Monday, 19 August 2019

What Corrie could learn from Peaky Blinders fandom


I have a confession to make. I've never watched Peaky Blinders. And the worst thing of all is that I think I would absolutely love it. I'm going to make amends now that I know there's a second series coming and I'm going to binge watch from the start.  It's a show with its own particular style that even for someone like me, who has never seen the show, is aware of. 

I know, for instance, even without watching the show, that there's a Peaky Blinders festival on its way in September. I read about this in my newspaper and thought: "What a fantastic thing to do for the fans!"

There's Peaky Blinders music...



Peaky Blinders cider...




... and there's probably more merchandise out there than you can shake a Peaky Blinders stick at.

I was also astonished to recently see a billboard advertising the new series of Peaky Blinders. It was a fantastic advert, eye-catching, stunning, and in the corner of the billboard were the words FAN ART with the fan's name who had created the billboard artwork.  The company behind Peaky Blinders ran a competition to find the best billboard artwork.

Now then, all of this is great for Peaky Blinders fans. 

But as a Coronation Street fan I feel jealous, that ITV don't do any of this kind of thing any more for us Corrie fans. 

ITV have commissioned and sold Coronation Street merchandise in the past. For instance, when it was Corrie's 50th anniversary there were a few items, including beer, flying ducks, all that kind of thing, for Corrie fans to buy. That was nine years ago. Since then, hardly anything but a few notepads, tote bags from a company that no longer produces any Corrie merchandise. There's been three official novels written in the last three years but even these are prequels, not about what's on the show now or relevant to it. There's nothing else for fans apart from the Coronation Street set tour that's run by a private company called Continuum. Mind you, I'm not knocking the set tour, it's amazing and a privilege to be allowed on the Street. But please, Corrie, why isn't there more?

It's Corrie's 60th anniversary in December next year. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be walking down a street and glance up to see a billboard advertising the show with the words FAN ART in the corner of it? Wouldn't a festival or convention in Manchester be wonderful?  If all else fails, a bottle of Corrie cider would do. Come on, Corrie. Don't neglect your fan-base. We're the ones watching, supporting, cheering you on and voting in the soap awards for you.


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Coronation Street Episode Review Friday 16 August 2019


Steve promises Tracy he will collect her and Amy from the airport.  Needless to say he fails because he gets sidetracked - and Tracy wants to know why he has spent £600 on a coffin as she spotted it when she looked online at the joint account.  Steve claims that it is for Liz's friend Pauline (who she?).  However we know that Steve took Emma to the undertaker and did a deal with the undertaker to fund the coffin so that the undertaker only charges Emma £2000 for the cremation and other services.  The undertaker tells Emma it is a summer sale but even she works out that it is not and that somehow Steve talked him into being kind to her.  However later "the undertaker" does tell Emma that Steve paid the £600.  Emma thanks and hugs Steve in the Street in front of Tracy (whom I suspect was "the undertaker").   Tracy says there is no Pauline - and above we can see Steve's reaction.  Steve admits it - but cannot explain to Tracy in front of Emma that the latter may be his daughter.  Steve actually stands up to Tracy for once.  Tracy is fewmin' as they say these days and does not understand why Steve would be flashing the cash for a bird with whom he is not sleeping.  Liz gets Steve to back off - but he is looking for DNA tests.


Ken's bridge afternoon gets going in the Rovers: Ken and Claudia, John and Jenny, Mary (after much prevarication) and Brian, Yasmeen and Geoff (or as Claudia prefers to call him "Jerry").  We get a throwback to the nonsense insurance claim and Geoff tells Yasmeen the money will be in his account soon.  The bridge competition has Johnny and Jenny communicating strategy through his orders for chasers; Mary (who earlier claimed she and her mother were competition winners) spends much of the evening seeking to pretend she has not played before and talking a lot to distract the opponents - which Geoff eventually spots and ends.  Jenny steadily gets drunk!  Ken and Claudia lose to both Johnny/Jenny and Brian/Mary!  Mary winds up Claudia with reference to her "costume jewellery" - above.  Eventually Claudia storms out and Geoff works out that Johnny & Jenny are cheating based on the drinks they consume as chasers and the number of fingers on glasses, Jenny blows it as she is drunk!


