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Tuesday 15 January 2013

Coronation Street press launch report from the Corrie wedding

The makers of Coronation Street held a press event on Tuesday afternoon in London to launch Kirsty and Tyrone's  eventful wedding day and other future storylines.

A representative of the Coronation Street Blog (me, reviewer KathrynS) was lucky enough to be there.

Actors Alan Halsall (Tyrone), Kirsty (Natalie Gumede), Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) and Tina (Michelle Keegan) came along to do a Q and A and speak to journalists afterwards, as well as Corrie producer Phil Collinson.

Held far away from the Weatherfield cobbles at the swanky Soho Hotel in that London, we were given scrummy  home made biscuits and cakes (goodbye Slimming World plan) and coffee in the hotel's plush lounge before watching a special screening of two of the wedding episodes on a proper big screen in  posh comfy armchairs. 

It was quite strange watching Corrie on a big cinema  screen -  it gave it the look of a film rather than TV and the HD effect highlighted every single flaw and wrinkle of some of the older characters! (I'm talking about you Helen Worth and Nigel Havers!)

Chief blogger Flaming Nora has already given a  plot rundown earlier today on this blog with pics of what's going to happen in the wedding episodes, so there's not much I can add storyline wise without giving stuff away we were specifically asked to keep secret, such as exactly what happens on the wedding ceremony and whether the not so happy couple actually tie the knot.

What I will say is that viewers will be in for a treat as Fiz and Tyrone's  big secret looks set to be blown publicly, with dramatic consequences from vengeful Kirsty in its aftermath (especially for Tyrone who will be wrongfully facing a trial for abuse) and  there's some impressive acting from Alan, Kirsty and Natalie.

We were also given a preview of some future developing storylines and the one that stands out for me is the Lewis - Gail situation, which will be developed with increasing black humour.

There will be some genuine laugh out loud moments as Lewis tries to evade any real physical intimacy with Gail while continuing to butter her up shamelessly so he can succeed in his evil plans.

Also it looks like Tracy Barlow and that supposed charming rogue man in the factory whose name I can never remember - Rob - will be getting closer in the future.

After an official Q and A, we mingled with the actors - I ended up in the loos chatting next to Natalie at the sink, who was lovely and friendly, couldn't be more different than evil Kirsty.

I also chatted to Phil Collinson, who seems to have a genuine enthusiasm about Corrie, along with other journalists in the (free) bar.

He confided that Peter Barlow (even with his current weird new face fungus) and Lewis were the main male hearthrobs for the slightly older lady viewers!

Before the screening, he thanked  the Corrie audience for their support. over the last year and said the producers felt "very loved".

The actors were all really nice and down to earth.

Michelle Keegan looks like a slender china doll (in vertiginous heels)  in real life and is much less orange than she appears on screen, despite her recent holiday in Dubai.

She was thrilled she has been nominated for best actress in the National Television Awards (rather than her usual sexiest female) but modestly thinks Alan Halsall, who has also been nominated, should win rather than her.

Jennie is positively svelte and was rocking it in skinny jeans, jackets and yet more killer heels, a far cry from frumpy Fiz.

Alan Halsall is a real sweetie, full of bounce, humour and life and totally charmed all the mostly female journalists he spoke to.

He was recalling how he was inspired as an actor by Bill Tarmey aka Jack Duckworth and said he doesn't take Tyrone's abusive storylines home and let them affect him - he can leave them in the studio and get on with his private life. 

He also said Natalie brings him cups of tea and biscuits to help cheer him up when they are filming the scenes where she assaults him.

Corrie Blogger Kathryn with Alan Halsall (Tyrone)
Alan  is also far  slimmer and leaner than he sometimes appears on screen -  positively skinny - what is that they say about the TVcamera adding ten pounds?

Natalie said she wasn't a fan of the low cut purple fishtail gown she wears as a wedding dress but that it was "very Kirsty."

It was a lovely day and for someone who is a Corrie fan, it was a thrill to meet some of the actors in person.

I even had my picture taken with Alan for the benefit of readers of this blog (and me!).

Thanks again Coronation Street press office and producers for the invite.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for your report. Very interesting! And nice to know about Phil C.He seems nice.

Carry On Blogging! said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Great to hear all about it :)

Danny-K said...

What a smashing debrief Kathryn. Excellent! It was just like being there. You answered questions I was going to pose like the buffet being laid on for instance.

But Phil Collinson and this:

" I also chatted to Phil Collinson... Before the screening, he thanked the Corrie audience for their support over the last year and said the producers felt "very loved".

- LOL! I take it he was being sarcastic?

Tvor said...

Excellent review, Kathryn!

Glenda Young said...

What a brilliant write-up, thankyou!

Rachel said...

Bit worried that I (at 39) am now a slightly older lady viewer (with a pash for Peter Barlow)!

Humpty Dumpty said...

Great review! Glad I didn't get the invite; I wouldn't have been able to bit my lip!

Anonymous said...

Interesting insight. Rather than constantly seeking publicity for the programme to boost interest, ITV might try making a quality programme where there is some suspense, because the details of every episode are not known to the entire audience before the first bar of the theme tune is played.

Anonymous said...

Tyrone and Kirsty will get married But the Tyrone and Fizz news will come out after the I do's and before Kirsty signs legal rights to Tyrone, duh. She'll also put such a beating on him and Fizz better watch out, she may end back in prison, just the type of revenge Kirsty would dole out for her, Fizz's baby motherless.Now that's a story line.Hey Tyrone and Fizz both in the clink.

Donna - Halifax said...

Nice of them to give the press a high end viewing and you did a smashing write-up, wish I has been there. Can't wait for the story line.

ChiaGwen said...

What a lucky woman you are to have been there and to write about it....well done! I am SO jealous.

Anonymous said...

Great write-up, thanks! You are one lucky girl, and brave for going to "that London"...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. Actors definitely need to be ultra thin just to look average on the screen. Not an easy lifestyle but hard to feel sorry for, right? ;)

kathrynS said...

Thanks for the lovely comments everyone! . I tried to write something that would interest Corrie fans, rather than a straight journalistic report - you can read that in the Sun or Mail Online.
Re Danny-K's comments, I know where you're coming from re Phil Collinson, but I don't think he was being tongue in cheek on this occasion. He actually seemed really nice in person.


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