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Saturday, 10 April 2021

Corrie Comicals Week Ending Friday 9 April 2021

Good evening.  I do realise I have not been here for a couple of weeks - somehow the current crop of stories has somewhat failed to enthuse me but on Wednesday certain happenings were completely doolally and I really felt the need to share.  I regularly hear that sharing is good - and this week you have the pleasure of my sharings!

But back to Monday first and Fiz (above).  For the benefit of new readers - start here.  If someone in a "fly on the wall documentary" says something along the line "It's all behind us now" this has to be translated into "Danger Crumbling Cliff Edge - any further collapses will included the path on which you are standing, take a step back NOW".  In other words any second now whatever you think is behind you is just turning round to loom over you in a black cloud ready to explode usually in the same episode or if they don't want to rush the storyline in the next episode!  If you are really unlucky it will be in the next scene!  And is my memory failing me?  Why is Gemma supporting Fiz - didn't she trip up Ty and make it to the floor first so he landed on top of her?  Or are we supposed to believe that 4 children has completely changed her history?

I could not return without Emma.  She bought some knock-off pink nail varnish and put on the first layer, but it is reluctant to dry.  After 30 minutes she added a second coat and now she has "bubbles on her nails!" (above).  The Mancunian girls must be hardy going out with bare feet in the weather we have had this week - where I live (a long way south of Weatherfield) we have kept having snow this week (except Sunday when 6 of us foregathered quite legally in the garden for lunch and were blessed with some sunshine).

Moving on to Wednesday and first up there is a little Covid problem which someone did not think through.  Harvey has been laying down his truth to Leanne - pointing out that he will get around to dealing with both her and Simon when out of almost nowhere the police turn up with shooters.  Now in any normal such situation Harvey would pull out a sawn-off and wave it at Leanne, either shooting her to shut her up or grabbing her and threatening to shoot her and having a long stand off with the forces of the law.  Bit difficult as they have to stay a couple of yards apart and she cannot go past him to get in the car in any case!  Obviously the writer was hoping that the physical distancing limits might have changed by the time this script was being filmed!

I have had to excise part of this picture as I fear that the team have sought to explain why Sharon Stone was asked to remove her underwear in Basic Instinct (the link explains why) as lighting is otherwise reflected.  Something similar might have happened here so I think Sarah's underwear was in place!

This is an opportune moment to remind TPTB that Steve is in training for an event to raise money and that he spent weeks away in the Peak District doing vast distances to lose that tum-tum - only for him to be patting it affectionately a few moments before this shot and then hauling it out on display just after he and Peter have consumed an enormous cream tea (although they did save a few calories because they cut the crusts off the sandwiches!).  It does not look any smaller to me!  Indeed public display of Steve's midriff is something which I believe we should be spared!

Whilst on the subject of Wednesday can I ask how old nu-Todd is?  When I had my first job (which I accept my parents had found for me through a friend of theirs) in 1972 I have no doubt that my incompetence was reported back to them when they met the friend - but no-one ever said anything to me.  But Eileen checking up on Todd with the "World's Best Son" (according to George's mug - he keeps a picture of Archie on the shelf as a nod to viewers) does strike me as far from normal, I don't recall her asking Sarah if Todd was any good in the factory!

As we are now aware Friday will now be Monday.  As a visitor to the Manchester cobbles may the Duke of Edinburgh rest in peace.  I have no doubt that Shuttleworth and Grimshaw as it will no doubt become in about 5 minutes will be happy to arrange an excellent send off!

Writers were: Steven Fay (Monday); Jan McVerry & Joe Turner (Wednesday).
Directors were: Gary Williams (Monday); Gill Wilkinson (Wednesday).


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Conversation Street Podcast Episode 465

In our latest podcast, we chat about the episodes of Coronation Street shown in the UK between the 5th and the 7th April (Episodes #10291 - 10294).

