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Monday 29 September 2008

Corrie writer profile: Julie Jones


In addition to writing episodes of Coronation Street, Julie Jones has also written episodes of Brookside and Britannia High and, ahem, Shaun the Sheep. Oh yes.

Unfortunately, there's not much more information about this Corrie writer that I'm able to find. Can you help?

If you can help update any of the Corrie writers’ profiles or provide their up to date pics, do please let me know.

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Corrie writer profile: Chris Fewtrell

Sources: Casarotto, Rural Media

Chris Fewtrell has been writing for Coronation Street since 2004. He writes fantastically well for Liz and Vernon and has been quoted as saying: “There’s no such thing as a bad idea. Writing is all about persuasion and persistence, sticking to your own vision and believing strongly in it.”

His CV is impressive and covers a whole load of telly drama, some written alone and some with his Corrie writing colleague Damon Rochefort.

Chris wrote a BAFTA nominated episode of Byker Grove and has also written for EastEnders (on the trainee writers scheme back in '95), The Bill, Crossroads, London Bridge, Dream Team, Peak Practice, Family Affairs and Rosemary and Thyme. More recently, Chris and Damon Rochefort were commissioned by ITV and together wrote Six, Stretch and Home Team.

Here's an excellent interview (2018) with Chris Fewtrell

If you can help update any of the Corrie writers’ profiles or provide up to date pics, do please let me know.

Corrie Writer Profile: Jan McVerry

Scouser Jan McVerry wrote her first Coronation Street script in November 1997. She was the writer responsible for breaking Ashley Peacock's heart when Maxine died and for locking Tracy Barlow up for 15 long years. She also created villain Pat Phelan.

Other TV writing credits include Emmerdale, Brookside, Children's Ward, Playing the Field, Clocking Off and Drop Dead Gorgeous (along with Corrie writer Carmel Morgan).

Jan left the Corrie writing team in 2000 and re-joined in April 2002 after the departure of Jane Macnaught. McVerry also wrote episodes of the Forsyte Saga and co-wrote the 2001 TV drama The Innocent which involved McVerry in detailed research with rape crisis centres.

There's a great interview here with Jan McVerry (April 2019)

Thursday 11 September 2008

Corrie writer profile: Mark Burt

Sources: IMDB, Brit Films, Blockbuster

Mark Burt has been a Coronation Street scriptwriter since 2000. He’s written episodes of other favourite TV shows such as London’s Burning, The Invisibles, and Murder Investigation Team.

Mark worked as screenwriter on the 1999 movie Forgive and Forget. The film’s described as ‘A riveting character study of one man's conflict between his repressed sexuality and a passionate love for another man.’ He also wrote the screenplay for the movie Where There's Smoke in 2000, adapted from the 1997 novel by Simon Beckett.

In addition to his skills as a scriptwriter, Mark Burt turned his hand to acting and starred in the 1999 film Beefcake, a film about 1950s muscle men. You can watch a clip from the movie right here.

If you can help update any of the Corrie writers’ profiles or provide up to date pics, do please let me know.

You can find out more about your favourite Corrie writers by clicking on the links below:

Jonathan Harvey, Carmel Morgan, Debbie Oates, Mark Wadlow, Damon Rochefort, Lucy Gannon, Simon Crowther

Wednesday 10 September 2008

Corrie hunk wins Rear of the Year award

Ryan Thomas, who plays Coronation Street builder Jason Grimshaw, has won the Rear of the Year Award 2008. He said his prize gave new meaning to the phrase “builder’s bum”.

“I would like to thank my mum and dad,” he said. “Without them, winning this fantastic award would not be possible, it brings a new meaning to the phrase builder’s bum.”

This year’s awards supports Jeans for Genes charity which helps fund research and care for children with genetic disorders.

Tuesday 9 September 2008

Corrie Babes Calendars 2009

Fans of Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor) Alison King (Carla Connor), Helen Flanagan (Rosie Webster) and Sama Smith (Maria Connor) will be pleased to know the Coronation Street actresses all have their own 2009 (unofficial, I think?) dedicated calendars.

For more information and to place your order, click here.

Quick and easy Corrie catch up for August 2008

As well as Coronation Street weekly updates, I also write a monthly update for the Brit ex-pat newspaper The Union Jack in the USA.

They've got an archive of the monthly updates online and the one for August '08 has just gone live here.

