Friday, 29 August 2014

Coronation Street weekly update, August 29 2014

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Tyrone's in hospital with broken bones after he falls through the ceiling. The floor of the loft conversion is too shoddy by half  and won’t hold his weight. He'll be fine, he'll mend, but the rift between the Grimshaw brothers may take a bit more than sticking plaster to heal.  Fiz and Tyrone want to claim on Jason’s insurance but if the insurers come out and find out that the wrong materials were used, they won’t pay up. Instead, Tony offers Tyrone a thousand pounds to tide them over while Tyrone’s out of work.  “I just want to give you a flippin’ slap,” Eva tells Todd when she finds out what happened.  A nation nodded their heads in agreement.

It's Lily's first birthday party and Max is destroying the fun for Kylie and David. Poor Max, it's not really his fault he has no attention span and acts up the way he does. Kylie’s at her wits end up with the kid especially when he chucks toys from his bedroom window down to the party in the back garden, and one of the toys upends the birthday cake all over the lawn. Sally gets squiffy on wine at the party while Michael and Gail coo at each another.


Deano, the landlord of the Flying Horse, sets a cricket match challenge to Steve in the Rovers. Steve needs to cobble together a team of 10 men - or women - to face the rival pub.


In the Big House, desperate Peter begs Jim for more booze. Jim says he'll get it for him but he wants something in return - he wants to see Steve. Peter sends Steve a visiting order and gets Steve there to see him under false pretences, when Steve finds out it's Jim who wants to see him instead he fumes all the way back to the pub. Liz fumes even more and says that if Jim wants a visitor, he'll get a flamin' visitor and she'll have some choice words for him too!  When Jim spies Liz in the visiting room he thinks he’s on to a good thing and might just win her back.  Liz tells him there’s no chance.  Peter’s desperate for booze and when Jim won’t give him any more, he follows Jim to the prison kitchen to find out where Jim stashes his secret booze.  With Jim out of the way, Peter finds the booze and drinks the whole flamin’ lot.  He’s out cold and taken into intensive care with alcohol poisoning. Ken and Deirdre sit and worry by his bedside while Rob looks on with a sly glint in his eye.


Michelle takes on the task of arranging Tracy and Rob’s wedding. Tracy wants all the bells and whistles that Rob can afford – doves, a harpist playing The Prodidgy’s Firestarter. Michelle, to her credit, does her best to oblige.

And finally this week, Mary’s not best pleased when Julie joins the gym as it means Dev’s time and attention is focussed on Julie instead of her.  Speaking of which, if Dev is at work and Mary’s at the gym, who’s looking after his kids?

And that was just about that for this week.

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Fab Photo Friday - August 29th 2014

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. Whilst I'm impressed that Tracy Lynette Barlow is standing up for her half brother at the moment, I think she probably deserves a slap from Becky for letting her antics rub off on her once adorable daughter, Amy.



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Bonnie Tyler loves a bit of Corrie

In an interview this week with rock singer and queen of the power ballad Bonnie Tyler she says she loves Coronation Street. 

Bonnie tells the Irish Independent: "I do love to catch up on Coronation Street. A lot of people do. It's a lifelong thing. I remember the theme music (Bonnie sings "dah, dah, dah-di, dah-di, dah" down the phone) from a very early age. When I am off, I don't tend to go out much, unless it is to eat. I don't go to clubs and bars much anymore. I seem to have spent my life in them."

Ooh, come on Corrie.  Let's have Bonnie on the show as Liz McDonald's Welsh cousin!

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Spot the Corrie prop - August 29th 2014

Many congratulations to Smelloid again for spotting that last week's stripey storage solution can be found in Chesney/Beth/Kirk/Sinead's house.

For this week's prop puzzle all you have to do is tell us whereabouts on Coronation Street you would find this sugar caddy.



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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Liz and Jim reunited

Friday 29th August
LIZ DEALS WITH A BLAST FROM THE PAST. As Liz nervously prepares for her meeting with Jim, Peter begs for more alcohol, but Jim says he can have his reward once Liz and Steve have visited. So when Liz visits alone will Peter have his booze withheld? Jim tells Liz how much he misses his family but Liz points out he’s only himself to blame. As Jim tries to convince Liz that underneath she still loves him, will Liz soften?
FIZ IS DEALT A DEVASTATING BLOW. Jason frets as he blames Tony and Todd for the fact that Tyrone is in hospital and they can’t claim on the insurance.
STEVE WRAPS HIMSELF UP IN WEDDING PLANNING. Tracy runs through her diva-like wedding demands with Michelle.
Elsewhere Knowing that Steph would disapprove, Katy and Luke keep schtum about their kiss. Julie and Mary compete to impress Dev at the gym.

