Monday, 21 October 2019

Coronation Street Episode Monday 21st October

We start with a horrified looking Peanut witnessing Beth, Craig, Tracy and Ken "singing" the Slade classic for an early Christmas on the cobbles. Daniel tells Kirk to turn off the snow machine and they can't have Yuletide in case in tires his wife, but Sinead hobbles out onto the cobbles, delighted, and Grinchaniel un-cancels Christmas.

Hasn't this been done before? When Hope had cancer (presumably she was given the special chemotherapy that had the side effect of pyromania), Fiz and Ty launched their Give Hope the Best Christmas Ever campaign, leaving them broke and Ty collecting old metal in the garden. Are they still broke? Do they still have the scrap? To be filed under Storylines That Floundered By The Wayside.

Bethany offers to do Sinead's make-up but won't stay for lunch and Daniel tells people to leave before dessert (I guess he wants to keep all of the 50ps hidden in the pudding). Sinead and Daniel argue (well, it is Christmas after all) and Daniel leaves the flat and runs straight into - guess, go on go on go on - Bethany. After some crying and shouting, they embrace, then kiss, and are found by Ken, who tells Daniel that he should at least get a canal boat get back to his dying wife. Oh, Danny boy!

We are currently seeing the culmination of leaving stories:-Sinead's only got a few days left, Bethany's obviously going to leave because she feels so bad for loving Daniel (to Milan I’d wager) and Shona's going to get so Platt-ed off, that she'll just quit and run away, before returning, tail 'twixt legs, nine-to-twelve months later. 

It's not an early Christmas at the prison as David contemplates killing Josh. David's cellmate, Abe, predicts a riot - as David puts it, i thought riots were more spontaneous affairs, As the Barlow-Tinker-Osbrone clan settle down for turkey 'n' trimmings, a lot of extras run around causing trouble, setting things on fire and throwing chairs. Dave hands the stolen scissors over to Abe, but he brings Josh to the cell instead and throws him down for David to deal with. David says he can't kill Josh but he could watch whilst someone else does it. Enter Tez, who beats up Josh again but David pulls him away and they end up locked in a room. "I don't want you to die, I want you to live this every day, being beaten up, I want you to suffer," says David. Never thought he would be an anti-death penalty advocate. Then again, Josh admits what he did but tells David he's going to get off, he will do it again and there's nothing David can do about it. But it's when he threatens Max that David turns angrily, but we don't see what happened, only hear that Josh has been stabbed and that David needs a lawyer.

In other Platt news, Max makes up with Shona and seems to have Marion's number, complaining that she's just pumping him for information and he wants to come home. Marion and her jowly solicitor meet Adam, Shona and Sarah for an informal mediation session, but Marion says she will be taking it to court: "I'm prepared to fight for custody of my boys*," she says. I can only presume that Marion's been chucked out of the local backgammon club for brawling and now has a lot of spare time on her hands for a new project, given that she's made no effort to meet Harry before now.

*Max and Harry, Harry and Max, best of all they don't pay council tax (because they're children).

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street, Mon 21 Oct


DAVID PREDICTS A RIOT As a riot breaks out in the prison. David retreats to his cell. Abe drags a terrified Josh into David’s cell and handing David the scissors, tells him to do his worst. What will David do? Back on the street Max visits Shona, to her delight, and voices that he’s worried about Marion’s proposed plan. Shona assures him that won’t happen. Adam calls a meeting with Shona, Sarah and Marion in the hope to resolve their issues.
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR SINEAD Leaving Sinead with the palliative care nurse, Daniel nips out for milk. He’s taken aback to clock Kirk, Beth and Craig in festive jumpers. Daniel’s horrified and insists she’s far too ill for their surprise Christmas but having followed Daniel out Sinead insists it’s the best idea ever. Daniel, Sinead, Ken, Tracy, Beth, Kirk and Craig sit down to Christmas lunch.  Despite her obvious pain, Sinead’s determined to enjoy herself but Daniel’s over protectiveness causes some friction.


