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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Spoiler Alert! - Corrie Blog speaks to Mollie Gallagher (Nina Lucas) About This Week's Hate Crime Drama



Tonight, Coronation Street tackles a hideous hate crime when Nina and Seb are involved in a brutal and life-changing gang attack. In a storyline that's reputedly to last the remainder of the year, the attack is primarily aimed at Nina Lucas’ goth persona but has far-reaching and dramatic consequences for the residents of Coronation Street. Several characters are going to be drawn into the fall-out and issues raised are sure to get the country talking. At the centre of the story is Roy’s niece, Nina Lucas. Over the past few weeks, we've seen a sweet romance grow for her and Seb, with Roy offering his guidance and thoughts. Will the attack change all of that?


I joined Coronation Street online to chat to Mollie Gallagher (MG) about Nina, her growing fanbase and working with the iconic David Neilson


Q How did you feel when you heard about this storyline, and how you felt about Seb and Nina being attacked for the way Nina looked? 


MG I immediately found it awful but this stuff happens so it's an important story to tell. A real privilege to be given such a story and feeling nervous about doing it justice. I’ve put my all into it!



Q Did you feel a sense of responsibility when working with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, in telling the story? 


MG  Yes. It’s something so important and I wanted this story to be an accurate representation, as was possible, so I did the research! 


Q What makes Nina tick as a character?


MG  I was pleased that Nina was accepted by the audience. At this stage of her life, she has finally accepted who she is. We had the recent speech about how she became to be, and that's how I went into this story. She’s a lovely character with a big heart and did not wonder why she wouldn't be accepted. We can see different sides to Nina, which I love



Q In the build-up to the attack, everything seems to be going well for Seb and Nina, which makes the attack an awful occurrence, doesn't it? 


MG  Yes. I think one of the first scenes that I and Harry (Visinoni, Seb Franklin) had, a long-time ago before they were paired, Seb came into Roy’s Rolls and sarcastically complained about waiting around for an order. They had a spark at that point, but maybe just as potential friends. It was just a passing thing until they shared scenes about the building site outside the cafe, and Nina liked his charm and humour - they connected


Q You did rehearsals with Harry over facetime before the attack. Was that important to you? 


MG Yes, we did loads of scenes on facetime and because of the fast-paced love between them. I’d not met Harry that much before so we FaceTimed scenes and it worked very naturally. We put a lot of effort in, so yes it was important



Q Do you enjoy Nina’s look, and how much input do you have into it? 


MG  I love Nina’s look, I love it so much! Every day coming into work I get excited. Making costumes is a massive thing for Nina, and before Covid, the make-up artists created a big look for her character


Q How did you learn to do Nina’s make-up during Covid restrictions?


MG Well I'm not very good at doing make-up and we had to do our own during Covid. I’d come in earlier than I needed to, to make sure I was on it and not have an eye-lash go out of place! Costumes are good at finding the right stuff, and if I ever came across anything, they would be suggestive of my ideas. 


Q How would you describe your look, growing up. Have you ever had an alternative style yourself?


MG Well, I've always worn what I like. It depends on what environment you are in, in reality. You can blend in or not, it just depends really. I don't know, I just wear what I like which I think is the message of the story. I was grateful for the authenticity that comes with playing Nina. It is the perfect role for me, I couldn't write it and would have dreamed of this part had I seen her on Corrie before. 


Q You must be proud of playing Nina and her part in this upcoming storyline? 


MG Part of it is about being who you are and expressing yourself freely. That's always been a big thing for me and I'm so grateful to be doing a storyline like this!  



Q How does Nina feel when she’s confronted with Corey’s gang? Is it just the name-calling or is it the slap that escalates the drama? 


MG She’s had name-calling before and is used to that. However, Kelly is egged on and then the slap happens. Nina then realises that this could escalate - you could feel the panic when filming the scenes. It was something about the day, we were in a big group and hadn't filmed like that for a long time, it was really good


Q What was it like being filmed in a hospital bed and having that awful make-up applied? 


MG As soon as the make-up came on, I just wanted to cry. It was so realistic and I remember thinking wow! And it helped seeing myself in that way, for the upcoming scenes



Q What is it like working with David (Neilson, Roy Cropper) at the hospital bedside? 


