Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Corrie producer Stuart Blackburn reveals Corrie summer spoilers

There's an excellent interview over at Digital Spy with the Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn.  I urge you to read the full interview here and here but here's what he says, in a nutshell:

He loves working on Corrie, and talks about the pressure to get it right and I love, love, this quote about making subtle changes to get it right.... "for me it starts with the dialogue and whether we're keeping on top of our characters' voices." Ahem.

He talks about the introduction of a pawnbrokers shop to the Street, says that Roy and Hayley's story will bring in Fiz and Tryone, speaks about the return of Liz McDonald and Todd Girmshaw, the introduction of Kal (Jimi Mistry) and how he plans to invest in the Price family - which, as we know Gloria and Karl are leaving, means Eva and (groan) St Ella.

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23 comments:

njblas said...

I was very depressed to read how highly he regards the supposedly wonderful Price clan - or what's left of them:(

Fat Pooftah said...

Eva has the potential to be fab. She's classic Corrie woman - impulsive, feisty, unlucky in love. She could be the new Bet Lynch, if her character's developed properly (i.e. no marrying off too soon and no no NO frickin BABIES please!)

John McE said...

I agree - Eva is an absolute gem, in turn bitchy, vulnerable, hard as nails, but easily hurt. SO yes please keep her. And I am sure she would absolutely shine if her mother were to meet an untimely death (hint).

I've certainly noticed a big increase in dialogue that positively sparkles since Stuart Blackburn has been in charge. Long may he continue.

Jamie said...

It's a great interview.

I'm glad he plans on using as many characters as possible rather than being 'over-reliant on one small group for too long.' You can definitely see that he's tried to do that from the start.

I also really liked what he said about Carla and Peter. I adore them as a couple too and I think the actors are brilliant.

It's a shame he hints at being keen to invest in the Price family. If I'm honest, like most people I would prefer St Ella to leave with Gloria but I guess you win some, you lose some.

Overall a fantastic interview though. Very promising. I'm really liking his work so far. :)

Digger said...

If all this means fewer visitations from the Personality Transplant Fairy that can only be a good thing. And I agree with what's been said about Eva - she has real potential to be a strong, long-term character in the "proper" Corrie mould. But PLEASE can we get rid of... you know... the other one.

Anonymous said...

Ugh this is ridiculous why STELLA STILL! She is sooooooooooooo boring.

Anonymous said...

Ugh this is ridiculous why STELLA STILL! She is sooooooooooooo boring.

Flaming Nora said...

I was heartened by the fact that you know, the other one, wasn't even mentioned in the proper interview, it was held over to the "gossip" section of the 2nd interview. And can it be more than a coincidence that since Stuart Blackburn took over the reins, St Ella's taken a back seat in the show? Curious!

Anonymous said...

When he was talking about the Price family's future, notice he said "Whatever happens with the pub in the future"? It sounds like St Ella could be out of the Rovers before long. Perhaps Liz returns because Steve buys the Rovers behind Michelle's back and that's what their dilemma is.

njblas said...

I agree, Eva has masses of potential and could well develop a good comic side. But she has been pretty much on the backburner for months now. Let's see more of her, and keep the Baroness of Beige locked up in her beloved back room for the foreseeable:)

Joseph said...

Well I can't really complain. SB sounds like he's really passionate about Corrie, and the fact that he's moving along to more character-driven stories like we've seen with Roy and Norris makes me really excited for the summer.

It is good that we've been seeing less of St Ella. Under Collinson she was on all the time - even under the early Blackburn days (although I guess that's understandable considering the fallout from the fire). But note to producer: I'd completely forgotten about her character until she was mentioned just now. Not a good sign.

Oh and I'm glad he's not going to do an affair storyline for Fiz and Tyrone. That was my biggest fear.

(Also - Bring Back Lewis)

Humpty Dumpty said...

I'm disappointed that Stella seems to be staying but, there again, SB isn't likely to say such-and-such a character is c***. Let's just hope her story finishes at the end of her contract.

A small point but why have a character called Kal when you've already got one called Karl?

It will be silly if the pawnbrokers shop comes to the street and people are *still* dining and drinking as if they've won the lottery.

Dubcek said...

I'd prefer to see Lloyd and Mandy running the Rovers rather than Liz (spit) McDonald, it would develop their relationship and would certainly work better than the aforementioned(spit)who by the end of her time on the Street was nothing but a cartoon character.

Stephen Feldman said...

Very impressed with this interview with SB and happy to read some of his vision for Corrie's future. If there is one plea I can make with him (directly if he's reading this) is to cut down on the amount of spoilers you give to the press... some of the sparkle I miss on the street is the unexpected surprise we get on screen that the tabloids don't know about. These are few and far between now and would complete the change from SB if he can provide us some gold nuggets on a weekly basis. :-)

Beth said...

I doubt Stella will stay on at the Rovers when Karl and Gloria leave. Usually it's a strong family/ characters that run that ship and Stella with just Eva isn't enough - or is that my wishful thinking? My only worry is that when Leanne finds out about Nick and Kylie she'll move into the Rovers and swell the numbers. Humph :(

I also find it laughable that whenever there is a press release on the Price family or an interview they are always bigged up and made out as hugely popular when we all know it's a big fat fabrication that they don't want to admit their big fat mistake. Especially St Ella who has been a disaster from the off with her fake accent and her forcefulness in every story. It's been wonderful to be Price free these past few episodes. I think it's the longest we've been without her since her introduction.

I agree wholeheartedly re Eva. She has tons of potential and could be a Corrie gem.

Now if only we could have a nice little break from the Windass/ Armstrongs life would be sweet :)

I'd love Steve to buy back the Rovers but for him to have earned the money this fast when he was so flat broke is a tad unrealistic even for Corrie. He only owns half a cab firm in a little back street.

Anonymous said...

Loved the interview. Sounds like SB really has his head screwed on straight when it comes to our Corrie. Can't wait for future stories!
Bev

Anonymous said...

Sorry but nobody will top Phil Collinson, his era was the best in many years. Plus Stuart Blackburn ruined Emmerdale, no doubt he will ruin Corrie. Its already dire at the moment.

Stevie Dawson said...

Corrie is brilliant in recent months, back to the old intricacies of the lovely relationships between certain characters. Long may that continue and you can tell Stuart is responsible for some of that. A noticeable difference in the show recently...

Love Phil Collinson but Corrie lost it's way slightly during his time.

Mrs Barton said...

Seems good, I've had much less to moan about with Corrie recently so that's great.
I really don't understand how the powers at Corrie still labour under the illusion that Stella is a popular character.... I really don't know anyone who likes her. Here in Manchester the accent is still a massive joke.

Anonymous said...

Anon 19:17 - is that you Phil Collinson? Bitter grapes, hey?

Anonymous said...

Great article, and I agree SB is bringing back what's been missing for a long time under PC (really, he wasn't very Politically Correct). I also would love to see Lewis back. I kinda get what others are saying about Eva, but I have a hard time giving her the time of day because I just can't bear when StElla is involved and just pass up on those scenes. I'm betting there is a better vibe on the set for both cast and crew with PC out of the way now. Perhaps that's just my imagination, but seems there's more honesty in the acting lately.

Anonymous said...

No Anon 23:51, not bitter grapes and not Phil Collinson. People still moan about the state of Corrie and no doubt they will months down the line about Stuart's plots and want rid of him. It happened to Phil and it will happen again.

Anonymous said...

Please, Please get rid of Eva, She is awful!!!!

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