Sunday 1st May to Friday 6th May
Note extra episode on Sunday 1st May at 7.30pm
Steve and Tracy grow close in Blackpool, Becky and Steve argue over Tracy, James moves in with the Barlows, Mary’s motorhome goes missing and Xin gets news on her visa.
I've just finished watching tonight's episodes and I have to say, I was more upset watching Anna and Eddie split up than I expected. Watching them, watching Gary's upset and Anna's and Eddie's tears, I could feel a suspicious dampness in my eye region myself and was really sorry to see him ride away in the cab. As sad as I was to see Liz go, I wasn't swallowing hard. That's probably because Bev Callard has been absent more than she'd been on screen over the past year or two and her return and leaving storyline was kind of naff really.
Eddie's leaving storyline was also somewhat abbreviated but it made more sense. He only went along with the adoption for Anna's sake, not really expecting it to happen and got backed into a corner when it did. Because Faye was not an easy child to settle in, he found it overwhelming. He had the chance at a fresh start but Anna wouldn't go with him and that was it. She loves him but not enough to marry him, something he's wanted for awhile but only started asking her after it was too late. She's found the courage to be alone where she never had it before.
It's a very sad breakup because you know they both still love each other but want very different things out of life as they approach middle age. As others have said, Steve Huison turned Eddie from a stereotype ignoramus into an ignormamus we all adore, one with layers and a big heart under all that hair and string vest. We'll all miss him here at Blog Towers and wish Steve the best of luck.
Keep in touch with @SteveHuison on Twitter. If you pass him on the street, remember, he looks like this now.
Monday, 25 April 2011
Previous comments this weekend have mentioned Misery Maria and I have to agree, she seems to portrayed as one of the next generation of sour-pusses. Will she be the Gail of the next decade? Personally I can cope with Fiz at the moment as we are promised that she will be delivered from the millstone of a storyline that has hampered her progress for so long. With her demented hubby out of the way, here's hoping that Fiz emerges from the shadows in a positive way.
The rest of the evening seemed to focus on the unloveable Xin and her "when I'm cleaning windows" routine, Steve and his giant egg plus the return of the chavvy Platts. Welcome home . . .
Written by Jonathan Harvey, directed by John Anderson
Eileen’s cleaning her place from top-to-bottom-bottom-to-top for son Todd’s arrival, not that Rosie noticed. Eileen suggests they have breakfast in the cafe so as not to dirty her tidy home, and Jason reminds her that it’s not as though “The Queen” is coming, the corrects himself on poor word choice. Eileen wants to make a good impression on Todd’s new fella, Jools. Todd arrives with his snobbish new squeeze, Jools who remarks at the tiny stature of the terrace houses on Coronation Street. Toddley begs Jools not to judge him, but Jools says everything will be fine. Todd sees Gail and tells Jools who she is. This somehow sparks a row with Gail saying they’re talking about her behind her back and they should say it to her face. Then, comes Eileen who puts her leg in the spat causing Gail to call Todd a “gay gold-digger” before she retreats from being “outnumbered by weirdos.” What?! Rosie and Jason meet Jools as well for dinner, er, lunch.
At dinner, Jason notices that Jools calls Todd “Toddley” and Todd explains that Jools’ surname is “Creme”, hence “Toddley and Creme” but Rosie didn’t get this. Neither did I, I had to Google it. Eileen’s insulted to hear that Toodley and Jools have checked into a boutique hotel. She tries to insist they stay there, but Jools says he’s got this thing for nice little hotels. Jools insists they to go the “little pub on the corner” but Todd tries to avoid it, saying there’s nicer pubs than the Rovers. Eileen accuses him of being a snob, and Jools says he’s full. At the Rovers, Eileen shows off Jools, her “common-law-son-in-law” to everyone who’ll listen. She introduces Jools to Sally, as Rosie’s mum and Jools makes some tacky joke about Rosie being a character from some dirty film and Gail wonders if she’s going to put up with that. Sally doesn’t seem to care in the least, semi-accusing Gail of being a homophobe. Apparently, according to Gail, Sophie is only going through a “phase of funny” whereas, Toddley is full on funny. Toddley is embarrassed by his mum having a few in the Rovers and is being a complete snob. Even Jools thinks he’s being a snob. Eileen drunkenly drops her glass and Todd has had enough and gets up to leave.
