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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, May 17 - 21

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

Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May

Ronnie makes Jenny happy, Aadi discovers Asha's wedding plans, Natasha gets her feet under the table at the Platts' house, Sharon moves in on her target and Fiz finds out Tyrone is buying the salon flat.

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Monday, 10 May 2021

Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 10th May

I don't know about you, but I didn't expect Seb to be resting in peace. It was a close-kept secret, non? I guess if Inside Soap front cover has headlines such as "WILL PETER DIE?", you know he won't, but if someone's in at Kate Oates Memorial hospital sans Inside Soap headline, it doesn't look good for their long-term health.

I did wonder when Nina was introduced if the storyliners were going to write something influenced by the tragic death of Sophie Lancaster, but I think the writers did the correct thing in not killing off Nina, firstly because it would be the waste of a good character and secondly because it would seem a little disrespectful to the memory of Sophie. Also, even though the gang called Nina a 'freak' and mocked her clothes, it feels like they would have attacked her even if she dressed entirely in Super Dry. What angered nasty chauvinist Corey was Nina questioning (what Corey considers) his authority, so even though it was Seb who died, you could argue that this was a misogynistic hate crime, rather than it being anything to do with Nina's dress sense.

I have to say that in amongst the Corrie comedy gangsters, Corey stands out as a true villain. In real life, most of us aren't going to meet a gangster, but we've all known a weaselly violent bullying entitled little shit like him, even if they didn't kill anyone, and my really quite vicious feelings towards him is a testament to the acting skills of Maximus Evans, who I hope - when Corey is banged to rights - goes onto a great career, post-cobbles. Corey has told so many lies that he seems like he's starting to believe he didn't do it. Perhaps it was the two extras? He tells Kelly that he could pin the crime on her if she doesn't find an alibi.

Kevin tells Dev that Corey is a suspect and Dev confronts Asha, who tells him that Corey was home with her. Amy tells her she won't lie for her and she should stop covering for Creepy Corey. After this conversation, Asha tells the police the truth and Corey is thus arrested. Weatherfield PD arresting the right person?! Whatever next? Gail revealed to be a savvy businesswoman and not a sappy drudge? Brian to get rid of those awful CDs in the Kabin? Simon to have a haircut? Stefan of the Chit Chat Empire turns up and tells Corey to keep schtum and Corey is duly released into the care of Mr and Mrs Brent.

Meanwhile in the flat of many mandalas, Toyah tackles Kelly as she is packing her bag and looking to flee. She questions her foster daughter and Kelly asks her to lie for her - just before the po-po turn up to arrest her. Imran follows on to the cop shop whilst Toyah goes to the pub (divisions of labour, hey?). She is also later released.

A gratuitous pic of Imran in his Rupert The Bear at a funeral suit

Nina blames herself for not going a different way home and it turns out Abi blames her too as Nina can't remember anything. Asha visits Nina and tells her that Corey didn't do it, to which Nina unsurprisingly takes umbrage and tells her to leave. Asha then suddenly becomes sensible and says she wants to return home to the Alahan's, to Dev's relief.

Todd may have got Billy back through nefarious means, but he does agree to pray with his boyfriend, even though Todd is more an atheist than Richard Dawkins. Todd finds out that Summer was there with the ghastly gang and Billy angrily insists that they go to the police. Perhaps the Vic is remembering his own misspent youth and doesn't want Summer to end up on skag twenty years later?

Finally, apologies in advance, but no Monday review next week as I'm off to see my parents for the first time in 18 months, but unfortunately they are Corrie refuseniks and won't let me watch it :-(

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The Week In Classic Corrie

MONDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 19th and 20th April 1998

It's interesting to see the difference between Shannon's death in 1998 and Oliver's death in 2020.  The latter went on for months, with helplines and educational moments and characters tearing their hair out in agony.  In 1998, Shannon just... dies.  There's not even a scene in the hospital.  She simply died offscreen of meningitis.  Understandably it left the Street in shock, with Fred offering to pay for the funeral, and Judy and Gary crying alone.  It even caused Leanne and Gail to bond as they comforted one another.  Shannon was angry that people only cared about her now the baby was gone but she was mainly an emotional wreck.  Alma was still livid that Deirdre kissed Mike at her release celebration, thinking he did it deliberately to humiliate her.  She didn't realise that Deirdre was trapped in a different romantic nightmare as Ken tried to kiss her.  She was embarrassed and immediately legged it to stay with Liz.  Ken, the arrogant sod, took this as a personal slight.  And Jack's efforts to give up smoking were sabotaged by Alec leaving a fag end lying around then catching him puffing away.

TUESDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 22nd and 24th April 1998

Jim was falling apart.  Alone at number 11 he was drinking heavily and not paying the bills.  Liz begged Steve to give him a job at the building site to get him back together and eventually he agreed.  Jim refused to swallow his pride and instead got Chris's old job in the garage.  He went to the building site, hammered, and berated his son.  He even tried to hit Steve, but he retaliated - and Jim plunged off the scaffolding.  Janice returned from her mum's and Les introduced her to his long-lost son.  Of course Janice took this calmly and welcomed him to the family - lol, no, she lost her temper at Les for being a lying scumbag.  She was confused by what it meant for the future of their family.  Nicky talked to Leanne about Darren, the man who'd killed his dad.  He wanted her to write to him and find out when he was being released and she reluctantly agreed.  Alma went to see Deirdre and accused her of having an affair with Mike.  Deirdre was astonished, and persuaded her that her fears were unfounded - but when Mike offered her a job running the office at Underworld she declined so they'd keep some distance between them.

WEDNESDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 26th and 27th April 1998

Some people simply don't help themselves.  Ashley got Zoe to help out in the shop to take her mind off things; she immediately robbed from the till so she could go out clubbing with Leanne.  She had a great time but her mood was soon crushed when she discovered Judy was pregnant.  She was upset and angry and when Emily tried to sympathise Zoe completely lost it and smacked her.  Outrageous.  Jim was rushed to hospital in a coma.  John Stape dressed as a policeman interviewed Steve and he admitted Jim was drunk when he was on the scaffolding.  Jack tried to pivot to pipe smoking as part of his new healthy lifestyle but Vera refused to let him smoke it.  She confessed she wanted him to take it seriously because she was afraid of losing him.  She booked an appointment with a hypnotherapist.

THURSDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 29th April and 1st May 1998

Gary told Ashley about Zoe attacking Emily and he realised something had to be done.  He talked to Martin, who suggested counselling.  Ashley told her about it but she refused because of her terrible history with social workers.  As a way of moving on he suggested she give Shannon's things to the Malletts, and while she seemed ok with it at first, she ended up setting the pram on fire and screaming in the street.  Natalie went to a Wethy County match with Des, as they got closer and closer.  Samantha was narky with her when she found out.  Jack thought the hypnotherapist - who, I must record, was named Magenta Savannah - was a shyster and rather than taking it seriously he pretended to regress to a past life: "Lusty Jack".  He began talking like a pirate and making rude remarks.  Vera was confused, but even more confused when he continued with his lecherous character back home.  Now in 1998 he pinched Betty's backside and she slapped him, but for some reason ITV3 thought that would offend our delicate sensibilities and cut it out.  However Mark Aldridge on Twitter pointed out it was on YouTube, so if you can cope with such unbridled lust, it's available here.  And Leanne got a letter from Brian's murderer, which got Nicky all excited.  He was getting paroled soon.

FRIDAY - Episodes originally broadcast 3rd and 4th May 1998

Liz was suspicious that Jim's accident wasn't an accident and that Steve was involved somehow.  He admitted to Fiona that he'd pushed him but assured her it wasn't deliberate.  Fiona pointed out that when Jim woke up he'd tell everyone the truth anyway.  Nicky continued to use Leanne as bait for Darren but she refused to send a picture to the prison as she thought it was leading him on.  He went behind her back and wrote a letter with her forged signature on it.  When she found out what he'd done she was terrified.  Lusty Jack continued to cause havoc at the pub, with the barmaids demanding he stop harassing them, and Vera being genuinely worried about his health.  He used it as a tool to skive to the bookies and sit in front of the telly.  However, when Roy tried to talk to Lusty Jack about the 18th century he got all his historic facts wrong.  Zoe chopped all her hair off and Ashley realised it couldn't go on.  He called in a doctor and Zoe was sectioned.  Natalie worried that Des was only going out with her to bait Samantha but he said he genuinely cared about her.  Samantha meanwhile decided to move out of Natalie's and into Curly's, telling everyone she'd been chucked out, and accusing her of stealing Des.  Samantha is a very odd character these days.

