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Thursday, 29 October 2020

WIN! Coronation Street 60th anniversary books

To celebrate Coronation Street's 60th anniversary, we've got 6 - yes 6! - copies of the new 60th anniversary book to give away in a special competition here on the Coronation Street Blog.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these six books, all you have to do is correctly answer the question below, and we'll put all correct entries into the hat. Six winners will be drawn at random and announced here on the Coronation Street Blog.

Good luck! Deadline for entries is 12 noon on Saturday 7 November 2020. Note that books can only be sent to UK addresses.

Here's your question and good luck!

Q: Which actor, who is still on the show, is the longest-serving member of the Coronation Street cast?

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Coronation Street Episode Review; Weds 28th Oct 7.30 & 8.30 pm

Blasting PC Tinker in the bungled Bistro robbery, Scott’s escape from Weatherfield police seems to have been ignored, and it’s now the next day, with Scott hiding behind various ginnels and looking all shifty! We last saw him in a balaclava (not on Balaclava Terrace, which is an opportunity missed) and waving a gun about, so not sure what happened there, but at least Craig is ok. Scott does manage to spook Johnny into submission though and he decides to track down the security guard they left injured in the original raid. Does anybody else wish us viewers had seen this robbery they were originally involved in, for context maybe?

I wasn't even surprised when Scott started waving a gun about, I mean he should have just asked Eileen to dispose of it in a bin on the Red Rec!  Anyway, Johnny finds out that Grant died due to the effects of the robbery, and with Johnny’s conscience suitably pricked, the publican finally does the right thing and tells Jenny about this much-maligned past fracas. Has Jenny forgotten she is the daughter of classic Corrie villain, Alan (Rita!) Bradley by any chance? Admittedly she’s upset, but if Johnny hands himself in, and grasses up Scott, surely it would be worse for Jenny? And what about Emma? She seems to be embroiled in this slightly. She may be innocently taking Scott’s money for Oliver’s fund, but hopefully, she won’t be involved in any fallout?  

Todd's twisting and malicious meddlings seem reserved for just Paul & Billy, as his guidance with Sean's son Dylan, seems kindly and almost genuine? Nah, I’m not falling for it either. I'm guessing with Summer (V2) due to be home soon, Todd (V2) is hoping that Billy notices his passionate parenting skills and gets back with him? I’m guessing yes, if the new promo pictures released earlier this week, are anything to go by.

Amidst the criminal activities of Weatherfield’s underworld (not the factory), I have enjoyed Evelyn and Arthur’s blossoming relationship, but I do wonder; is Arthur dying, have a dying wife, or is it something less familiar? We got the customary ‘stood outside the hospital’ shot, a few weeks ago, so it was either very unsubtle or a dubious red herring. Either way, I hate seeing our Evelyn broken-hearted so hopefully, the truth will surface. 

I did wonder whether Arthur was anything to do with this multi-squillion pound Weatherfield skyscraper development, actually. David’s selling-up and Yasmeen’s finances look to be a precarious position so the only problem I can see (apart from Sally & Tim’s house) is bad boy Geoff! Is the coercive cantankerous letch going to bow down to Alya to sell his half of the house? I very much doubt it. You can’t blame Alya for trying to save her Gran’s asset’s but its a dangerous path she’s heading down -  more crime a coming I guess.

Let’s just hope Geoff is next to be facing down the barrel of a gun, metaphorical, or otherwise…  

What did you think of this Wednesday’s Corrie double? 

@rybazoxo your Corrie connoisseur  

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Next week: Coronation Street Soapy Slip-Ups blooper show

Coronation Street is one of the world’s longest running and most loved TV soap operas and this programme will take viewers on an affectionate rollercoaster ride through Weatherfield and its bloopers.

Misbehaving props, wardrobe malfunctions, corpsing and missed lines, this half hour special has them all, and will feature some of Coronation Street’s biggest stars including Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald), Jimmi Harkishin (Dev Alahan), Ben Price (Nick Tilsley), Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby), Alex Mardell (Emma Brooker), Jack P Shepherd (David Platt) and Jenny McAlpline (Fiz) all talking us through their biggest bloopers.

It'll air on ITV on Monday 2 November at 8pm.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 28 Oct


JOHNNY LOOKS INTO HIS PAST Scott threatens Johnny, promising that if he goes down for armed robbery, he’ll take him with him. Finding an old newspaper article about the robbery he was involved in years ago, Johnny heads out. An elderly lady later turns up on the street asking why Johnny was hanging round outside her house. Johnny asks after Grant who used to live there. Margaret reveals that Grant was her son, he survived a terrible robbery many years ago but it ruined his life and he died an alcoholic. Johnny’s devastated. Ashen-faced Johnny tells Jenny that there’s something he needs to share with her.

YASMEEN NEEDS A MIRACLE Imran reckons the only way they can fund Yasmeen’s trial is if they can persuade Geoff to sell the house and use Yasmeen’s share of the money. Alya gets to work.

DYLAN OPENS UP TO SEAN At Todd’s suggestion, Sean reluctantly agrees to a kickabout on the Red Rec with Dylan. Dylan confides in Sean that his girlfriend has dumped him. Sean’s sympathetic.

ELSEWHERE Evelyn demands to know why Arthur’s cooled towards the idea of a holiday. Struggling with his emotions, Arthur tells her it’s best they call it a day. 


JOHNNY COMES CLEAN Squirming with shame, Johnny reveals his criminal past to Jenny, that he was once the getaway driver in a robbery. Jenny’s appalled. Johnny admits that Scott was responsible for the bistro robbery and tried to force him into driving the car but he refused to be a part of it. Jenny turns on Johnny for allowing this gun wielding maniac to move into their home. Johnny reveals he’s going to shop Scott to the police even if it means paying the price for a crime he committed over thirty years ago. However Scott calls at the Rovers and tells Emma to let Johnny know he’s leaving for a new job in Kent. Johnny wonders if he’s been thrown a lifeline.

ALYA WANTS ANSWERS Geoff enjoys winding Alya up and it’s soon apparent he has no intention of selling the house. Alya quizzes him about the loans, he points the finger of blame at Yasmeen and her expensive tastes but Alya isn’t fooled. In a bid to find out what he’s done with the money, Alya and Ryan resolve to follow Geoff and see what he’s up to.

EVELYN GOES CAP IN HAND TO DEV Putting on a brave face, Evelyn explains to Dev that her relationship is in the bin, her holiday cancelled and she’d like her job back. Will Dev agree after the way she walked out?

Glenda Young
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