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Monday, 22 January 2018

Last chance to enter! Win tickets to see Dean Fagan in D'Eon

Competition closes at 5pm today - Monday 22 January 2018.


Lovely Luke from Coronation Street has been killed off, never to return. But Dean Fagan, who played Luke Britton in Corrie, is now appearing in a new stage play at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

The play is called D'Eon, set in 1769 and it's about Chevalier D’Eon de Beaumont who stepped out of the limelight as a French diplomat to England, Russian spy, Prussian war hero and international bon viveur only to step back in as the woman she truly was.    Celebrity, intrigue and scandal aplenty, “D’Eon” is the bizarre and amazing true story of one of the most infamous, outrageous, unsung warriors of history and the first openly documented transgendered person in European history.

You can find out all about D'Eon at the Hope Mill Theatre

We have one set of two tickets to be won to see D'Eon at the Hope Mill Theatre on February 14th, 2018 - and another set of two tickets to be won to see the play on February 16th, 2018. 

To be in with a chance of winning one of these two sets of tickets to see the play, all you have to do is anwer the following two questions correctly and email your answer to me at glenda.sunderland@gmail.com with D'EON in your email subject line.

The deadline for entries is Monday 22 January 2018 at 5pm.  Winners will be announced on the Coronation Street Blog. Transport to and from the theatre is not included in the prize.

Good luck! Here are your two questions:

1. In Coronation Street, who murdered Luke Britton?
2. Which older lady in Coronation Street had a bit of a crush on Luke?

Entries from loquax, moneysavingsexpertforum and all other competition entry websites are not included in any of our competitions. 


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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Mon 22 Jan


Monday 22nd January 
BETHANY WON’T LIFT A HAND TO HELP GARY Gary follows Bethany as she enters a lap dancing club and is horrified to realise Bethany and her mate work there as dancers. Gary tries to drag Bethany out of the club but making out she’s never seen Gary before, Bethany summons security. The bouncer moves in on Gary.
ANNA HAS MIXED FORTUNES IN COURT The trial continues and Roy is called as a witness. He gives Anna a glowing character reference but is forced to admit that she did slap Seb in the café. In the cab office, Eileen sees some CCTV footage of Gary and Tim apparently threatening Seb. Will Eileen take the evidence to the police?
TOYAH’S DEALT ANOTHER BLOW Eva finds Toyah in floods of tears. Toyah reveals that Jacqui the surrogate has lost the baby. Eva guiltily thinks about her own baby.
ELSEWHERE Gemma excitedly makes party plans for Henry. Billy busies himself helping out at the community centre but suddenly wracked with pain he collapses on the floor.

Monday 22nd January 
ANNA FACES THE MOMENT OF TRUTH When Tim is called as a witness he’s forced to admit that he and Gary encouraged Seb to change his story, Anna’s heart sinks whilst Phelan looks like the cat who’s got the cream. As the judge sums up the case what will be the verdict?
SARAH DISCOVERS BETHANY’S SECRET When Craig’s called to a fracas at the lap dancing club he’s appalled to see that Gary’s been beaten up. Craig takes Bethany home, where devoid of any shame, she tells Sarah she’s been working as a lap dancer and Gary came into the club and tried to grope her. Horrified Sarah heads to the hospital. When Gary explains Bethany set him up with her mate and then framed him for assault will Sarah accept this?
TOYAH KEEPS MUM TO PROTECT PETER As Peter addresses his alcoholics’ group, Toyah slips in at the back, hoping for a quiet word. However when Peter describes how thrilled he is about their baby and how it’s going to change his life, will her resolve weaken?
ELSEWHERE Gemma throws Henry a Newton & Ridley themed surprise party in the Rovers. Henry is genuinely touched and dons the sailor costume with pride.
Adam finds Billy on the community centre floor, clearly in a lot of pain. Masking his delight, Adam helps him back into his wheelchair, telling Billy he can get his hands on some stronger painkillers. Billy tells Eileen he’s taken a call from Todd as meeting him and Summer tomorrow then they are all going away together.


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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Cooking with Coronation Street - Alec's Whiskey Chicken


Greetings! Here we go with the third of our Cooking with Coronation Street blog posts in which we take recipes from this little gem of a book from 1992 and see what they turn out like when cooked at home by Corrie fans.  


The first recipe we tried from the Coronation Street cook book was Betty's Hot Pot. You can find out how that turned out with Gemma and Michael from Conversation Street, the Coronation Street fan podcast here.   