The author can't decide if this Lusty Jack thing is great or terrible.  Let him know what you think on Twitter @merseytart.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Mon 10 May

Monday 10th May 2021

ASHA STRUGGLES TO DO THE RIGHT THING Corey instructs Asha to tell the police they were together in the flat when the attack took place and ensure Amy doesn’t blab. Asha meets up with Amy, but they’re interrupted by the arrival of Dev. Dev begs Asha to come home, worried that she’s living with Corey, a prime suspect in the attack. Amy tells Asha to stop covering for Corey, what will she do? 

ABI WANTS TO KNOW EVERY GRIM DETAIL A frustrated Abi tells Kevin that she’s going to have to find Seb’s attacker herself. Abi quizzes Nina about the attack on Seb but Nina gets upset and admits it’s all a blur.

THE NET CLOSES IN ON KELLY When Kevin reveals that Nina remembers seeing Corey and Kelly shortly before the attack and he’d be wise to keep Asha away from Corey, Dev’s aghast. Awash with panic, Kelly calls to see Corey and asserts that they’re in big trouble. Summer unburdens herself to Todd and explains that she was there the night Seb and Nina were attacked but left before anything happened. The police call at the builder’s yard flat and arrest Kelly.  Toyah’s stunned. Asha watches in horror as Kelly is driven away in a police car.

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ASHA STRUGGLES WITH THE TRUTH Billy’s horrified to hear how Summer went joyriding in a stolen car with Corey and his mates and insists she must tell the police all she knows. Asha is upset that everyone believes Corey was responsible for the attack. 

IMRAN AND TOYAH FEAR FOR KELLY’S FUTURE Toyah watches fearfully as the police gather up Kelly’s belongings for examination. The police interview Kelly but clearly terrified, she refuses to answer their questions. Kelly returns home with Imran. Toyah’s relieved to see her, but Imran warns her Kelly’s not out of the woods by any stretch.

 Monday 10th May 2021

IMRAN IS THWARTED BY A SURPRISE VISITOR Kelly pays Corey a visit and suggests they tell the police the truth but he sends her packing. Meanwhile Corey’s dad Stefan tells him to cut all ties with Kelly. Abi goes to the police station to get them to listen to Seb’s voice message he left her just before he was attacked, when Corey walks in with his dad to make a statement. Toyah and Imran’s attempts to get Kelly to tell the police what happened are hampered when her mum Laura appears and tells her daughter to say nothing to the police. Meanwhile a worried Amy reveals that someone in their class was being nasty to Summer and she ran off, Paul promises to look for her.

ROY LASHES OUT In the hospital, Roy finds Nina packing her bag.  Nina explains that she’s discharging herself as she needs to revisit the scene of the attack to try and jog her memory.  Concerned for her well being, Roy talks her out of it. Evelyn returns from her train trip and calls in the cafe. However when she’s rude about Kirk’s IQ, Roy likens her vitriol to that suffered by Nina and throws her out.

ELSEWHERE Michael and Grace return home with Glory. Ed enjoys making a fuss of them.

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Sunday, 9 May 2021

David Neilson Interview: "Roy's Capable of Anything!"

After an emotional few days on Coronation Street, Roy Cropper is left wondering how to pick up the pieces and get his niece through the most difficult time of her life. Nina has survived the attack but Seb is dead. It’s been one of Coronation Streets most hard-hitting and important storylines, based on the real-life murder of Sophie Lancaster. Following a series of interviews with cast members and crew involved in the tragic telling of this hate crime story, the Blog got to speak to actor David Neilson about where Roy and Nina go now, and whether revenge could be on the cards for Corrie's quiet cafe owner.

Nina struggles after Seb's death

What has it meant to Roy to have a family member to care for?

