Monday, 29 May 2017

Vote for Corrie! TV Choice Awards 2017



A reminder that if you haven't voted yet in the TV Choice Awards, they're still open for voting!

Coronation Street is nominated in the following categories:

Best Soap Actor: 
Chris Gascoyne (Peter Barlow)
Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald)
Jack P Shepherd (David Platt)

Best Soap Actress:
Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt)
Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor)
Tina O'Brien (Sarah Platt)

Best Soap Newcomer:
Julia Goulding (Shona Ramsey)
Rob Mallard (Daniel Osborne)
Harry Visinoni (Seb Franklin)

And of course... Best Soap

Vote here in the TV Choice Awards 2017


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Don't miss The British Soap Awards this weekend


A reminder not to miss The British Soap Awards 2017. It'll be on ITV this coming Saturday 3 June at 8pm. And for the first time ever, it'll be shown live on TV. It will take place at the Lowry Theatre in Salford.

As it's a live show, we'll be live tweeting, instagramming and blogging the winners as they are revealed (where they're from Corrie of course!) You can follow us on twitter @CoroStreetBlog and Instagram @CoroStreetBlog

It should be a fun evening and I'm looking forward to blogging the red-carpet arrivals and all the winners and gossip from the night.
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When Sally slapped Natalie - again!

Last week on Coronation Street when Gina was confessing to Sally that she suffers from a bipolar disorder and thought she had sent Sally the pig's heart in the box, the name of Natalie Barnes was mentioned.   Natalie married Des Barnes and before that was known as Natalie Horrocks.

Now then, it's been a long time since Natalie was on the cobbles. You'll remember that she stole Kev from Sally while Sally was away looking after her ill mum in Scarborough.  When Sally found out about Kev's affair with Natalie Horrocks (or Nastily Horrid as we used to call her) she gave her what-for on the Street.

And yesterday in the Great Manchester Run, Sally Dynevor recreated that classic slap scene with Denise Welch, who played Natalie in Corrie.  Denise Welch posted the pics above to twitter, saying:
"20 years and she's still not over it!"

I reckon that Sally slapping Natalie was one of Coronation Street's best ever slaps!  Watch it below:



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Martyn Hett draws in the crowds as we celebrate the 'Iconic' Corrie fan

I made the journey to the vigil for Martyn Hett on Sunday to pay my respects and show my support to his family and friends. I didn’t know Martyn as well as a lot of you, but he was, in my eyes, the head of the Corrie fandom and I was distraught when I found out he’d died in the Manchester blast. It took a while for it to sink in that we’d never be able to see more of his silliness on YouTube, laugh at his hilarious and sarcastic Tweets, follow what amazing things he was doing next in life or bump into him and his entourage on Canal Street in Manchester. It was even more tragic that Martin was due to travel to the US in the week he died, I’m sure he’d have taken America by storm. In fact I know he would have.

  

As I approached Heaton Moor Park, just North of Manchester City centre, I heard a roar of laughter. And it really was a roar. There were SO MANY people at the vigil. I walked in through the gates into the crowd and joined the celebration of Martyn’s life.

On stage at the front of the park were Martyn’s closest family and friends. I felt a lump in my throat as I stood in awe of their bravery. They told stories, joked about things Martyn used to say and do, how his ex-boyfriend had to pursue him for some time before Martyn finally agreed to start a relationship, and how a friend once told Martyn they were in going through a rough time so he travelled hundreds of miles to cheer them up, but they never actually talked about the problem, they just went out and had fun. That was Martyn’s way so that was generally the mood of the vigil.




But it was also sombre at times, small groups of friends huddled and cuddled, especially when a local choir started to belt out emotive classics like Man in the Mirror. I had my trusty sunglasses to hide my tears, as I'd done they day before when arriving in Manchester to the strangest atmosphere. It was like Mancunians were determined not to let recent events keep them down. But once the floodgates open, it's hard not to sob a little and try to find a way understand recent events. That was the case too at Martyn's vigil.

Cast and crew of Coronation Street were at the vigil too. In the week following Martyn’s death they’d referred to Martyn as ‘a friend of the show’. And he was. Jennie McAlpine, writer Furquan Akhtar, Dolly-Rose Campbell, Shobna Gulati and exec producer Kate Oates were all present, among others to show their respects. They held up the letters 'ICONIC' as people listened to the choir and began to light candles as the sun set over South Manchester.



Martyn's step father ended the family's speeches with these words, which I think help encourage us all to live life to the fullest like Martyn did: 'I see Martyn as a comet hurtling through the universe. At some point that comet had to crash, but we can now all pick up a little piece of that comet and take it away with us. We can all BE MORE MARTYN'.

I will.



@StevieDawson 


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Devastation Street: More pics emerge of old Corrie set


With thanks to Paul at @CorrieArt for alerting us to these pictures showing the total devastation of the old Coronation Street set.

See that pile of rubble above? It used to be the exterior to Roy's Rolls.

There are hundreds more of these kind of pictures at the HiveMind website. I'm not sure who takes the pics and posts them but it makes my blood boil that there are historic Coronation Street artefacts being smashed into bits and thrown in the bin. Fans would have bought them. Fans would have donated to charity to buy them.

However, I have been assured that the cobbles have been taken up and are all safe.
You can find out where they are.


If you can bear to look, you can see all the pictures here.

I'm still furious with Allied London and the Granada Wrap Party who offered us competition prizes and then reneged on their promise. I am out of pocket as I reimbursed the two competition winners from my own money.  Despite contacting all involved, I have still not received a response.

Horrible pictures for a horrible end to a major part of the world's longest running drama serial.

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Corrie stars among thousands at Martyn Hett's vigil


Yesterday evening, a vigil was held for Martyn Hett, the Coronation Street fan who was among those killed in the Manchester bomb attack last week.  The vigil was attended by thousands of people. It's impossible to put it into words, and so I'll let these pictures do the talking. 


The above picture is from , who plays Gemma Winter in Coronation Street. 
Dolly-Rose holds the letter N in the image above. Holding the letter O between them are Corrie producer Kate Oates and Gilly Walsh, who worked for many years as Corrie make-up artist. She is now working at Hollyoaks.



This is the image which Martyn's brother Dan posted to twitter: 
  
"here is what my family can see right now".


Our blogger Stevie Dawson took the picture above and the one below.  
  Unbelievable turnout for



The following twitter pictures are from   who worked for many years as a storyliner at Coronation Street. 



A rainbow even appeared...



And Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, posted this picture to twitter:     Honoured to be at his fabulous feet. Beautiful night of celebrating a life lived to the full ❤🐝🌈


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