Monday, 23 April 2018

Corrie fan day in Manchester - Wednesday 23 May


There's a good reason to put Wednesday 23 May into your diary if you're a Coronation Street fan within hotpot distance of Manchester.


At 11.30am that day, there's a Coronation Street locations tour by Manchester tram and the tour is called Vicars and Villains.   You can find out more here.

And in the evening, at Salford Museum, there's a talk on Coronation Street Villains.  You can find out more here.

So, what are you waiting for? Get yourself booked on both the tour and the talk. Could be a day to remember.  If you're going on either the talk or the tour and you'd like to blog about it afterwards for us, do please get in touch.

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Winner announced in our gritty Manchester books competition


Congratulations go to Coronation Street Blog reader John Rossi in Canada who was been drawn at random from the huge amount of entries received, to win a copy of Emma Hornby's gritty Manchester novels.

Emma Hornby's gritty historical sagas - Manchester Moll and The Orphans of Ardwick - are both set in 1800s Bolton and Manchester.

Emma began writing after researching her family history. The colourful folk she unearthed gave her plenty of inspiration; like the characters in her novels, many generations of her family eked out life amidst the squalor and poverty of Lancashire's slums.

Visit Emma's website at emmahornby.com for more. She's also on Twitter and Facebook


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Why I'm disappointed in the return of Carla Connor


Guest Blog Post by Kelly Archer who is on twitter @mskelstar
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Is anyone else feeling a bit disappointed by Carla Mark 2? 

The Carla we knew and loved was a glamorous, strong, independent, successful businesswoman who could ferociously hold her own. Self-destructive yes, vulnerable at times, but a true drama queen and survivor in the mould of Elsie Tanner and Bet Gilroy. 

I know that the writers are trying to do something a bit different with Carla. To not have her treading the same ground of rowing with Tracy, dealing with a commotion at the factory and having an on-off relationship with Peter, but that’s the Carla we fell in love with.

Carla Mark 2 has no home, no business to run and no defining struggle. I’m not sure I can even count her latest fight with Michelle, mainly because I’m struggling to think of a character that Michelle hasn’t had a barney with at some point! Michelle could start a fight in an empty room. This is a woman whose default setting is furious indignation, so it was only a matter of time before she got around to Carla.

The relationship with Roy has been very sweet and enjoyable but it seems to have reduced Carla to a teenager who sneaks boys out of her room hoping her ‘dad’ doesn’t catch them. There are people in this world who don’t function without a bit of excitement and melodrama, taking that away from Carla is like making Grace Jones eat a pot noodle whilst wearing a onesie. 

There is an obvious solution of course – reuniting her with Peter. Peter and Carla are the Burton and Taylor of the Street, there’s even a physical resemblance with Carla’s dark gypsy looks and Peter’s brooding charm. Like Liz and Dick they’ve endured scandal, alcoholism, infidelity and bitter separation. But through the fighting and pain you always felt that theirs was a genuine passion.

The Burtons married and divorced each other twice. ‘I am forever punished by the gods for being given the fire and trying to put it out,’ the actor wrote, around the time of their first separation. ‘The fire, of course, is you.’ Theirs was a love-affair that didn’t have a before and after; it was all during or in-between.

Peter shares Burton’s tormented alcoholism, if not perhaps his eloquent delivery and Taylor according to those who knew her ‘needed the bracing reality of a good fight’. Sound familiar?  So come on you two, it’s time to put aside these frivolities with Toyah and the latest toy-boy. We need you back together laughing, loving, fighting and drinking and. We need some Carla drama!  

Guest Blog Post by Kelly Archer who is on twitter @mskelstar
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See also: Carla Connor, what's going on? by our blogger @ruth1722

Remind yourself just how good Carla was - and could be again - in The Little Book of Carla Connor. Available in paperback and ebook.



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Coronation Street episode review, Friday 20 Apri


The big reveal today was Victoria Street - the big extension to the outside set, however events largely revolved around Eileen.  A troll has been at work on the FAWN website denigrating Eileen who "must" have known about Pat Phelan's activities.  Summer is posting a very strong defence and protecting Eileen from the comments.  She does not stick around when Gail turns up with a meal and offers to compare the impact of killer husbands on their lives.  And the back door at Eileen's keeps mysteriously opening itself - until we see a slim black hooded character opening it.  Meanwhile out the front someone has put a load of nails into Eileen's tyres.

Rana is feeling sorry for herself but cannot face reporting her parents to the police.  Kate talks her into seeing sense and going to the Rovers for a drink.  Yasmeen is certainly being more supportive than Rana's own parents who have now disowned both children!

Sarah and her brood are moving - apparently they can afford a Victoria Courts flat.  She is only a part time barmaid and Gary was in hospital - but Audrey has her cast removed and Gary is back home - Sarah brings them both back - apparently she has a car as well.  Gail is only allowed to collect the children from school for David if she keeps them away from Shona!  And Gary is employing Seb and has taken on Pat's builder's yard.  However this does not explain the money supply being enjoyed by Sarah and Gary!



Michelle and Robert make up and he is not going to risk losing her again!  They are dressed up Andy's funeral - they all talk about it but we don't get to see it.  Michelle makes it clear to Carla that she is uninvited to the wedding even though Carla has dumped Ali.  And Johnny tells Jenny that his next job will be to book their flights to Spain, once he has had breakfast.

