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Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Wednesday 25 May 2022

Wednesday 25th May 2022

PHILL CEMENTS HIS LOVE FOR FIZ Tyrone calls at Phill’s house to collect Fiz’s things, hoping this now means they’ll be reunited. However a row ensues and as Tyrone makes a grab for Phill, they lose their balance and fall headlong into the wet cement on the patio. As Phill scours the wet concrete, he reveals that he’s lost an engagement ring. Tyrone finds the ring. Phill pulls out the ring and asks Fiz to marry him. As Tyrone waits in the wings, will Fiz give Phill another chance or have her eyes been opened? 

SUMMER MAKES A RISKY DECISION Having demolished two bags of crisps, Summer dispenses her insulin down the sink. Paul returns home with the takeaway and Summer assures him she’s taken her insulin. Summer checks her blood sugar only to find that it’s far too high.  Summer starts to panic. Summer checks her blood sugar again and is relieved to see that it’s come down.

IMRAN AND TOYAH GET SOME SURPRISING NEWS Abi asks Imran and Toyah if she could have Alfie for a whole day, next Monday. Toyah agrees and Imran is forced to go along with it. In the cafe, Toyah takes a call from Lou, the social worker, requesting an urgent meeting to discuss Elsie. 

ELSEWHERE In a bid to impress Steve, Jacob offers to message his mate who’s a roofer to fix the roof tiles. Elsewhere, Faye reveals that she’s been referred to a fertility specialist.  

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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, May 30 - June 3, 2022

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

Monday 30th May to Friday 3 June 2022.

Toyan and Imran in horror car smash as Abi puts her plan into motion, Kevin tells Abi he wants her back for good, and he'll fight for custody of Alfie,  Abi and Kev are taken in 
by the police for questioning.

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Toyah and Imran Heading For Disaster? Corrie Blog Interviews Georgia Taylor

This next week is a BIG SOAP WEEK for Coronation Street, the Imran / Abi / Kev / Toyah storyline is coming to an explosive conclusion that promises repercussions for several residents of the street. On May the 5th, I joined a Corrie press day to chat with Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah, to learn more about it! 

I won't give away any big reveal in this interview, but we do learn a bit more about Spider Nugent's return, and more details on what promises to be a massive week in Weatherfield! Coronation Street is slipping back into the 7.30 pm slot for this special week, so we have an episode every night to look forward to!

Corrie is also promising flashbacks, flashforwards, and a lot of foreboding as things begin to spin out of control for two of the show's most prominent couples. 

Read on to learn more about it;


Hi Georgia! Can we just start by talking about the build-up to this very big week? Toyah is oblivious to the lengths that Imran has been going to. Would you say she’s been burying her head in the sand with it all? 

Yes, I think that has been a part of it. I think she's become quite single-minded in what her aims are. She aims to form this ''perfect family’’ with her and Imran, and there's the possibility of them getting Elsie back. I think she definitely may have niggling doubts about how this has all come to pass and his behaviour over the last few months.

Does she love Imran? or does she love the idea of the life that they could have? 

I think it's both. Charlie (De Melo, Imran Habeeb) and I had a lot of zoom meetings with Iain (Macleod - exec producer) to work out exactly how we were going to pitch this and what our character’s motivations were. When Toyah found out Imran had slept with someone else, she was devastated and heartbroken, because she loves him, but tried to see through that and forgave him. However, that was before she found out about Abi and Alfie. The love is there but you can just switch that off. However, is she steam-rolling ahead to try and get the results of this end-game? Absolutely! If Alfie wasn't on the table, so to speak, I think they would have had a shot of marriage. She would have asked them to take a step back and probably attend couples counselling, knowing Toyah, but in the end, she does still love him, so I think it's both 

Toyah agrees to let Abi take Alfie out for the day. Wasn't that risky? What's the motivation behind that decision? 

Yes, she knew it was risky, I think she has overwhelming guilt and feels sympathy for Abi. She sees how hard Abi is trying to change her life, so yeah there is a little niggle of thinking if it's a good idea but she sees Abi being heartfelt and genuine, and doesn't see the harm in letting a mother spend time with her baby.

Does Toyah think that maybe shared custody would be the best outcome for the three of them? 

Yes, they could share custody so that Alfie is part of Abi’s life, and she could be his stepmom without feeling any guilt about taking a baby away from its mother, which is what her conscience is wrestling with. Imran is also quite single-minded and wants the baby for himself, so the couple isn't exactly on the same level when it comes to this, causing tension between the two of them

Toyah does appear to have softened since her early days in the Battersby clan. What do you think changed her character from then until now? 

Going way back, she was always the more gentle one of the Battersby clan, so we had some shades of that early on, But for me, I think the last ten years of her life have been dominated by this quest of wanting to be a Mother. When I / Toyah was off-screen, she was battling infertility and going through battles with IVF. We shouldn't underestimate the emotional turmoil this would have had on an individual and I think she's emotionally scarred by that. 

Can you talk to us about what happens this week, in the build-up to big soap week? Does it seem that Imran suddenly finds a conscience from somewhere and confesses to Toyah? 

