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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 4 August

Wednesday 4th August 2021 

ALINA BLAMES HERSELF FOR THE FIRE Shaken after her ordeal, Alina sits up in her hospital bed and assures Tyrone that both she and the baby are fine. In the cafe, Tyrone, Fiz and Evelyn discuss the fire and the possible causes. Hope’s quick to point out that Alina was alone in the flat so the fire must be her fault. Outside the salon flat, the fire investigation officer tells Tyrone that it would seem the fire was started by an aromatherapy candle. Alina’s horrified to think that she caused the fire with one of her candles. 

GEORGE HEARS SOMETHING HE SHOULDN’T George finds Eileen in the cafe and after admitting he’s taken a shine to her, wonders if she fancies dinner at the bistro. Eileen coyly accepts his offer. But when George overhears her tell Mary that she isn’t sure she wants to go out without someone who handles the dead for a living George sends a text cancelling the date. 

AADI FLEES IN THE FACE OF AFFECTION Nina calls round with Summer’s bridesmaid’s dress.  Billy’s saddened at the reminder of his cancelled wedding. Summer tries on the bridesmaid’s dress and worries that she looks fat. When Aadi calls round with some diabetic friendly cookies and admires her dress, Summer’s touched. When Aadi reveals how much he’d miss her if something happened to her, Summer admits she feels the same about him. Clearly flustered, Aadi heads out leaving Summer confused.

ELSEWHERE In the factory, Sally, Kirk and Beth fret about Izzy.  Sarah resolves to try and put things right. Carla and Sarah bury the hatchet and call Izzy to apologise.

Wednesday 4th August 2021 

ALINA’S CANDLE BEGINS TO SHED LIGHT ON THE TRUTH When Evelyn and Hope clock Craig talking to the fire investigation officer Hope questions whether the person who started the fire will get into trouble, Evelyn’s suspicions grow and she suggests to Fiz that Hope might know more about the fire than she’s letting on. Fiz is shocked and immediately leaps to Hope’s defence. At the salon flat, Alina’s sadness is evident as she realises all the things they’d bought for the baby have been destroyed. Having gone over the fire officer’s findings in her mind, Alina tells Tyrone that in order for the fire to have started in the cot, someone must have moved the candle.

GEORGE’S WORDS CUT EILEEN TO THE QUICK A furious Eileen lambasts George for cancelling their date. But when George reveals that he overheard her telling Mary that he makes her skin crawl, Eileen’s mortified. Mary hatches a plan to get them back together prompting George to suggest to Eileen that they try again.How will she respond? 

AMY GIVES AADI A HELPING HAND Aadi confides in Dev that there’s a girl he fancies. Dev urges him to pluck up the courage and tell her how he feels. When Aadi confides in Amy that he wants to ask Summer out but doesn’t know how, Amy’s thrilled and offers to coach him. Tracy returns home to find Amy and Aadi clearly enjoying each other’s company. When Tracy suggests Aadi is her boyfriend, Amy puts her straight but Tracy’s not convinced

ELSEWHERE Izzy finally opens up to Carla and Sarah and describes the pain, fear and loneliness she suffered during the pandemic. Fergus hugs her and Izzy gives him a grateful smile. Peter tells Carla that he sees his new liver as a new beginning and fancies a change of career.

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Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, August 9 - 13

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

Monday 9 August to Friday 13 August

David wakes up to a crisis, Asha mucks in with Nina's garden idea, Tyrone tries to buy time for Fiz, Abi's forced to bite her tongue, Alina goes looking for answers about the fire, Evelyn is on Tyrone's case and Todd wants to face the music.

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Julie Goulding interview: Shona and Todd in a hit and run

What is the background to the situation between her and Todd in the build up to the hit and run?

Inkerman St is where people go to park to get the tram into town and they have implemented parking permits so people who would normally park there to get the tram into work etc are parking on Coronation Street and Victoria St instead. Shona is fuming because even though she isn't supposed to be driving cars at the moment due to her brain injury she is angry because David is struggling to park his car outside their house. 

Shona had been putting fake parking tickets on people's cars saying ‘only idiots park here, hello idiot’. Todd the little rascal keeps parking the hearse outside number 8 and it is winding Shona up and when he realises it is winding her up , he does it even more because that is Todd all over. So they start with the parking wars, she covers the hearse in shaving foam, he gets it washed and parks outside number 8 and gives her the bill for cleaning the hearse. She is at the end of her tether with him, she tries to bar him from Roy’s but Roy won’t hear of it which makes her even more angry. She is wound up good and proper, also because of her brain injury she reacts to things slightly differently now so she can’t really rationalise she gets very angry and obsessive about things. 

What is the difference in the way the old Shona would have reacted and the new Shona?

There is no filter there, she can’t rationalise her behaviour, Shona has always gone from 1-100 in no time but old Shona would have been able to put certain measures in place to stop herself acting irrationally. New Shona doesn't have that ability any more. In the past if Roy stepped in to try and calm her down she would listen to him but if he doesn't back her up now she just gets even more angry and frustrated.

What happens on the night in question?

Shona couldn't sleep. It is about 5am and she goes into the living room and opens the curtains and sees that the hearse has gone from outside the house. She quickly grabs David’s car keys, even though she shouldn't be driving, and she legs it out of the house in her dressing gown, pjs and slippers and goes round the corner to get David’s car to then park it outside the house quickly before anyone else does.

