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Monday, 23 May 2022

Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 23rd May


All is well in Paradise-cum-Hardy apart from Hope is off school, which is going to be an important part of tonight's ep. Phil(l) for some reason won't let Hope, who is supposed to be ill, inside the house so when her tablet runs out of juice, he gives her his laptop and she opens a folder called "Stape". Never leave an 11 year old in charge of a laptop, that is a good rule for life. Also don't save your important stuff on your desktop. Hope is out for revenge and despite not having got her JCB licence, lifts the digger scoop and smashes it into Phill's car windscreen. Rude! She is taken back to the cobbles, where she asks Tyrone questions about John Stape and says she saw the info on Phill's laptop. I'm sure an almost 12 year old would have asked about her bio-dad by now surely? Anyway, Phill says it was research for a true-crime book that he wants to write about Stape's reign of haphazard terror. Uh-oh. Fiz leaves Phill and goes back to no. 2 where she and Ty read out the Corriepedia entry for John to Hope and she asks if the writers were on drugs, or sommat. "All he wanted to do was teach," says Fiz. And murder people. 


Phill turns up and tries to persuade Fiz with his ideas for a tie-in podcast and titles for the book: "From Sir With Love" or "Double Life: The Curious Tale Of The Teacher With A Temper". I think Phill has talent! 

Fiz has no truck with this or forgiving Phill. "We're mid-renovation!" he pleads. Some excellent dialogue from Simon Crowther in this ep.


Sally bursts into tears at work and is comforted by Fay(e). You know you're at a new low when you're seeking solace from the walking disaster that is your stepdaughter. Faye goes around to counsel Tim who finally agrees to see Dr Gaddas who, unlike my doctor, still does bookable appointments. Same day appointments! Dr G says she will change Tim's medication. Maybe Tim should've just read the leaflet that accompanied his heart medicine? Or at least google side-effects.


Dismal Daniel tells Ken that he's quitting teaching despite all that studying we never saw him do for his PGCE. Here's an idea Danny-boy, get a job in a school where you don't live in the same street as your pupils. Still, there's always jobs in packing. Always. He tries to persuade Daisy to get back together with him, but it's a no-go, as you might imagine. Naughty Nicki rocks up to the pub and pleads Daniel's case as well. Daisy does her patented trout-pout at her but later goes to tell Daniel that she misses him too but she can't go out with him whilst Nicki is living with him.


Jay-kub tries to persuade Amy to go home so she can study in a house with lighting and heating, although I bet Ken turned the radiators off back in March and is going around unplugging everyone's chargers to bring down the leccy bill. Jacob reveals that someone's dobbed them into the council for sub-letting. I think it'd be the sister who'd be in trouble for this, not Jakey-boy. Anyhoo, as we all knew they would, Jacob and Amy move into no.1.

Oh and Summer's not taking her insulin. I am more keen on the average 18 year old for the exam season - and thus this storyline - to be over.

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Tyrone And Phill Fight In Concrete! Corrie Blog Interviews Alan Halsall and Jamie McKenna

Usually, Coronation Street love triangles follow a tried and tested formula of two women and one man but, with Tyrone, Phill and Fiz's romance storyline, that tried and tested formula has gone out of the window. What started as Tyrone's affair with Alina, this story, in my opinion, has given us far more weight, depth, and humour, since Alina departed for Romania, and they introduced tall guy/fall guy, Phill into Fiz's affections. A clever move by the storyline writers - longevity and an in-depth inward look into Tyrone and Fiz's past, future, and current blended family dynamic. Another interesting slant (mirrored in Daisy and Nicky's battle for Daniel) is that Phill and Tyrone could make great friends - they get along swimmingly most of the time! Aside from the Christmas Day fight (huge comedy, not anything vicious) things have cooled between them? This week, we see them fight again, and this time it's a concrete battle for Fiz's affections. Will Ty escape unhurt or is it Phill that comes unstuck? A proposal looks to be on the cards for Fiz, but who will it be? 

On May the 5th I joined ITV online for a Coronation Street Zoom press event, to chat with Jamie McKenna (Phill Whittaker) and Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs) to learn all about it. 

Jamie, our first question is to you. Phill is about to have his secret uncovered! In tonight’s episode, it’s revealed that Phill is writing a book about John Stape. Is that his reason for being with Fiz all along??  

