Monday, 28 May 2018

Coronation Street tour by tram - Summer 2018


The good people at New Manchester Walks are offering a Coronation Street ocatiosn tour in August. So if you're free and in or around Manchester then this one's for you! 

Perhaps you might even want to combine the tram tour with a visit to the Coronation Street set tour too?

The link to the tram tour is here.

And if you'd like to book a Coronation Street set tour, the link is here.

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Coronation Street Tour - Top Tips and Fun Facts #CorrieTour


Our friend Paul at @CorrieArt was one of the first visitors at the new Coronation Street tour.  You can read his blog post which gives his opinion of the Corrie tour and he compares and contrasts it against the old Corrie Tour at Quay Street too.
Paul now gives us his hints and tips if you're going on the Corrie Tour, and some fun facts too.


Here's Paul from @CorrieArt at the new set in May 2018

CORRIE TOUR TOP TIPS

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour start time.
  • Dress for the weather and wear sensible walking shoes in case those pesky cobbles get the better of you.
  • Charge your batteries and bring a camera phone for the many photo opportunities.
  • Backpacks are not permitted on the Tour and be prepared to have your handbags searched by security.
  • Don’t forget to return to the start of the tour and pick up your Rovers Return photograph (£7.50 each or two for £10). 
  • Food and drink (except bottled water) is not permitted on the Tour.
  • If you stay over in the nearby Premier Inn, make good use of their car park and ask to be in a room that overlooks the canal and Corrie studios!
  • Coach tours (such as National Holidays) with travel, hotel and Tour admission packages are a good value option compared to booking ticket, travel and accommodation separately. Find out more here.

CORRIE TOUR FACTS

  • Coronation Street The Tour opened on Saturday May 26th 2018 and is expected to run for limited weekends throughout the summer
  • 1,480 visitors a day are expected
  • Up to 37 trips a day can take place
  • Up to 50 guests can be on each tour
  • Tours are estimated to bring £4 million to the local economy annually
  • The previous tour, at the old set, brought in an estimated £60 million to the local economy

National Holidays are offering a package which includes a ticket to the Coronation Street set, an overnight stay in a hotel - with dinner and breakfast included - and an excursion to Liverpool, all from £99.  If you're interested in learning more, here's the link.

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Fan review: The new Coronation Street Tour #CorrieTour (Part 2 of 2)


Our friend Paul Lanagan at @CorrieArt writes a two-part blog post for us here at the Coronation Street Blog about his recent visit to the new Coronation Street Tour. Paul was one of the first fans to visit the new Corrie Tour, and he was also one the last fan to visit the old Corrie Tour at Quay Street.


Here we go with Part Two of Paul's blog post where he tells us all about being one of the first fans at the new Corrie Tour at Trafford Wharf.

Have you found this art work? Paul lost it on a Manchester tram.
Please contact @CorrieArt if you find it.

The original Coronation Street Tour at Quay Street had been a great success with 32,759 tours enjoyed by an estimated 980,000 visitors. It was claimed that the tours contributed £60 million into the local economy and I can well believe that having visited many times myself. 

But when the tours came to an end on New Year's Eve 2015, fans lamented the closing of the attraction and lusted after access to the new MediaCityUK Corrie lot and its hallowed cobbles behind the confines of a large security fence and security guards to boot. 

Rumours emerged in February 2018 that a new Corrie Tour would be launched in the late spring when planning documents for the attraction were shared on our blog. Planning consent was given two months later and as the news spread, excitement built online about Continuum Attractions and ITV’s newest collaboration.

Tickets finally went on sale on Thursday May 3rd. I visited the website early in the morning and intended to book tickets for the first tour later in the month.  Having been the last ever visitor on the old Corrie Tour at Quay Street, it felt right to be on Tour No. 1 at MediaCityUK, however the website soon crashed due to the high demand - so I had to be patient. 

I paid £35 online for a ticket and booked a room at a hotel close to the Corrie Tour attraction. Plus, there were travel costs of £35. A fortune but to any Corrie fan this is a small price to pay for the chance to visit Britain’s most famous street.

Alternatively, National Holidays are offering a package which includes a ticket to the set, an overnight stay in a decent hotel - with dinner and breakfast included - and an excursion to Liverpool, all for £99.  If you're interested in learning more, here's the link.


Coronation Street and trams have a bad connotation when linked together: villainous Alan Bradley met his match with a Blackpool tram when he was attacking Rita Fairclough in 1989 and of course who could forget those astonishing scenes of a tram crashing off the viaduct into poor Mollie Dobbs and the Corner Shop in 2010?  So I should have known better and been on guard when aboard a tram bound for Eccles. 

I was on my way to MediaCityUK for the new tour, laden with luggage and a pack of specially created artwork to celebrate the occasion.  As I hopped off the tram full of excitement, I watched it trundle away with a toot-toot.... and my Corrie art! I didn't realise this of course, until much later, when I was sat in my hotel room and about to watch Friday's episodes of Coronation Street.  I raced back to the tram station but it was too late; the tram had just returned from Eccles and disappeared into the distance, bustling with hundreds of concert goers off for an evening with Ed Sheeran at the Etihad Stadium. I was furious with myself and disappointed that I wouldn’t get to share my special artwork with the guests on Tour No. 1 (I wonder where it is now).

