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Friday, 18 August 2017

Phelan's big secret - Andy's Alive!

For weeks, Pat Phelan has been acting shiftier than usual. He's been sporting the occasional minor injury like that black eye he had a month ago. He's been vague about his whereabouts at times. He even nearly confessed to a priest about something he was "still doing". Fans here and there and everywhere on the interwebs have been speculating that he didn't kill young Andy Carver with that laptop after all and tonight we found out the truth.

Andy is indeed alive!

At the end of tonight's second episode, we see Phelan go into the basement of an abandoned building and talk to someone. That someone seems to be chained up. The very last shot reveals a bearded Andy looking anguished.  It's very satisfying when you guess correctly!

Back in January, Andy discovered he had evidence that would nail Phelan in the scam about the flats he was pretending to build and that he watched Michael Rodwell die. Phelan  confronted him and bashed him in the face with a laptop and it was assumed that he killed the younger man. Andy's girlfriend Steph waited for him at the airport, they were going to start a new life in Portugal but he didn't show up. He'd been in a state of late and she wasn't overly surprised. She left without him.

Actor Oliver Farnsworth had a pretty big secret to keep while filming the episodes. He was smuggled on set and was forbidden to make any contact with cast members, according to the Manchester Evening News. Oliver says that the isolation "helped in some ways for the role and mental preparation to be isolated from everyone in that way." He's had lots of time to work out for himself how Andy must have survived and how his interaction and relationship with Phelan would have evolved.

"I spent a lot of time just thinking about the different stages he would have been through during the past eight months from hope to despair to seeing Phelan as an arch enemy to sometimes possibly even seeing him as a friend. If Phelan leaves him alone for a few days without food the second he comes in with a sandwich he has to be his best friend as Phelan has got something that Andy needs for survival."

But Andy's getting more desperate to escape and the spoiler photos on the tabloid websites show him with a length of rope to wrap around Phelan's neck!

It looks like the next few weeks will be very interesting indeed!




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Should Mary and Norris get wed - Yay or Nay?


We've seen the pictures and we've read the ITV previews and so we know that there's going to be a Coronation Street wedding next week.

But as you can see from the picture above, while Norris consults his speech, the registrar looks on with a rather impatient look on her face as Mary beams out to the guests gathered to watch them get spliced.

We also know that secrets will be revealed at Mary and Norris' wedding when Mary's son Jude tells his mum he wants to find his dad.  You can read more on that here.

And so it seems that although there are pictures of Mary and Norris about to get married, we don't know whether a marriage will go ahead and the two of them become wed.

My question today is whether you want them to get married, or not. I'm a big, fat NAY on this because I love Mary and I love Norris but not together, no way. I'm still hoping we'll see more of Norris and Sean at home together anyway, and as much as I enjoy watching Mary on screen, I'd rather see more of Norris with Sean and the comedy potential this might have.

But would YOU like to see Mary and Norris get wed? Yay or Nay?


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New Video: Coronation Street - then, now & forever


ITV have released a new marketing promo video called Coronation Street  then, now and forever.

The short video promo recreates iconic Corrie scenes from each decade, showing not only the scenes themselves but also the craft involved in creating the moments filmed.

Some of the scenes were shot on the Coronation Street set whilst classic sets were recreated at Shepperton Studios.

The costumes were created using archive photography and footage while actors were cast to match the original performances and emulate the moments featured.


Tony Pipes, ECD of ITV Creative, said: "Everyone has a favourite Coronation Street scene, a memorable moment and the chance to recreate some of these was a beautiful adventure."

Sarah Tobias, Head of Marketing and Media at ITV, added: "Coronation Street is on brilliant form at the moment, so now seemed like the
perfect time to celebrate the soap. We hope viewers love reliving these classic moments as much as we have loved recreating them.’

Kieran Roberts, Executive Producer of Coronation Street, said: "We're delighted to have such a brilliant marketing campaign celebrating Coronation Street's past, present and future. These promos are simply stunning and I'm sure viewers will love them as much as they love Corrie itself."

Watch the video below. With apologies to overseas fans who may be unable to view it - that's not our fault so please don't blame us, it's the settings from ITV.



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Sally Dynevor on Corrie's Sally: "I’m getting so like her, it’s awful"


Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Metcalfe in Coronation Street, has been telling Radio Times why she wouldn't vote for Corrie's Sally when she runs for Mayor of Weatherfield.

Yes, you read that right! Sally is going to make a bid to become Mayor of Weatherfield - you can read more on that here. 

Asked by RadioTimes.com whether she herself would vote for her on-screen character, Sally Dynevor said: “No, she’s too Margaret Thatcher. I’d have to decline.” And a bit Theresa May too? “Yes. And that’s another reason why I wouldn’t vote for her!”

Speaking about whether she becomes more like Sally the longer she plays her, Sally Dynevor said: “I’m getting so like her, it’s awful. I’m morphing into her. I even have a husband called Tim [Emmerdale scriptwriter Tim Dynevor].

“I can be making a phone call to, say, a decorator and I’ll say, ‘I won’t be there but Tim will be’ and I’ll hear a little snigger on the other end of the line. I wouldn’t wear her clothes though – if I go to a photoshoot and there’s anything resembling Sally, I want to cry.”

She goes on to say: “I feel that Coronation Street is the only programme on TV that is so women-focused. The men are useless – just look at Tim. You couldn’t ask him for help with anything! And having a woman producer is good in that you do get much stronger female characters coming through. For me, I’ve been able to portray Sally in a more three-dimensional way and show her vulnerability.”

Read the full interview here.


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Pics from the big Coronation Street quiz

Pics: The Sun
Last night in Manchester, a team of the Coronation Street cast took on Corrie fans in a charity quiz night to raise funds for Manchester Pride.

Lucy Fallon, who plays Bethany Platt, led her co-stars  and she was joined by Julia Goulding, who plays Shona Ramsey, Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw, Daniel Brocklebank, who plays Billy Mayhew, and former Corrie star Hayley Tamaddon (Andrea Beckett). Also there was Nicola Thorp, who plays Phelan's daughter Nicola Rubinstein.

Actress Dolly-Rose Campbell, who plays Gemma Winter, also appeared with her dog to take on the fans in the Corrie quiz at Manchester's Blackdog Ballroom.

The lucky winners were given a prize of a VIP guided tour around the set of the show.

Michael from @ConversationStr with Lucy Fallon
Coronation Street podcaster Micheal from Conversation Street, was at the event last night and has kindly offered to write a blog post all about it for us very soon. Watch this space!

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Spot the Corrie prop - August 18th 2017

Congratulations this week go to Pod who was the only person to spot that last week's metronome can be found in Daniel and Adam's flat. Quite why they would own a metronome I don't know but well done for spotting it.

For this week's prop poser all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on the Coronation Street set you would find this lovely lamp.


Last week maggie muggins asked where I found these objects. Over the years they've come from a few different places on the internet but nowadays about the only available source is the official ITV publicity pictures. Occasionally if I spot an interesting prop in the background that doesn't appear on them I'll have to do a screengrab from the ITV Hub.




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