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Thursday 30 November 2023

Coronation Street: First view of Hays Travel Weatherfield Branch

Coronation Street viewers will have their first sight of Hays Travel’s new branch on the cobbles of Weatherfield on 4 December 2023.

Hays Travel announced its new partnership with the world’s longest running soap opera to coincide with HM The King’s Coronation in May.

Since then, a storefront on the famous cobbles has been produced and eagle-eyed viewers will have spotted a ‘coming soon’ hoarding from 24 October.

Dame Irene Hays, owner and chair of Hays Travel, visited the Coronation Street set where she met Peter Fergusson, ITV Business Development Controller and Anthony Privilege, Branch Manager of Hays Travel Prescot - who was selected to be ‘Honorary Manager for the Day’ of Weatherfield’s Hays Travel.

Dame Irene said: “Our thanks to the team at ITV who worked with our in-house property team on our shop’s design and production. The on set branch had to look just like all our Hays Travel shops on high streets across the UK; we are proud of the finished result and look forward to seeing it on TV in December.”

Jason Spencer, Business Development Director ITV said: “We are really proud of our ongoing partnership since Hays Travel returned to TV advertising at the start of the year and we're now delighted to see the opening of the Hays Travel store in Coronation Street, enabling Weatherfield's residents to have a travel agents on their doorstep for the very first time!  

“We're all looking forward to seeing Hays Travel frequently on the cobbles from December, helping make a fabulous brand even more famous across the UK and beyond."

Anthony Privilege said: “I thoroughly enjoyed being Honorary Branch Manager of Hays Travel Weatherfield for the day! I am a huge Coronation Street fan and remember my Nan taking me to visit the set when I was a young lad. Being back on set brought back lots of memories and was quite an emotional experience. I think this partnership is brilliant; we have Hays Travel branches across the UK, so of course there should be one as part of the UK’s most famous street.”

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Wednesday 29 November 2023

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Wednesday 29 November 2023

Wednesday 29th November 2023

GEMMA AND CHESNEY ARE WORRIED SICK As Gemma prepares for their early Christmas, Chesney remarks that Joseph still seems unwell. On Bernie’s advice, Gemma makes Joseph drink lavender tea in the hope it will perk him up. But when Joseph passes out, Chesney’s horrified and calls an ambulance. In the hospital, the doctor tends to Joseph whilst Chesney blames himself, wishing he’d listened to Gemma all along. The doctor drops the bombshell that Joseph’s been poisoned. Chesney and Gemma reel in shock. 

LAUREN MAKES UP FOR LOST TIME Lauren presents Max with a new watch to thank him for all he’s done for her. Max is bowled over but worries that she’s spent too much. Lauren makes out she’s been given a promotion at the call centre. Sabrina corners Lauren and tells her she was out of order buying Max a watch and needs to stop playing games.  

ED DISCOVERS SARGE’S SHAME Sarge makes himself very much at home to Ed’s annoyance. When Sarge admits that his business is struggling and he needs to borrow £2k, Ronnie assures him that he and Ed can lend him the money. Ed masks his rising panic.

ELSEWHERE George can see Liam is being bullied at school and tries to get him to open up by talking about his own experiences. George shares his concerns with Gary. Asha suggests to Nina they have a night out in town. But when she reveals she’s already arranged to meet her college friends, Asha tells her not to cancel as she’ll meet Isla instead. Nina kicks herself. Aadi reckons they should both make more of an effort to get to know each other’s friends. Bernie counts the day’s takings at the cafe and realises they’re £80 short.

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Tuesday 28 November 2023

Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street - December 4 to 8 2023

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

Monday 4 to Friday 8 December 2023

Bernie goes down, Asha's shocked by Isla's confession, Crystal puts Daisy on the spot and Ryan is caught on camera, Evelyn stands up to a bully and doesn't give paws for thought, Daniel meddles in Ryan's affairs and Nina and Asha address their issues.

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Coronation Street Episode Review Monday 27th November

Apologies for no Monday reviews the last few weeks, I was on me holidays and then catching up. Without any more ado....

Coronation Street actor Trevor Michael Georges has hinted that Ed Bailey could end up reverting back to his bad habits

Aggie isn't going to be back for Xmas and Ed promises he'll do the Christmas dinner, including sprouts, to Michael's chagrin. What's not to like about sprouts? You don't have to boil them for 20 minutes, instead sherd and stir fry with ginger, garlic, soya sauce. Yum. Anyway, Ed's got other things on his mind, as he has to pay the old lag Tony and he also has to part-pay a slap up lunch for his dad (Porkpie from Desmond's) who's arrived from Peckham the Caribbean with the sole purpose of having a go at Ed, or so it seems. He takes out a payday loan and puts it on a horse - which loses. Whilst his family praise him over lunch for beating the gambling habit, he is in turmoil, finally going to a Gamblers Anonymous meeting at the end of the episode. Now I don't know much about gambling but I thought gamblers gambled for the thrill of it? Ed is gambling to make money to pay his labourer because Paul's grant hasn't come through and the Rovers deal fell through. A difference, perhaps? Also I'd like to suggest that the white writers stop putting dominoes into every scene featuring black actors?

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"This is going to be the best fake Christmas ever", says Gemma as they plan Bernie's pre-prison festivities  Don't say that Gemma, now we know that Joseph will be carted off to hospital or Paul will suffer a fatal seizure. Old Man Ches is worried about the cost and also worried about Gemma as Joseph is sent home from school ill after Gemma told him he had to go. He tells her she's not coping. Tell you what, Ches, why don't you look after your kids and Gemma can go fry chips instead? Then maybe she wouldn't need the "happy pills".

Someone else not facing up to their problems is Simon as he sits drinking at the bar, for all the world a mini-Peter in a matching leather jacket, and sulking about the stolen vapes. He points out that he's 20, not 12, when Leanne tries to intervene but he's certainly acting like a grumpy adolescent. Peter tries to give him a pep talk.


Meanwhile, Mason and his droogs are still bulling Liam, sending him mean messages (why doesn't Liam just block Mason's number?), taking his bag and throwing it on a van roof, taunting him about his dead dad and sending him the vid of the bag incident. Liam returns to the rose-gold flat with a torn bag and torn trousers.

By the way, Mrs Crawshaw's hot new haircut! Way to deal with the divorce, Crawshy!

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