This week, Ty's asking for trouble back home when he takes every possible opportunity come to Alina's rescue - and with his confession that he's actually in love with Miss Pop, is it well and truly over for him and Fiz? Meanwhile, Harvey vows revenge on Leanne when he's arrested after a police sting, Cathy digs herself a deeper hole by revealing Lemon Drop's secret identity, and Carla quits her job at the factory.. again.

There's not really much in the way of news again this week, so we skip over The Kabin and head straight for the feedback segment next, where we find out what our listeners are loving and loathing about recent Corrie.

Street Talk - 00:10:50
Feedback - 01:51:02

We've got a real treat for fans of Classic Corrie on ITV3 this week in our bonus podcast. Like many of us, actress Georgia Taylor has been wallowing in nostalgia with some of the episodes from the late 90s recently, so we thought it would be fun to have a chat with her about what it's been like revisiting some of the Battersbys' early days from January 1998. Georgia tells us how it's been, seeing those scenes on the Red Rec for the first time in over 20 years, reflects on her time working alongside Corrie greats like Liz Dawn, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Roy Barraclough, and shares which storylines from that era have gripped her the most second time around.

You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, stream all our old episodes on our own site here, or click the play buttons above to give it a listen from the comfort of this very blog!

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Melanie Hill interview: Cathy, the internet troll

What was going through Cathy’s head when she did the first post?

Cathy really wants to be part of the community and really feel that she is contributing and when Brian made the massive faux pas of mentioning the outstanding paper bill to Steve she really wanted to put it right. Someone suggested that she could help with raising some money that got thrown back in her face and then quite soon after that Tracy was making comments about Cathy’s clothes it was  a double whammy. She was upset and angry, we could all easily do it, go on line having had a few drinks and post what we think about someone, she doesn’t think of the consequences.

She is outspoken but generally a kind and compassionate person do you think she posted the comments without thinking about it?

Yes she does care about people this is not something you would expect her to do. She goes on an account which belongs to the Kabin and makes the comment, she hasn’t really thought about who would be seeing it, she was letting off steam.

Does she feel guilty about Brian getting caught up in the backlash?

Everyone assumed it was Brian and it was a very loving gesture by him offering to take the fall for Cathy and because she is scared of people’s reactions and it snowballed quite quickly she let him take the blame for her. That is the worst possible thing, it is lies on top of lies. 

What made her finally come clean to the neighbours that it was her not Brian who made the comments?

There was another spat with Tracy and this time in public. Tracy was having a go at Brian and Cathy couldn’t take any more of him getting vilified and she just decided it was time she owned up. She also feels so protective over her nephew, the fact that he had to leave and go to Scotland to escape from the trolls it is too much for her to bear. That is the worst part of it all for her.

How does she feel when she starts reading the vicious things being said about her?

She is terribly frightened by the comments and they also hacked into her email and found her contact details. It is just spiralling out of control. She is very aware of the pain that she caused by making the comment and now the knock on effect of what is happening to everyone around her. The funeral wreath is like the last straw, she was sure it was Tracy and when she finds out it is not Tracy and the police get involved and it becomes too much for her to deal with.

In the coming week it looks as though she might even be at risk of losing her job and a wreath is left outside the kebab shop, did she ever imagine it would come to this?

She would never imagine it would have come to this and that is the thing about this situation and the message that the storyline is sending, think twice before you post something nasty that might upset somebody. Think about the person reading that message, it isn’t only about the first comment that Cathy makes it is then about all the people wading in and making their own comments about Cathy.

Why do you think there is such a reaction against Cathy?

This story also shows the community spirit, the community bands together against Cathy in a way to protect their own and close ranks and that is what Coronation street is all about, the community. Unfortunately she suffers and finds herself ostracised by people, by the very community she so wants to be a part of.

Do you think that showing this happening to Cathy will highlight the issue?

It is a very current situation and it is important to highlight it because this bullying online is just horrific. It is because people are anonymous, they wouldn't say that to someone’s face but they can write it in a comment. It has got even worse in the pandemic because people can’t go out and everyone is online. Corrie is really good at getting conversations started in living rooms and if the viewers can see that Cathy could get caught up in something like this then anyone could and hopefully it might get people talking and thinking about what they post. 