Corrie writer profile: Simon Crowther

Sources: IMDB,,, Wales Online

Simon Crowther (or Simon Crowther Jones as he’s sometimes credited) is the husband of ex-Coronation Street producer, Kim Crowther, pictured here. I bet tea-times in their house are fun. The couple have two children, Danielle and Jake.

Simon has an MA in Screenwriting, a BA in Film Studies and has worked as a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

Simon has written episodes of Hollyoaks as well as Coronation Street and in addition to scriptwriting, he’s also a director.

With two of his colleagues from the Street writing team, Damon Rochefort and Chris Fewtrell, Simon Crowther was commissioned to write pilot scripts for two new proposed ITV dramas this year; Stretch and Home Team.

Find out more about Simon Crowther from this interview in Wales Online:  "I was born at St. David’s Hospital in Canton in 1976 and brought up in Penylan. I went to Llanedeyrn High, which I still can’t spell! I went to the Northern Film School in Leeds, flirted with being a TV commercials director, but mainly tried to write screenplays. I became a TV writer for the regular work.

How did you get the gig on Coronation Street?
About seven years ago the then Corrie producer Steve Frost called me having read a comedy of mine at Granada, and offered me a place on the writing team. Jack Rosenthal, one of my heroes, started out on Coronation Street, and I’d always liked Tony Warren’s writing, and Harry Kershaw’s. Plus lots of my family are northern, so the warmth and humour was very familiar to me, the love of language, the tone of it. I’ve always felt at home on the show. You can write in your own voice.

What are some of the major storylines you’ve been responsible for on Coronation Street?
On Corrie, we often pitch stories on our own or in pairs, but then they’re hit around the conference room. Nobody takes ownership or sole credit for a story. I seem to have written a few deaths recently – Jack Duckworth’s, Schmeichel the dog’s, Betty’s funeral, but I don’t know why they’ve fallen to me."

If you can help update this writer’s profile and provide a recent picture, do please let me know.

Read profiles of your favourite Corrie writers.

Michelle Keegan wins Best Soap Newcomer Award

Michelle Keegan, who plays Coronation Street's Tina McIntyre, won Best Soap Newcomer at the TV Quick and TV Choice Awards, held in London last night.

Michelle's was the only win for Corrie and the soap lost out on the Best Soap Award to EastEnders.

For a full list of winners, have a look here.

Monday 8 September 2008

Coronation Street Weekly Update, September 8 2008

Hello folks, before I start this week I’ve got news to share. Dedicated Corrie fans will be aware of a Coronation Street novel which covers events on the cobbles from 1960 to 2003. That book was written by Katherine Hardy. Well, the book has just been updated to include storylines from 2003 to the present day and is in the shops now. You might remember I took a break from writing weekly updates this summer as I was engaged on projects elsewhere. I can now reveal that I was asked to update Katherine Hardy’s novel and if you buy the book you’ll see my name in print on one of the inside pages (if you squint hard enough and use a magnifying glass). The book’s called Coronation Street: The Complete Saga and is available in bookshops, from the publisher’s website at Carlton Books and of course Amazon and the usual discount websites. If anyone buys it, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing the last five years worth of top Corrie stories.

More news before I start is that I’m going on my summer jollies this week. While I’m away John Dean and Richard Whitbread will be here making a nuisance of themselves for your reading pleasure.

If you’re reading this update on the Coronation Street blog, you might like to sign up to receive the weekly updates by email while I’m away as the updates won’t be posted to this blog, just to the email list and to the Corrie Google Group. I’ll be back in three week’s time, all tanned and lovely. And so without any further ado, here we go with this week’s Coronation Street update.

As Emily knits legwarmers for the church pilates class, Norris rifles through her drawers and finds racy photos of Rita. What’s to do? Was Ernest taking saucy snaps of Rita all those years ago? And if so, why has Emily kept them in an envelope marked “Not to be opened until after my death”? He tells Rita what he’s found because Norris can never keep owt to himself and Rita wants to tell Emily but she can’t bring herself to talk about it for fear of upsetting her friend. Rita and Norris have a big falling out in the Kabin and Norris throbs with guilt. The three of them have a pow wow at Emily’s over the tea-pot as she demands to know what’s going on but Rita’s still unable to tell her what Norris has found.