And the second recipe was when I turned my hand to making Angie Freeman's lentil soup.  You can find out how that turned out here.

Today was the turn of Alec Gilroy's Whiskey Chicken.The recipe is one of a few under the heading of 'Bet and Alec Cooking with Booze' and when one of the most famous couples ever to have worked behind the bar of the Rovers Return tell you what you should be cooking, well, who's to refuse them? Not me, that's for sure. And so, here's how we go on cooking this at home.

First, we gathered the ingredients which were simply whiskey, an onion, whiskey, mushrooms, whiskey, carrot, whiskey, chicken, whiskey and chicken stock. The recipe also called for double cream but we used creme fraiche instead. Did I mention the whiskey?


Once the chicken had been browned in a pan, in went the onions to soften followed by the whiskey.


Now this bit was interesting!  The recipe called for it "to flame" and so we set it on fire, which was a bit scary.  You'll see the photo below is, er, slightly blurred as I jumped about a foot backwards once my husband set the whiskey aflame.


After the flames (finally!) went out and the alcohol burned off, we added the chopped mushrooms and carrots and the chicken stock, then it all went into a casserole dish in the oven for 45 minutes.  Ten minutes before the end of the cooking time, we added the creme fraiche and stirred it all in.    When it was ready we served it with baked potatoes, as below...


However, I felt it might have been better served with rice.  Now then, to the taste - what was it like?

Well, it wasn't bad. I think we both agreed that it wasn't brilliant and there was no taste of whiskey at all in the dish. It was just about all right. The chicken was cooked wonderfully and was tender and soft, the veg was tasty but the whiskey sauce let it down, being too runny and tasting of little more than chicken stock. A much more reduced sauce would work better, we felt. But maybe this was our fault for not using double cream as instructed?

Would we cook this one again? Possibly yes...but not for a very long time.  And we both agreed that if we did cook it one again, we'd slice potatoes and cover the top of the dish with sliced potatoes and cook it a la hotpot for a tastier treat.  

All in all, it was not bad - but not great.  It might have satisfied Alec for using up his leftover whiskey in the Rovers Return, but I'm afraid it left a bit of an odd taste in our mouths - and almost burned the kitchen down in the process too! 

Keep your eyes peeled for the next of our Cooking with Coronation Street blog posts coming very soon.

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Jennie McAlpine on Corrie, jungle and cooking for Lorraine


There's a lovely, long interview with Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz in Coronation Street, in today's Notebook magazine, which comes from with The Sunday Mirror.

Jennie's interview is primarily to promote her new cooking show which appears weekly on ITV's Lorraine now.  You can read more on that here.

But she also talks about her family life, and about being a working mum too. She reveals a little about life in the celebrity jungle and why she hates having her photo taken for selfies.  She also says that she's never had a weird fan experience too, which is reassuring to hear!

It's a good read and reveals that she's just as lovely in real life as you could hope she would be.

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Corrie Weekly Awards for Jan. 15 - 19

Talk Talk award: Anna's burning up credit on that mobile like gangbusters. Must be one of those "all you can talk for a tenner" plans. Also, why does it show up on other phones as if it's the prison calling? It's a 'burner' phone. Was it stolen off a guard or are the guards dealing in black market phones to supplement their income?

Pants on Fire award: Peter said he poured all the vodka away. Well, strictly speaking, I suppose he did. Down Billy's throat.

Musical Ambiance: Desperado by the Eagles in the pub when Adam is telling Eva he's making plans for them for dinner. Not sure why "Desperado" but the line "why don't you come to your senses.." might apply to her dating a bit of a wide boy or him dating a high maintenance woman with a lot of baggage. Also: "Fever" in the pub when Eva's agonizing over the pregnancy and Adam with Shona.

Fashion fail: Liz hasn't been castigated for her fashion choices for awhile but what the heck was she wearing? Shiny leggings and a duo layer filmy tunic?

The Girl Who Cried Wolf award: Eva pretended to be pregnant as part of the Aidan scam. Now she really is, it's his and she knows he won't believe her.

Denial isn't a River in Egypt: Gemma must realize Henry's reactions to her are lukewarm at best so I can only deduce that she just doesn't want to see the truth.

