Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Wanted: Coronation Street Friday episode blogger


Our blogger Jordan has done a fantastic job over many years writing the Friday night episode reviews and I would publicly like to thank him for all the hard work that he's done.

It's no easy task, writing episode reviews.  And understandably, life comes first and Jordan has decided it's time to call it a day writing the Friday episode reviews although he firmly remains part of our blogging team and will appear from time to time with his insight and wit.

However, this means there's a vacancy on the blog team for a Friday night episode reviewer. If you fancy it - and do think long and hard before you email me - then we'd love to have you on the team. It's not every Friday night that we need your reviews, it's every other Friday as the Friday night reviews are shared with the wonderful Kosmo. So it's a fortnightly commitment. If you're up for the challenge, you love writing as much as you love Coronation Street, then do please get in touch with me at glenda.sunderland@gmail.com.

But be warned, the first thing I'll ask you to do is learn how to use Blogger inside and out. So you may wish to learn that before you apply. Also, there's no pay... but there are perks, oh yes!

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 18 July


WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY 2018  
EVA’S CRIB IS EMPTY An upset Jenny reveals that Johnny never came home last night. Meanwhile when Eva wakes and discovers that Susie is missing she’s thrown into blind panic. Her first thought is Toyah but when she appears without Susie suspicion soon moves to Johnny. The police take Susie’s details and promise to do everything they can to trace her. Johnny sits in a hotel room cradling Susie.
CHESNEY MAKES A DATE WITH GEMMA Chesney takes Gemma for lunch at the bistro. He’s about to confess his feelings for her when they’re interrupted by the arrival of Henry. 
EILEEN’S SURPRISED BY WHAT SHE FINDS AT NUMBER 11 In an attempt to make amends, Steve helps Abi and Seb who are frantically tidying the house before Eileen returns. Eileen arrives home to mayhem. However her disapproval is overshadowed by the news that Steve is engaged to Tracy. 
ELSEWHERE Aware that Jude and Angie are going through a rocky patch, Mary offers to babysit so they can have a night out. Sinead shows Daniel the vacant shop, suggesting it would be perfect for her vintage clothes shop. Brian points out they’re too late, he’s already put in an offer. 

WEDNESDAY 18TH JULY 2018     
JOHNNY’S IN OVER HIS HEAD Liz realises Johnny stole her keys to the pub. Taking this in Kate and Jenny search his flat and are horrified to find Johnny hasn’t been taking his MS pills. In a hotel room a weak Johnny struggles to feed Susie, as a bereft Eva makes a public appeal for her return. Having watched the appeal, Johnny calls Liz. As Liz arrives Johnny breaks down, admitting he can’t bear to lose his granddaughter.
HENRY MAKES A PLAY FOR GEMMA Henry declares his love for Gemma and tells her how his parents forced him to get engaged to Cressida by threatening to disinherit him. Gemma tells him to get lost but when he announces he’s told them to stick their inheritance, he wants to be with her and has bought her the Rovers will Gemma be moved?
EILEEN DECIDES TO SAVE STEVE FROM HIMSELF Steve begs Eileen not to throw Abi and Seb out on the street. Eileen begrudgingly agrees on condition he breaks off his engagement to Tracy!
CATHY’S LOYALTY IS IN DOUBT Brian’s incensed to hear that Daniel and Sinead have gazumped him over the shop. Cathy promises to try and talk them out of it but when Sinead describes her vision of a vintage clothes shop, Cathy can’t help but be swept up by her enthusiasm and agrees that she deserves the unit. Brian’s furious, revealing that he’s already resigned from his job!
ELSEWHERE At Jude’s insistence, Angie accompanies him to see a marriage guidance counsellor. Angie admits she’s lost all respect for Jude and feels trapped in her marriage.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

CORRIE PRESS DAY (PART 5) - The return of Claudia Colby!


Welcome to interview No. 5 of my visit to the Coronation Street set, and my day caught in a flurry of exclusive summer storyline interviews.

In my opinion, this is one of Corrie’s most ingenious castings of recent years. So, not only am I sat effectively ‘backstage’ in the Corrie Hub ON SET no less, but we are now about to embark in a chat with Weatherfield crimper, Audrey’s frenemy, and possibly Maria’s new boss; it's TV legend Rula Lenska AKA Claudia Colby. The latter surname is undoubtedly a DALLAS reference? It could be - and I can tell you one thing, with the huge hairdo and classic glamour, she could well be from a Hollywood era. So, from 'tinsel town' to downtown Weatherfield, let's get the lowdown on the return of Claudia!

What brings Claudia back to the cobbles?

“Well basically, it’s the battle of the hairdressers. She’s now suddenly flying quite high and poaches Maria because she’s got several new franchises opening, and of course the return of Lewis Archer.’


Can you confirm how long you’re returning for, is it a long-term stint?


