Saturday, 20 April 2019

Corrie Comicals week ending 19 April 2019

The jokers, Steve, Dev and Tim, are having a competition to establish who has the best blood pressure and in an attempt to get Tim to lose Steve had "revealed" that Yasmeen and Geoff are to marry, which led to Tim faking a heart attack as Sally arrived and she has just given him a smack for causing her distress with his play acting.  What distressed me throughout the blood pressure monitor games is that not once did I see it being located correctly with the pipe against the inside of the elbow at the bottom of the inflating collar.  In this instance it is clearly coming out of the top - simply wrong and disappointing when it could so easily have been done correctly without upsetting the humour!

Later on it is Dev who is wired up to the monitor when Evelyn arrives to complain that Cathy is being less than generous at yellow label time only knocking off 10% per apple when last week Evelyn is convinced that one of the said apples winked at her.  Dev's blood pressure shoots up and after he leaves Steve and Tim pay off Evelyn for her assistance.  Sal soon hears what has happened and Tim is committed to another power walk tomorrow!

Abi wanted to why the ancient caravan with a strange odour which Chesney has sourced for a holiday  is sitting on the Street - we later find it has been in use as a cannabis farm - and Abi thought it was a portaloo as it was so dirty!  I assume Chesney hired the car as well and I have to assume he passed his driving test.

Slightly more entertaining was the absurdity of Sarah Loo (remember she sleeps on an airbed) suddenly driving around in a neat blue car and able to follow partner Gary until she loses him in the roadworks.  Last week Maria forgot she had been married.  When building complex stories the odd plot hole can be missed by the powers that be and I realise it is all fiction but somewhere the management is missing some pretty obvious gaps at the moment.

Now staying at a minimally equipped caravan site Chesney has found a three year old newspaper in the caravan and is reading it avidly.  The Street has largely been an EU divorce free zone - but apparently three years ago a landslide victory for Remain was expected according to an article in the paper; Gemma's face details the absolute boredom which has descended on most of the Nation for discussing this particular subject.

Abi is off for the job interview which Kev organised and the older generation will know what I mean if I suggest that Abi was wearing a wider than normal belt.  She then tells Sally that if necessary she can always do a Sharon Stone - and Sally falls for it (above) questioning Abi's potential lack of underwear. 

Just in case we did not find it amusing when Ken trod in Peanut's excrement the sub-titling team made my day when I rewatched the episode and found out about dog fowling which I thought happened in the countryside when dogs brought back fowl which had been shot and of course is completely different from dog fouling, of which there was a lot this evening.  Of course not shitting on your own doorstep is a good maxim!

Extras at Work

There were a lot of extras on Friday - the garden centre had all sorts wandering around but the best group were those in the Soggy Dog pub where Gemma drank them under the table in short order.  Two appear asleep, one is hiding under a beer mug masquerading as a union Jack umbrella and one has just stood up to head for the gents but is slowly sinking back into his seat.  And the landlord has had three days takings in an afternoon.

Writers: Alasdair Morrison & Owen Lloyd-Fox(Monday); Cameron McAllister & Simon Crowther (Wednesday); Chris Fewtrell (Friday)
Directors: Diana Patrick (Monday); Gill Wilkinson (Wednesday & Friday)


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Five Things We Learned In Corrie This Week

Time is elastic.  Sally took time out from attending to Tim's tingles in the shower to start work back at Underworld.  Quite what good a one-armed woman will be in that working environment is another matter; perhaps she was answering the phones while Sarah-Lou stalked her boyfriend.  Anyway, she said she'd never been glad to work on a Bank Holiday before - because obviously yesterday was Good Friday.  But hang on: in the same episode, Chesney and Gemma were also waking up from their first night in the caravan, when they went away on Wednesday.  And in Wednesday's episode, it was mentioned that Carla had run off the day before yesterday, which in Monday's episode we were told was the day before, while actually happening last Friday.  Meanwhile, Bertie's hurriedly arranged christening is happening "tomorrow" and being shown in the episode on Easter Monday.  WHAT DAY IS IT?!?!?!  Someone fetch me a Tommy Orpington calendar and circle the date before my head explodes.  (I'm glad Billy found time to do a Christening this weekend, by the way.  As we all know, vicars have absolutely nothing to do over Easter.  Poor love must have been bored out of his mind).

