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Friday, 20 May 2022

Will Kevin Help Abi Flee Weatherfield? Corrie Blog interviews Michael Le Vell



Kevin Webster has reeled in revelations recently regarding his estranged wife Abi, yet still harbours the thought of possible reconciliation between them. Even though Kevin found out that Imran fathered her baby, it would seem that he still wants Abi back, and is determined to help her keep baby Alfie, regardless of the consequences.


Will Kevin follow his heart and ultimately reunite with his wife, or will he play it safe to protect himself and his son Jack? 


In his 39th(!) year on Coronation Street, it was a huge honour to attend a Corrie zoom press event to chat with Michael Le Vell, to learn about his latest storyline. 


Hi Michael! The relationship between Kevin and Abi is something a lot of viewers have warmed to. Do you think that Kevin has ever regretted getting involved with Abi? 


You know what, not one bit! I think she’s brought out a different dimension to him. She’s exciting to him, he doesn't know what he’s going to get from one day to the next. It keeps him on his toes. 



What does Kevin see in Abi? Sally Carman says that Abi has a huge heart. Do you think Kevin would agree with that? 


Yes, I think he sees that and he always sees the flaws in her as well. No one is perfect, but he loves her. When you love someone you see through their faults, and love them, despite those faults. If Kevin ever falls on hard times, he knows Abi would be there for him, regardless. 


Most people would simply walk away, if Abi did to them, what she did to Kevin. Yet, this week, he offers to help her run off with Alfie. On that basis, does he feel that Abi has it in her to be a good Mother? 


He knows 100%. He’s seen the regret she has over losing the twins, and then what happened with Seb. He knows she’s got it in her to be a good Mum! Kev’s not been perfect in the past either, so maybe he needs to eat humble pie and be there for her. 



Next year is your 40th anniversary on the show, and here you are at the centre of another huge storyline. Do you still enjoy playing Kevin after this time? 


I love it - absolutely love it! I get different scripts every week and I've been blessed with the actors that I've been put with - it makes a job a lot easier. Working with Sally Dynevor, Sally Carman, and Joe Duttine is not like coming to work at all. I've been blessed with the people around me.



During your time on the show, Kevin has been involved in several huge storylines. Do you feel proud to be involved in another vast Corrie soap week? 


Oh yeah, I'm always proud. It doesn't matter what script you get, it's such an honour to be part of the show and the fact they are still using me, gives you good faith in yourself. I just want to do my best, so that viewers like it. 



Did you ever imagine, when you started playing Kevin Webster, that you’d still be in the role nearly forty years later?  


No, I came in as 'Neil Grimshaw' first, one of Rita’s paperboys, for a few episodes, and then a producer, Judy Hayfield, when that finished, she said they’d find something else for me. I wasn't booked for Kevin Webster, I was in the corridor waiting to audition for a programme called ‘Scully’ and Judy H walked past and asked if I was auditioning for Kevin Webster. I said no, she said to leave it with me. I came back the next day, auditioned, and got the job, which was twelve episodes. I then finished those twelve episodes, went off and did panto at Oldham Collissuem, and then got asked back to Coronation Street. That was nearly forty years ago! 



Are there any highlights that stand out for you from those forty years? 


It's funny actually, two people came up to me in a supermarket the other day, and they'd been watching classic corrie, an episode where Kevin and Alison lost their baby. It was a scene with Sally when Kevin breaks down and he has a line saying 'what am I supposed to do with all of that love, now the baby has been taken away?' and it was emotional stuff. It reminded me of that moment and it always comes back to me. I love doing the strong storylines with the emotional stuff, like when Sally had to tell Kevin that she had breast cancer. Then there are the scenes, like moving in with Hilda Ogden, even though Hilda hated Sally at the beginning. There have been so many, like saving Bet from the fire at the rovers, and acting in the tram crash live episodes too. Lots of happy times!



You’ve played the character for nearly 40 years. How similar are you and Kevin Webster? 


Very similar, yes. You cant play a character for nearly 40 years and some of your personality not come through. It's not like playing a different character every week, your playing the same person. I've been Kevin Webster for nearly as long as I’ve been Michael Le Vell! I was only 18 when I joined the show.    


Bill Roache who plays Ken Barlow just turned 90 years young, and said he’d be happy to be on the show until he’s at least 100. Could you see yourself playing Kevin at that age? 


Well, it's a nice thought. As long as you can keep remembering your lines, where you work, and getting there every day, why not. That's the thing with our job, you don't have to retire aged 65 as they still want older characters. You don't retire from acting, acting retires you. If I'm still here in 37 years, I'd be happy to still do it!


What an amazing privilege to be sat in a press chat with a true Coronation Street legend. I’ve actually met Michael Le Vell in real life, and on the street set itself (humble brag) and I can assure you, he did remind me of Kevin Webster!