Over in Roy’s Rolls there’s a couple of bad ‘uns in the caff. You know they’re bad ‘uns ‘cos one of them’s got a beard and both are unshaven. They’re two nasty fellas and Vernon brandishes an iced finger at them, from behind the safety of the serving counter, of course. When Roy asks them to go, they leave a mobile phone behind. Roy picks up the phone and tries to get a signal outside on the Street so he can find out whose phone it is, do the right thing and return it. But as he waves the phone around, there’s a couple of cops in a car taking photos of Roy, assuming him to be a friend of the bad ‘uns they were keeping an eye on. What? No Scouse cop? Anyway, all this rigmarole is a set up for Roy and Ken to get arrested as suspected drug dealers. Roy’s bag is taken in as evidence and Ken’s quizzed too. “I bet you keep your pitbull terrier at home,” the cops tell Ken, which was a cruel way to refer to Deirdre, I thought. But guess who comes to Roy and Ken’s aid? Who gets them out of clink? Becky Grainger, no less. Who needs Wonder Woman when we’ve got Barmcake Becky? Roy’s upset when the cops give him his anorak and shopping bag back, both are torn and he dumps his famous bag in a bin. Not the bag! Not the bag! And Becky only goes and buys him a replacement. This was such a sweet moment. Roy was touched, I was choked and Becky gets her job back in Roy’s Rolls.

In the corner shop, Amber does up Dev’s cufflinks as he prepares to shop for soft furnishings with Nina. “How are you?” he drools as Nina comes into the shop. “Scintillating, thank you,” she replies. I love this woman’s dialogue but Dev’s ardour is dampened when Nina tells him that she’s off to London to look after her daughter Tara. Dev’s face drops as his soft furnishing shopping goes out of the window. “But… the cushions, curtains, pouffes,” he bleats. “All on hold,” she replies as she wafts out of the shop.

Sean’s in a state as Marcus leaves the Street. Yes, it’s another tearful farewell, another hug on the cobbles as another one leaves in a taxi. Marcus claims Sean’s too needy and pleady (he is) although Sean does his best to come on to Liam’s cousin Tom. Tom swears he’s not gay and turns Sean down but there’s a look in his eyes that says there just might be summat soon between Sean and Tom.

Mind you, cousin Tom’s got worries when his LadsRags business with Liam gets turned down for a bank loan. The company could be onto a winner with an exclusive contract from All American Booty (don’t ask me, I just write the update) who sell t-shirts for men. Just remember, guys: LadsRags, because you’re worth it. Tom doesn’t tell Liam the bad news about the loan, he just goes to Carla Connor and asks her to invest. It was like a bad episode of Dragons’ Den. “I’ll offer you tuppence-ha’penny for 99.9% of your business. Deal or No Deal?” Carla could have purred. It’s a deal, of course and one that Liam’s all a fluster about when he finds out. Carla doesn’t want evil Tony to know about this new business partnership and Liam doesn’t want Maria to know so there’ll be lots of secret meetings between the pair of them, Carla reminds Liam as he leaves her flat in a state. Now then, I don’t know about Carla Connor. Most women like to come in from work, shower off the day, change clothes and slip into something more comfortable. You can picture it, can’t you? Trackysuit bottoms, fleece socks, oatmeal face-pack and a Bay City Rollers t-shirt. But not Carla Connor, no. She cooks spag bol in her designer finery and bling. Hmm… maybe that’s where I’m going wrong?

Elsewhere, John Stape’s grandma Nell died this week leaving John upset and in need of some loving that Fiz is only too happy to give. She was once on 15 to 1, was grandma Nell, it was the most exciting afternoon of her life. “Must have had a dull life,” notes Lloyd. “Oooh yes, but she had a lovely little house,” muses Fiz.

And finally, Mel and Abi hit the town to celebrate Mel passing her policeladywoman exams but she ends up in a fight in the centre of town. She was trying to stop a gang of girls from fighting but the girls turn on Mel and Abi and Abi ends up in hospital with a detached retina after getting smashed on the head by a bottle of blue WKD by some loon wearing trackysuit bottoms, fleece socks, oatmeal face pack and a Bay City Rollers t-shirt. Fortunately, Abi’s taken to the same hospital where Jerry Morton’s in so Mel pops to see her dad for a cuddle and a cry while she’s there. Jerry gets sent home and does his best to fend off the poisonous Theresa who claims she’s there to see her kids and not to cook him curry with her special spices in.

Five things we learned in Corrie this week.

