Thursday, 23 May 2019

Tina O'Brien interview: Platts on a pedalo



Prior to The Platts family holiday, how is Sarah feeling about this week?
Sarah is down in the dumps about Gary, she has got her own problems at this point. She has realised that she is not going to have the future that she thought with her man. She is reluctant for the holiday because she is thinking, ‘Oh great, family in a lodge, this could be hell on Earth!’ But she is also excited to spend a bit of time with her gran and her mum so she is quietly optimistic for a nice, normal holiday…

How does Sarah feel towards Gary?
There is too much lying and there’s not been enough communication so it’s done. She is gutted and she misses him but he isn’t able to guarantee that these things will change. When she finds out he is not coming on the trip, she is disappointed that something has come up again because that seems to be the ongoing problem. 

What’s Sarah’s first thoughts when she finds out what David and Nick have done?
Sarah is devastated and feels like there is no coming back from it. 

If Sarah had to choose between a waring Nick and David, who would she side with?
She would choose David. David has had his issues in the past and Sarah has always found ways to forgive him, maybe it’s because he is her little brother and she always wants to sort out his problems. She feels so betrayed with Nick. David is quite remorseful but Sarah feels Nick has an attitude which she is really hurt by. As far as she is concerned she never wants to see Nick again, she doesn’t want to work in the factory with him, she wants him out. 

The Platts have had their fair share of problems with other people but this the first time that they have imploded, what did you think when you read the scripts?
Anything that involves me being on set with a bunch of Platts, I’m in heaven. I love being with the guys; we all have quite different personalities but we all gel so well. It feels really good to be a part of and there’s going to be more to come as we see the fall-out from this and we see the ways that The Platts try to make this work as a family. 

Do you think this could be what tears The Platts apart?
Yes, I do. Audrey is heartbroken and what they have done to her is unforgivable and so painful. Sarah feels very betrayed by them as well. 

Sarah has a good heart but she always seems to be the one to sort other people’s issues out. How much do you think Gary and The Platts will lean on her for help this time?
It’s interesting because the writers write her like she is a nice girl but sometimes the things she gets involved in, I think she is very forgiving! With The Platts, she is able to hold her own and she is quite feisty.  She has let Gary walk all over her but in situations she is able to look after herself as well. 

How do you, as Tina, feel about the possibility that Sarah and Gary’s relationship is over?
It’s really difficult because I love working with Mikey! He is the greatest guy to work with professionally and we work so well, it’s like a dance. However if I was to advise Sarah I’d say that she should get away from Gary, he’s bad news! But I do think Sarah and Gary work so well and I really enjoy working with Mikey. 

How much do the Platts treat each other like family, off-screen?
Helen is very caring and mothering, if I ever have a problem or I need advice I go to Helen, without a doubt. She really listens and always makes me feel very loved and looked after. Jack is a real wind-up merchant but I love him dearly so I guess that’s how I would feel about a little brother! Lucy actually calls me mum sometimes and Ben is like an older brother, wise and caring. Sue is wonderful; I love listening to Sue, I love watching Sue, I love Sue as Sue, I love Sue as Audrey. It is like a fake, weird family. 

As the matriachs of The Platts, do you feel like you still learn a lot from Helen and Sue?
Absolutely. To me, Sue and Helen are Coronation Street and to be around that, I go wow. The way they are as mother and daughter and how they wind each other up is so natural. That’s family to me and that is very clever. 

What was it like working on location?
It was lovely, we felt like we were on holiday because we even stayed in the lodges and had a brilliant time. It’s very different from filming on the street because when you are at Coronation Street you are jumping from blocks and doing a lot of different strands at the same time but when we were filming on location it was in a lodge, by a lake, so it felt like we were filming a mini drama. 

Do you think Sarah should be worried about Rick?
Yes I do, and she knows that too so I think she should be very worried.

What advice would you give to Sarah?
Move! Move everyone and change your phone number!

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Last chance to enter! Win a copy of The Liberty Girls


Deadline for entries is Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 5pm.  Good luck!

We're delighted today to host a guest blog post from writer Fiona Ford. And not only that, but Fiona's brand new novel The Liberty Girls, set around the Liberty's store in London during the Second World War, can be won in a special competition too!

Fiona spent many years as a journalist writing for women’s weekly and monthly magazines. She has written two novels under the pseudonym, Fiona Harrison, as well as two sagas in her own name in the Spark Girls series.  Fiona lives in Berkshire with her husband and two cats.  

You can find out more about Fiona at her website: www.fionaford.co.uk, Facebook: www.facebook.com/fionafordauthor, Twitter: @fionajourno

But first, it's over to Fiona who tells us how watching Coronation Street ended up in her landing her dream job!

"What’s your earliest memory? Mine is watching Corrie twice a week with my mum. In 1979 I would have been about three and although I didn’t really understand the storylines, I loved watching Bet Lynch prop up the bar in her leopardskin and was fascinated with Hilda Ogden and her ‘muriel’ - that fabulous painting she had on her back wall complete with three flying ducks. I also had a soft spot for Rita Fairclough, a strong woman with a heart of gold who I always thought, even at that very young age, had to have the patience of a saint, to not only put up with Mavis Riley in The Kabin but also parent troublemaker Sharon, her foster daughter.

Together with Mum we never missed an episode and would sit down avidly to watch the Brian, Ken and Deirdre triangle, Gail and Brian Tilsley’s disastrous marriage, and Gail’s even more disastrous relationship with her mother-in-law Ivy. Then there was the death of Len Fairclough and the way Rita remained stoic, Elsie Tanner’s dignified and poignant exit in a taxi, Hilda taking in Kevin Webster as her lodger, Bet finding love with Alec, Curly on the bins, Jack and Vera’s up and down relationship and all the many showdowns at Baldwin’s Casuals.

