Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Coronation Street Blog achievements of 2016

Here are our achievements for 2016!

Have a look here at Coronation Street Blog's best bits from 2015, 20142013 and 2012.

Want to know more about who we are and what we do? Read all about the Coronation Street Blog

December 2016
  • We run a competition in conjunction with Annies Manchester to win afternoon tea for two in 2017.
  • We launched Coronation Street Blog - The Book! Read it here. 
  • Competition to win a copy of Coronation Street Blog - the Book!
  • Blog editor Glenda invited to the press night of Sleeping Beauty pantomime in which Vicky Entwistle (Janice Battersby) starred. Read the review here.
  • Our blogger Ruth was invited to ITV Coronation Street in Manchester to interview Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby. Read it here.
  • Our blogger Ruth was invited to ITV Coronation Street in Manchester to interview Jane Danson, who plays Leanne Battersby. Read it here.
  • Our blogger Ruth was invited to ITV Coronation Street in Manchester to interview Lucy Fallon, who plays Bethany Platt. Read it here.  
November 2016
  • Our blogger Ruth was invited to ITV Coronation Street in Manchester to interview Rhea Bailey, who plays Caz Hammond. Read it here 
  • Competition to win a set of Coronation Street coasters.
  • Competition to win copies of the Inside Soap Yearbook 2017
  • Our blogger Ruth was invited to ITV Coronation Street in Manchester to interview Samia Longchambon who plays Maria Connor. Read it here 
  • Our blogger Ruth was invited to ITV Coronation Street in Manchester to interview Shayne Ward, who plays Aidan Connor. Read it here
  • Blog editor Glenda was invited to the press night to see Hayley Tamaddon, who played Andrea in Coronation Street, star in Chicago The Musical at Sunderland Empire. Read the review here.
  • Competition to win two copies of Cath Tyldesley's new CD, Rise 
October 2016
  • We donated to Dementia UK in exchange for a celebrity blog post from actress Lorelei King. Read it here.
  • Our blogger Emma was invited to ITV Coronation Street in Manchester to interview the following cast members:
    ...Chris Gascoyne - read it here
    ...Jack P Shepherd, Ben Price and Helen Worth - read it here.
    ...William Roache - read it here.
    ...Sam Robertson - read it here
    ...Rob Mallard - read it here
    ...Corrie producer Kate Oates - read it here.
  • Our blogger Ruth attended the press night of Be My Baby, the play starring Corrie's Brooke Vincent. Read the review here.
  • Competition to win three copies of the Coronation Street colouring book. Read it here.    
September 2016
  • Competition to win two tickets to Corrie writer Debbie Oates' new play. Read it here.
  • Competition to win two copies of Corrie writer Jonathan Harvey's new novel. Read it here.
  • Exclusive interview with Irene Estry, who was the body double for Alma Baldwin in Corrie. Read it here.
  • Exclusive interview with Judy Matheson, who played the role of a nurse in Coronation Street's first colour episode from 1969. Read it here. 
August 2016
  • We were invited to the opening of the new Corrie on Tour exhibition in Glasgow. Read our review here.
  • Blog editor Glenda was interviewed live on BBC Tees talking about the new Coronation Street colouring book. The interview lasted one hour and she chose 5 of her favourite songs to play. Available online to listen to here after the 2 hour mark - for 30 days from August 15 2016.
  • We ran a competition to win a copy of Soft Lad, the film starring Daniel Brocklebank. See it here.
  • Blog Editor Glenda has worked with ITV to create the Coronation Street colouring book. It'll be in the shops on September 22nd. Pre-order here.
July 2016
  • Bloggers Emma and Glenda were invited to the Coronation Street press day to interview new producer Kate Oates.  Read it here.
    At the event, they also met and interviewed Ben Price and Jane Danson (Nick and Leanne). Read it here
    Emma also interviewed Cath Tydlesley (Eva Price) read it here.
    Glenda interviewed Shayne Ward (Aidan Connor) read it here.
  • Emma  interviewed Kym Marsh and Simon Gregson (Michelle and Steve). Read it here.
  • Blogger Ruth was interviewed on Manchester radio station Key103FM talking about Kylie Platt's funeral. Unfortunately, the interview's not online to link to.
May 2016
  • Competition to win two sets of tickets to see Steven Arnold (Ashley Peacock) on stage in new Charlie Chaplin musical. Read it here.
  • Our blogger Ruth interviewed Tina O'Brien. Read it here.
  • Our blogger Emma interviewed Jack P Shepherd and Paula Lane. Read it here!
  • Blog editor Glenda was interviewed by BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire as part of their mystery year quiz of 1983. This was the year in which the love triangle of Ken-Deirdre-Mike took place.
