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Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street, Wednesday 10th August 2022


Wednesday 10th August 2022

YASMEEN GETS AN UNWELCOME VISITOR. Alya departs for her holiday, leaving Zeedan to keep an eye on Yasmeen. Out of hospital, Stu turns up at Speed Daal to speak to Yasmeen. Zeedan sends him packing. Later, Yasmeen arrives at No.6 to find Stu retrieving his watch from his old room. Stu refuses to leave until she’s heard the truth. Yasmeen surreptitiously presses “call” on her phone to alert Zeedan. Having received Yasmeen’s SOS, Zeedan bursts into No.6 with Craig in tow. Craig arrests him for breach of the peace. 

SEAN HAS COLD FEET BUT NICE SHOES George is surprised to find Laurence hanging about outside the undertakers. George informs Sean he’s bagged him a date with Laurence. Glenda and Mary are thrilled, while Dylan reckons he can’t be any worse than Frank. As Laurence waits in the bistro, Sean declares to Eileen, Mary and Glenda that he’s putting Dylan first by swearing off men. Dylan orders his dad to meet Laurence. Over drinks in the bistro, Sean and Laurence get on famously.

RYAN ACCEPTS HIS SENTENCE Ronnie supports Ryan at the magistrates’ court.  As the district judge accepts his guilty plea, Ryan awaits sentencing. 

TOYAH KICKS SPIDER OUT Spider helps Toyah to pack up her flat. Adam snipes at Spider and Toyah in the street, prompting Spider to launch into a tirade. Toyah finds a savings account Imran opened for Alfie. Her feelings of grief rise up and she quickly orders Spider to leave.

ELSEWHERE At a follow-up appointment with Dr Gaddas, Audrey insists that she simply miscalculated her sleeping pills the other week and doesn’t need therapy. Dr Gaddas suggests a course of antidepressants instead. 

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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, August 15 - 19, 2022


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

Monday 15 August to Friday 19 August, 2022


Audrey makes a confession, Craig's help is a hindrance, Leanne warns Spider, Zeedan answers Stu's call, Faye makes a drunken mistake, Summer collapses, Max gets a commission and Sarah gets a shock.

See the full week's preview with pictures at Corrie.net 

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Ellie Leach interview: Faye's early menopause storyline begins


Are you excited about this storyline?

I was really excited. Obviously, it's not something that I've experienced before, which is usually the case with most of the storylines. And obviously, they are very real. But it's not often that they've happened to you, personally. So I was excited to explore more about that. And obviously raise awareness, because not a lot of people know about it really.

Have you had to do kind of a lot of research?

Yeah, definitely. I've had to do a lot of like research. And we've obviously had help from the research team at work. But you have to do your own research, because you don't ever want to get anything wrong. I would never want to offend anybody by saying the wrong thing or doing the wrong thing. It’s a really touchy subject, and you need to make sure that you're getting it right.

Do you feel for Faye getting this diagnosis?

Yeah, of course. I mean she’s pretty much the same age as me. And I always think, how would I feel if I was in this position? And now it's really upsetting. You don't want to be told at 20 years old that you won't be able to have any kids, or you can't be like a normal 20-year-old. So obviously, it's really upsetting. And I always try and put myself in her shoes and think how would I feel If this happened to me? So it is really sad for her. She's not really had a very easy life, has she?

Is it starting to put strain on her relationship with Craig as well?

Yeah, definitely I think someone in her situation wouldn’t know how to control emotions anyway. So it's hard enough, trying to figure yourself out, without having to try and help somebody else do it as well, when you don't actually know what's going to happen in the future.

Is Faye taking Craig’s help the wrong way?

Yeah, definitely. I mean, he’s always tried to do his best to make sure that she's okay. But I think she's struggling to figure it out on her own. And by him, not putting pressure on her, but just trying to help so much that she feels like she needs space. She needs to figure this out for myself before listening to what Craig thinks is best for her. He's doing it in the nicest way possible, but I think she's probably just thinking, ‘leave me alone!’

She does need to get her head around it

 And as well, with the menopause comes like the mood swings. So that probably doesn't help with the fact that she's nice one second and then horrible the next. It’s a bit of a wave of up and down and he’s probably thinking that he can’t do anything right. It must be really hard.

Why is Faye angry with Craig when he talks to Carla behind her back?