1. Liam Connor doesn’t like mushrooms
2. Aunty Pam knows where to buy novelty fish that sing in Japanese
3. Norris’ phone ringtone is Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries
4. Tyrone’s so skint, he’s selling his body to medical research
5. Julie likes to spend an hour in the bath with Dean Koontz

And that’s just about that for this week. Remeber, the Corrie weekly update won't be posted here on the blog for the next three weeks but it will still be written by other Corrie fans. Don't miss out on the Corrie weekly updates while I'm away. To receive the weekly update direct to your email while I'm away, click here (as they won't be blogged for three weeks).

Coronation Street writers this week were Jonathan Harvey, Martin Sterling, Damon Rochefort, Mark Burt and Simon Crowther.

Glenda Young
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Saturday 6 September 2008

Guess the mystery Coronation Street girl

Who is this Corrie beauty, captured in her hey-day? Go on, have a guess.

For more Coronation Street quizzes, have a look here.

Coronation Street retro jigsaws for sale

To buy this fab 1960s Corrie jigsaw, click here. And there are different ones here and here.

Rita's racy photos

Corrie producer Kim Crowther has done it again with another lovely hark back to the past in Coronation Street. This time it's old photos of Rita that have been on display and now that Norris has found photos of Rita in her hey-day, will he ever be the same again? But just how racy was Corrie's Queen of the Kabin? Let's not forget she was in an exotic dance troupe, so she was probably quite racy indeed, as these photos clearly show.

Kate Ford in EastEnders

It's one of those bizarre soap moments captured in a YouTube clip of Coronation Street's Tracy Barlow (actress Kate Ford) when she appeared in rival BBC soap EastEnders.

Kate Ford is now a mum after giving birth recently to a lickle baby.

Did you know that Corrie's Roy Cropper (actor David Neilson) also appeard in 'Stenders too? Have a look here.

Friday 5 September 2008

New Corrie novel

There's a new, updated version of the Coronation Street novel: The Complete Saga, available in the shops this week.

This new version has been updated with the top Corrie storylines over the last five years. And while the original novel was written by Katherine Hardy, the latest update to the book has been written by Glenda Young. Flaming Nora! That's me!

Thursday 4 September 2008

Inside Soap Awards 2008: Vote for Best Soap

The voting lines remain open in the Inside Soap Awards 2008 for one category only - that of Best Soap. You have until September 29 to vote for Coronation Street and if you haven't yet voted, you can do so right here.

For pictures from this year's Inside Soap Awards photoshoot, have a look here.

Julie Goodyear returns to soap

As Bet Lynch, she was once queen of Coronation Street and now Julie Goodyear is returning to soap. Daz soap, to be exact. Julie is starring in the brand new advert for Daz alongside Richard Fleeshman's mum Sue Jenkins (who played Corrie barmaid Gloria Todd) and some fella from 'Stenders. You can watch the full advert online here and check out Julie's website here. And then watch behind the scenes filming of the new Daz advert.

Julie will be appearing on ITV1's Loose Women today - Thursday September 4.

Steve McDonald gurn of the week - September 4

With thanks to Coronation Street fan Cheryl for sending in these wonderful pics.

Here's this week's Stevie McGurn. Want to see last week's Steve McDonald gurn of the week? Click here.

Wednesday 3 September 2008

Corrie writer profile: Lucy Gannon

Souces: The Independent, IMDB, Ian Wylie's blog

Lucy Gannon joined the Coronation Street writing team in 2007.

"I write about things I know for audiences I know," she said in an interview. "I'm not sitting in an ivory tower. I've never had awards because I don't write for critics or accolades. I write for people sitting at home. I've been the target of snooty critics because I don't pretend to know more than I know. The people who watch and commission me value me.”

Lucy Gannon once worked as a nurse and lived in a concrete council house with no central heating. Now she resides in a converted barn in Derbyshire and is one of the most sought-after TV writers around. After creating such long-running series as Soldier, Soldier and Bramwell, She wrote the first series of Peak Practice and is pictured here (on the left) in this photo. Lucy Gannon is one of only a handful of screenwriters whose very name on a project is enough to ensure it is commissioned.

