Thursday, 21 June 2018

Alexandra Mardell given new Corrie contract


There's good news for fans of hairdresser Emma in Coronation Street. She's been given a six month contract to stay on the show.

She gives a wonderful, long interview to Radio Times and you can read it here.

Alexandra Mardell, the actress who plays Emma said: “It’s great to know that I’m going to be sticking around for a bit longer. I’m so pleased.”

She's not the only one. I'm over the moon, she's great!

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Audio: William Roache reads from new book "Life and Soul"


William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, has a new book out.

It's called Life and Soul and we've featured it on the blog already which you can read about here.

Now, William has recorded the introduction from Life and Soul.

You can listen to it here free of charge.


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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Thurs 21 June


Thursday 21 June at 8pm (1 hr)

CRAIG HAS A BIG DATE As Craig nervously prepares for his date with Kayla, she makes her own preparations. Craig meets Kayla in Speed Daal. He’s bemused when she questions him about Bethany but after relaxing into an enjoyable date, Kayla links arms with Craig and Bethany, announcing she wants to get to know them both better.
TOYAH AND EVA STRUGGLE How will Adam react when Eva explains how she wanted to tell him about her pregnancy but it was never the right time?
JENNY’S APPALLED BY JOHNNY’S PLAN Having consulted a lawyer, Johnny reveals he’s applying for a Child Arrangement Order. Jenny’s horrified to hear that Johnny is seeking custody of Susie and urges him to reconsider, pointing out a baby belongs with its mother. Johnny retorts that either he has her support or they’re finished. Will Jenny agree? Eva’s shocked when Johnny reveals he’s taken legal advice and wants a DNA test to be sure Susie is Aidan’s.
ALYA HATCHES A PLAN When Alya introduces Sarah as her new PA, the girls are quick to point out the job should be advertised so they can apply. Alya hatches a plan and spends the afternoon treating Sarah like a slave. Will it have the desired effect?
ELSEWHERE In the salon, Maria’s run off her feet. When Beth points out she seems to be running the place, Maria’s given food for thought, especially when Audrey announces she’s increasing her rent.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Seven years of Eva the Diva on Coronation Street

By Matt Johnson who is on Twitter @unitedkanamixer and blogs here.

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As many of you will know, this week sees Catherine Tyldesley film her final scenes as Eva Price, so I thought now was a good time to look back on a memorable seven years of ‘Eva the Diva’. 

From the moment Eva first arrived it was clear she was going to make an impression. The first time we ever saw her she turned up at the Rovers in tears after discovering that her fiancĂ© was cheating on her with a friend and mum Stella allows her to stay at the Rovers. She later discovers that Leanne Barlow (as she was then) is her half sister due to Stella’s past relationship with Les Battersby (yep, that is actually canon!)

Her bubbly personality, not to mention that laugh, quickly made her a fan favourite with viewers. Although not exactly the smartest of people, Eva has a heart of gold- but that didn’t do her too many favours on the relationship front. She dated Nick, Rob and Jason before finally finding her true love with Aidan. Even though their wedding day ended in disaster when Aidan discovered her fake pregnancy, which was her revenge after finding out about his affair with Maria, it was clear that the two of them never stopped loving each other.

As well as numerous relationship disasters, there was also the discovery that Leanne is her sister, her friendship with Kylie and the time she attempted to help a Polish worker that she found was hiding out at Underworld from one of the factories clients. Finally, the baby swap deal with Toyah that will ultimately lead to her exit. The last couple of months have shown that not only does Cath excel at the comedy side of Eva’s character, she also does a superb job of the emotional scenes. We know that the door is going to be left open and I for one hope that one day, Eva will grace the cobbles once again

By Matt Johnson who is on Twitter @unitedkanamixer and blogs here.

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