I think because, like I said Faye’s still trying to get our own head around it. I think she probably doesn't want anybody else to know. I think she's embarrassed about it, to be honest. Even though she shouldn't be, because it's not an embarrassing thing – it’s really serious. And obviously, it's not nice that it’s happening to her so young. But it does happen to women, and it's not an embarrassing thing. But I think because she doesn't know how to deal with it yet, she doesn’t want anyone to know. And she feels like Craig’s gone behind her back. And I think it is the fact that he’s gone behind her back and not spoken to Faye about it first. He’s just gone straight to Carla and said ‘by the way you need to be like this with Faye’. Faye didn’t ask for that, she just wants to be treated normally, she doesn’t want people to be acting differently around her.

Can you tell us about the present Craig gets Faye?

Yeah, I think he’s just trying to be so nice and supportive. But she's just not getting it. She just thinks he's just being too much, too soon. And I she feels like he's putting a bit of pressure on her to act a different way, because she's been diagnosed with this thing, and it changes everything. Whereas Faye doesn't want that to happen. She doesn't want it to change things. Obviously, she knows that will in the long term, but I think she just wants everything to still be normal. And Craig's kind of going out of his way to make it less and less normal. Even though it is a nice gesture and everything that he does, is never out of malice, and it's always to support her. I just she finds it a bit too overpowering – she can’t bear it.

Why does Craig end up packing and leaving? Is that Faye’s suggestion for him to go?

I think he probably realises that Faye’s getting annoyed at him. And he doesn't know what to do to stop that from happening because he just thinks he's being nice and doing lovely gestures. And he is, but obviously, she doesn't really see it that way. So I think it’s mainly on Faye, I think it's a little bit of him going, ‘you need your space, don't you?’ And he finally realises that he’s been a bit too much and has put too much pressure on her. So it is kind of like a joint decision. But then Faye is like ‘Yeah, if that’s what you want to do, then you do that’. And he does it because he thinks that’s what she wants. In reality, she doesn't want him to go because she loves him. But if he thinks that that's what she wants, he'll do it.

How does Faye feel seeing Craig with Jess at this engagement stall?

I don't think she feels like anything would be going on between them two. I think it’s just the fact that he's obviously moved out and he's having fun and messing around with Jess – he's enjoying himself. And Faye feels really sad and wants him to come back. And so I think it's more about him enjoying himself, and she thinks he’s fine without her whereas she’s struggling without him.

Can you tell us how Faye comes to make a pass that Michael, what kind of leads up to that moment?

I think she's just really sad about Craig and she's really missing him. And I think it happens after she sees Craig and Jess making a pass at Michael. If that is the case then obviously she’s seen him enjoying himself and she's gone, ‘Oh, well, I’m moping around about you when I shouldn't be because you're clearly enjoying yourself’. It’s not out of spite, but maybe a little bit. But in the long term, she's probably not enjoying it as much as she thinks she would. She’s doing it because she’s upset and feels like Craig’s fine without her, and she doesn’t feel the same.

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Monday, 8 August 2022

Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 8th August

No-one's forgiving Stu any time soon, I guess until the Nazirs find out that the murder was a miscarriage of justice at any rate. I wonder if this story has been influenced by the rise in true crime podcasts and investigating cold cases. Anyhoo, D.I. Kelly is on the case, as she finds Stu unconscious in the street. She is getting somewhere with him until she persuades Yasmeen to go to the hospital to talk to him, which doesn't go well and then he turns on our Kel.

Does Yasmeen even need a boyfriend? At some point, the current senior cast is going to be retired or gone and there needs to be a new cabal of oldsters to take over the snug in the pub. Before Cathy left, I thought that Yas, Cathy and Elaine would make a good new Ena, Minnie and Martha. That's no good if Yasmeen is going to be spending all her time chasing after feckless men.

Someone who does need ostracising is Leo who still thinks he's done nowt wrong accepting a job in Canada and then persuading his girlfriend to leave her friends, family and business without even telling her he was applying for said job. I do hope the end of this storyline is him leaving alone to go to Uncy Stephen-land and failing to fix sinkholes there. Daisy tries to persuade Jenny to go, mostly so she can get her hands on the pub, but then Leo says he will turn the job down.

We're all loving Glenda, aren't we? Total hun and with lines from Dame Jonathan of Harvey, she is a marvel (I do hope she's named for our esteemed blog editor). She tracks down Lawrence, the funeral dentist, on the internet and arranges a date/check up for Sean, although it turns out that Lawrence doesn't work there any more. Eileen, in a minority of one, is annoyed by the good witch/patron saint of the gays. Oh, Ei.