Friday 29th August
PETER’S DYING FOR A DRINK.With Jim refusing to give Peter any more alcohol a desperate Peter tracks down Jim’s illegal stash and drinks the lot. When Jim finds him on the floor barely conscious will he alert the guards and get Peter to hospital or is Peter’s life in the balance? Meanwhile Liz tells Steve and Michelle that Jim hasn’t changed a bit and she’s told him they want nothing more to do with him.
TONY TURNS ON TODD. Jason feels terrible as a pained Tyrone returns to the street but Tony is adamant they can’t involve the insurance company as if anyone found out they were using materials that didn’t meet building regulations then Jason’s business would be finished. Jason’s furious and tells Tony and Todd that once they’ve sorted out this mess they’re both sacked. Calling at No.11 Tony offers to make good the damage and give Tyrone £1k to tide him offer. Will Tyrone be appeased by his offer?
DEV INADVERTENTLY INSULTS JULIE. When Dev pays Julie a back handed compliment she tells him to shove his gym membership. Will he be able to win her back round?
ELSEWHERE Katy calls at the garage to tell Luke they can only be friends. Luke reluctantly agrees but it’s clear they both want more, will they be able to resist each other? Steve makes some signings for his pub cricket team.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Queen Carla - Classy, Competent and Compassionate

Alison King, who plays the tremendous force of nature that is Carla Connor, arrived on our screens as Carla on 1st December 2006. At that time she was married to Paul Connor. Since then, she has had various boyfriends/ husbands and different surnames including Connor, Gordon and Barlow. Before marriage, she was Donovan. Officially she is still Barlow but as she has made it clear to her staff and others, woe betide anyone who calls her Barlow.

There was no doubt that she loved Peter Barlow and she did not have an easy time ensnaring him. For a while, when Peter’s deserting of Leanne had settled down and Leanne  got together with Nick, it looked as if Peter and Carla would be together for good. Their dark heads of hair and their build made them seem to fit together very well. (Though I have realized recently that Carla’s hair is more red than black). In addition, after a very shaky start, the relationship between Carla and Simon gradually improved and they were  able to tolerate each other and were even beginning to enjoy each other’s company. Sadly for everyone, as we now know, in retrospect, Peter’s affair with Tina put paid to a blossoming relationship with Carla’s would-be stepson. Not to mention all the rest, which, of course, will now be mentioned.


Paul, her first husband was killed as was her lover Liam, Paul’s brother. Tony Gordon, her second husband was responsible for Liam’s death and a whole host of other crimes.

What strength Carla has shown. She is a survivor and mostly, a deserving one. True she’s no angel and the sisterhood doesn’t seem to mean that much to her as she is happy to purloin other women’s husbands, namely, Maria’s Liam and Leanne’s Peter. Now she has had a taste of how it feels to be cheated on, as her full betrayal by Peter came to light, shortly followed by the miscarriage of the baby, which she was at first certain she didn’t want. When she miscarried she was heartbroken and maybe that is her last chance of motherhood, though this is soap life not real life. (And anyway my sister in law had a baby aged 44 – she’ll be thrilled to to get a mention on the blog). Tina, she thought, was her friend and Carla was the embodiment of kindness to her. And, though she doesn’t know it yet, her brother is a murderer.

Carla is the business – so it is fitting that she is also a business woman and a  hardworking one at that. She has a tough love approach towards her staff . They are a little afraid of her but clearly respect her. She pays them for their work, so work they must. That, she makes crystal clear. She is fair too.

When Maddie asks her for a job, and messes it up. Carla says, ‘Right little charmer in’t she?’

Maybe, just maybe, she sees in Maddie what she herself was like as a teenager, until she found her niche.

When Carla is on screen, for me, there is never a dull second. Her presence, her wearing of black even in summer, which I sense she will wear until they discover a darker colour, her style, her confidence, her business acumen and above all her compassion. What a friend she was to Hayley – a masterstroke by the writing team to have Carla and Hayley as such friends. especially since they are so dissimilar.

All praise to Carla and just remember that if you find her too brusque, too outspoken or just too much, she will have Tracy Barlow as a sister in law – and we must feel some humanity towards a woman who has to suffer such a fate.

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Schedule change for Coronation Street next week

There's a slight change to the Coronation Street schedule for next week.

On Wednesday 3rd September, Coronation Street will be on at the earlier time of 7pm, not 7.30pm.  This is due to football.  We'll give you a reminder on the day itself.

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Video: Les Dennis in the Mavis Riley nice bucket challenge

I'm not sure that Uncle Albert would approve of all these people currently having icy water poured all over themselves but I'm sure even he would afford himself a wry smile at these antics on Coronation Street. Watch, laugh and give money to charity or don't; whatever takes your fancy.


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