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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

The truth about Leanne and Corrie's nasty Nick

Next week in Coronation Street, we'll see Nick and Leanne getting back together. This is wrong in a million ways.  So it's time to dust off this blog post written last year to remind ourselves why Leanne should never, ever get back with Nick.

And so, for those who'd like their memories jogged, or for those who don't know and want to find out for the first time, here's what happened between Leanne Battersby and Nicky Tilsley.

When the Battersby's moved into Coronation Street in 1997 they were loud, brash, nasty pieces of work. Leanne's calmed down a lot since then but she came onto the Street like a Salford Spice Girl, all gob and mini-skirt. Gail Platt thought the Battersby's were scum, the whole lot of them. And that's exactly why Nick Tilsley started dating Leanne, to get back at his mum because he knew Gail would never approve.

Nick and Leanne grew close. Once when they were in bed together, they had an unexpected threesome when Ken Barlow dropped through their ceiling and onto their bed. Ken had been chasing Leanne's dad Les through the roofspace after Les had let himself into No. 3.

In 1998, Nick and Leanne eloped to get married in Gretna Green. He was 17 and she was 16. As you can imagine, Gail wasn't best pleased at the news when they returned. Leanne started work at the Kabin and Nick started college where his class received a visit from convicted murderer Darren Whately who Nick realised was the man who had stabbed his dad, Brian Tilsley, up an alley outside a nightclub.

Nick started writing to Darren - in Leanne's name - boo, hiss - and when Darren was released from prison he called on a terrfied Leanne. She was furious with Nick for putting her life in danger. Anyway, then Nick took a part-time job as a nude model, oo-er, at the local college where he met Miranda Peters. A jealous Leanne accused Nick of having a fling with Miranda and refused to go to his 18th birthday party.

So, you're probably thinking to yourself that Nick doesn't sound too nasty so far.

He was - and always will be - a mummy's boy. He was young and daft and he married Leanne to spite his mum - but wait, there's more. When Leanne found out she was pregnant in 1999, Nick not only demanded that she have an abortion but he then told everyone she had miscarried the baby. By 'eck, eh? He then trotted off to Canada (good riddance, etc.) and Leanne stayed alone in Weatherfield, realising that she didn't love him enough to go with him.

After Nick went abroad, Leanne played the casinos and put herself about a bit, ending up owing Ashley Peacock loads of rent for living in No. 4. So when Nick asked her for a divorce, she told him she wanted £2k which Gail gladly paid to get rid of the daughter-in-law of whom she'd never approved and had some wonderful fights with.

And what did Leanne do with the cash? Did she pay the rent? Did she 'eck as like. She blew the lot in one night at the casino and that's when Steve McDonald introduced her to Jez Quigley who introduced her to cocaine and a mad plot to rob the Rovers emerged...

16 comments:

Bruce said...

Thanks for getting us up to speed! As a relatively new Corrie watcher, it's nice to know some of the long Weatherfield history.

Sue said...

Hot darn, those were the days... Thanks for the reminders!

Yoork said...

Wow, Leanne's had a heck of a ride when I read this.

Tvor said...

Aww i always liked Leanne. I laughed when Nick said tonight that he used to run the factory with Mike and learned everything he knew there. He was rubbish at it and Mike sacked him!

Sea Penguin said...

I'd forgotten how truly horrible "Old Nick" was (?lived up to his name??). Wonder if NuNick will be any nicer - and to be honest, I think he's the better actor, so hope he gets a juicy storyline.

Jasper said...

I'd like to see that Darren Watley come back out prison. I remember him really fancying Leanne and I bet he's got a score to settle with Nick. That'd set up a good story. Free the Weatherfield One!

Sea Penguin said...

Jasper, who's Darren Watley again? sounds interesting!

jasper said...

seapenguin, he was the guy who killed Nick's dad. He got out of jail a few years back and Nick started writing to him, pretending to be Leanne. Whatley ended up chasing them both around the Street before he got sent back to jail. He was a really good villain, it'd be good to see him back. He'd have a real axe to grind as it was Nick's fault he went back to jail.

Sea Penguin said...

Sounds good to me, Jasper - bring it on!

Rebecca said...

Bloody hell, how is Leanne only two years older than me?

Anonymous said...

And then of course on his next trip back to Corrie he had the thing with Maria, and the whole Todd/Sarah fiasco. I find it strange that Nick hasn't had a chat to ashley - after all they did share a house for a fair while.

Anonymous said...

Nearly right, Yoork --
Leanne is a heck of a ride...

Beeshebags said...

Hopefully his stint on New Zealand soapie "Shortland Street" serves his 'acting' skills a favour! Happy to have just found this blog....dunno how come I've never found it before....love Corrie, and now it's on Free to Air tv here in Australia, I can watch it 5 days a week...YAY. Although I'm thinking we're about 4-6 years behind...but oh well, them's the breaks when you refuse to fork out for Pay TV..lol

abbyk said...

Yeah, but... all that stuff is in the past. They grew up. Bad stuff happened, they learned their lessons. Leanne isn't about to go back to being a call girl - she's dedicated to being a good mom. Nick owns a growing business and wears a suit to work. He was reasoned and mature when he broke it off with Eva. They're not the same people they were when they were young.

Oh, and the writers and producers changed, too, which can lead to soap amnesia.

Anonymous said...

I dunno, given some of the (many) other baddies on Corrie, Nick doesn't seem that nasty. Besides, I agree with the above, they've both grown up and Leanne has certainly got a whole world of her own baggage!

Rowan Mayfaire said...

Nunick is a better actor (IMHO) and seems a much more mature, kinder character but I have such a hard tim coming to terms with his ears. I realize this cannot be helped, but OldNick was such a cute and believeable momma's boy, NuNick looks a bit old and strange.

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