Back at home, Eileen finds Toddley in the kitchen and accuses him of being a snob and all he does is turn down his nose at her. She says that he’s changed, or that he’s acting up for Jools. She reminds him that she’s his mother and he’s treating her like something he’s trod in. He says his life’s changed, but Eileen says hers hadn’t. Todd says he wants Jools to like him and is afraid his mum is embarrassing him. The next morning, Toddley wants to leave ASAP without saying goodbye, and Jason gives him an earful. Jools isn’t happy to see this side of Toddley and insists that they’re staying until Todd works things out. Todd returns inside and tells his mum he’s sorry. He says that he loves Jools and was worried at what he’d think. It seems that Jools really loves Eileen and Weatherfield, even though he’s rich and has chilli-infused olive oil. Eileen thinks that she failed Todd and Jason, but Todd says he always felt loved. He promises to call his mum at least once a week, since it was he who failed.
Sean’s got what has to be the largest stuffed bear (who will be known simply by the title of “The Bear” for the rest of this review) en-route to London to visit his son, Dylan. He makes his way to Violet’s hoping she’s in. He didn’t say he was coming? Violet looks shocked to see Sean and The Bear. Violet looks exactly the same, except for some new fringe, and she also looks just as worried as when we last saw her. She tells Sean that he better come in. When he does, he meets an equally rude Jamie Baldwin. It appears that Jamie and Violet are breaking up since Violet allegedly cheated on her with some gardener, er, tree surgeon. How random? Somehow, their spat turns ugly on Sean for no good reason. What did Sean every do to anyone? Sean says he’ll take Dylan out for a bit while they settle their rift.
Sean enters the kitchen looking for Dylan, and is shocked to find Dylan in there with Marcus. Sean must be thinking this is all a strange dream at this point. I’m certainly wondering if it is. Marcus explains that he’s been mates with Jamie and Violet for ages – really?! Sean invites him on a walk with Dylan and he accepts. Sean, Dylan and Marcus tour around London to the tune of “London is Calling.” Their tour of London involves seeing London’s tourist attractions, street performers, buying William & Kate flags, taking a series of awesome photos, and eating as much ice cream as possible in a day. The day was lovely, albeit a bit overcast, but it has been every time I’ve ever visited London in the spring!
The boys return home, but Sean sees Jamie rush off into a cab before they arrive. They ask Violet what happened, and she says that Jamie is gone for good but is coming back to get his stuff and to say goodbye to Dylan. Oh, another child on Corrie who has to say goodbye to a parent/kind of parent. Violet says she’s been bottling in how unhappy she’s been for so long as Sean comforts her. When Sean suggest that he could take Dylan up North for a few days to give her some breathing room, she accuses Sean of stealing her son and turns on him like a rabid dog. Sean tries to remind her of how good friends they used to be, but she says she’s changed. And indeed, she has. She accuses him of being so gay that she doesn’t want her son around it, and Sean is so insulted that he leaves. But not before Violet tells Sean to take “The Bear” with him, since it’ll give Dylan nightmares.
Later, Marcus, Sean and The Bear sit on a park bench overlooking London’s city-line. Sean thanks Marcus for trying to cheer him up. Marcus admits that he lost his job and it’s been Sean cheering him up. Sean gives The Bear to Marcus as a consolation prize. Both Sean and Marcus tell each other how they’ve not had any romance in their lives for a very long time. Sean says he just wishes somebody would for once do a big romantic gesture. Sean gets back to his hotel but not before Marcus challenges him to a run down the hill to the tube, leaving Mr. Bear behind on the bench to enjoy the rest of London’s night-time views.
Sean boards his coach, but little does he know, Marcus was running after him with a bouquet of roses. Marcus ran out of time, and the coach went off without even a glace from Sean as Marcus was left holding that big-romantic-gesture in his hands as Sean and the coach motored off. Will this be the last we see of Marcus? I hope not.
- Marcus is back! I loved him and he’s so cute, I hope we see more!
- “The room’s lost weight and stuff.” – Rosie, after Eileen has tidied.
- “Todd’s coming from London, and Sean’s on his way to London. Imagine they crossed each other’s paths on the motor coach, I mean how FREAKY is that?” – Rosie Webster. Rosie is thicker than her makeup!!!
- Little Dylan was cute as a peach!
- Rosie somehow being the comedic upside (and positive note, besides little Dylan) to this entire episode!
- As if Violet was SO rude to Sean like that? They were really good friends once, she seems to forget that. Didn’t miss her much, I’ll tell ya that. Also, what a rude welcoming to Sean when he arrived at their place. Jamie didn’t even say “hi.”
- That Toddley is SO snobby and annoying!
