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Saturday, 22 January 2022

Sally Ann Matthews interview: Jenny invites Leo to move in at the Rovers

How is Jenny coping in the wake of Johnny’s death, was Christmas tough for her?

Jenny truly loved Johnny, even though she knew they couldn’t be together, she lost her soulmate. So over Christmas, with the pub to run on her own, she felt lonely and nostalgic and she really struggled. But she’s trying to put a brave face on things, she’s realised that life goes on.

Do you think Leo is what she needs to help her move on?

Well just at the time she’s decided to move on, that life doesn’t revolve around men and she doesn’t need a man in her life, then in walks Leo. She’s really conflicted, she hasn’t really given herself time to grieve Johnny’s death but also the breakup of her marriage. So even though she’s thrilled to see Leo, she’s really got him at arm's length. Everyone keeps persuading her to see him so when he invites her to watch the rugby match she reluctantly agrees. But then she discovers she really enjoys rugby and she really enjoys watching Leo playing rugby! She’s trying to be realistic, it feels a bit too good to be true, so she’s just trying to enjoy it while it lasts. I think her feelings for Leo are genuine and real and she believes that his are at the moment but she also realises he could change his mind at any time so she’s just trying to enjoy it. 

Carla isn’t happy, is she aware of people passing comment on her and Leo?

Everyone is probably thinking that Jenny’s a bit of a cougar here but no one’s really saying anything so she can kind of ignore it. But when Carla comes into the pub and tells Jenny that she still hasn’t sent the money she promised to Kate and suggests it’s because she’s been a bit distracted by this young guy and whatever he’s after, then Jenny takes umbrage and Carla and Jenny have a stand up row. Even though Jenny's really defiant, I think there’s a bit of her that’s worried that Carla’s right, this is ridiculous, I’m twice his age, I should end this.   

Does this affect their relationship and why she’s not fully throwing herself into it? How much does the age gap worry her?

It’s two fold, it’s other people sticking their oar in but also at the back of her mind there’s this reality check that she’s 21 years older than him and they’re at very different points in their lives, yes he’s saying this now but he might change his mind tomorrow. So at the back of her mind she doesn’t want to invest too much in case she gets hurt. But equally it feels great, she’s listening to other people and not really trusting her own judgement because of this fundamental difference between them, the age gap. 

What makes her decide to ask Leo to move in?

Leo asks her to go and watch him play rugby again but with Carla’s words ringing in her ears, and Jenny listening to her head and not her heart, she decides that she’s not going to go and when the match is over she’s going to tell him it’s all off. Daisy thinks she’s daft, she can see how happy Leo makes Jenny. Then they get a phone call from a team mate of Leo’s to say he’s had an accident and been knocked unconscious. As soon as Jenny hears this her heart’s in her mouth and she dashes off to the hospital. She knows what she feels is real but there’s people thinking how much do you know about this man, is he conning you, so she’s torn. Then as soon as Carla’s put a nail in the coffin she comes along and takes it out and says I can see how happy he makes you, it just hurts to see you moving on because it should be you and my dad behind that bar. So it’s Carla’s blessing in the end that allows Jenny to follow her heart not her head.
Do you think they could work together or do you think it’s too soon after Johnny, does the age gap complicate things too much?

I think it could work between them, Johnny died in October but really their marriage ended this time last year with all the lies, deception and Johnny going to prison so really it’s not that quick. When Johnny died she loved him but they weren’t in a relationship. She’s trusting Leo and trusting his word, that he does want to be with her and she’s more important than children. If she allows herself to believe what he’s saying then I see no reason why it can’t work, other than that she lives in Coronation Street.  

Are you enjoying working together?

Yes I think it’s really different and a story that hasn’t been done so much before which is nice, it’s always the other way around, Johnny was about 15 years older than Jenny and no one batted an eyelid. I think it’s very real, she didn’t go out trying to recapture her youth, Jenny has usually gone for an older man and now she’s turning that all on its head.

How do you like the current dynamic in the Rovers with Daisy and Leo?

I absolutely love it, I adore both Charlie and Joe. We have a little What’s App chat and it’s great working with them both. Joe I love to wind up because I was his first screen kiss, he’s had a baptism of fire working with me. The three of us just get on so well. At the minute Covid means we can’t show the pub busy or do the usual things like a talent competition, a quiz so to have two people to work with who I get on with really well, who are both great actors and great company, who have backroom stories and front of house, I can’t complain.

What are your hopes for Jenny for 2022?