Kevin is obviously still besotted with Abi, married to her, and willing to help her with baby Alfie, but will he risk Jack’s future, too? This story is part of Corrie's BIG SOAP WEEK, with its own shiny trailer, so keep your eye on this blog for more cast interviews, backstage gossip, episode reviews, and storyline previews, ahead of this explosive Coronation Street week! 

                                        

I am @rybazoxo your Cobbles connoisseur and Coronation Street superfan. 







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Spot the Corrie prop - May 20th 2022

Congratulations this week go to Annie who was the only person to spot that last week's marvelous mug tree can be found in Daniel and Paul's flat. Well done!

For this week's prop puzzle all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on Coronation Street you would find this collection of books and magazines.










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Nicky Proposes to Daniel? Corrie Blog Interviews Kimberly Hart-Simpson


When Nicky Wheatley returned to Coronation Street, it appeared her intentions for Daniel were platonic, and although Daisy sensed something else, the animosity between the three cooled somewhat. However, this is soapland, and things change quickly. After splitting up from Daisy, and Nicky losing her teaching job, Daniel and Nicky have been thrown together into a sort-of blended family, albeit one with two kids living above a corner shop, seemingly in harmonious domestic bliss. Does it appear Daisy was right all along? Tonight, Nicky declares her true feelings for Daniel, proposing that they have a future together! 


Last Friday, I had the pleasure of joining a Corrie press day to chat with Kimberly Hart-Simpson, who plays Nicky, to learn all about the character's sudden change of heart?


Read on to learn more about Coronation Street's latest love triangle!  

  

Hi Kimberly! it has been quite the whirlwind since Nicky resurfaced in Weatherfield, with her past life coming back to her haunt her, ruining her chances of being a teaching assistant, and now flat-sharing with Daniel. Nicky has also had a few run-ins with Daniel's on/off lover, Daisy. How's the relationship between those two women at the moment?


Daisy thinks she has lost the man she fell for because of me (Nicky) but I don't think it's a Nicky problem, maybe Daisy has some underlining feelings of jealousy, which Corrie have yet to explore - the way this has all come about is quite hard for Daisy to accept. It's completely unheard of, this scenario, of how these two (Nicky and Daniel) came together. As it stands, Nicky and Daisy are still very frosty, but there does appear to be something between the two of them, they are very similar characters. We don't know much about Daisy’s past yet, but maybe she has something in common with Nicky, I don't know, it's just little looks between them. They can either fight or hug and you don't know which one they are going to do!           



Whilst this is going on, Daniel is now doubting his teaching abilities, he's feeling very vulnerable, and he faces criticism from Tracy, Amy, and the Barlows. We then see Nicky standing up for Daniel and defending his honour. Do you think Nicky is a better influence on Daniel, in a way that Daisy isn't?  


I don’t believe she necessarily thinks she’s a better influence, it's just that they share more common ground. They are both parents so they have that maturity level, and she’s also seen and met Daniel at his most vulnerable - warts and all - and she still likes him. They have mutual respect and recent sexual chemistry. Daniel has a big conscience and possibly couldn't contemplate that he does really like Nicky, as he's had too much going on. 



Tonight we see Nicky profess her feelings for Daniel and she proposes a future for them as a family unit. Why does Nicky feel that she’s got a future with him? 


It's that sort of pre-made package family, isn't it? We've got to remember that Nicky is after that prize of a family unit, it looks like a postcard, and he’s the closest thing that she’s had, to a chance of that family package, in several years, which is why she is gravitating towards that. 



Does it come down to Nicky wanting to be saved?


Even from a woman's perspective, no we don't want to be saved but yes we want to be loved. It's not about the saving, if she was on her own she would still get by and fight the good fight. This is her vulnerable side and she’s not after a man for just money, anymore. What she doesn't realise is that Daniel has that kind of saviour personality. 


What was the turning point in her feelings for Daniel? 


I think this is what we will see in Friday’s (tonight) episode. We've seen these little moments when she’s been locking eyes with him, and although she respects Daisy, she realises that there is some fragility there, so she thinks why not take the chance whilst she's got it. Nicky is at peace with her feelings whereas Daisy is sometimes a bit more uncomfortable with it. She recognises the nice domesticity of the situation and thinks that this could work between them, this could be their moment. 


What would the ideal situation be for Nicky? To stay in Daniel’s flat, make a go of it, and live happily ever after. Maybe get back into a teaching job, or whatever she wants to do, and move away from everything that she’s come from. 



We won’t reveal how Daniel reacts, or how he responds to Nicky’s proposal, so let's talk hypothetically. If Nicky was to get together with Daniel, how do you think she would handle Daisy? 


I think Nicky could negotiate with that, she is feisty, and she would want Daisy to find some happiness, maybe. It could work out, crazier things have happened on the street, and it would be a case of Daisy having to move on. She wouldn't go to the rovers for a bit, maybe just a drink in the bistro, instead. 


And what if Daniel was to choose Daisy? 