DAVID FACES HIS BIGGEST TEST David tells Abe that he wants to deal with Josh alone. With help from Abe and Tez, David drags Josh to the top of the staircase At home the family watch in horror as the prison riot unfolds on the news. David rings Shona to tell her that that Josh has been stabbed and she needs to find him a lawyer. Has David attacked Josh?
Max tells a relieved Shona he’s sorry for his behaviour and he wants to be part of the family again. Max explains to Shona that he wants to return home to which Marion reluctantly agrees.
DANIEL CROSSES A LINE Sinead assures the family that Daniel will come home when he’s calmed down in a bid for everyone to enjoy Christmas as much as possible. Bethany finds Daniel sobbing in the ginnel. Daniel breaks down in Bethany’s arms, wishing he could change the circumstances . Bethany embraces him. Ken sees and angrily orders Daniel to go home to his dying wife whilst Bethany heads off in tears. 


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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Coronation Street Episode Review Friday 18 October 2019

The hour long episode kicks off with Shona trying to contact Max who is not answering the phone having stayed at Marion's overnight (we have not been told how come he is contact with his other grandmother - especially as she has a new face - the old face is mourning the loss of a rapist son in a murder in Emmerdale so she is probably feeling typecast).  He is probably trying to avoid Shona who is hugging a cushion to her stomach whilst being on the phone, I wonder why?  Sarah suggests getting some legal advice from Adam!  In prison David is giving hair cutting lessons!  Abe warns David that the inmates are getting a bit restive and there has been some fighting recently.  Shona visits and tells David about Max and Marion.  David says he will be out in three weeks and the wedding is all planned and Marion can not get custody in that period so they can fix it once he is home.  David goes to collect his epilepsy tablets and through a window he spies a new inmate who has been the subject of an attack (above) - Josh returns.  Abe relates that Josh was attacked because he is an alleged rapist who drugs his targets.  David admits he knows that Josh is capable of doing such things as it happened to him.

Gemma and co are busy tonight.  Her antics at the football gate are all over the papers and online.  When this news reaches Bernie's ears her eyes light up with £50 notes, especially when the unsolicited deliveries of baby goods and an offer of high chairs is made.  Rosa Vale works in PR and turns up at the Rovers, with Berni's connivance, to help monetise the quads.  Her pitch is cut short when Gemma goes into labour and they rush off to the hospital.

Sinead now has a carer visiting regularly and is feeling much weaker.  She is declining rapidly.  One of the biggest mysteries tonight was Tracy.  I think the real one has been abducted by aliens as the Tracy we saw offers help to Beth and Kirk and later when they decide to organise an early Christmas for Sinead she agrees to cook the turkey with all the trimmings.

Yasmeen has fallen for Geoff's trickery and Zeedan has agreed to them buying his share so that he can finance his new life with a girlfriend.  Geoff cannot wait until he can tell Alya to stop bossing him around because apparently that is how she spends her time (something we have never seen and he is employed as a waiter as Yasmeen pointed out on Wednesday).  Also apparently once he is in charge they will start serving alcohol (apparently it is only Alya who is anti-alcohol).  Alya is not amused when Zeedan tells her about her new partners.

Bethany is finding that there is not much room for writing once Emma commences her beauty regime (above), they are all sharing Maria's flat I believe.  Emma asks about the short story and then starts pondering why no-one ever talks about long stories!  Following advice from Susan and Brian to write what she knows, Bethany starts on another story.  Later Bethany's "boyfriend", James Bailey, reads it we find that it is the "fictional" tale of a young blonde in love with the husband of a dying cancer sufferer.  He suggests it needs making less personal before it is submitted for publication as it is too recognisable.

Written by Martin Allen and Mark Wadlow, directed by Tim O'Mara


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The Week In Classic Corrie

MONDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 22nd and 25th October 1993

Having spotted Des was fiddling with his conifer - not a euphemism - Derek decided to get his own back by creating a crop circle in his back garden.  (A crop circle!  Could it be any more 90s?)  Unsurprisingly Des didn't fall for it for one second, and when he wound Derek up by pretending he believed in aliens and would contact the police, Derek put tennis racquets on his feet and demonstrated his technique.  It was, needless to say, extremely embarrassing.  Don was angry with Denise because he thought she was having a fling with Jim and he believe he had some kind of ownership over her because he lent her money.  He asked for the cash back to punish her, leaving her scrabbling around desperately, even inviting Audrey to buy half the business.  Hazel became convinced Sally and Joe were having an affair, and told Kevin; he was suspicious for a while, but when he talked to her, he realised it wasn't true, because this is the era when Sally Webster was a sweet little thing who would never commit adultery.  Curly impressed Mrs Rogers with a wine promotion at Bettabuys... until he was forced to confess it was all Elaine Fenwick's idea.  And Andy tried to rent the cafe flat for him and Amy and her little boy, but Alma said it wasn't suitable as it was only one bedroom, so he went to the Council instead.  He also bought Amy a ring.  This is not going to end well.

TUESDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 27th and 29th October 1993

Denise was getting desperate to raise the cash for Don, offering half price cuts, an offer Percy tried to take advantage of even though he only has two hairs and a nit.  He even asked for a discount but she sent him out with a flea in his ear.  (Percy also abused both the children doing penny for the guy and the Platt kids doing trick or treat because he's quite unpleasant.)  Meanwhile Don was chatting to Jim, who mentioned he fancied Denise but wouldn't have a crack at her, making Don realise he'd misinterpreted the situation.  He told Denise he didn't want the money and took her out to dinner (at some kind of terrible 1950s themed restaurant), only for her to make clear they were only platonic.  Jim had other things on his mind, as Liz had cross-petitioned accusing him of belting her boss and standing in the way of her career.  He found this outrageous even though that is literally what happened.  Kevin fixed Joe's car and found a picture of Sally and Jonathan in it; when he confronted Joe, he revealed a load of other pics of the Websters from the Lake District, so Kev felt ok.  He finally admitted to Sally that Hazel had told him she was having an affair with Joe and that he'd momentarily doubted her.  She offered to stop minding Jonathan but Kevin said they'd be ok.

WEDNESDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 1st and 3rd November 1993

Bet organised a psychic evening at the Rovers, only for Madam Tzara to pull out because she'd seen her car breaking down in her crystal ball.  Maud stepped in at the last minute as a gypsy palm reader - with Maureen standing at the back of the room miming gossip about the patrons.  She predicted good fortune for Vera, and then she won on a scratchcard; she said Curly was working with the woman of his dreams, and he took this as a sign that Elaine Fenwick was destined to be his; and she told Bet that she'd get a surprise return, and Raquel burst through the back door.  It all went to Maud's head and she persuaded Bet to let her do her readings in the bar on a more permanent basis.  Raquel had returned with ideas about being a proper model now she'd finished her course, setting up an answering machine for her clients and refusing to work behind the bar while she waited for the jobs to roll in.  It antagonised Tanya - but then what doesn't? - and when she heard Raquel and Des used to have a thing, she went out with him just to be spiteful.  Andy moved into the cafe flat and booked the registry office, but Steve refused to be his best man as he didn't approve of Andy keeping it a secret from Liz and Jim. 

THURSDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 5th and 8th November 1993

Vera's lucky streak continued as she won £330 on a horse called "Tommy's Rattle".  Jack had put the bet on for her, and he took some of the winnings and put it on an accumulator; that came in too, but Vera soon swiped the money off him.  She then won £100 on the bingo but it all came to a stop when she found Joss, her possibly-maybe dad, had died.  Raquel was "invited" on an Advanced Modelling Course and Bet tried to warn her off it, knowing it was all a con.  Andy tried to invite Liz to his wedding but she refused to go because he was throwing his life away.  She probably should've stopped away from a few of Steve's as well, let's be honest.  The Platts had a bonfire party, but when Percy turned up with some parkin, he was shocked to see the guy was based on him.  Martin washed his windows as an apology.  Tracy brought Craig round to number 1 for tea, and while Trace was happy to chat, Craig was a sullen misery in the corner. 

FRIDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 10th and 12th November 1993

Andy went to the airport to meet Amy and was surprised when her mum Kath got off the plane on her own.  She explained that Amy had decided not to let him throw his life away for her and was staying in Trinidad.  When he tried to fight for her, Amy's mate Alison told him not to bother: she'd actually hooked up with Dominic's real dad.  Andy drowned his sorrows, but on the plus side, Steve got to go for a Chinese with Alison.  Vera buried Joss while wearing a natty beret.  One of his old mates told some tales at the funeral tea that made Jack realise Joss wasn't her real dad, but she didn't want to hear about it.  Curly continued to sniff around Elaine, after Maud's prediction, and they went for a drink together at the Queens.  (She was very amused when Liz called him Curly instead of Norman).  They got friendlier, but Reg told Curly he was putting her up for a management position... in Goole. 

The saddest part of the whole Percy on the bonfire storyline for @merseytart was it made him really fancy some parkin and he hasn't got any in the house.

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