A lot of people have been through that flat! He realises during this event, he took Nina in through duty, it’s his moral code. He doesn’t always want to do what he does. Over this period, and certainly brought into sharp focus by the attack, he feels a tremendous sense of loss. There is more to it than duty. He’s dreading what could occur. He moves on in a way to a real relationship, a father really. She is family. That’s it.

What is it about Mollie’s portrayal of Nina that you’ve enjoyed so much?

She’s just come out of drama school and into a huge show, and then isolated by Covid, then given this huge story. I was thinking I wonder how she’s going to be, this is major. Working opposite her, she’s just phenomenal. I did say to her, take care of yourself here, because this is really horrible.

She’s also very nuanced and gives a lot, I don’t have to do a lot, just look at her. And I sometimes think, I’d better pull my finger out here because she’s very good.

Have Roy and Nina become so close because he’s open minded and doesn’t mind difference?

I don’t think that he sees difference. I don’t think he makes those judgements. He knows what’s honourable and what’s not. But I don’t think he sees the world in that way. I think it’s human beings, that’s what he sees.

He experienced prejudice and intolerance with Hayley.

Oh yes the whole Hayley thing was a massive education. She turned his world upside down. He couldn’t cope at first with her being a transsexual, but it was love - this thing called love - and he realised he’d got to be with this person. So when it comes to the way Nina dresses, that comes as nothing compared to what he’s been through, with life on the Street. 

The other woman in Roy's life

Did losing Hayley equip Roy for the grief they experience after Seb dies?

When life gets real, in times of loss, we just deal with it. We have those resources. Sam Beckett (paraphrasing the Irish novelist who David is a big fan of) wrote “I can’t carry on, what shall I do? Carry on”. That’s what you do. Roy knows his responsibility is now to this person. It’s massively inconvenient for him, having someone like that, but that is life. Life goes on. We learn, we mend and we renew. 

How does Roy react to Nina stripping back her identity?

He feels terrible that she starts to become more like him - beige. The thing is with Roy, he avoids the crowd. Then Nina starts to want to be invisible. That’s damaging to her individuality and her personality. 

The thing is, she (Mollie Gallagher) does it brilliantly. There are subtle differences in the character. I don’t know how she does it.

Would Roy ever want revenge?

As Roy is a rational person with that moral code, he’d believe the system would take care of it. But when when this is about me, and mine, I think he’s capable of anything. I think he could be quite dangerous. I remember him attacking Gary Mallet with a cricket bat! But it’s not the way to deal with it, for society. That’s a kind of handle for me, for the character. 

Is he worried by Abi when she turns on Nina?

Yes. He understands the grief. He tries to work out the mending and being a Dad. It’s a new world he doesn’t understand. He knows her heart is in the right place, perhaps not her brain. But yes he’s concerned. 

Did you ever think in 1995 that you’d still be here in 2021?

It’s changed over the years. He was this strange guy stalking Deirdre. A real oddball. Nowadays he’s become the font of all wisdom. He’s turned into Rita! He’s survived and adapted. Time has flown, I’ve worked with some really good people. I’m 72 so a lot of it’s luck! Playing Roy is a very comfortable pair of slippers. I feel doubly fortunate right now with everything going on (the pandemic) and desperate for theatres to start working again. 

Is this one of your most difficult storylines?

It’s not an enjoyable storyline I have to say. We’re just at the beginning of it. It would be a disaster if Mollie wasn’t as good as she is. When Hayley was leaving, when Julie (Hesmondhalgh) was leaving, I knew it would be major. It can be a bit gruelling. These things are things you don’t want to contemplate, but you have to. You find out how people relate to these storylines in the street. There’s a public responsibility to it. It’s a huge privilege but it can be a terrible responsibility. 

Sophie Lancaster's mum helped writers with the difficult storyline

Finally, how do people react to you when they see you in the supermarket?

It’s been twenty-five years now and I have got used to it. I remember Bill Roache saying he doesn’t notice it. I notice when I’m not getting recognised - when I get the same bad service as everyone else! 


We all laughed at that last comment, as David ends with the words “Now how do I get out” as he struggles to leave the Zoom meeting. 


You can read more about Sophie Lancaster and the foundation set up in her name HERE. If you see a hate crime taking place, report it. 


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