That she sees her pub full again and that life steadies out a bit for her, that she can relax and have some fun and be drama and trouble free. 

Glenda Young
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Friday, 21 January 2022

Coronation Street Episode Review Friday 21 January

Evening Corrie fans, it’s Kelly here with your Friday review.

Tim has another hospital appointment accompanied by the ever-present Aggie. Meanwhile in the cafĂ©, Abi tells Sally that she’s changed her mind and now believes that Tim is having an affair. You know what they say about people in glass houses Abs. Checking her tracking app, Sally discovers that her husband is in Aggie’s house and marches round just as Tim collapses clutching his chest.  So at least that implausible cat is finally out of its completely pointless bag!

At No. 5, Ches and Gemma are stressing out over having no money and a forthcoming social worker visit. Dev brings over a food parcel which delights Gemma. But Ches takes offence and rejects it saying they don’t need charity.  Honestly mate, you’ve got five kids, the electric’s just gone off and that Prima Doner shirt that you’ve been wearing for two weeks must really need a wash…just take the flipping biscuits! The social worker of course turns up just as they’re having a big (‘ere look at us we’re poor) row in the street. He tells them that he’s interviewed Joseph who said he feels outside of the family unit. This seems like a genuine surprise to Ches, who clearly hasn’t learned any lessons from the time his son was mute and he just let someone else work out what the issue was, oh and the time his son got mugged and he just bundled him (shoeless) back into to his room for six months. I don’t suppose there’s any chance that Owen Armstrong stops sunning himself in Portugal and remembers he has a grandchild is there? Probably not. I think the best young Joseph can hope for at the moment is the workhouse. At least he might get a bowl of gruel to himself.

Meanwhile, PC Tinker is still boring everyone to death with crutch-gate. I did wonder if the reason he’s so attached to that thing is because it’s the only object on the street more wooden than he is. But no, apparently, he thinks finding the owner will prove he’s good at his job. This hope is immediately blown out of the water when he shows Roy the initials on the crutch which have been totally baffling him, only for Roy to solve the ‘mystery’ within seconds. TPS stands for Trafford Health Services. Face facts Craig, you’re a terrible policeman and given how many people get wrongly arrested in Weatherfield that’s up against some pretty stiff competition. 

Over at the school, President Alma Coin Mrs Crawshaw decides to sit in on one of Daniel’s lessons. When none of the pupils turn up, he takes the opportunity to tell her he disagrees with her directive that all girls wear shorts to prevent up-skirting. She doesn’t take it well and suggests that he owes her his support after she made sure he didn’t lose his job over Summer. Wow. She could be a Chief Whip. When the pupils still fail to show they find Amy leading another protest.  As the Head tries to remonstrate, Daniel sneaks off to call a local reporter who turns up within minutes (must be a slow news day). With the media spotlight on her, Mrs Crawshaw pledges to make every pupil attend consent workshops and revokes Amy’s suspension. One nil to Miss Barlow.

Elsewhere Jenny turns down lunch with Carla for a bit of afternoon delight with Leo (and why wouldn’t you). Later he introduces her to his house mates, who are expecting a baby and she’s reminded again of the age gap between them. Personally, I think Jenny’s been looking gorgeous since Leo came along so I doubt she’s got anything to worry about. Though he does then suggest she meet his parents which has got to be a bit of a passion killer.

Finally, with Tim in the hospital Sally questions him as to why he would keep something as serious as triple bypass surgery from her. Yes, we’ve all wondered that Sal! When she returns home to collect his pyjamas and long-johns, she meets Eileen and George who let slip that Tim has organised his funeral. Back at the hospital a furious Sally, tells his that if he doesn’t trust her then she can’t trust him. Jeez Sal talk about kick a man when he’s down.

And that's it for this week. See you in a fortnight or catch me on twitter @mskelstar

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Spot the Corrie prop - January 21st 2022

Congratulations this week go to fairycake who was the first person to spot that last week's ludicrous lamp can be found in Toyah and Imran's flat. Well done!

For this week's prop puzzle all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on the Coronation Street set you could find this mining memorabilia.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Friday 21 January 2022


SALLY CAUSES TIM’S HEART TO BREAK When Tim goes back to Aggie’s for a brew after his hospital appointment Sally spots his location on the tracker and starts to wonder if Shona’s theory about the two of them is correct. When she spots Aggie through the window putting a comforting arm round Tim she screams. Aggie ushers her inside. As Tim plucks up the courage to tell Sally the truth, he’s suddenly wracked with pain and collapses, clutching his chest. Sally is stunned and hurt to discover that Tim is awaiting a triple heart bypass operation. It’s a double whammy for Faye who also arrives at the hospital angry that she didn’t know.