It's just a coincidence. I think the thing with Phill, is that you can always guarantee that he does everything with the best intentions - even this. It’s a seemingly weird freaky manoeuvre to write a book about her ex murderous husband - he has good intentions. His friend is a barrister who was on the case, and even though Phill has always been aware of it, he’s never talked about it to Fiz. He thinks he can free her from the past by writing a book and getting her side of the story out in the open. It massively backfires!

Alan, how smug does Tyrone feel when his suspicions about Phill are confirmed? Does he use this to try and win Fiz back? 

I think it’s got to that point between Tyrone and Phill, where Tyrone is quite clearly wanting Fiz back. He recognises that Phill is a good guy, and good for the girls and that Phill could be a great friend, in another life. Tyrone thinks this could be news for him when playing the long game. 

Jamie, as things backfire, Phill ends up having his car smashed by Hope and a digger! Has Phill been brave by taking on Fiz and the girls?

I think he is a brave man for taking on the girls. He’s always wanted kids but it never worked out for him. In his mind it's this perfect scenario - he's besotted by Fiz. They come as a package and he’s really happy. He thinks he gets on well with Hope, but she is volatile They come as a package, but maybe he should always be wary of Hope, and he hasn't been. What he hasn't thought through though, is that Hope didn't know anything about John Stape's past and when she discovers these things, her world falls apart

Alan, following all of this, Tyrone and Phill start fighting again, and in wet concrete! Can you tell us more about that? 

Well, I think Tyrone sees this book deal as an opportunity, and immediately opens his arms to Fiz telling her he will do anything to get back with her. He heads over to Phill’s house to pick up Fiz’s belongings, with the best intentions, but it doesn't go to plan! I think after what happened with the Christmas day episode, the writers saw something and ran with it again. Small man, tall man, and a comedy fight in concrete!

Jamie, How did you feel when you read the script? 

We both got a call to do a private zoom meeting with the producer. It was a bit daunting but he just wanted to ask our permission, concerning this scene, and if we were comfortable filming in concrete, and then hosing each other down, in our pants, after!! It was funny. 

Alan and Jamie share a behind the scenes selfie! 

Alan, do you enjoy filming these concrete fight scenes? 

No, not really! We are actors and that's what we are paid to do but I can't say I was excited or looking forward to it. It was in Didsbury, freezing cold, and in a garden somewhere. What we try to do with these scenes is have some fun and give the audience a laugh. As you can see on screen, there is a clear difference in the height of me and Jamie, and it's funny watching Jamie and me scrapping it out. Last time we had an inflatable unicorn and a toy sword, and this time it's concrete! It’s quite silly and I think people appreciate that kind of humour. That said, it is quite a sad situation, it's a family break-up, people trying to move on with their lives, heartache etc but to have that comedy, its corrie in the light-heartedness and that's very familiar in the script.

Another 'behind the scenes' pic! Thanks, Corrie


Alan, a question for you. Aside from the comedy, Tyrone realises that Phill has lost Fiz’s ring in this concrete, and he's planning on proposing to her. Does he see this as a real threat? 

Well, Tyrone learns that the ring is precious, and a family heirloom, He thinks if it's lost, Phill won't ask her anymore. The point has gone, and he's lost Fiz. Tyrone thinks it will be left at that, not realising that Phill has plans to go and speak to Fiz to see what will come of that. Tyrone knows that Phill won't search for the ring on his own, so Tyrone just tries to do the right thing and helps him look for it.  

Jamie, What makes Phill think this is the right time to propose?

I don't think he goes with the intention. The ring that Phill loses in the concrete was his grandma’s, who died last year, I believe that is what bonds Tyrone and Phill, at the moment. Tyrone is a family man who understands the ring's relevance and sentimentality. Phill feels awful and goes to Fiz to clear the air and apologise. He doesn't go with intention of proposing, yet it just happens It's a very lovely scene actually, he just goes with the moment. 


Corrie arent revealing Fiz’s answer to Phill’s proposal just yet, so it looks like there’s more to come, which pleases me, to no end! This storyline got me through lockdown and I’m glad there’s still more to come. Will Tyrone put a stop to a wedding? Will Hope cause more mayhem? Will Phill publish a John Stape true-crime blockbuster? ...we shall have to wait and see. 