The new Corrie Tour starts at ‘TheStudios from dock10’ - a quirky and grammatically incorrect title for a building - where visitors gather at their allotted pre-purchased ticket time.  Accompanying the Corrie Tour desk and pop-up gift shop is a small cafe plus a miniature frontage of the Rovers Return which has been inside the building for years along with a TARDIS and EastEnders panorama plus Arthur’s bench.  Enough TV icons to get your pulse racing ahead of the tour!

At 9am, on Friday May 25th 2018, Coronation Street Tour No. 1 finally got underway after a few snags (a radio pack wasn’t working) and thirty visitors were enthusiastically welcomed to the attraction by Alexis who gave us all a decorative lanyard, a complimentary souvenir map and a brief explanation of the rules of the tour.  


We were then led out the building and walked for several minutes across the MediaCity footbridge over the Manchester Shipping Canal and were greeted with the familiar outline of the Coronation Street studios adorned with an illuminated ‘ITV’ logo and a huge metallic version of the iconic Coronation Street sign.  We waited patiently at the security turnstile like in a scene from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, but there was no sign of Willy Wonka or Oompa Loompas, only two friendly security guards who checked our ticket receipts before ushering us into those hallowed grounds that we’d all wanted access to for years.


The group skirted around the edge of Studio 1 and paused next to the back of Mawdsley Street, which is in fact a shell, a facade, held up by huge girders.  Alexis pointed out Studio 2 which was re-named the ‘Tony Warren Building’ in 2014 in honour of Corrie’s creator who sadly passed away on March 1st 2016.  Alexis said that a welcome sight to the cast were the crew who provided the big coats and umbrellas for when they transitioned from the studio to the outdoor lot, particularly during bad weather.  This was just one snippet of countless pieces of Corrie trivia that guests were treated to throughout the tour; Alexis certainly knew her stuff and had in fact worked on the original Quay Street tour back in 2014 and 2015!

Guests were shepherded onto Viaduct Street and their first glimpses of Weatherfield as the Kabin and Viaduct Bistro came into view.  We were then taken on a guided tour around the various Coronation Street properties before being given limited access to the ginnel and world beyond the illogical Rosamund Street arch.  Time was tight and we kept to the schedule with ample photo opportunities around the set.  Visitors were allowed to take their own selfies outside the doors of the Rovers while an official photographer was also on hand to capture the special moment.  Ordinarily these photographs are available to buy from the Corrie Tour gift shop, however Continuum Attractions was kindly giving them away for free in commemoration of the new tours.


The new Coronation Street lot, which was built in 2013, is a faithful recreation of the Quay Street version but is considerably bigger having been built to full scale - the original was strangely built to a scale smaller than reality.  Two cars can now drive safely down the Street and unlike on the previous tour, the set featured several parked cars dotted around making it all feel very realistic!  

The lot is home to more than 54,000 cobbles but more importantly the newly added Victoria Street extension saw 7,000 hallowed cobbles from the Quay Street lot re-claimed and added to the site!  Alexis showed us the point where they had been laid next to the new Weatherfield North tram station, which incidentally features the original door handles from the old Rovers Return (these had been safely removed around the time of the fire started by Karl Munro in 2013).


Indeed a highlight of the trip was this new Victoria Street extension, which was unveiled in March 2018 and first appeared on screen on April 20th 2018.  We were the first public visitors to be allowed on the site and were kindly given a longer stint than usual to explore the nooks and crannies – plus the new ginnel where Zeedan recently beat up Rana and Kate’s homophobic attacker.  Much of these features had been revealed during the media event for the set extension, however I noticed one thing not mentioned: the inclusion of Redbank Apartments, a converted block of flats next door to Victoria Court.  It looked less salubrious and I wonder what category of resident would live there – probably a Rovers drinker and not the Bistro type!


Alexis pointed out the looming facade of Weatherfield Police Station which was tucked away behind Redbank Apartments and visible to the public on Trafford Wharf Road in the real world.  The police station, while physically located behind Victoria Street, is in fact meant to be located some two miles away, in wider Weatherfield, a reminder that this indeed is a filming lot and not a set of real streets.  Set designers had carefully hidden the police station from view using a newly added covered parking lot for the exclusive use of “Victoria Court residents only”.  

While the group spread out down Victoria Street, I took the opportunity to chat to a familiar face on the tour and it turned out that the lady, Sue Merry, had also visited the old Corrie Tour at Quay Street back in December 2015 when I was there.  Sue, who had travelled especially from rural Devon for Tour No. 1, said: “I was born in 1959 and grew up with Coronation Street in black and white.  Everything stopped for Corrie, a tradition I have carried on in my house.  Woe betide anyone who talks through Corrie or phones me when it’s on!”  Sue went on to say that she had hoped she would get to see the interior sets and meet some of Weatherfield’s famous faces on the tour.  Sadly none were to be seen today, but who knows what the future holds for subsequent visitors.