Nicky would find that hard. It's not just about losing Daniel, it would be that picture postcard family unit as well. That whole scenario would mean that she’s homeless, Maisie’s life would be interrupted again, and she’s got no job. However, it's not that she’s using him, she does have genuine feelings for him. It is a brave move, having told Daisy previously that she would stay away, and she lays her feelings on the line. It's something she has to do. Her previous life was based on risk so she's just taking another chance. 



Do you think Daniel and Nicky would be a good match?

 

I do think they are a good match. She can put him in his place a lot and gives him that stability that is needed. He’s had a few women since Sinead died, he’s like the casanova of the street (being Ken Barlow’s son) and it's the stability he needs, which is something that Nicky can offer him.  


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How will Daniel react to Nicky’s real intentions? Will we see Daniel reunite with his former flame or does he still have Daisy under his skin? Can Daisy and Nicky ever be true friends? This is a classic corrie case of blonde bombshell versus the deviously dark brunette, and in true corrie tradition, we have a Barlow male at the forefront of this romantic dilemma. 


Make sure you watch tonight’s Coronation Street and find out what happens next!


I am @rybazoxo your Cobbles connoisseur and Coronation Street superfan. 







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Coronation Street Episode Review;Wednesday 18th of May 8 pm


Despite some initial trepidations from yours truly, I am now really starting to warm to Tim’s impotence storyline. It’s a good mix of seriousness, whilst also delivering full-on 'Carry On Corrie' innuendo. Tonight, Tim and Sally head to the hotel ( it’s called Chariot Square, as I found out on the Corrie tour). Tim keeps the pills a secret from his wife and heads to the hotel whilst waiting for their delivery to N0.4. As the couple get amorous, Tim realises he needs the pill, driving quickly back to the street, still in his dressing gown, explaining to Gail that he's collecting a present for Sally (guffaw)! Those scenes of the Metcalfe’s in bathrobes, sipping gunpowder tea, the aquatic blue lighting, and Sally’s observations at the hotel were hilariously high-camp!...loved it. Although this is a sensitive and potentially serious subject, Tim’s medical reaction to the tablets was lightly done but served a purpose. It meant that he had to tell Sally the truth, so in the end - a point was raised - it just wasn't Tim's (ahem). The fact that these two were at it like rabbits from the beginning of their relationship (we viewers were always aware of it) means that the storyline does have solid ground to spring from and didn't seem fudged for some awareness week or other. 




 I also enjoyed seeing Gail and Sally sit in the rovers discussing the finer points of Tim’s pill-popping - some real Corrie gold from longtime show scribe Damon Alexis-Rochefort (he was also a pop star you know, talented fella) Fans of Classic Corrie will be familiar with Sally and Gail being longtime friends, but in our modern-day version, we seldom see them together. Tim confiding in his comedy partner, Steve, and leading to them bickering like an old married couple, worked on two levels, and Steve’s advice was surprisingly good. Tracy and Steve in tandem with Tim and Sally - more of that please, writers! 



Daniel's Platt pact with Max has firmly pitted him against his own family, and when Tracy is in your family, that's never a good move. Tonight, Daniel is left defenceless, in the absence of Nicky, and upon having a chat with Ken, he’s confronted by a fuming Tracy and Amy. It’s not what he needs, especially when preparing for a job interview at Weatherfield High. Tracy threatens to tell Mrs Crawshaw all about the spiking cover-up. Tracy also visits David to try and convince him that the cover-up needs reporting, but the hairdresser is less enthused about dragging up the recent past. It takes Amy to straighten Tracy out, and alongside Ken’s advice, she seems to lose sight of revenge, for now at least. Daniel, on the other hand, has had a full barrage of stress from the Barlow’s and Platt’s, and by the end of tonight’s episode, it looks like he’s questioning his future career.  



Fiz’s past continues to catch up with her tonight, as news of John Stape’s murder spree becomes gossip for underworld staff. Was that really over a decade ago?! The clever thing about Corrie’s 60-year history is that there aren't many shows that can do this. At Underworld, Michael’s true-crime enthusiasm upsets her, as does Beth’s typically harsh attitude (I loved that leopard print top, by the way) and Fiz storms off in floods of tears. Later on. Fiz confides in Phill about John’s past, and Phill takes an ominous phone call. 



Meanwhile, Toyah softens to Abi’s recovery and decides to let her take Alfie out for the afternoon. In that controlling signature style of his, Imran overreacts, has a go at Toyah, and immediately gets on the phone with Abi. Baby Alfie is returned home in perfect condition, but the damage to Abi’s trust and self-worth will surely be more harmful. By the end of the episode, Abi is seen on the phone ordering a fake passport! 


Elsewhere tonight - Shona’s random monologues are becoming a hidden Corrie gem, and Max enjoys his first day at the pupil referral unit. 


I am @rybazoxo self-styled cobbles connoisseur & Coronation Street superfan 







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