Worship THE REPORT.  Imran clattered around Monday's episodes swearing revenge and threatening violence, all in the name of Wayne and THE REPORT.  Everyone said it like that, in all caps, and it was treated as the most reverent text since the New Testament.  Imran accused Wayne of dragging his feet over producing it; I'd say a comprehensive investigation into a complex tragedy turning up a month later was pretty good going, but I'm not a highly trained lawyer like Imran.  Similarly, I'd have thought THE REPORT wouldn't be the kind of thing you have to smash up cars to get your hands on, what with it being a matter of public record and likely to be submitted to the Health and Safety Executive and the Police at some point, but clearly I'm underestimating the value of THE REPORT and its magical properties.  That single copy of THE REPORT has a value beyond all accounting, and definitely isn't stored on Wayne's laptop and able to be e-mailed to anyone who wants it at any time.

Still, it meant we got to see the back of the shops, which was a first for me.  Look!  It's Roy's bins!

Never mind the quality, feel the width.  Chesney and Gemma's homage to Carry on Behind was, ultimately, exhausting.  I'm happy for a good comedy plotline, but this was relentless.  It wasn't just a bad caravan, it was a filthy, smelly mess that had been used as a cannabis farm, had purple lighting, a hole in the roof, and dodgy electrics.  It wasn't just raining, it was an absolute apocalypse of relentless hammering precipitation.  Gemma didn't just get drunk, she got absolutely wasted, dragged a load of gullible villagers into her circle of decadence, and knocked back half a bottle of rum.  It was all too much; it was like a clown waterboarding you with his seltzer spray for two hours.

And if you're following the well-trodden path of Bad Caravan Holidays, it's probably not a great idea to put in reminders of other, much better comedies.  I like Gemma but she works best in small doses when she's being written as a sympathetic character, not as a tornado of chaos and selfishness (taking a seven year old's pocket money off him at poker is indefensible).  Her demand that Chesney "love her as she is" was appalling.  He wasn't asking her to change her entire personality, just stop leaving pizza in the toilet.  The one bright spot of the whole farrago was Joseph, who is a lovely little actor and was doing far more subtle work than the grown ups.

They really should put a roof on the set.  When Corrie was on Quay Street, it was relatively sheltered from the elements by the warm city around it.  Now they're out at blustery Salford Quays, with all those open docks, the wind gusting across the set has become a problem.  Poor Toyah was trying to have an intense conversation with Imran on Monday when she got caught up in a strong breeze...

...and unfortunately...

...she ended up looking like Cousin Itt.  I'd suggest they either wait until the worst of the weather has died down before filming or get the hairdressing department to invest in some really strong kirby grips.

Cellmates make great mates. Who'd have thought, back when we were trapped under that whole Mayoral fraud storyline, that it would produce one of the best comedy partnerships on the Street?  Abi and Sally were brilliant this week, with Sal adopting a kind of Professor Higgins role and trying to get her friend to improve herself.  She volunteered her pantsuits when Abi wore a skirt that was "on the economical side" then, later in the pub, she shangai'd Brian into tutoring her for her GCSEs.  (I can't help thinking her choice of Brian as teacher was deliberate, given that when Sally tried to get some extra qualifications, she ended up hurling herself at the schoolmaster).  Abi gave as good as she got though, constantly winding her up, and their effortless banter was delightful.  Get Abi back in the garage where she belongs and have her hook up with Kevin and I'll be very happy indeed.

Has there been any single shot in the history of Corrie more disgusting than Ken Barlow putting his foot in a dog egg?  I think not.  If you have any other suggestions, let me know on Twitter @merseytart - but I beg of you, no pictures please. 

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Conversation Street Podcast Episode 359

On this week's podcast, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street broadcast in the UK between the 15th and the 19th April.

Happy Easter, everyone! Well, we say happy, but we must admit, we don't remember the last time we were so down on a string of Corrie episodes as we were with these ones, with the chief offending storyline being Chesney and Gemma's wet week in a caravan, which only reinforced what we've been saying for months about the pair of them being a total mismatch. Meanwhile, back in Weatherfield, Gary continues his quest to become the world's most useless loan shark, and Claudia gets snapped not clearing up after Eccles. Can we have that number for Poop Patrol Hotline please, Beth..?

