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Monday 4 December 2023

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Monday 4 December 2023

Monday 4th December

BERNIE GOES DOWN The family are devastated when Bernie is sentenced to three months in prison and told she has to serve at least half. A furious Gemma lures Big Garth to Victoria Street. What does she have planned? Back at No 5 Joseph complains of a headache. As Gemma finds some painkillers, she hears a knock at the door.  She’s taken aback to find it’s Caitlin.  As Caitlin takes in the scene, she’s deeply unimpressed. 

ASHA’S SHOCKED BY ISLA’S CONFESSION Asha meets up with Isla to study but is confused when Isla says she would ratchet spend the day getting drunk in the Bistro. A tipsy Isla confides that her ex boyfriend is pestering her but she’s gone off men and is thinking of trying women instead.  Nina arrives to find Asha and Isla giggling and gripping each other’s hands across the table. 

CRYSTAL PUTS DAISY ON THE SPOT Ryan tells Crystal about his new job opportunity.  Crystal covers and makes out she’s thrilled for him. Crystal approaches Daisy and Daniel and after telling them about Ryan’s new job, reveals that she’s moving to Glasgow, she was hoping he might go with her and she’d value their opinion. How will Daisy react? 

ELSEWHERE   Cassie sets about decorating No.9 for Christmas and suggests they throw a party for Hope’s birthday.  Tyrone reckons it’s a great idea while Hope doesn’t seem very keen. Lauren receives a parcel.  She opens it to discover a beautiful necklace inside. Lauren calls in the café and Max and Shona immediately clock her sparkly new necklace.  Lauren explains that it’s a present from her rich boyfriend who is taking her out for a meal in town.

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Sunday 3 December 2023

Daniel Discovers Daisy's Affair! : Corrie Love Triangle Becomes A Foursome?

Way back in April, I attended one of my most memorable and emotional Corrie press days. Luckily enough to get a preview of the acid attack episodes, I gasped as Ryan dropped to the Rovers floor in agony, burning from the sulphuric acid. Daisy dragging him to the shower in her wedding dress may have been a symbolic harbinger of her relationship with Daniel, but we had no idea at that time. With the marriage never being mentioned again, the wedding ring disappeared - and Ryan and Daisy's emotional entanglement and subsequent affair began. Daniel has had some vague suspicions and nearly caught them in the act at the hotel recently. This week, the teacher finally catches Daisy out. Add Bethany Platt to the mix (Daniel’s ex) who's returning any time between now and 2024, and I wonder if this love triangle of the year is about to turn into a foursome? 

Daniel and Daisy argue over the kitchenette

Back in October, Corrie Blog caught up with Corrie producer Iain Macleod, who told us what's to come this Christmas and New Year as this love triangle explodes! 

Hi Iain, What can you tell us about Ryan, Daniel, Daisy and the return of Bethany? 

‘’I’ll start by saying that I love this love triangle - I veer from week to week from being ‘Team Daniel and Daisy’ to ‘Team Ryan and Daisy! Normally, in soaps like ours, when you have an affair, you end up having to make one person behave badly to orchestrate the cheating, but this has been so organic from the start. I entirely understand Daisy’s feelings for Daniel and the depth of those, but I also understand the (depth of) feelings she’s got for Ryan, having survived this terrible ordeal. I don't know who I am rooting for!’’

Daniel sees footage of Daisy & Ryan together?

Daisy’s feelings for Ryan can't go undiscovered forever. Is he due to find out anytime soon? 

''He does indeed start to cotton on, (to what's been going on between them) and the feelings they have for each other. (Daniel realises) the betrayals they’ve committed behind his back. There are intense sequences where Daniel starts to put the pieces together. We see a slight revisiting of some of Daniel's darkness (not quite to the extent of pushing anyone down the stairs) but, what we know about him'' Iain continued ''is that when pushed into an emotional corner, a switch goes. He’s capable of doing some fairly underhand, and classically dark things. We’ll see flashes of that as the story unfolds and some classic soapy manipulation on his part, to try and distance Ryan and Daisy, as quickly and as fair apart as possible. Ultimately, it all comes crashing down: there are some fantastic scenes concerning the end of that (Daniel and Daisy) relationship!''