To me it was nothing short of brilliant. I loved the sense of community, the storylines that had me hooked but most of all I loved the strong, sassy northern women who had an answer for everything and took pride in themselves and each other, refusing to never be beaten by life. 

The day after that memorable episode in 1983 when Deirdre slammed the door in Mike’s face as she got back together with Ken, we were asked at school what we wanted to be when we grew up. I wasted no time telling my teacher the answer - I wanted to write stories I told her where the ladies were in charge 

I never changed my mind and after many years as a journalist I now count myself lucky as I’ve landed my dream job - writing gritty, historical sagas with community and sassy women at their core. The Liberty Girls is my latest. It’s set in 1942 and tells the story of Dot, Alice, Mary and Rose who aren’t dissimilar to Bet, Vera, Elsie and Rita. Together they work in the posh, London department store Liberty’s where they sometimes feel like a fish out of water. Yet no matter what their problems, this strong group of women are courageous, kind and together are a force to be reckoned with as they do battle with secrets, lies and heartache - all with a healthy dollop of humour, just as in my favourite soap. Oh, and in case you were wondering, in my books the ladies are ALWAYS in charge!

COMPETITION TIME

To be in with a chance to win a signed copy of THE LIBERTY GIRLS by Fiona Ford, all you have to do is answer the following question: Which city is Liberty’s in? 

Then, fill in the competition entry form which you'll find on the right hand side of this blog (you'll need to view the blog in full web mode to see the entry form).  Leave your name, email address, confirm the country you live in (sorry, overseas fans, this competition prize can be sent to a UK address only) along with your answer in the 'message box'.  

We'll put all correct entries into the draw and pick one winner at random who will be announced here on the Blog.  

Deadline for entries is Wednesday 22 May 2019 at 5pm.  Good luck!


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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 22 May


Wednesday May 22nd

STEVE’S LIFE GOES FROM BAD TO DISASTROUS Steve is edgy after the robbery but Tracy insists he goes back out driving. Armed with a baseball bat under his seat Steve picks up three lads from a bowling alley but they refuse to pay. As he grabs the baseball bat one of the lads does a runner and is hit by a car.
NICK HAS A BRIEF CASE OF ANGER Nick fears the net is closing in as Paula comes looking for him and Leanne starts to grow uneasy about what’s going on. Nick tells Gary to be vague about how he was paid for the barber shop job and Leanne is shocked when Sarah tells her that Nick paid Elsa out of the factory accounts not the other way round as he had made out.
NATALIE MAKES A MOVE ON DAVID Shona calls at the barbers to invite David for lunch and kisses him in front of Natalie. David cancels lunch to train Natalie. Shona is annoyed when she calls at the Barbers to find Natalie and David larking about. When she leaves Natalie tries to kiss David.
ELSEWHERE Sophie and Paula show Sally the photos from their pony trekking holiday in Andalucia.  Sally reminisces about the one and only time she went riding and how much she enjoyed it.

Wednesday May 22nd

TRACY’S SHOCKED BY THE SCALE OF STEVE’S DESPAIR The young lad James gets to his feet and says he is ok, he doesn’t want to make a fuss as he plays for Weatherfield County and would get into trouble. Steve takes him to the cab office but is horrified to find the police there. What will he do?
THE BATTERSBY WOMEN HATCH A DANGEROUS PLAN Leanne, Sarah and Toyah discuss Nick’s dodgy finances, convinced he must have done a deal with Rick the loan shark to fund the barber’s.  The girls agree they need to track down Rick.
DAVID’S CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE David tries to let Natalie down gently meanwhile Shona sens Billy to speak to David about how he really feels about her.
ELSEWHERE Roy tells Wayne he’d appreciate it if he stopped using him to glean information about
Carla. Sally takes her horse riding to the next level splashing out on all the expensive kit after Nck gives her some money to look after the factory whilst he is away with the family.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Spoilers for next week's Corrie - and it's on every night

Here are the major storylines for the week ahead on Coronation Street, all wrapped up nicely in 50 words or less.

Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May





Carla's mental health episode airs. If you need help, please contact The Samaritans.; the Platt clan go camping and secrets explode, the factory saboteur is uncovered, Rick threatens to kill Gary and Sally finds herself with an old nag.  

Also, please note that Corrie is on every night next week and each episode begins at 9pm.
See the full week's preview with pictures at Corrie.net


Missed last week's Corrie?
Catch up with the Coronation Street Weekly Updates

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Coronation Street's on every night next week - at 9pm

It's the finals of ITV programme Britain's Got Talent next week and Coronation Street are running episodes every night next week too.

All Corrie episodes will start at 9pm.

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Corrie's Big Week - All the Spoilers! Interviews!


Next week is Coronation Street's annual BIG WEEK. It's the week before the British Soap Awards and the week in which the finals of Britain's Got Talent run too. Corrie will therefore be on every night next week at the later time of 9pm.

Here's what's in store - with links to find out more.

The Underworld saboteur is revealed - and all the big stories revealed


Lorraine Kelly makes a cameo


Carla's mental health episode airs

Carla's psychosis begins

INTERVIEW: Alison King on CARLA'S PSYCHOSIS STORYLINE

In praise of Corrie: Mental Health Awareness Week


Rick threatens to kill Gary


Platts go camping and David drops a family bombshell.

The Platts go camping - all the news!

INTERVIEW: Jack P Shepherd on David's bombshell to his gran


Sally gets an old nag

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