It all started in 1987 when, having only ever seen one play in her entire life, Lucy decided to enter the Richard Burton Award for New Playwrights. She was hoping to win some money towards a new car. In the event, her offering, Keeping Tom Nice, about a disabled boy whose father commits suicide, beat 1,500 other entries and earned her the award and a six-month attachment to be writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 1988 Keeping Tom Nice was staged to acclaim at the Almeida Theatre in London, and in 1989 shown as a BBC TV Screenplay starring Linus Roache (who is the son of William Roache who plays Corrie’s Ken Barlow). The fact that Gannon had another life before coming into television - she has been a military policewoman and a residential social worker as well as a nurse - only enhanced her writing. Gannon has a bulging portfolio of successful single dramas, including Dad, Tender Loving Care, Trip Trap, The Gift and Big Cat. She currently has an ITV mini-series about Edwardian repression and a BBC serial about infidelity on the go. What a woman.

Find out more about your favourite Corrie writers by clicking on the links below.
Jonathan Harvey, Carmel Morgan, Debbie Oates, Mark Wadlow, Damon Rochefort.

If you can help update or amend any of the writers’ profiles, provide up to date photos and info, do please let me know.

Tuesday 2 September 2008

Listen to Vernon's song online

Digital Spy have an audio clip of Vernon singing his love song to Liz. It was Classic Coronation Street at its very best.

Click here to listen.

And if you would like the lyrics to (Don't You Fall Into) The Mason's Arms they've been blogged right here.

Should Liz take Vernon back?

After belting out that wonderful song, writing special lyrics for Liz, how can the Coronation Street barmaid's heart not be melted? Should she... could she... take Vernon back? Would you?

Get your LadRags t-shirts online

Want to buy LadRags t-shirts? Oddly, there's a website which sells them. I doubt very much if they've been stitched on Coronation Street by Liam Connor's fair hand assisted by his cousin Tom, but they're quite fun nonetheless. Have a look here for the full range.
Want to see more fun Corrie t-shirts? Have a look here.

Corrie writer profile: Damon Rochefort

Sources: Linda, Discogs

Damon Rochefort started his writing career as a columnist on Black music trade bible Blues & Soul before graduating to Smash Hits and The Sun’s Bizarre column at the age of 18. Pursuing his love of black music he then became a songwriter and record producer eventually hitting the big time in 1991 with the international No.1 hit I Wanna Give You Devotion by Nomad (Damon backwards).

Touring the world as a bona fide pop star (i.e. he couldn’t play any instruments), Rochefort went on to write and produce for other acts including Elton John, Ru Paul, Bad Boys Inc. Michelle Gayle and Kim Wilde before meeting Alomo’s Marks & Gran at a sitcom workshop.

After writing episodes of Birds Of A Feather, Rochefort concentrated on creating original shows including Boyz R Us for the BBC – a show about a boy band and its manipulative manager, something Rochefort knew quite a lot about – The Bad Old Days - about a turn-of-the century music hall, - and Last Gasp also with the BBC.

Concurrently, he was presenting on TV; ITV’s network dance show BPM for two years and more recently his own live chat show – which he also wrote - on BBC Wales, the award-winning Damon Rochefort Tonight. Rochefort wrote his first theatrical piece Live At Carnegie Hall in association with The Royal Ballet, a tribute to Judy Garland which premiered at The Royal Opera House and toured the US and Australia.

Damon started writing for Coronation Street in 2004 and has so far written over 50 episodes of our favourite soap. He also wrote episodes of the Channel 5 soap, Family Affairs.

Damon wrote dialogue for the Coronation Street Musical of 2012: Street of Dreams.

In 2015 Damon wrote Deirdre Barlow's funeral episode.

Damon is on twitter at!/damoncorrie

Want to read more about the Coronation Street writing team? Click here

If you can help update or amend any of the writers' profiles, do please let me know.

Monday 1 September 2008

Coronation Street Weekly Update, September 1 2008

Greetings and welcome to another weekly update. I hope you’re all curled up on the sofa with your tea and Gypsy Creams, nodding your head and tapping your toes to Vernon’s new song. I know what I’ll be singing next time on karaoke. And so, without any further ado, here we go with this week’s Coronation Street update.

Vernon goes all out to get Liz back. He takes time away from work in the caff to write special lyrics for Liz. One song’s called “Ice and a Slice (Of my Heart)”. He’s big on brackets, is Vernon. But the one that does it for Liz and he sings it to her in full in the back room of the pub was called “(Don’t Fall Into) The Mason’s Arms”. It were wonderful, it really was. But it almost cost him his job in Roy’s Rolls when Roy took Ken back on as he needed the extra help and Ken’s got nowt else to do.