CHESNEY AND GEMMA’S STRUGGLES ARE REAL Dev calls at No.5 with a food parcel. Gemma’s delighted, but Chesney refuses his charity. Suddenly the electricity goes off. The social worker arrives and takes in the scene of chaos.

SUMMER AND AMY GET THEIR VOICES HEARD Mrs Crawshaw takes a seat in Daniel’s class but is shocked when no pupils turn up. They discover Amy and Summer are leading a protest against the upskirters. Daniel secretly phones the Gazette. The reporter from the Gazette arrives at the protest, how will Mrs Crawshaw react?

ELSEWHERE Carla calls at the Rovers hoping for lunch with Jenny but is miffed when she realises Jenny has a date with Leo. Craig tells Roy about the crutch with the initials THS and how he’s trying to trace the owner. Roy reckons the crutch might belong to Trafford Health Services. In the salon flat, an elated Craig taps away on his laptop and reveals the crutch belongs to Trafford Health Services. Emma masks her panic. In the Rovers, Leo introduces Jenny to his house mates, Faith and Myles, and Jenny is reminded once again of the age gap between them. When Leo suggests he’d like her to meet his parents, Jenny’s taken aback and promises to think about it.

Glenda Young
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Thursday, 20 January 2022

Coronation Street Episode Review; Wednesday 19th January 7.30 & 8.30 pm

In the week that a real-life cost of living crisis has engulfed the U.K, you cannot fault Corrie for this Joseph storyline and its epic timing. The Brown/Winters clan are a family of working-class adults with multiple kids and scant funds. It's a storyline that would resonate anyway, now so, more than ever. Remembering that whole supermarket/promo plot from the past, I think this current strand gives the reality of their situation much more credit, and it does have legs for longevity during 2022. Tonight, with a reporter on their toes, and money woes in droves I think I may be right, and I'm also becoming a fan of Clint. Tonight’s line of the night went to Chesney ‘I could have kissed that Clint!’ It’s a bit early for that kinda talk, but I do hope we see more from the hippy, who has an element of Spider Nugent about his person, which I quite like. It's also worth mentioning that more Bernie screentime is a good thing too. The moral dilemma and display of matriarchal pride is a long-held corrie story arc. It has long been tried and tested, and this is my favourite storyline of the year so far.  

Tim and Sally’s marriage woes are entertaining! but, is it overshadowing this serious issue of triple-heart bypass surgery? Life on Coronation Street is very issue-heavy at the minute, and if we're having to add humour to a middle-aged man's health crisis, isn't it time to slow down the pace of such storylines? I’m unsure why Tim hasn’t told Sally yet, nor Faye come to think of it, and Sally’s drunkenness (alongside phone tagging/stalking) has been a little out of character for her. I’m assuming Steve’s Christmas visit to that castle in Wales has kept him off-screen, which is why Peter is playing BFF for this storyline. My main concern is when Tim will finally admit the truth? 

The other entertaining (?) strand to tonight’s episodes *I think* is Faye and Emma’s crime story - or have I got that wrong? Is the crutch of this story a literal crutch, and not the (drunk driving instructor) hit & run death of an old man! Craig’s policing skills are a long-held joke, so maybe that is what this is? I am a fan of Faye and did hope for retribution for her (Kelly Neelan style) so this crime malarky is a bit of a letdown, and to quote our Faye tonight - ‘It’s a bit weird’

Summer’s diabetic / eating disorder/uni application issue fest now has added upskirting and going viral into her heady mix of sensitive woke soup. Women’s lib remains a highly contentious issue and I even enjoyed the feminist education slant. I always thought Pankhurst was the horse one too! although I do appreciate my educational tips from Roy Cropper if I’m honest.  However, hasn’t Summer got enough (or not enough) on her plate, already? Talking of Miss Goody two shoes, Amy Barlow, being uncharacteristically rebellious (even with her parentage) is also what I'm here for, and more Tracy on our screen is always a gift! 
I think these heavy issue / woke storylines are relevant, gleaned from the headlines, and what today’s audience expects. Mixing the older / legacy characters into things means a confident start to Corrie in 2022, and I'm enjoying these Wednesday night reviews! Let us know what you think! 

Elsewhere on the cobbles (or, stuff I don’t find too interesting); The Nazir saga continues, Dev and Bernie have a lovers tiff, and Shona tells Abie about Tim and Aggie’s secret liaisons. 

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