Robert remains between the devil (Michelle) and the deep blue sea (Vicky).  Now we know it is simple - the devil is just nasty but there is a chance of swimming to safety in the sea.  But somehow Robert has not got the message and is running back and forth.  He tells Vicky that the ring he gave her is a fake and they need to go out and buy one together.  She gives it to him so that he can drop it off at the jeweller to be resized for Michelle's J size finger (48.7mm circumference).  Vicky wants to set a date for the wedding.  And she has been studying wedding magazines.  (Robert we all know a wedding planner you could employ!).  Robert avoids bedding Vicky by pretending to fall asleep on the sofa (above) but in reality he is awake pondering his choices.


Gemma feels Bermie should get a job - but the latter does everything she can to avoid employment.  Later Bernie pretends the toilet is broken so forcing Gemma to use a bucket.  She then applies the urine to a large number of pregnancy test sticks and starts selling the test sticks on the dark web to garner some cash.  Michael Bailey not only repairs the toilet he also suggests a better way of marketing the pregnancy test sticks putting them on legitimate websites as for "novelty use only" and he hopes she has washed her hands! And she gets nine orders in an hour!  Michael gets cut in for 25% of the legitimate business.

Bethany is depressed.  Everyone else is moving on with new jobs and challenges and she is stuck in a rut.  Then Emma comes in to get Maria to cover whilst she goes to the undertakers and Bethany realises that perhaps things are not so bad.  Later Daniel talks to Bethany - she needs two lists - things she wants to do and those things she is good at doing.  Oddly this story is left floating with Bethany planning writing two lists - filler to be forgotten or to be resurrected later?


Having lost at bridge Geoff and Yasmeen return home and the former turns his ire on Yasmeen who has spotted something is wrong.  He is surprised she has had time to notice as she did not earlier - undermining him at every opportunity (above).  She belittled him, tried to make him look small and he says she succeeded.  He has never felt more humiliated than he did today.  Apparently she made a joke about him taking the game too seriously and she let Mary go to the toilet when she asked in writing (having been forbidden from speaking except to bid).  He says that Yasmeen and Mary were ganging up to make him look stupid and Yasmeen was certainly not giving him any help to win the card games.  She responds that it is only a game and he goes off on another rant about her belittling him.  And apparently she was flirting with Johnny.  Yasmeen considers this so unreal she starts laughing (a dangerous thing to do)!  Geoff gets really angry and shouts at her not to laugh at him.  He decides they should spend the night apart and accepts her offer that she will use the spare room.  And he heads up the wooden hill leaving an upset Yasmeen downstairs.

As previously mentioned I feel that stories of coercive control have been badly overdone in soapland and I whilst it has now been admitted that Geoff was recruited for this story I don't have to like it or want it.  If the story had to be done why not a female control freak - not that uncommon.

Odd about Daniel and Bethany - they have not had many previous scenes together and I suspect that Sinead would be jealous if her husband was talking to another blonde!

Poor Steve - we know why he is trying to do the right thing - but Tracy will find out!

Writers: Damon Alexis-Rochefort and Owen Lloyd-Fox.  Director: Duncan Foster

No Corrie Comicals this week.  Hope normal service will return next week.  And great banter with those who have tweeted me - thank you.

Kosmo
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Who are your Top 5 favourite current Corrie women?


Who are your top five current Coronation Street female characters? 

Remember, it's the characters we're asking about, not the women who play them.  

Mine would be the following at the moment, but as always, it's subject to change except for Rita, who's been my favourite ever since I started watching the show.

Rita Tanner  


Sally Metcalfe

Gail Rodwell

Emma Brooker 

Sarah Platt

Who are yours?

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Corrie star joins Channel 4's Sink or Swim for SU2C


Sair Khan, who plays Alya Nazir in Coronation Street, is one of the celebrities in the new celebrity series, Sink or Swim in support of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).   

Sair will join Olympic gold medallist Linford Christie, The Last Leg’s Alex Brooker, TOWIE stars James ‘Arg’ Argent and Georgia Kousoulou, Blue singer Simon Webbe, Love Island’s Wes Nelson, Hollyoaks actress Rachel Adedeji, television presenter Diane Louise Jordan and Linford Christie’s fellow Olympic gold medallists, Tessa Sanderson and Greg Rutherford.

Sink or Swim attempts to erase the stigma of being a non-swimmer and follows the progress of the cast, some complete non-swimmers, some who just need to polish up their skills as well as those with a fear of open water or those who have been taught to swim as children but now struggle to do so for health reasons – as they are pushed to their absolute limits.

SU2C – a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 has to date raised over £62 million for research into cancer which will accelerate new cancer treatments to UK patients and save more lives.

To find out more about fundraising activities visit Standuptocancer.org.uk or channel4.co.uk/SU2C 

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