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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Monday 23 May 2022

Monday 23rd May 2022

PHILL CAN’T DIG HIMSELF OUT OF THIS HOLE Tyrone is still suspicious of Phill and what he is up to. Meanwhile when Hope borrows Phill’s laptop she  is the one who uncovers the truth and in true Hope style takes revenge. Phill hears the noise of the mini-digger on the driveway and dashes round the house to see what’s going on. Phill’s horrified to see Hope and as she pulls a lever, the digger’s arm swings round and smashes the windscreen on his car. What has Hope discovered? And does this spell the end for Fiz and Phill? 

FAYE STEPS IN TO HELP SAVE HER DAD’S MARRIAGE Faye quizzes Tim about his row with Sally. Tim attends his appointment accompanied by Sally.  When Tim reveals he’s suffering from impotence, Dr Gaddas suggests she’ll alter his medication. 

NICKY TRIES TO BUILD BRIDGES Daniel breaks the news to Ken that he’s giving up teaching. Nicky calls in the Rovers to speak to Daisy. 

ELSEWHERE  Amy and Jacob call at No.1 with their overnight things. Meanwhile, Billy confronts Summer and accuses her of failing to take her meds regularly.  Summer flies off the handle and storms out. 

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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Five Things We Learned In Corrie This Week

Appreciate your assets.  Another week on Corrie, another week where I'm begging the Platt family to stop being so horrible to Gail.  Gail is lovely and caring and has stuck by her awful children even though they're astonishingly annoying.  She's a bit daffy, but look at the poor woman's life: she's earned the right to be a little loose around the edges.  David dismissed her teaching powers - "Geography hour with Gail will be a list of all the best bars in Thailand" and I'm sorry, that's a cool thing for your nan to teach you - while Max chucked her lovely gift of a new school bag in the bin first chance he got.  They're horrible people and let's hope the sinkhole reopens and swallows them all.

Thank goodness then for Sally, who remembered that she's been friends with Gail for decade and took her out for a drink to discuss the Timpotence situation.  I'm still not sure how I feel about this storyline, and apparently the writers aren't sure either; one minute it's a serious discussion of the very real problem of post-operative sexual dysfunction, the next it's Sally waving a floppy cucumber around and Tim barrelling down the street in a dressing gown in search of Viagra.  We did at least hear the word "penis" this week, which felt like some kind of taboo breaking - taking advantage of that new later eight o'clock spot I guess.

Tim's problems meant that we got a lovely, lengthy scene in the Rovers between Gail and Sally as they talked like - well, like old friends.  There were jokes (Gail thinking Tim was on E was brilliant), there were revelations, and there were serious discussions about sex and relationships.  It was great and should happen more often.  Sally and Abi are a fantastic pairing but she's too much of a firecracker - Sal inevitably ends up being the disapproving mother figure.  Sally and Gail have similar lives and journeys - they gave birth within 24 hours of one another and were in adjoining hospital beds, for Pete's sake! - and it's great to see that reflected onscreen.  Even if we do end up hearing about Brian Tilsley's rampant sexual appetite in the process.  Of course Sally told her about her sex life, and of course Gail was empathetic and tried to do the right thing, because she is a treasure and Tim needs to appreciate that.  Everyone does.

And now, an announcement.  I'm sorry, but I've reached the end of the line with the Abi/Imran/Alfie storyline, and as such, this blog will no longer mention it.  I've got tired with the endless back and forths, the double crosses, the nonsensical legalities.  I switch off when Toyah pulls that caring face, or when Abi decides to meet yet another dodgy bloke in an alleyway to hand over a load of cash she's somehow acquired.  I realise this decision will bite me in the behind during Britain's Got Talent week when it's this storyline all the time, but hopefully there'll be a nice subplot involving Aadi and Asha trying to decide who gets to use the telly or something that I can concentrate on instead.  (Please note: I reserve the right to change my mind about this decision in extraordinary circumstances such as, for example, if the pressure gets so much for Imran that he strips naked and streaks down Victoria Street.  I may possibly have a thought or two then, and I might even be able to share some of them).

Everyone's a winner.  Debbie organised a raffle for Oliver's Fund (which I thought got wound up when Curtis was around?  Never mind) and the prizes were distributed in a totally fair and legal manner, to whit:
  • Third Prize (a doorbell camera) went to Steve, principal trustee of Oliver's Fund
  • Second Prize (a luxury break in the Chariot Square Hotel, a contradiction in terms) went to Sally and Tim, i.e. Debbie's former sister in law
  • First Prize (a VIP trip to Weatherfield County) went to Ronnie, her current bit on the side.
Someone call in the authorities, this draw was dodgier than Georgia's votes at Eurovision.  Steve was disappointed at first but soon learned to love his doorbell camera once he realised he could use it to spy on the neighbours.  I can't help thinking that a motion sensitive camera on a front door that opens directly onto the street seems like a bad idea; Steve's going to keep getting intruder alerts on his phone and it's just Beth out walking Peanut.  