After Street Talk, we take a look back at the factories of Weatherfield, from Hardcastle's Mill right up to Underworld, and chat about some of our favourite storylines over the years - as well as our least favourite factory story cliches. That's followed by a quick trip to The Kabin for some news before finshing things off with some listener feedback.

Street Talk - 00:06:44
Feature Discussion: The Factories of Weatherfield - 01:28:54
The Kabin - 02:26:16
Feedback - 02:40:52

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Mikey North Interview: Gary hits rock bottom

It’s now out in the open and Sarah knows about the loan shark, is Gary relieved or has this just opened up a whole new floodgate of problems?  
I think Gary’s about to face a whole new wave of problems, Sarah finds out that Rick was the guy that was round at the house playing with Harry and when she realises that Gary’s brought this dangerous person into the house she’s furious. He’s been in debt to a loan shark, he’s kept it from her and it’s brought trouble to her door. It’s kind of like the final lie in the coffin if you will.

How does Sarah react when she finds out that Rick’s been in the house and around her children? 
This is the worst I’ve seen her react to anything that he’s done, even when she found out that he’d got Nicola pregnant. She loses the plot, she’s throwing stuff at him and screaming at him. Tina threw a bag of stuff at me so hard, she nearly took my head off so yeah, she was definitely in the moment.

Do you think previous to finding out that Rick’s been in their house there was a chance she might have forgiven him? 
She’s given him so many chances, I’ve thought every time that this will be his last one. He’s done so much wrong and he’s lied a hell of a lot, never with malice intended, there’s always kind of been mitigating circumstances, but this may be too far.

We later find that Gary’s been beaten up and that his van and tools are all gone, so what’s happened? 
Gary’s taken a beating off Rick and he’s sleeping rough in his van. He furtively goes back to the builder’s yard, just to collect something, but he finds that all of his stuff has gone. The van then gets stolen as well. Rick’s basically taken the business off him; he’s emptied the yard, taken the van, so Gary literally has nothing. I think Seb calls round to try and speak to him about something and sees the state that Gary’s in. They make a bit of truce which is nice, it’s the one good thing to come out of this.

Gary and Seb have been through so much together and had a strong friendship, is this a bit of a turning point for them after their recent feud? 
I think so yeah, Gary was bang out of order with the way that he reacted to the Seb and Sarah mix up, he flew off the handle and was quite bullying towards Seb to be fair. So, it’s nice that they’ve put that behind them.

At this point Gary’s lost the business and it looks like he’s losing Sarah, is Gary pretty much at rock bottom? 
Yeah, this is the worst it’s been for him definitely, I suppose there’s nowhere to go but up. Having said that I’ve read the storylines and if he thinks he’s at rock bottom now, things are about to get a whole lot worse for him!

One of the only people fighting Gary’s corner is Bethany, who is trying to get Sarah to agree to meet Gary. Do you think Gary can talk her round with Bethany’s help? 
It’s always a help to have someone in the family fighting your corner. It’s an interesting situation obviously because Gary and Bethany have been through a lot as well, at one point she hated him so it’s nice it’s come full circle and she’s helping him out.  There’s always been a nice dynamic btween Gary and Bethany ever since he helped her out at the gym and through her grooming ordeal. It was Bethany who got Gary and Sarah got together in the first place so it’s nice to have her back in his corner.

So how are you liking playing this slightly different Gary? he’s a bit of a loose canon right now isn’t he?
Yeah it’s good to touch back on the Gary we saw when I first started, he’s a bit more devious and a bit darker which is always great to play. There are people shouting stuff on the streets again, it’s quite interesting, it’s like turning the clock back 10 years.

Gary’s been on the straight and narrow for quite a long time now, do you think the bad boy has always been in there? 
It’s always there yeah absolutely, I think it was the army that probably straightened him out a bit but then when he came back from that and then his friend Quinny died he kind of went off the rails a bit again. He’s worked hard to stay on the straight and narrow but situations have spiralled and now he’s coming off the rails again which is great to play. It’s always nice to tie that back in and see that side of the character.

And what have we got coming up, what are we going to see for Gary? 
It’s a massive year there’s lots to come, this is definitely a big turning point in Gary’s life and it’s been my most interesting year so far of the eleven I’ve been here. This is the next chapter in the character’s life and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Glenda Young
Author: Belle of the Back Streets

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