She is in a hurry and the slipper got caught under the clutch, it was all very dramatic and she hit something and she is not sure what it is and she runs into the house. The viewer has not seen any of this but she runs back into the house panicking and relays what has happened to David. He tries to calm her down and says they should go outside and see if they can work out what she hit. It might be a stray dog or something. There is a massive dent in the car but they can't find anything. There is no evidence of anything being hit, no blood or anything, it puts her mind at ease but she knows she hit something. They assume it might be a dog that ran off and they kind of put it to rest, but it really shook her up, as she shouldn't be driving a car so she has committed a crime. They are having a nice drink and she has finally started to calm down when Sarah comes in and declares that Todd has been involved in a hit and run!

What goes through her mind at that point?

It is the last thing she wants to hear, this means she could be going to jail. She has broken the law, she has hit someone and left the scene of the crime.

How does Abi work out it was them?

Abi had seen there was a dent in the car and offered to fix it because David told her he had hit a bin full of concrete. So when it comes out that Todd has been hit by a car Abi is obviously going to put two and two together and realise the truth. They need to find out if he knows who hit him and they need to get rid of the dent in the car but Abi knowing is a problem. 

What is the plan?

They need to know if Todd remembers and is going to tell the police. He has told Eileen that he can't remember anything so it is looking hopeful. David is arrested and Shona feels awful, it is the worst thing ever for her. It is all her fault but she can't say anything. He has dumped the car in the pub car park miles away, there have been some very heated conversations going o a number 8, a lot of panic and a lot of serious plans being made by David.

They are aware of how manipulative Todd can be - are they worried about what he would do if he remembered?

David knows of Todd’s form far more than Shona does as she doesn't remember but she knows he is a wrong un, she knows about all the Paul and Billy stuff so she is aware he’s a bad egg, but David is completely aware of the problems Todd could cause them. Shona is more panicked about what could happen to her for breaking the law but David is more worried about what will happen if they get away with it where the police are concerned they won’t get away with it with Todd

What sort of relationship has Shona previously had with Todd?

If we cast our mind back to Shona and Todd’s relationship before her brain injury they were never the best of friends. He was very suspicious of her from the outset and she didn't like him. Since then he has come back and been exactly the same with Shona as he was last time, she can't remember but she very quickly forms the same opinion as last time. Her instinct was the same this time as the last time she knew him.

What has it been like developing this whole new character over the past year?

It has been really interesting. We are starting to see glimpses of the old Shona but the new Shona is here to stay, even if we do see bits of the old Shona. As an actor I feel very comfortable about where she is since her brain injury. We have not seen her on screen for quite a while but in that time she has been recovering and learning new things about her life. Not gaining memories back but filling in some of the gaps. So when we see here discussing Bethany for example, we need to remember that Platts have been there for her recovery and filling in gaps for her. I am bringing back the essence of Shona that never left but having the freedom for her to be more outspoken which is really fun to play. She tells people things like it is and sometimes they appreciate it but other times it can backfire. Shona’s home truths can be hit and miss. She does have the ability to be sensitive with people, such as Nina when she was going through hell, but when it comes to giving her opinion there is no holding back, she is like a battleaxe in a 36 year old’s body but with an innocence as she doesn't say any of it in a calculating way! She doesn't have the ability to be devious, which is why it is interesting to see her and Todd spar as he is the epitome of devious and she is the opposite. They give each other as good as they get. That’s why the events of this week are so interesting to see unfold.

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Monday, 2 August 2021

Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 2nd August


Abandon Hope, all ye who enter this review! The horror that is Tylina chucks Emma out of her flat. Remember when Emma invited Alina to live with her, even though she was still smarting about Seb and his wandering man-bun? This is how she's repaid for kindness, by being thrown out of her own home and will probably end up in Blanche's old room at no. 1. 

Anyway, Hope, who's pretty much out-acting her adult co-stars at this point, seems to be thawing towards Alina and offers up her toy dinosaur (Emily Brontesaurus, and no, I don't believe that Fiz, Ty or Hope would have come up with that name - that must be a John Stape legacy, along with the sociopath tendencies) as a pressie for the new baby. She soon changes her mind as Alina goes to the hospital with stomach pains (leaving only Toyah doing sales - how will the factory cope?) and Hope finds out they're having a boy and her jealousy goes into overdrive. She steals the keys to the flat and sneaks out to the Tylina flat whilst Tyrone and Kirk drink cocktails in the hotel set. She steals back the dino-toy and then eyes up a candle and some nail varnish remover. We don't actually see what she does next, but the next thing we know the flat is on fire although at least Audrey as landlady (or is it Debbie now?) has fitted a smoke alarm. It's been a while since we had a fire isn't it? As we all know, Weatherfield council by-laws state that either the pub or the factory must be set on fire every (min) three and (max) five years. This time though it's the hairdresser's flat. Alina is taken back to hospital - she'll have her own bed soon!

James arrives home from Kate Oates Memorial Hospital depressed about his knee - and his prospects at County. Things go from bad to worse as a sergeant from the cop shop turns up to tell him that they won't be taking his complaint any further. James does some physio in the community garden and bumps into Craig who admits that he didn't say that James wasn't driving erratically. Craig then finds out that PC Racist is racist - who'd have thunk it - as he tells PC Plonker Tinker that "they" (meaning black people) are too sensitive. Meanwhile, James decides he's going to appeal after an insensitive visit from WCFC's manager.

Todd is sleeping on the funeral home sofa, which sounds like a horror story in the making, until George invites him back to his, but not for hanky panky, as George still has the hots for Eileen and tries to persuade her that the Toddster is sorry and she should forgive him. This cuts no ice with Ms Grimshaw. Come on, Eileen!

Back on Zoom, Izzy finds out that the Jo Lafoe order is going out without her work and gets suspicious. She sends in an empty box in order to entrap Sarah and Carla, who tell her that they were only trying to protect her, which makes Izzy end the call. Sarah and Carla squabble and it's only sensible Sally who tells them that they need to put their differences aside and find a solution.

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