Rod Serling award: Peter is confronted by all of his women, all laughing together. He probably thinks he's in the Twilight Zone. Or maybe he's just seen the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Lines of the week
Sean "There'd be cows clogging up Balaclava Terrace. Pigs on the rampage in Rosamund Street"
Sinead to Chesney "You bin me off in case I leave you!? Have you any idea how pathetic that is!" (She's not wrong)
Sean "I'm more like the Michelangelo of ladies' undergarments"
Alya "You should cherish every single moment you have with Pat because you never know, it might be your last" (but not in the way she means!)
Adam "Whoever came up with this 'Honesty is the best policy' rubbish is talking absolute nonsense"
Lawyer "Sing a little tune in your head" Anna "What would you suggest? 'I Want To Break Free'?" (good one!)
Toyah "With Carla back on the scene, I need to get used to being surrounded by Peter's exes"
Michelle to Peter "Oh calm down, it's not the Witches of Eastwick" (no, it's the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!)

Peter "Sarah. Get a mop"

Tim "I never did live down those leiderhosen" (brain bleach, please)


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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Five Things We Learned In Corrie This Week


Beth is extremely fit and active.  She might seem to live an unhealthy lifestyle - all those chips and pints of beer.  But clearly Beth's a secret Paula Radcliffe, running marathon after marathon on the sly.  What other reason could there be for her wandering around in a huge Bacofoil tent?  And pink too; it must have been an especially gay marathon.


Some people never learn from their mistakes.  I know Eva isn't the sharpest nail file in the handbag, but she seems pretty aware of her own physicality.  It therefore stretched credibility that she could be seventeen weeks pregnant and not know it, which is probably why the writers had characters saying things like "it happens more often than you think" and "not everyone gets the symptoms of pregnancy."  What was especially depressing was that, when presented with a real life foetal situation, Eva's immediate solution was "lie about it" and pretend to Adam that the baby was his.  Does she not remember all the convoluted hi-jinks that happened last time she lied about a pregnancy?  Besides, does she not think Adam might get suspicious when it pops out three months ahead of schedule with a little pot belly, singing That's My Goal?


Prisons have changed a lot since PorridgeAre we sure Anna's really locked up?  Because with the flat pack furniture, laundry service and bathroom built into the corner of the room, it looked like she was in a Travelodge.  There are 2-star B&Bs in Blackpool that would kill for that level of comfort and elegance.  It also seems to have an open door policy on visitors, with Tim, Gary and Eileen all turning up for a chat at a moment's notice - the last one even managing to get a late night after dark visit.  No wonder it was so easy to get a mobile phone; there's probably a small branch of Carphone Warehouse in the lobby.


It pays to advertise.  You're a small transport cafe, but you have a large menu.  How do you get across the multitude of food options?  You put up a large professionally printed board on one wall by the counter, then dot some brightly coloured stickers with the specials around the place.  On top of that...


A handwritten menu on a different wall will underline those options.  It doesn't matter if you haven't got a ruler; just do it freehand and whack it anywhere there's space.  Hang on; what if they miss both those?


Good thinking.  Another handwritten menu by the toilet should snag anyone who's still befuddled.  That leaves just one wall without a menu, so you'll just leave that empty.  No, wait - what if they didn't see the best bits?


That's it.  Even more A4 posters flogging the highlights, plus some adverts for local events to fill the three and a half square inches of wall with nothing on them.  And maybe some stickers urging you to Try Our Scones as well.  That should cover it.  Frankly if they still have no idea what to have after all that they don't deserve a bacon butty.


The My Fair Lady remake will be pretty radical.  Now that Doctor Who is a woman, and we've got gender-switched reboots of Ghostbusters and Ocean's Eleven, Warner Bros have decided to swap the sexes of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle.  In the new version Liz McDonald will try and turn Tim Metcalfe into a gentleman with her precise elocution lessons.  "The top of the tongue, the teeth and the lips" is just the start; she'll have him doing The Rain In Spain with a book on his head in the cab office next.  Admittedly there will have to be some modifications - the Ascot scenes will be relocated to Aintree on Ladies Day, so you can imagine the low-cut frock Liz will be wearing to that, and the love story has been dropped so as not to incur the wrath of Sally.  Some things won't change - the professor will still have a little camp busybody friend, only this time it'll be played by Norris.  Run to your multiplexes in 2019 to hear Liz shout "I think he's got it - by 'eck, I think he's got it!"

@merseytart is amused that anyone on the show thinks that a Toyah vs. Carla battle is even slightly a fair fight.  #TeamCarla



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