Of course it all lead to a misunderstanding that ended with Ronnie getting belted, because nobody installs a camera in Weatherfield unless it's going to immediately be used for surveillance purposes.  Can we do something more with Ronnie, by the way?  He deserves better than being a punchbag for other people's storylines.  I'm still not sure what he does for a living, and apparently he's still living at the Rovers, which must be costing him a fortune.  He acts like he's rolling in cash so stick him in Redbank with Adam and Sarah-Lou and the other high-rollers of the Street.  Vinta Morgan is a charismatic actor with bags of potential.  

Death is a numbers game.  At the risk of sounding pedantic, does John Stape actually count as a serial killer?  Colin Fishwick carked it entirely of his own accord, and Mrs Warboys' death was accidental.  The only person he actually murdered deliberately was Charlotte and let's face it she kind of deserved it.  I'm not saying he was a saint - he was altogether too fond of kidnapping Rosie Webster - but he was hardly Pat Phelan gunning down Andy in cold blood, was he?  

It seems Fiz hasn't once mentioned John to Phill, which makes me wonder about their levels of communication.

Phill: "What happened to Hope's real dad?"
Fiz: "Look over there!  I think that's Lady Gaga on that tram!"

He knew about it anyway, because it's 2022 and the first thing you do when you have a date with someone is do a bit of cyberstalking and hunt them down through Google.  Scan their Facebook, read their appearances in newspapers, go to and find out if they're descended from anyone rich, the usual stuff.  It was news to Michael, however, who revealed himself to be a bit of a crime podcast buff.  I hope Beth immediately filled him in on the fact that he now lives on a literal Murderer's Row and he spends the next few weeks indiscreetly interrogating Rita about Alan Bradley and trying to get the gory details on Charlie Stubbs from Tracy.

Phill was later spotted by Tyrone handing over a brown envelope to a suspect character in the gardens because he's been a stand up bloke for six months now; it's about time he was revealed to have a secret that could destroy everything.  It's a shame, because I like Phill and his unabashed goodness, and I'm not keen to have him revealed to be a sexual pervert or a drug dealer or something.  Of course, he could've avoided all of this by having this exchange literally anywhere else in the Greater Manchester area, what with him neither living or working within a mile of Coronation Street, but that would've meant they'd have had to do some location filming and budgets are tight these days.

Ascend to a higher plane.  Remember a couple of weeks ago when Amy revealed she was horribly traumatised by her drugging, purely so that we could learn how Daniel and Max felt about it?  And the rest of the week was the fallout from that, but mainly without Amy, because she'd served her purpose?  Well, it seems she's over it all now as she spent this week forgiving Daniel and intervening to try and get the Barlows back together as a family.  She's approaching sainthood now, which would be fine if I felt like it was a character beat rather than the scriptwriters simply not wanting to deal with any anxieties or emotional upset Amy might be experiencing.  

At least her relationship with Jacob seems to be coming along well.  This week Jack James Ryan got the shirtless scene which is legally required for all new male cast members under the age of 25 as he had a shower at Eileen's to escape a broken boiler.  Obviously Eileen came home halfway through and beat him out into the gutter with a caterwaul that could be heard two streets away.  A moment, by the way, to appreciate the way Mary and Jacob shamelessly flirt with one another, and the fact that when Eileen said "I found him with not a stitch on coming round to do you a favour" Mary immediately assumed it was a sex thing.  What a legend.

Tracy took him to one side and interrogated him, enabling us to get the inevitable back story - absent father, criminal mother, dodgy sublet - that would normally see a thawing in the listener's soul and result in them inviting them under their wing.  Tracy, however, has a heart of flint, and concluded that the best thing for Jacob would be if he dumped Amy and sent her home.  She may have softened considerably since Deirdre died but at the core of Tracy Barlow is a sucking void of unpleasantness that I for one adore.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Manchester Bombing, an event that was commemorated by the show having Gail and Eileen exchange pleasantries with one another by the memorial bench.  If those two can go two minutes without tearing into one another there's hope for us all.  My Twitter feed @merseytart will try to follow their example.

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