  • Our blogger Emma interviewed Alison King (Carla Connor). Read it here.
  • Our blogger Ruth interviewed Ben Price (Nick Tilsley). Read it here
  • Our blogger Emma interviewed Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow). Read it here.
  • Our blogger Ruth interviewed Tristan Gemmill (Robert Preston). Read it here.
  • Our bloggers Ruth and Emma are invited to ITV for an exclusive press screening of Carla's wedding and Callum's body being found. Read it here.
  • Blog editor Glenda Young releases a new unofficial Corrie fan book The Little Book of Carla Connor.  Find out more here.
April 2016
  • Blog editor Glenda releases a Coronation Street companion book Norman Bates with a Briefcase, the story of Richard Hillman's reign of terror in Coronation Street. She is interviewed on BBC Radio Newcastle about the new paperback book. Read about it here.
  • Our bloggers Emma and Graeme represent the Coronation Street Blog at the UK Blog Awards in London. We were a finalist in two categories - Arts & Culture and Most Innovative. Read about it here from Graeme and here from Emma.
  • Our blogger Ruth gave a talk at Sheffield Manor Library on Coronation Street's Strong Women and Feckless Men. Read it here.
  • We broke the news that Coronation Street is no longer available to watch in the USA.
  • Our blogger Emma was invited to ITV to interview Tina O'Brien (Sarah Platt). Read it here.
  • Our blogger Llifon polled readers of the Blog to vote for their favourite all-time Coronation Street woman.  The top 25 are listed here.
  • Our blogger Jordan was invited to the press night of Iris, a play starring Katy Cavanagh. Read it here.
March 2016
  • Our blogger Emma was invited to ITV to interview Samia Ghadie (Maria Connor). Read it here.
  • Our blogger Emma was invited to ITV to interview Leon Ockenden (Will). Read it here.
  • Coronation Street creator Tony Warren sadly passed away on March 1, 2016. Blog editor Glenda was invited to talk to BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio Tees about the wonderful legacy which Tony Warren leaves behind. 
February 2016
  • Our blogger Stevie Dawson went along to the press night of Endgame at Home Manchester. The play starred Corrie favourites David Neilson (Roy Cropper) and Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow). Read Stevie's review here.
  • We ran a competition to win the new novel by an ex-Corrie writer, director and producer John Finch. Read it here.
  • We donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charity charity in exchange for a VIP blog post from actor Dave Dutton. Read it here.
  • We ran a competition to win three Coronation Street jigsaws. Read it here.
January 2016
  • We are nominated in the UK Blog Awards 2016. Read it here - And thanks to our readers we are shortlisted  in both categories we entered. Read it here
  • We ran a competition to win some official Coronation Street merchandise in the form of Sean Tully notebooks. Read it here.
  • We ran a competition to win a copy of the new Betty Driver CD. Read it here.
  • We ran a competition to win two signed copies of Shayne Ward's CD Closer. Read it here
  • We donated to the Christie Hospital in Manchester in exchange for a VIP Blog post from BBC6 Music presenter Chris Hawkins.  Read it here.
  • An article in the Manchester Evening News praises our website as "a place of worship for disciples of the cobbles"  Read it here.  
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    Kristine said...

    Congratulations on these well deserved achievements. Love this site, appreciate your hard work and am grateful to have a place to come almost every day in order to keep in touch with Corrie news, reviews, viewpoints, fans and fun. Thank you!

    Flaming Nora said...

    Thankyou for your lovely words!

    Anonymous said...

    I think it is safe to say that most viewers would no longer watch the actual episodes if we didn't have this wonderfully written, insightful blog page to come to and vent our frustrations. I, myself, have stated many times that I actually enjoy the blog page more than the episodes. So thank you bloggers for all your hardwork and dedication and joie de vivre. A million thanks.

    Zagg said...

    Well, I am not sure I agree that most viewers would not watch, because thankfully there are millions that do or it would be canceled. But it is certainly fun to come here and read the blogs and comments. It is a lot of hard work to keep up a site and it is really appreciated.

    abbyk said...

    Read you every morning with my first coffee. My mother doesn't get to talk to me during first coffee. The phone doesn't get answered during first coffee. But you get read. First. I ❤ this blog. Thanks for all you do every day.

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