Daisy contemplates wearing tartan

Where does that leave Daisy? 

‘’There are some big dilemmas for Daisy: if it's not Daniel, then does she choose Ryan purely because he is the default setting? Ryan is also quite vulnerable - he could get his heart trampled on. In the middle of all this, a volatile cocktail arrives with Bethany, who has all of this history with Daniel, and that sharpens Daisy’s focus in terms of how she feels about him''

Ryan and Daisy's Last Christmas?

What can we expect in the New Year, with Bethany adding to this Ryan, Daisy, and Daniel story? 

‘’ A brilliant classic soap story, I think. Without duplicating anything, we are attempting to go to something that has the same level of emotional heft as some of those classic affairs of yore: Mike and Deirdre stuff, like a love triangle of the ages. It's (the storyline) going to go deep into next year as buried feelings come back to the surface with a bang or two! Bethany is a different proposition this time around. (She has) the beginnings of a successful journalism career, and is now an equal foe for Daisy. Bethany is coming back for this Daniel story and is also involved in a huge storyline coming up this next year ''

Thanks, Iain! 

I think the acid-attack storyline (although utterly shocking) has given us a plethora of classic Corrie drama, and as this love triangle becomes a foursome, it looks like plenty more is still to come!

Watch Corrie this week on ITV & ITVX as Daniel begins to discover Daisy’s affair. 

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Saturday 2 December 2023

Coronation Street Episode Review Friday 1 December 2023

Good evening.  The story opens this evening in the Kate Oates Weatherfield General Hospital where Gemma and Chesney are at Joseph's bedside briefly before Gemma departs to prepare a Christmas for Bernie as previously promised with Joseph being discharged later and able to participate.  Billy is also getting in the Christmas spirits early and presents Paul with his and his jumpers for the day.  Dev is in the shop already in full elf wear ready for later.  Just as Chesney is about to head home with Joseph the nurse introduces Caitlin Edwards who is part of the Child Protection Team - the storm clouds gather.

Michael is worried about Sgt Bilko who went out early and has gone missing.  Ed tells him not to worry - Sarge will be staying for Christmas.  It is clear that a portion of the money which Ronnie provided has now been spent on presents as he comes back loaded with shopping.  (Indeed how did he pay for the air fare? - this story has more holes than gorgonzola).  Sarge later assures Ed that he has only bought small gifts - but he feels he has to give some presents.  Sarge confirms he is staying until Christmas at least.

It is officially Lauren's birthday and Max wishes her happy birthday before telling her that he knows she cannot afford that watch and he really thinks she should return it.  Shona overhears this, so when later Bernie tells Shona that the till was short yesterday, Shona's head adds two and two and the answer is that she believes that Lauren robbed Roy and so suspends Lauren from her shifts at the café.  Lauren did not take any money - as Shona finds when she lifts out the cash tray and finds the missing notes underneath the tray.  Shona goes round to the precinct to apologise to Lauren.  Lauren delivers a cock and bull story about a rich boyfriend, loaded and drives a BMW - she refuses re-instatement and slams the door in Shona's face.   Max and Sabrina go round to Lauren's and although she is initially frosty but as they have brought cider and cake she thaws.  However the combination unsettles Max's stomach and after being sick, the two girls gang up on him and Sabrina has to take Max home!  Lauren suggests that they should do it again sometime - and Max suggests same time next year once he has recovered.  All laugh.  

Crystal pops into the Bistro and arranges with Ryan to visit some bars later in the day.  Noticeably the scars are less bright red than they were .  He also takes an "interesting" phone call - but the content is not clear, merely something he intends to consider by the end of the day.  Anyway Crystal is otherwise occupied and they do not go out - but Ryan reveals to Leanne that he has had a job offer from a big gym who saw his livestream and they have offered him a job heading their social media team - he will be the face of the company!  He has to do an audition.  Leanne assures him that they will manage and he should go for it.

