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Sunday, 31 March 2019

Corrie villain Rick Neelan's brother is Tommy Orpington

Greg and Matt Millburn with their dad. 
Coronation Street villain Rick Neelan is played by an actor called Greg Wood, whose real name is Greg Millburn.

And it turns out that he's the real-life brother of Corrie footballer Tommy Orpington, who's played by Matt Milburn.

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Belle of the Back Streets


Sally wakes in hospital with broken ribs and collarbone and is devastated to hear of Rana’s death. She questioned by health and safety inspector Wayne Hayes, who is the best thing to return to Coronation Street in years. He’s a gem, is Wayne and I love him. Sally sort-of remembers Wayne too from back in the day when he lived with Roy and Hayley. Anyway, Wayne tells Sally not to blame herself as she was not responsible for the roof collapse. Sally breathes a sigh of relief, as does Roy when Wayne tells him that the boat fire had nothing to do with the Underworld roof collapse either.  And as if that wasn’t enough good news from Wayne this week, he begins to help Roy and Brian unravel the mystery of Roy’s mum’s ring.

Seb’s happy when he gets a new job on a building site far away from Gary. But his happiness is short lived when Gary gets a job on the same site and the two warring builders are forced to work together again. But when Gary finds the builder’s yard broken into and his van window smashed, just who is to blame?

Well, Gary’s in a pickle when evil Rick Neelan returns. He was the loan shark who put Gail’s husband Joe McIntyre into so much debt that Joe faked his own death, and died, in a boat in the Lake District. He also kidnapped Rita on her wedding day to Dennis Tanner. And now he’s back, making life hell for Gary. Gary owes him money and he can’t pay. But as luck would have it, Peter offers Gary a wodge of cash to keep quiet to the cops about Carla’s part in the roof factory collapse.

Meanwhile, a service is held to say goodbye to Rana and there was lots of crying and that.

And that’s just about that for this week.

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This week’s writers were Julie Jones (Sunday); Ella Greenhill and Sam Holdsworth (Wednesday), Ian Kershaw and Jayne Hollinson (Friday). Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team at Coronation Street Blog: Exclusive: All Current Corrie writers online

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Rovers Got Talent competition on Coronation Street

In the weekly sneak peek pictures from ITV Coronation Street on Twitter there's a wonderful scene being filmed. It's a Rovers Got Talent competition!

The Great Magnifico is featured on stage in this pic and what looks to be the back of Kirk (?) along with Sean, who perhaps are both performing too.

And in another of the sneak peek pics, it looks as if nasty Rick Neelan is still on the Street - and is that a Tommy Orpington calendar hanging on the wall?

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The Week In Classic Corrie

MONDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 6th and 8th January 1992

Remember when they introduced that awful tatty charity shop into the show, and after a couple of episodes they stopped mentioning it?  They finally realised it was a dead end and Emily packed it up for a new shop in Nightingale Street.  Hopefully this means Denise is on her way soon.  Another 90s legend, Raquel, was causing trouble with her living arrangements.  Jack was sniffing around trying to get her to move in his spare room, but she settled for moving in with Des, leaving both Angie and Curly discombobulated.  Angie accused her of stealing Des, even though she didn't really have a thing with Des, while Curly accused Des of stealing Raquel, even though he didn't really have a thing with Raquel.  Des eventually tried it on with Raquel but she decided it was too much hassle and batted him away.  Alec returned from panto the cruise and Bet persuaded Vicky not to mention the decorator.  Liz returned from hospital and Steve broke down in tears, full of guilt.  She comforted him and told him it wasn't his fault she lost the baby.  In fact she spent most of her time making the men in her life feel better about themselves rather than doing any kind of self-care.

TUESDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 10th and 13th January 1992

It was little Katie's funeral, but an upset Steve refused to go, legging it despite Jim's protestations.  He went to the police station and told them everything as penance.  Vicky went back to school, telling Alec that he needed to make it up to Bet, so he decided to get Des Foster back in to redecorate the rest of the Rovers.  Bet tried to dissuade him but when he insisted she finally told him about their history.  Alec thought she'd had an affair but she told him he'd attacked her and he comforted her.  Vera contacted a private detective to find her grandson, Paul Clayton; given he turned up fifteen years later as a thieving arsonist she's probably better off not looking.  Mike told Gail that the charity shop unit was probably going to be a fast food place and the cafe had better buck its ideas up; sick of having Baldwin interfere in her life, Alma decided to sell up and move away.  Raquel and Des finally caved in to temptation, infuriating Angie, who threw a pint over him in the pub and quit her job as a barmaid.  Raquel was still short of cash though and Reg smarmed around her to try and get her back in Bettabuys.  Alec had a better idea: get Raquel behind the bar.  I think that's a very good plan indeed.

WEDNESDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 15th and 17th January 1992

Vera hired the private detective at considerable expense. (Amusingly, when she tried to remember the name of her grandchild's other grandparents, she couldn't - a reflection on how horribly unmemorable the Claytons were).  Gail went to Mike to try to persuade him to leave Alma alone, as she'd never be able to buy her out of the cafe if she left, but he told her he loved Alma and would continue to pursue her.  Creep.  At the garage, meanwhile, Mike asked Kevin to get a contract from Halliwells, and offered him a bonus if he got it.  They said they'd take the business if Kevin paid a backhander.  Raquel started work at the Rovers, infuriating Angie, who accused her of stealing all of her life and threw her shoes at her in anger.  Angie went for a job as a waitress at a posh restaurant, which I'm mainly mentioning because she wore another of her Amazing Hats at the interview.  Martin got his old job as a hospital porter back, so Sally took over as full-time child minder to David and Sarah-Lou.  Human Stone In Your Shoe Ivy was of course thrilled to learn her grandkids were being looked after by a neighbour.  Derek was in charge of the company for a bit and came up with a scheme for the company to save money.  Victor seemed unimpressed.

THURSDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 20th and 22nd January 1992

Mike was always a bit of a rogue, but he's descending into a full-on villain.  He told Kevin to pay the backhander and fiddle the bills to pay it back; Kevin was uncomfortable with it but Baldwin told him he'd have to or he'd lose his job.  He also turned up at the cafe and handed the lease over to Alma, apparently with no strings attached.  We'll see.  Vera was dodging around dealing with the detective and explaining it away to Jack as overtime. When Curly mentioned there was no extra work going at Bettabuys Jack got suspicious, and even more so when he realised her former crush Lester Fontayne was playing in Manchester.  Derek's efficiency report went down well with Victor; so well, he realised the business didn't need two managers and made Derek redundant.  Those of us who can remember the last time Wilton was unemployed sighed sadly at the "comedy" storylines to come.

FRIDAY - Episodes originally broadcast January 24th and 27th 1992

Steve appeared in court for handling stolen goods and got a £100 fine because his solicitor promised it was a first offence and he wouldn't do anything criminal again.  Cough.  The case against the boys who did the robbing was dropped by the CPS and Jim was rightly angry that his son stood up and did the right thing and was the only one who got punished.  Mavis tried to use her feminine wiles on Victor to get him to give Derek his job back.  Victor told her he was cured of his love for her and sent her on her way.  (That was the last we ever saw of Pendlebury, thank goodness).  She didn't tell Derek about Victor's rejection, though, so Derek decided to sue him for unfair dismissal.  Mavis persuaded him not to air their dirty linen in public.  Jack followed Vera to a meeting with the private detective and told him to get stuffed.  He took her home and told her that he'd run into Harry Clayton and he'd told Jack that Andrea had put the baby up for adoption.  Now in 2019, we know that's not true, and that Jack was obviously lying to protect Vera's feelings; but at the same time, he told her the baby's name was Paul, and that part is true.  I smell a retcon.  Mike continued to cause hassle throughout the Street, with Kevin wracked with guilt over the dodgy service deal.  Sally encouraged him to call the police but he realised he'd be the one who'd get in trouble if it all came out.  Gail was thrilled that Alma had been given the lease, but less thrilled when she said she was still leaving, because clearly Baldwin was up to something.  Alma went to Mike's new flat at Weatherfield Quays to confront him and he confessed he had only one thing on his mind.  He wanted her to marry him.   

There isn't enough money in the world to make me care about Derek's unemployment woes.  If you have a reason why I should give a monkeys, let me know on Twitter @merseytart.

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Mother's Day pride for Liam Bairstow and his mum

There's a great Mother's Day interview in The Telegraph and Argus which fans of Coronation Street's Alex will enjoy reading.

It's an interview with the mum of Liam Bairstow and as we know, Liam plays Alex in Corrie. He's an actor with Down's Syndrome too. 

Liam's mum Josie gives a lovely interview, perfect for Mother's Day and says she cannot contain her pride at seeing her son now gracing the cobbles of Britain’s best loved street - the soap they have watched together since he was young enough to catch up on the drama unfolding on Coronation Street.

You can read it all here.

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