MG  I remember it, it seemed so real, just being sat there and living it in my head. I was thinking about Nina and Roy and how much they've been through. They are family now so both have somebody. Working with David is amazing! and he's taught me a lot.


Q Does Nina blame herself for the attack and does this change her appearance? 


MG Yes she does. With Corrie, the viewers have watched Nina grow and people like her - she is who she is. I think it helps that she’s a strong character with an individual's identity. She changes and It goes to show how much she would be affected by the attack, which then affects her strong identity. It feels so real - it's awful!


As a fan of Corrie, counterculture, and all things alternative, Nina is by far one of my favourite new characters that the show has introduced in recent years. The fall-out of the attack promises to be harrowing, heartbreaking even and proposes some possible life changes for Nina. I can only imagine the brilliant Roy Cropper scenes and his life-affirming quotes, that have yet to come. 


@rybazoxo 







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Corrie Hate Crime! Interview with Corrie Producer Iain McCleod and The Sophie Lancaster Foundation


Tonight sees Coronation Street tackle a hideous hate crime when Nina and Seb are involved in a brutal and life-changing gang attack. In a storyline that's reputedly to last the remainder of the year, Corrie has worked with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in researching and writing the story. The attack is primarily aimed at Nina Lucas’ goth persona mirroring the real-life attack and death of Sophie Lancaster, in Lancashire, in 2007.


As press day’s go, this one has a more serious and sombre air to it, but still, it’s always a pleasure to be invited to such prestigious online Corrie press events. Turning on my zoom (for some reason I opened it twice, so had double audio for a while) I joined Coronation Street online for this Hate Crime conference call in trepidation of how this storyline will pan out. 


Starting with the show’s Executive Producer Iain McCleod, and Sylvia Lancaster (Sophie’s Mum and foundation founder) we spoke about the preparation and research that goes into such a storyline such as this. 


Q - How did this storyline come about?


IM - A couple of years ago, the idea was floating around the writer's room and it felt like a story that needed to be told. It is something that sits very well within the soap genre and although we don't set out to change the world, we can be agenda-setting. I felt that the message of the story around tolerance and inclusion was incredibly pressing, more now than ever. We knew, even as far back as the introduction of Nina’s character, that this was the angle that the story was going to take



Q Was it important to have Nina's character embedded into the street, before producing this storyline? 


IM- Absolutely. I think when Nina’s character was introduced she was a bit unusually presented and maybe people saw that as a barrier to liking her. You may remember that when she first came in, we did play some casual intolerance in the cafe, we were quite keen that we would play the reality of people seeing her without knowing her, and then realising that in fact, she’s just like any other teenager. We took our time in peeling away the layers of the character and then introducing the relationship with Seb. It was clear then that this was the right time to move forward with the next chapter of this story 



Q Was it deliberate to attach that character to Roy. In the sense that Roy has had all sorts of waifs and strays in his life before, but Nina is family?


IM - We wanted to make it to someone connected to Roy, as his relationship with Hayley exposed him to prejudice and intolerance. We felt like he was someone with the right level of life experience to be a moral guardian to Nina through this romantic phase of the story and then the difficult phase that's to come. Nina is Roy’s one remaining family member -that we know of - so we used that as a good stepping-stone to tell this story 


Q- How important was it to work with Slyvia Lancaster in the development of this storyline? 


IM - Incredibly important and not least to ensure that we had some authenticity in Nina’s presentation that was right and in the fall-out that follows. We know the foundation does some amazing work and wants to change society's view of intolerance. It enabled us to not only tell a really good story, but to maybe change people’s preconceptions about the alternative culture, and how society deals with different cultures. It’s also important to look at how society prosecutes those kinds of crimes too. I hope what we put on screen does justice to the foundation. It's the human being that matters, not what they look like!


Sophie Lancaster (image via @sophie_charity)

Remembering this real-life heinous crime with such clarity, I was very honoured to listen to Sophie Lancaster’s Mum talk about Sophie, the work the charity does, and the fact she was a big Corrie fan too!


