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Monday 21 December 2015

Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Monday 21 December

Monday 21st December
ROB MAKES TRACY AN OFFER SHE CAN’T REFUSE Tracy enters Barlow’s Buys to find a visiting order from Rob on the mat. As she announces to Todd that she’s turning Barlow’s Buys into a florists, Robert meanwhile asks Ken for Tracy’s hand in marriage. But as Ken, Emily, Nessa and Robert prepare to leave for Amy’s violin concert, there’s no sign of Tracy. Amy becomes increasingly nervous. In the prison visiting room, Tracy reels as Rob lies to her, claiming there’s a strong chance he might be released and he hopes they can start again.
THE PRESSURE BUILDS ON JOHNNY Rob phones Johnny from prison and puts pressure on him to come up with the money. When Aidan enters the office, Johnny kills the call. Johnny arrives home to find Carla and Kate trying on wedding dresses. When Michelle muses that they could be sisters, Johnny’s rattled.
WILL DAVID BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS When David complains to Nick how uncomfortable the spare bed is at Audrey’s, Nick urges him to return to his family and make up with Kylie. Will David go home?
ELSEWHERE Kevin and Anna discuss their respective dates that evening and realise they’ll be in the Bistro at the same time. They wish each other luck. Tyrone takes delivery of two dozen Christmas trees. As Kevin and Luke help him stash them at the garage, Tyrone gets a call from Fiz to say Hope has another infection and is being transferred to the General. After a phone call from Steve, Michelle’s furious.

Monday 21st December
TRACY’S CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO MEN As Rob puts pressure on Tracy, telling her he needs to know that she still loves him, Tracy suddenly remembers Amy’s concert and flees from the visiting room leaving Rob frustrated. Tracy lets herself into No.1 to find Amy deeply upset. Ken explains how Amy lost her nerve and refused to play without Tracy there. When Robert demands to know where she’s been, Tracy feeds him a pack of lies and Robert’s suspicious. Tracy secretly phones Rob and assures him she still loves him and will be waiting for him when he gets out. Rob’s pleased his plan is coming together and phones Robert, telling him he’s sending him a visiting order as he’s got some information about Tracy.
FUN AND GAMES AT THE FACTORY Aidan and Kate erect a table-tennis table in the factory and explain how they’ve agreed that Underworld will take part in a ping-pong tournament with O’Driscolls.
IT’S A TALE OF TWO DATES FOR KEVIN AND ANNA In the bistro, Kevin has a date with Joanne who talks too much and Anna has a date with Glen who’s still in love with his ex-wife.
ELSEWHERE In the hospital, Fiz explains to Tyrone how they’ve put Hope on a drip but she might not be home for Christmas. David drops the kids back at No.8. The atmosphere is frosty and when David asks Eva if she’d like to meet up for a drink as he’s now single, Eva’s embarrassed. Michelle breaks the news to Amy that Steve won’t be home for Christmas as he’s staying in Spain to look after Andy who’s broken his leg. Zeedan starts work at the bistro.

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Anonymous said...

The "kid has event/parent can't make it" thing is getting old, Corrie.

Anonymous said...

If Glen is the chap Anna met at the singles night, I couldn't help thinking how much like Owen Armstrong he looked.

Anonymous said...

All these convenient breakages! What with Andy and his leg and Maria's mum with a broken something-or-other.

Anonymous said...

So..Johnny can't come clean and tell Carla, who had no use for her mum whatsoever, that he might be her dad? She's not a child.
It's the standard 'I need a break from my job' plot..relative who hasn't kept in touch in years, has an accident, needs taking care of and the character is written out for however long. Lazy writing.

Anonymous said...

Didn't David ask Eva out once before the first time he and Kylie broke up after he found out she slept with his brother?
David and Kylie breaking up every Christmas is another storyline that's getting old!Yet other characters are axed due to 'lack of storyline'.

Humpty Dumpty said...

Wait for Jack P Shepherd to say he wants a break to work on his drama school. Martin will fall ill and David, who has barely seen anything of him, will rush to his aid.

The Carla story is all wrong. Carla wouldn't be devastated, but Kate would be to learn that her cousin is actually her half sister. Seems to me that Johnny and Carla should be in cahoots to keep things quiet but Kate finds out - in true soap fashion, she would be in the Rovers ladies and overhears Carla and Michelle talking. Carla's exit should be due to the bust up between her and her half siblings.

Newfy Pearl said...

I enjoyed the episode. I really like the idea of Kev and Anna.
I really like Robert for Tracy.... I just wish he was more in her corner. He keeps giving mixed messages when he seems to be siding with Leann over Tracy.

Beth said...

I loved the simple scene in the garage. Nothing much going on but good dialogue and banter which took me back to the corrie of old.

Anonymous said...

When I see the name 'Simon Crowther' I'm already cringing at the thought of the banal 'comedy' in store for us. How is he even allowed to continue as a writer for our great show? A case in рoint is his mistreating and 'dumbing-down' of Aidan - last time he was searching for his 'lucky silk socks' now it was his highlighter рens - since when were these two 'crises' even mildly interesting? reindeer hats, quiz in рrison, wedding dresses, david suddenly eying uр the ladies, 'рing рong' = what the hell was going on? get rid of him soon рlease!!

Cobblestone said...

Carla was never Kate's cousin; she married Paul, who was Kate's cousin. It is confusing though - I keep having to remind myself that it's Michelle who is cousin to the Neo-Connors. I absolutely agree with you, though, that Carla, a woman experience has made think so cynically of Family, would be more stoical at the news.

Cobblestone said...

I do agree Kevin and Anna seem to have chemistry. I also like Robert with Tracy, but I don't agree about him not being in her corner. He's being a decent guy helping out a friend with Leanne (and Simon IS Tracy's family, after all! Robert's technically his former (step) uncle!) but Tracy's selfish paranoia, her constant Me-Me-Me! default-setting, interprets this behaviour as a threat. And come to think of it, is Tracy's Corner seriously a location any right-thinking person would want to find himself? I think Robert and Tracy work best where he acts as a counterbalance to her nonsense and serves to ground her excesses of spite (Rob, before him, discharged this rôle even more effectively).

Cobblestone said...

I agree that some of SC's wilder flights of fancy (silk socks!) often seems heavy handed, but as far as last night's episodes are concerned, disagree with regard to the wonderful trivial banter in the garage and the prison. That was authentic old-school Corrie.
Also, some of the elements will not have come from SC, but from the episode brief that comes from the storyliners, which the writer has to follow. It breaks down the episode to be written, stipulating what has to happen, scene by scene. It's simply not true that a writer decides what to put into each episode: the brief can be very prescriptive. My understanding is that that London soap on BBC is the least prescriptive, with episode briefs of less than a page, while other shows' briefs run to excess of two pages, giving the writer less freedom. The ping-pong match, therefore, was most certainly not something Simon Crowther decided to shoe-horn in, as it is a plot thread that will extend over the next week, with other writers having to take it up - he's just following his brief. I know we all complain about the writers from time to time, but it helps to have a clear understanding of how they do their job. Very often, it's not their fault!


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