"Yes it is long term, it was an added bonus, after all that time away. When people stop me on the street, they ask when I’m returning to Corrie as it's such an unusual relationship (between Audrey and Claudia). You’ve two older women who like each other, but try and get the upper hand on each other. I honestly am thrilled to be back.”


Did you slip back into the role quite easily, or did you have to go back and watch yourself in previous episodes? 

“No, the relationship between Sue (Nicholls) and I is good anyway and on the first day we just really gelled. Although we weren’t given many lines as such, the relationship was already sparkling.”

Can you tell us about your first scene returning as Claudia? 

“Basically, Audrey is in the salon telling a customer about Maria been thrown out, and I then I arrive. Somebody says to Claudia ‘are you a customer?’ as she arrives to see Audrey in the back room.
The script advises that Claudia arrives in all her splendour!"

An apt script note indeed for an esteemed actress of stage, screen, film… and our Corrie.

When I was sat in the Coronation Street reception area, prior to any interviews, I was starstruck as Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) gleefully strolled in. Later that day, meeting Samia (Maria), and then Rula (Claudia), I envisaged strolling down Coronation Street heading to the salon, for a quick trim.

One question remains though. Just who will rule the roost in the battle of the Corrie Hairdressers?

I am @rybazoxo and I write Wednesday night episode reviews for @CoroStreetBlog Follow me for more content on Corrie’s summer storylines. coming soon.




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Mollie Winnard interview: Kayla kidnaps Bethany


Do you think that this was Kayla’s plan all along, to mess with Craig’s OCD?
She knows that by messing with his OCD she is going to destroy Craig eventually. She believes that his OCD is to do with him knowing that Bethany has lied about Kayla’s dad so she hopes that he may end up turning on Bethany. Although I don’t think she set out that day thinking, ‘Let’s go crash a car,’  she is an opportunist and she spies that this is an opportunity that she can strike.

From the beginning, did she have that in her head to go this far?
Initially no but at this stage she doesn't care about the consequences, she is very clever and calculated in her moves. She has one end goal.

Do you think Bethany is in danger?
Anyone who gets in Kayla’s way is in danger, even Craig. She is walking on a tightrope, she is pretending to be someone who she is not, living a secret life and at any given moment, if anyone was to find out who she really is, she loses everything.

What are all the lies doing to her?
She was a girl that was going to go to uni, she had prospects and all of a sudden, she is doing all this stuff that she never thought she would ever have to do. The love for her dad makes it all worth it and she keeps reminding herself of that to get her through.

What happens when Bethany comes to Kayla’s?
She hasn’t set out to hurt Bethany in that instance but in that moment her plan comes crashing down and she either lets Bethany walk out of that door and she loses everything or she stops Bethany from leaving. It’s sheer panic and desperation, she knows that she needs to do something and fast.

Kayla leaves Bethany bound and gagged while she goes to visit Craig in the hospital. What is going through Kayla’s mind?
Kayla has realised that Craig isn’t a bad lad so she thinks that if Craig is so nice then he is being manipulated by Bethany as well. She has gone with the intention of telling Craig her truth and getting him to see her point of view. She wants her and Craig to get through this together because she thinks that Bethany has lied to him too.

What is Craig’s reaction when Kayla tells him the truth?
Prior to this, Kayla has worked him up so much anyway by messing with his mind so this is just like a volcano exploding in Craig’s brain. He now knows Bethany is in danger but he can’t overcome his own issues with his OCD to go help her. He is in disbelief, he is in shock, he can’t speak. It was emotional to watch Colson act like that.

Does Kayla feel guilty?
She has moments of feeling guilty particularly after the car crash because she realises she has pushed Craig to the limit but it’s too late.
At the hospital, she doesn’t have time to feel guilty because she has Bethany tied up in her garage at home and she is that desperate for the truth that she can’t see the guilt, she’s frantic.

What happens when Kayla goes back to Bethany?
Kayla continues to question Bethany and be reasonable. She never meant to put Bethany is this situation but she feels like she has been left with no choice.

What was it like to film the slap?
We had a fight coordinator but all the way through the scene I was so scared of hitting Lucy and really hurting her so it did take a while, we had so many practice runs. It was fun to completely let go and to let rip. It was intense but I really enjoyed screaming in Lucy’s face, hoping my breath didn’t smell!

What did you think when you read the scripts for this week?
I was really excited because Kayla is such a great character to play, she’s got so much about her. From the moment I read the scripts I thought, ‘Yes, I can’t wait to do these!’

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Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, July 23 - 27

Here are the major storylines for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July



Claudia returns with an offer for Maria, Jack leaves for Liverpool, Eva disappears with Susie, Tyrone's mum Jackie Dobbs dies, Tyrone and Fiz reunite and Kayla locks up Bethany and causes a car crash for Audrey and Gail.

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