Q - How did you feel when you were first asked by Coronation Street to help with this storyline? 


SL - As you can imagine, getting the email from Coronation Street asking to work with them was a surprise. The experience has been very professional, very well looked after, and they have been very sensitive to the issues involved. We knew they would do it sensitively and do a good job



Q - You were also involved with the development of Nina’s character in the early days. How do you feel about how the character has progressed and the fan base she now has? 


SL - People have taken Nina to their hearts, looking behind the image and seeing the person - it's a massive part of the work that we do


Q - You used to watch Coronation Street with Sophie, and she had a favourite character. Can you tell us more about that? 


SL - It was years ago, they had a character called ‘Spider’ who was an eco-warrior type and I can see him as visibly as anything with a combat jacket and a beanie hat. Sophie loved him, everything he stood for, and who he represented


Q - How do you think Sophie would feel now, having the charity work with Coronation Street in her name?


SL- She would be astonished I think and very proud of that. 


Read all about Sophie's story via the Sophie Lancaster Foundation


Follow on Twitter @sophie_charity 


Still to come from our latest press day is our chat with the lovely Mollie Gallagher (Nina), Harry Visinoni (Seb Franklin) Sally Carman (Abi Franklin) and the finale being a rare interview with street icon David Neilson (Roy Cropper). The latter article is being written by fellow Corrie blogger @stewiedawson who I had a chat with yesterday, post-interview. Quite frankly, he delivered such eloquent enthusiasm over all things, Roy Cropper, that I had to pass the baton on - and I can't wait to read it. You're in for a right treat there! 


@rybazoxo 







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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 5 May


Wednesday 5th May 2021

SEB AND NINA FACE A BARRAGE OF HATE It’s the day of the Hen and Stag parties, Sally has arranged dinner at the bistro for the hens whilst Kevin’s stags are heading for Speed Daal. Seb is delighted when his mum asks him to give her away and presents her with the necklace. In the bistro Abi tells her friends that she has never felt so happy.

Over at the flat Corey tells Asha he is going out again and heads out to meet his mate Eli who pulls up in a stolen car, desperate not to let him down Asha jumps in the car along with Kelly and Summer. Stopping at some wasteland they get out the beer and turn up the music. Asha and Summer are horrified to discover the car is stolen and as Kelly berates them Corey joins in. Devastated Asha heads home, meeting Amy on her way back to the street. 

A loved up Nina and Seb are walking along the canal when they come across the gang. When drunken Eli and Corey start making nasty jibes at Nina, Summer becomes uneasy and heads home. Egged on by Eli, Kelly slaps Nina across the face. As Seb and Nina hurry away, the gang gives chase and they find themselves subject to an unprovoked and vicious attack.

Wednesday 5th May 2021

ABI AND ROY FACE THE WORST NEWS The stags and hens continue their celebrations oblivious to what has gone on until the police arrive on the street to break the devastating news that Nina and Seb have been attacked. In the hospital, the nurse explains to Roy how Nina sustained several blows to her head and is currently undergoing an operation. As a horrified Abi takes in the extent of Seb’s injuries, the doctor assures her they’re doing everything they can and they’re hopeful he’ll make a full recovery. 

THE GANG CLOSE RANKS Kelly returns home and does her best to mask her terror. Realising she’s drunk, Imran and Toyah tear a strip off her and order her to knuckle down. Asha returns home from Amy’s to find Corey already there. Corey lies, making out he’s been home ages and was worried about her. Aadi calls at Asha and Corey’s flat and tells them how somebody beat up Seb and Nina and they’re now in hospital.  Asha reels whilst Corey acts shocked.

Glenda Young
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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, May 10 - 14

Here are the major storylines for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Monday 10 May to Friday 14 May


Asha struggles to do the right thing, the net closes in on Kelly, Imran is thwarted by a surprise visitor, Ken steps up for Abi, Summer hides her guilt, Abi finds someone to blame, Roy lashes out and Ronnie resolves to put things right.

See the full week's preview with pictures at Corrie.net

Note: If you still see last week's previews when you click through to Corrie.net, please refresh your browser.

Glenda Young
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