Have you had any experience of people you know being trolled?

Sign Along with Us who were on BGT had an awful experience. I was supporting them on the show and they contacted me and other famous supporters asking for help as they were the victims of awful trolls. Christian had the most horrendous things said about him online. It was ironic that it was the week I was starting to film this and it really brought it home to me how important it was to get this message across. Social media has got so much power and it is scary.

Were you surprised when  you found our Cathy was going to be an internet troll?

I felt it was interesting to have it start with a character like Cathy, not one of the more obviously outspoken nasty characters. This shows just how easy it is to become a troll and hurt people’s feelings, by just not thinking about what you are doing. I am grateful that I have got this storyline to play out because it shows how becoming a troll can ruin your life, not just the people you are trolling. It makes it worse because it is her, she is not equipped to deal with it. 

How does she cope with what is happening?

She really isn’t coping. She goes into hiding and she is pushing the one person who is trying to help her away. Her state of mind has been affected by what is happening all around her, she doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt by what is happening to her. We haven’t really touched much on her hoarding for a while but it is good to show that we haven't forgotten. When she is affected by what is going on she does start to show signs that the hoarding and the worrying is coming back. She wants to create a cocoon for herself and she can’t bear going outside and facing up to things.

Things don’t look good for Cathy and Brian can they get through this? 

It has been good to see another side of Brian and Cathy not just the comedy, we see some really touching scenes between them which has been wonderful. I am sure people will be rooting for them to get through this and reunite.

What do you like about playing Cathy?

I love that be she has had a life, good and bad things have happened to her but she is fun and she is caring, she is not frightened to let herself go there is still a twinkle in her eye and hopefully she will get that back. It is a gift of a part and it is nice to have a different type of storyline to explore.

Once the death threats start coming what makes her decide to leave and go into hiding?

Trolling and online bullying is a huge problem and it isn’t just confined to younger people. Are you pleased that the issue is being raised on Corrie showing what the consequences can be?

Glenda Young
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Friday, 9 April 2021

Spot the Corrie prop - April 9th 2021

Congratulations this week go to fairycake who was the only person to spot that that last week's terrific table decoration can be found in Tyrone and Fiz's house. Well done!

For this week's prop puzzle all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on Coronation Street you would find this pottery pooch.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Fri 9 April

Friday 9th April 2021

LEANNE SAYS HER GOODBYES Nick calls at the flat to find Leanne and Simon about to leave. Nick reveals that Toyah’s told him everything, he still loves her and together they can sort things out. But a tearful Leanne insists it’s too late. A tearful Leanne confides in Toyah how she had to say a painful goodbye to Nick. In the factory, a miserable Nick fills Sarah and David in on why Leanne has to move away and so forces him to choose between her and Sam. Simon finds Peter in Victoria Garden. Simon tells Peter he loves him and Peter’s deeply touched.
PETER’S DELIVERED A BLOW Accompanied by Daniel, Peter attends his hospital appointment. When the consultant reveals that his liver hasn’t improved, he needs a transplant, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be eligible for one, Peter’s shocked. Peter assures Daniel that he’s not giving up as he’s got Carla and Simon to think about. Peter breaks the news to Carla that his last hope is a liver transplant, but nothing will stand in the way of their wedding.
STEVE TAKES THE HIGH ROAD Informing Roy that Alex is going to his mum’s in Scotland until all the online animosity has died down, Cathy feels he’s being unfairly punished. Steve calls in the corner shop and asks Dev to stop stealing the Kabin’s business. Steve calls in the Kabin and tells Brian and Cathy that he’s had a word with Dev. Cathy’s horrified to read some even more vicious messages.
ELSEWHERE In the undertakers, Todd tells George that he reckons Eileen has taken a shine to him and referred to him as classy and dignified. George preens whilst Todd smiles to himself. Todd cajoles Eileen into inviting George round for supper. George is thrilled. 

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