David despite a hangover makes it to work and finds that Maria has employed a new trainee - Emma an effervescent bundle of energy.  David is not impressed.  Alya has a date with Josh and Jenny observes that Josh can tinker with her camshaft any day.  Alya and Maria also make up over their argument over who was grieving most for Luke.  Emma looks up Josh Tucker on her phone and agrees he is fit.  David gets ever more wound up.  When he angrily leaves the salon he bumps into Gary and they have an argument with David threatening Gary with Round 2.  Sarah calls David a nasty angry little man.  



Sophie's job chasing is going nowhere until Steve reminds her that Zeedan needs help so off she goes to Speed Dahl.  Also at the same location Aidan asks for Zeedan's help if Rana's family cause any more trouble - he accidentally reveals to the arriving Sophie that Kate and Rana are a long standing item.  Sophie's day just got a lot worse.

Eileen and Nicola hear a noise upstairs and Eileen wallops the intruder with a frying pan.  It turns out that Abi, Seb's mother is clean, released and in need of housing so gets to stay on the sofa after initially decrying Eileen, followed by Seb explaining the facts, Eileen and Abi have a long chat in the new garden area (as pictured at the head of this post) and they stop knocking six bells out of each other.  And Abi is now a trained mechanic apparently - and she did not post on the FAWN website or put nails in the tyres - so who did?  Abi can stay one night if she returns the window cleaning money.  The magic walls at Eileen's are in action - Eileen, Nicola and bump, Seb and Abi - not quite the record which was Eileen, Pat, Jason, Todd, Billy, Sean and Shona I think.

Summer is looking for some work experience and the UK Space Agency have turned her down.  Her knight in shining armour is Aidan who offers her some experience at Underworld, shadowing Alya. which will inevitably help her become an astronomer.  That factory must be doing well - first Simon now Summer.



Gail brings Max and Lily to the cafe and the children sneak past Gail upstairs to see Shona - Lily has a colourful snail picture and Max explains that Gail is washing pots for Roy.  Shona is obviously pleased to see them.  David comes into the cafe and the kids are missing.  They appear from upstairs with Shona.  Once again Gary is telling David to calm down - he is ignored and David tells Gail that she cannot look after his children any more.  The Platt family believe that the old nasty David has returned.  

Kate and Rana have made it to the pub.  And Sophie comes in, sees them and leaves.  Aidan tells Kate off for not telling Sophie sooner.  

At home David is crying and crying and he cannot stop.  However this is not the "old nasty David" who would have been planning revenge and sorting Josh out in one way or another.  This is a completely new and uncertain David - what will come forth I wonder?

Late at night we see a figure in black find the key under the flowerpot to Eileen's back door and let themselves in the back door, just after Eileen has made herself a drink.

Events were from the pens of Cameron McAllister and Ella Greenhill and were directed by Abe Juckes.

No time for comments this week - it was all busy!


Kosmo




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Nick Tilsley is returning to Corrie


Nick Tilsley is returning to Coronation Street. 

Yes, you heard that right.

The tabloids say today that Nicky by will return to Weatherfield in the autumn this year.

Mr Curry Sauce tells the Sun: “Exactly how Nick will be brought back into the fray is still to be decided. But the Platts, and in particular Nick, are a massive part of the Corrie family and always at the heart of some of the show’s biggest storylines. Producers are currently coming up with a bombshell way for him to come back to Weatherfield.”

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Exclusive: Co-op release Coronation Street bags for life


You heard it here first.

In the new sponsorship arrangement between ITV and the Co-op, we've been told that there's a treat coming for Coronation Street fans.

Co-op limited edition 'Coronation Street bags for life' are going to be offered for sale in Co-op stores around the country. 

Every store, including franchises, will be selling limited edition Coronation Street Co-op shopper bags for life. And they'll only cost £1.

The Corrie bags for life will be on sale from next week, Tuesday 1st May 2018 to celebrate the launch of the Co-op Weatherfield store which has been built as part of the new Victoria Street set.

Sounds good to this Corrie fan! 

Have a look at all of the pictures of the new Victoria Street set.

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Updated: Corrie list of who's leaving, joining and returning

Here is our updated list of those characters and actors we know about who are joining, returning or leaving the show.

TAKING A BREAK


Jennie McAlpine has announced her second pregnancy and will be going on maternity leave later this year.  Read more here.



Malcolm Hebden is taking an extended break as Norris Cole. Read more on that here.


Helen Flanagan has announced her pregnancy with her second child and will be taking maternity leave in 2018.  Read more here.

LEAVING

Qasim Aktar, who plays Zeedan Nazir is leaving. Find out more here.




Catherine Tyldesley is leaving her role as Eva Price in 2018. Read more on that here.



Shayne Ward is leaving his role as Aidan Connor in 2018. Read more on that here.

RETURNING 

Nick Tilsley is returning - but will it be actor Ben Price? Read more on that here.


Rula Lenska and Nigel Havers are returning as con-man Lewis Archer and Claudia Colby. Read more here.


Michelle Connor's FAKE son Ryan is returning. Read more on that here.


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