A poignant part of the visit was getting to see the Victoria Street community garden which features a memorial bench to the 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena bombing including Corrie super-fan Martyn Hett.  This area was thankfully closed off to visitors with a sign saying “Dressed set. No entry” which would help to protect the delicate features of the garden and its real blossoming plants.

Another visitor, Amy Benton, from Birmingham, was impressed with the new additions to the Corrie lot and told me: “It’s nice to see the new part of Victoria Street. It was a lovely touch by Coronation Street to add in the dedication to the 22 in the Urban Garden!  It is a really beautiful addition to the set which has so much detail.” 

Before we all knew it, time had run out and visitors were guided off Victoria Street past the new Weatherfield Co-Op store.  We emerged into the staff car park alongside the main studio entrance (the one where the fans gather at the gate) and took the sad walk back to the security turnstile.  All in all we had been in Weatherfield for 60 minutes with the whole experience having lasted around 90 minutes.

I caught up later with tour guide Alexis and she said: "I used to work on the Quay Street tour but this one is far more exciting. There's a different atmosphere here. The old one had a finality to it; it was the end of an era with Christmas decorations left up from when the production teams moved out. The new tour is fresh, modern and more alive.  Visitors will really enjoy it!"

And enjoy it we did.  I look forward to making return visits to the Coronation Street Tour and I hope that at no point will I be vying to be the last ever visitor! Long may the tours continue!

BY PAUL LANAGAN @CORRIEART


National Holidays are offering a package which includes a ticket to the Coronation Street set, an overnight stay in a hotel - with dinner and breakfast included - and an excursion to Liverpool, all from £99.  If you're interested in learning more, here's the link.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Mon 28 May


Note: Corrie is on at 9pm every night this week. It is being shown after the watershed as there will be scenes of a violent nature when Phelan returns. Find out all about Corrie's BIG WEEK with spoilers, news and cast interviews by our blog team.


Monday 28th May
DAVID FACES HIS DEMONS Alya tells Shona that Josh is moving away. David breaks the news to Emma that he’d like her to move out, hiding her upset she asks Billy about Shona’s old room. Dec tracks down David and reveals he’s also a victim of Josh but can’t bring himself to go to the police and wants Shona to stop bothering him. David listens as Johnny pours his heart out to Peter wishing that Aidan had talked to him rather than internalising his demons. Reaching a decision David tells Shona he’s ready to report Josh. Shona tells him to be quick as Josh is planning to leave.
GARY RETURNS WITH A SURPRISE PACKAGE Gary and Joe let themselves into Phelan’s caravan. A fight breaks out but Joe manages to knock Phelan unconscious. Gary and Joe return to the builder’s yard and lock Phelan in the storeroom. But when Sarah discovers a bound, gagged and unconscious Phelan what will she do?
ROBERT, ALI AND RYAN GET INTO HOT WATER As Michelle has her hair done, Johnny calls to say he won’t be attending the wedding as he doesn’t feel up to it. When Michelle then finds out that Ryan’s missing after getting bladdered, she wonders if her wedding is doomed. Robert and Daniel trace Ryan to a flat where he’s spent the night with a woman. But when her husband returns and demands to know which of them she slept with, Ryan points the finger at Robert.
ELSEWHERE Flora overhears Daniel assuring Sinead he’s doing his best to find her a place in a care home. Rosie insists on going ahead with the photo shoot despite Antoine’s involvement.

Note: Corrie is on at 9pm every night this week. It is being shown after the watershed as there will be scenes of a violent nature when Phelan returns. Find out all about Corrie's BIG WEEK with spoilers, news and cast interviews by our blog team.

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Job Vacancy: Editorial Assistant at Coronation Street


This just in from ITV Jobs. 

Editorial Assistants, Continuing Drama, 12 Month FTC
(Manchester x 1) and (Leeds x 1)

We have 2 exciting opportunities available within our Editorial Departments at Coronation Street and Emmerdale. The roles will be based within the Pre Production teams who are responsible for the successful and accurate delivery of timed scripts for onward delivery to the Production Teams.

As our Editorial Assistants you will cover all aspects of scripts for the Pre Production of the programme. These will include importing and formatting scripts, writing scene synopses, reading scripts for production continuity, assisting with the timing of scripts, as well as providing a full administration service to the team.

You will join us with a willingness to learn, together with a proactive and adaptable approach when working with different people and shifting priorities.

You must have strong administration skills, be highly organised, have a keen eye for detail, able to demonstrate a firm grasp of written English and able to proofread documents, checking for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. You will have strong interpersonal skills as well as excellent computer skills. Knowledge of Microsoft packages, Google docs and Adobe Story would be an advantage but isn’t essential.

Knowledge of the production process and Continuing Drama is essential. You will have the ability to deal with creative people in a pressurised, fast paced environment and have a keen interest in the script process.

If you’re up for the challenge and strive to develop yourself editorially, apply now! If you are selected for interview we will be holding a workshop in Leeds on Tuesday 19th June.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 6th June.

Interviews will be held on the 19th June in Leeds.

Full details from ITV Jobs. 

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