Nick and Leanne are pretty dubious about Debbie and Ryan's cock 'n' bull story. Surely Little Miss Stompy Leanne is going to work it out sooner or later. Ry is given a date at the magistrate's court and so decides, with all of his usual intelligence, to fake CCTV footage of him being forced to do the robbery. Unsurprisingly Ms Webster is a Debbie Downer on this idea, which doesn't stop Ryan trying to fix the CCTV system from a youtube video. First step: don't use a wheelie bin in place of a ladder. Ronnie catches him and tells him not to make any more dumb mistakes. Ronnie, this is Ryan we're talking about.

Finally, Spider's back! Toyah, who's taken time out from her grief to dye her hair blonde, tells him how lonely she is, which Spider passes on to Little Miss Stompy - who asks her to move in with her and Nick. Surely that'd make you feel worse!?

(Sorry about the lack of pics on this blog post: I usually copy them from the Corrie previews part of the ITV website, and they haven't updated it this week).

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Audrey confesses suicide attempt



Coronation Street is to highlight the issues of mental health and the impact of loneliness in older people when Audrey confides in her friends that she tried to take her own life.


Viewers saw Audrey receiving treatment in hospital last month, telling a doctor that she had accidentally taken too many tablets and this week (August 10th) she continues to insist that was the case to her own GP.


But in emotional scenes to be transmitted on August 15th Audrey confides in Roy, Rita, Claudia and Ken that the overdose was in fact a suicide attempt.


The group of friends have gathered for a belated birthday lunch at a local hotel and are stunned when Audrey tells them that she tried to make an attempt on her life three weeks ago, but a neighbour posting a leaflet spotted her and called an ambulance.


As the pals try to come to terms with the shock revelation they ask her what led to the suicide attempt, confessing their guilt at not spotting the signs that their friend was struggling.


Audrey admits that she had kept her feelings hidden and has not even told her family about what happened. As the group discusses the problems that growing older can bring she explains that she misses her late husband Alfie and that she had been feeling useless and depressed, turning to drink after suffering with her eyesight deteriorating.


Audrey says: “I just seemed to spiral downwards. I'd toss and turn all night, then finally drop off just when I should be up and at 'em. Seizing the day. Huh! Spend the afternoons on the sauvignon blanc, wondering exactly what I'm good for?”


Sue Nicholls explains: “Audrey is very sorry for what she has done and certainly her first reaction was to keep it from her family. Family do, and will always, mean so much to her despite the sniping now and again.


“She also enjoys and is grateful for being independent and living happily in her own home although the one big regret that has contributed to this latest situation is a wish that dear Alfie was still alive and there with her so that they could have grown old and equally doddery together. Her family, busy with their own lives, see her down and upset moments as her not being able to cope with the real world and she feels they have started treating her a bit like a child and she started to feel depressed. She is mostly very healthy and together but her depression seemed to take over totally. 


“Once she was able to speak with her friends, and they then opened up about their struggles, she realised how much they had helped her immensely regarding her problems. Dr Gaddas prescribed her antidepressants but yet again her stubbornness kicks in and she doesn’t take them. Luckily talking to her long standing friends they persuade her to take the doctor’s advice and she thanks them sincerely for making life seem lighter in every way.


“Now that is the message that I want people to take away from this storyline, the importance of being able to talk to people you trust about how you feel. Sometimes the young generation might think that anyone over 70 isn’t capable of making decisions which in turn can make older people lose their sense of purpose and begin to feel quite useless. 


“I am lucky enough to work with people of every age. I have no idea how old many of them are nor do I need to know. I enjoy speaking with them and taking on board what they say about issues we discuss irrespective of what age we all are. So I’d like to say ‘Listen Audrey, I'm still learning about life at 79 and I truly hope to continue’.


“I do hope this storyline helps older people reach out and start talking about how they feel and for younger people to be aware of how much the older generation still has to offer.”


This storyline coincides with the latest campaign under ITV’s mental health initiative, Britain Get Talking. Britain Get Talking aims to encourage all of us to take action to proactively look after our mental health through connecting with others, with a current focus on anxiety among young people. Since Britain Get Talking began in 2019, it has prompted over 100 million new or more meaningful conversations among ITV audiences. 


Jacqui Morrissey, Assistant Director of Research and Influencing at Samaritans, said: “The reasons for suicide are complex and very rarely down to one issue, which Audrey’s story has really captured. Our listening volunteers hear lots of mentions of loneliness and isolation, which can affect anyone at any time.  


“As the last few years have been incredibly challenging, many Coronation Street  fans may have found themselves struggling at times, so it’s crucial that people remember support is available, and feel able to reach out if they are finding life difficult. 


“Talking about the problems you’re facing can make a massive difference, whether that’s with a close friend, family member or support line. Samaritans."












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