- I didn’t particularly care for a lot of this episode. I know it was a special, but it just didn’t seem very “Corrie” to me. I don’t see the point in Gail and Eileen spatting back and forth anymore, it seems rather unprovoked. Also, was it just me, or was everyone’s acting particularly rubbish in this episode?!
- Ew, I don’t blame Jools for scoffing at Eileen’s tuna-casserole. It did NOT look very appetizing.
With thanks to the lovely costume lady at Corrie, we can confirm that Xin's wedding dress is the Anoushka G Dorena ruffle detail wedding dress which was bought at House of Fraser.
Cost? £395.00 which would leave you £5 change from £400 so you can buy a ticket for the Weatherfield Wayfarer to do a runner when the Home Office want to speak to you.
The dress is online here.
Dressed to the nines, Tracy is shot down by Stella, who tells her: “I’m sorry, Tracy, but you’ll have to change that dress before you come bar-side.[> We don’t want customers thinking they’ve walked into a brothel, do we?” [>
On the first picture you can see that Steve Huison is well chuffed to see me!
Once I'd softened him up with a bit of gin he was a lot friendlier and even told everyone that he'd be playing me in a one wo(man) play next year!
He had a haircut by that Jamie Stevens - a lovely lovely fella AND celebrity hairdresser of the year - and I must say, Jamie did a belting job that takes years off my Steve.
If any of you like that Loose Women, Steve's on that later today an' all (at 11:15) and he'll be talking more about his favourite switchboard operator, his charity dolls and stuff like that.
So there you have it loveys, me in a play, it's the most belting news I've had since I found out Bernice had a big win on the bingo!
I'll let you know how it's all going while we're doing it and I'll be writing me 'Cream Horns' an' all so you'll not be getting rid of me! Sorry that this bloggy post looks rubbish loveys but I'm not very good on the into-net! Hopefully the lass that runs this bloggy will wave her magic bloggy wand and make it look better!
Sunday, 24 April 2011
I especially loved the London montage, as I worried that it would end up focusing too much on scenes in each location, but the montage did the trick.
These episodes left the doors wide open to quite a few returns, but seemed to close a door on Jamie Baldwin's future in the show. Corrie should definitely do more episodes like this, it makes the show and Weatherfield seem a little more realistic
Flip Flop Award: Gold Star: Kevin for letting Rosie mind the baby she forgot and got mixed up; and for giving Sally all his money even though he didn't have to. Trying to buy her love but it's too late.
Impatience award: Gold Star: Anna wants it to be happy families for Faye. Now every little thing Eddie does annoys her 5x more than it used to.
Silver Star: John is in too much of a hurry to get off his meds and back to work. He's only been out of hospital 5 minutes. It's no wonder he went off the rails so soon.
Yes he *could* sink lower award: Muck raking star: Kevin had no right to be upset his solicitor used Sally's affair in the hearing. He had to have heard it from Kevin first after all.
Fashion award: I loved Anna's "Wishes come true" tshirt!
Stylista award: Eddie's plaits!!
All better award: Gold Star: Peter was using a crutch last time we saw him and now he's not even limping!
Blown out of the water award: Gold Star: Just when Frank was going to sign the partnership deal, Maria has him arrested but it doesn't stick. I kind of thought that would happen.
Incapable Award: Gold Star: Gail "Capability" McIntyre? Really?
Silver Star: John couldn't handle the stress and he's gone right off the rails again.
Lines of the week:
Hayley "You must be shattered" Sylvia "Why? I sat on the bus, I didn't push it"
Tyrone "Meat and potato pie" Sylvia "Yes, you don't look the salad type. Sit!"
Sylvia "I can't rattle around in this bone shaker another minute. You're like Eddie the Eagle!" Hayley "He was a skier not a driver" Sylvia "Precisely!" (HA!)
Sally "...unless he's (Kevin) gone home, filled the bath with cash and got in for a wallow" Gail "I got a bottle of white in the fridge?" Sally "Shall we get a scratch card on the way?" :)
Roy about his mother "Rude is her default setting"
Sylvia again: "Excessive displays of emotion make me nauseous" (And that explains Roy in a nutshell)
Gail "People tell me things, I've got that sort of face" (there's really nothing I can add to that)
It might have been background music in the bistro but it sounded like Church music!
Did Maria overreact? Was she justified in going to the police? Should Carla take on any of the blame for this situation? Yes, Yes and Yes, I think.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
Over 200 fans voted and the results came in as follows in response to the question:
How will Michelle Collins fit into Corrie?
Let's wait and see - 52%
She'll have a terrible accent - 29%
She'll be great - 17%
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