Well, at this point, Toyah still doesn't know that Imran and Ben lied in court. She thinks they genuinely saw Abi doing a drug deal, and that's what happened, and yet Imran has carried the weight of this, whilst Toyah has been so caring and kind to Abi. He's not a villain as such, he's just made a bunch of bad decisions and ultimately decides to come clean to Toyah. Abi has a plot to kidnap Alfie and when Toyah finds out, she wants to go to the police. Imran then has to battle Toyah to stop her from going to the police, which starts a whole chain of events that leads up to this incredibly dramatic week, resulting in a car crash. 

What was it like filming those scenes, trapped in the car with Imran, and how does it feel to be involved in such a big week? It has flashbacks, flash-forwards, and its very own promo video! 

It was amazing. We had a whole week on location, we had stunt doubles, a corrie team, a stunt team, and a brilliant director. We had stunts, and drones, and felt like we were doing our own little film for a week. We were doing lengthy scenes where I was driving with a low-loader, driving past Manchester tram stops, and people were looking at us, but then they got used to it. We had an ambitious schedule but got through it. It was such a privilege!

How easy do you find it to switch off when you've filmed such dramatic scenes?    I don't feel like I'm carrying emotional baggage when I get home, I just feel physically tired. There are long days and you put your body through emotional trauma, and your heart is racing - your body thinks it's real and not acting! A lot of the stuff we did was quite physical too. It's just about being involved in it all and making sure you get to bed early, eat well, rest -up, all that boring stuff, just to make sure you enjoy it.  

Thank you, Georgia. We’ve one last question, and we must(!) ask you this. How did you feel when you found out that Spider Nugent was coming back into Toyah’s life? 

I was shocked but it does make sense. I know a lot of our stuff has been on classic corrie recently, and I get tweets all the time from people saying ‘bring back spider’ and people love that character and the both of us together. When the news was announced, the reaction was phenomenal! It will be a shift, working with one person for several years, and then suddenly working with someone else with, different energy. Luckily we do have history, and it was a long time ago, but he came into Corrie last week to have his costume fitted, and even after all of these years, it just felt natural and normal. I'm very lucky and he's such a joy to work with.  


So now you know. Toyah and Imran are involved in a car accident with serious repercussions for all concerned!! As a big fan of Georgia Taylor, I just hope Toyah escapes unscathed?!? 

Coronation Street is giving nothing away...

Keep your eyes on this blog for more cast interviews, backstage gossip, episode reviews, and storyline previews! 

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Monday, 23 May 2022

Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 23rd May


All is well in Paradise-cum-Hardy apart from Hope is off school, which is going to be an important part of tonight's ep. Phil(l) for some reason won't let Hope, who is supposed to be ill, inside the house so when her tablet runs out of juice, he gives her his laptop and she opens a folder called "Stape". Never leave an 11 year old in charge of a laptop, that is a good rule for life. Also don't save your important stuff on your desktop. Hope is out for revenge and despite not having got her JCB licence, lifts the digger scoop and smashes it into Phill's car windscreen. Rude! She is taken back to the cobbles, where she asks Tyrone questions about John Stape and says she saw the info on Phill's laptop. I'm sure an almost 12 year old would have asked about her bio-dad by now surely? Anyway, Phill says it was research for a true-crime book that he wants to write about Stape's reign of haphazard terror. Uh-oh. Fiz leaves Phill and goes back to no. 2 where she and Ty read out the Corriepedia entry for John to Hope and she asks if the writers were on drugs, or sommat. "All he wanted to do was teach," says Fiz. And murder people. 


Phill turns up and tries to persuade Fiz with his ideas for a tie-in podcast and titles for the book: "From Sir With Love" or "Double Life: The Curious Tale Of The Teacher With A Temper". I think Phill has talent! 

Fiz has no truck with this or forgiving Phill. "We're mid-renovation!" he pleads. Some excellent dialogue from Simon Crowther in this ep.


Sally bursts into tears at work and is comforted by Fay(e). You know you're at a new low when you're seeking solace from the walking disaster that is your stepdaughter. Faye goes around to counsel Tim who finally agrees to see Dr Gaddas who, unlike my doctor, still does bookable appointments. Same day appointments! Dr G says she will change Tim's medication. Maybe Tim should've just read the leaflet that accompanied his heart medicine? Or at least google side-effects.


Dismal Daniel tells Ken that he's quitting teaching despite all that studying we never saw him do for his PGCE. Here's an idea Danny-boy, get a job in a school where you don't live in the same street as your pupils. Still, there's always jobs in packing. Always. He tries to persuade Daisy to get back together with him, but it's a no-go, as you might imagine. Naughty Nicki rocks up to the pub and pleads Daniel's case as well. Daisy does her patented trout-pout at her but later goes to tell Daniel that she misses him too but she can't go out with him whilst Nicki is living with him.


Jay-kub tries to persuade Amy to go home so she can study in a house with lighting and heating, although I bet Ken turned the radiators off back in March and is going around unplugging everyone's chargers to bring down the leccy bill. Jacob reveals that someone's dobbed them into the council for sub-letting. I think it'd be the sister who'd be in trouble for this, not Jakey-boy. Anyhoo, as we all knew they would, Jacob and Amy move into no.1.

Oh and Summer's not taking her insulin. I am more keen on the average 18 year old for the exam season - and thus this storyline - to be over.

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