Asha is lunching with Isla and Miles who is a more senior paramedic and they tell some stories from the paramedic world.  Asha bigs up Nina as a fashion designer but when the latter arrives she puts the record straight and later challenges Asha on telling the truth.  Nina asks if Asha fancies Isla.  Things are not going well.  Asha heads to the café much later and tells Nina that she will only spend time with Isla at work.  However Nina says she cannot trust Asha if she tells lies.  They both agree to try and forget about this.  They hug.

So we have a great early Christmas at number 5 as the family open presents, read the cracker jokes (we'll have Narnia of them here) and have the Nana singalong with everyone in full voice.  In particular Bernie has tracked down the Tekno Robo Puppy which Paul wanted many years ago and it starts walking along the table.  Much laughter, much fun and when Paul laughs it is recorded for his  voice collection for his talking machine.  Chesney and Joseph arrive just as the turkey is about to be served accompanied by the doom machine and Christmas turns turkey as Ms Edwards wants to interview Gemma NOW and somewhere quiet.  They head to Billy's flat.

Gemma tells her story and Joseph tells his but the doom machine has already decided that Gemma is an unfit mother and has to removed from the family household - and just how is Chesney going to manage the five children?  This is so impractical (and as Bernie reminds us she is going to be residing at His Majesty's Pleasure on Monday) as Gemma has to be supervised by an approved adult if she spends time with her children.  Voice of Doom claims it is normal procedure - I really honestly hope that this is not a true reflection of the way such things work.  Billy says Gemma can move in with them until the investigation is over.  Later Paul seeks to comfort his sofa surfing sister and all have accepted the necessity of the situation.  Gemma stares at a family photo. Roll credits.

Good points - the Christmas scenes before the roof fell in were great fun.  As I think I have said previously the Ed gambling story is not my cup of tea and he is going to be forced to hide it as he would not want it coming out in front of his father - whose own storyline is a mess and I suspect not what was originally planned.  It is good to see Max / Lauren / Sabrina working together and I assume that Gav ought to be around.  I have had my say about social services already, I wonder if it could be used as an additional explanation to enable Bernie to avoid being sent down?

Written by Mark Wadlow and Joe Turner.  Directed by David Beton.


Conversation Street Podcast Episode #604

On our latest podcast, we talk about the episodes of Corrie shown in the UK between the 30th November and the 1st December (Episodes #11121 - 11126). Before we get onto that, though, we chat for a while about our trip to London last weekend, when we attended a live Q&A and book signing with Corrie legend Julie Hesmondhalgh! Not only did we have a chance to talk with her and her husband, Corrie writer Ian Kershaw, but we also got to chat with her mate Connie Hyde, who played Gina Seddon between 2017 and 2019 - who as you might remember was a bit of a favourite character of ours back then!

Up next is the Street Talk segment, where we have a natter about what went on in Weatherfield in the past week. Christmas came early to No. 5 on Friday, ahead of Bernie's imminent sentencing - and trust Chesney to come and pour cold water over the festivities by bringing round a woman from child protection to investigate Joseph's mysterious bouts of sickness! Also this week, we're introduced to Ed and Ronnie's dad Sarge, who seems like a fun character - though of course you can't be part of the Bailey clan at the moment without immediately hitting secretly broke Ed up for some cash and making his gambling problems spiral even further! Elsewhere on the cobbles, Lauren and Sabrina make amends, Asha continues to be ignorant of Nina's problem with her Isla obsession and opportunity comes knocking on Ryan's door.

There's a very, very truncated feedback section at the end of the podcast this week (sorry - tired!) but before that, we take a look at the latest Corrie news in The Kabin, including catching up with how Ellie's getting on in Strictly - could we have the show's first winner from Weatherfield in a few weeks?

Intro and London trip chat: 00:00:00
Street Talk - 00:30:23
The Kabin - 02:30:58

For this week's bonus podcast, we chat about Liz's little drummer boy, Vernon Tomlin, who made his debut on Corrie just shy of 18 years ago. A loser in life, love and ultimately Liz, Vernon may not be anyone's favourite character, but his total inability to ever catch any kind of break at least makes him someone who many viewers from the time at least have a bit of a soft spot for. His dreams of hitting the big time with his band may never have come true, but for now, here's Vernon's hour in the spotlight.

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