Meanwhile, Smita Smitten, Showbiz Kitten (aka Nina) gets her claws in and carries Dev off for a dirty weekend. It must have been really filthy as she spent most of the weekend having a passion fruit spa bath. Passion fruit, dear? With all those pips? For fans of Devendra, a dirty weekend in a hotel meant there were lots of scenes of him rolling around on the duvet in a towelling gown with his legs spread at an inappropriate angle for a man of his age while Nina prowled the bedroom and played with his balls. His golf balls, dear, his golf balls. Well I don’t know… can you explain why Dev was playing golf in the bedroom? The way she sunk her nails into the balls made my eyes water but at least Dev scored a hole in one. I just wish it’d been an Arnold Palmer bedroom. He could have got the ball through the hole in the windmill, made Nina’s lights flash, sails spin and receive a token for another free try. However, Dev’s not happy when he realises that he’s the latest in a long line of men that Nina takes to the hotel for sexy weekends. And when Dev’s feeling insecure, he fiddles with his wedding ring, which was a nice little touch. He wants to cool things with Nina but hasn’t the nerve and when he tries, she warns him that if he dumps her, she will tell Prem to cut him out of his Manchester Asian Business Network. “I’m urging you, as your goddess, to have a rethink,” Nina purrs into Dev’s ear. That was such a good line, I’m planning to use it myself this week, possibly in the supermarket when we do the weekly shop on Thursday and my lovely man picks up the wrong flavour Gypsy Creams.

Someone who could do with the comfort that only a packet of Gypsy Creams can bring is Sean because Marcus has gone off with a fella. Or at least that’s what Sean thinks. And indeed, it’s what Todd told Eileen when he rang up from that London place to say he’d seen Marcus in a nightclub with a man. Marcus is supposed to be in London to do botox, not boozing or boys, and when Sean finds out that the man Marcus was with was Noel, his ex, he’s all needy and pleady. That is, until Marcus rings and admits he’s with Noel in that London place again and Sean hangs up his phone and cuts Marcus off in his prime. There’ll be no more consensual texts between the two of them.

However, over the road there’s more romance going on that you can shake a stick at. David and Tina get back together and are all loved up but only after he uses and abuses Amber’s crush on him to make Tina jealous. Poor Amber. She was dolled up to the nines like a right bobby dazzler, ready for snogging on the sofa with her paramour du jour. When she realises she’s been stitched up, she’s in bits and Molly comforts her by the counter in the corner shop. But wait, there’s more. As Tina and David snuggle up again, Tina’s dad and David’s mum get in a tangle too. It’s still at the white wine stage, we haven’t progressed much from last week I’m afraid but there’s been kissing and giggling going on in that Platt house. Gail decides to cool things with Joe when she sees how happy David is with Tina and she can’t put him through having another fella come into their lives to disrupt things again. Joe leaves for a business trip to Berwick and tells Gail to think on. Father Ted accosts Gail after he spots her with Joe. He leads her to the Rovers, encouraging her to spill all her secrets over a pint in the pub. “Drink! Feck! Girls!” he never said, but next time he’s on screen, watch closely, he just might. Oops, that's Father Jack, innit? I got a bit confused.

Elsewhere, the big story this week was Jerry falling and hitting his head. Now then, the last time someone fell and hit their head in that living room was Charlie Stubbs doing himself an injury after he’d been given a good thwonking over th’ead by Tracy Barlow. It has history, that living room, history. So Jerry’s brain starts bleeding, he has to have his head drilled and he survives, Theresa confesses, Jerry throws her out of th’ospital room and she asks him not to tell the kids she’s been trying to kill him. It’s a shame Jerry Morton’s leaving but the actor seems pretty much resigned to his fate.

At Underworld, Julie’s covering for Sally while she’s on her jollies with the Webster clan. She fits in well does Julie, but I want to know what she’s doing working in the factory. Didn’t she have a job as a customer services operative slash personal communicator or something?

Five things we learned in Corrie this week.

1. Vernon can sing better than he can write lyrics
2.Ken likes buttered Pikelets
3. Fallow is not a word you hear enough in song
4. Cushions made from material costing £66 per square metre should always be plumped
5. Roy Cropper just keeps on getting more cute

Coronation Street writers this week were Julie Jones, Debbie Oates, Carmel Morgan and Lucy Gannon. A full female writing week.

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