Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Coronation Street episode review, Wednesday 23 April 2014

Newton and Ridley’s new ale isn’t the only thing to leave a nasty taste in Steve’s mouth, as insomniac Tina pleads with him to keep her secret. He agrees, not from a moral standpoint, but because if Michelle finds out he knows about it, she’d go ballistic. Michelle does know something is amiss however, and tells Steve he knows he can talk to her about anything; his face naturally says otherwise.

Steph is delighted with her knock off hairdryer but Rob isn’t as enthusiastic as he has a shop full to shift. Conscious that they need to move anything from Tony quickly, he enlists the help of friend Warren to assist with the clear out. His company may be legit, but the stock he uses to kit out hotels needn’t be apparently, and he’s happy to take the lot. Tracy doesn’t know whether she’s turned on more by Rob or the cash. Tony is shocked to hear they’ve shifted all 50 units, and sets about sourcing some more dodgy goods. For some reason, all this makes Tracy feel like Rob is “the one”, so much so that she tells him she’ll marry him despite him not having asked. Her odd reverse proposal appears to make him realise it’s what he wants too, and he agrees to get hitched. Strangely, I can’t imagine either of them with anyone else.

Poor Anna channels Lady Macbeth with a case of “out, damned spot” as she desperately struggles to clean to take her mind off the impossible. She shrinks back at Owen’s touch which leaves him perplexed. After she takes a job as a cleaner in the Rovers, Owen promises her it won’t last forever and assures her that the struggles make him love her even more.

Gail learns that her burglar was sentenced to 12 months but is distressed at the thought that he will only do half, if even.

Nick believes he can see good signals from Leanne, but anxious Kal warns him that the last thing he needs is a setback.

Over at the Bistro, the Henshaw hen is suitably loud and lairy but not enough to make understaffed Leanne want Nick’s help. It’s lucky for her that the prospect of a buff waiter saw Steph insist on working. Disaster strikes however when the hired hunk is struck down by a dog bite in Cheadle and needs a tetanus. Steph is gutted but is quick to convince Kal to take his place. 

Leanne positively drools at the sight of him topless and takes great pleasure in tying his dickie bow, much to onlooker Nick’s discomfort. As the L-plate lovegod sashays with sticky toffee pudding to the strains of Sex Bomb, he ends up wearing it courtesy of the cheeky clientele. The dashing dessert is a sight to behold strutting his stuff between the ladies like the cream filling in a Victoria sandwich. It proves all too much for Leanne who decides she fancies a bit of pudding herself, but their fervent kiss comes to an abrupt halt with the arrival of an oblivious Nick. Despite Leanne’s concerned expression, there’s no doubt she’ll be up for second helpings.

By Emma Hynes
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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Kal strips off

KAL AND LEANNE STRUGGLE WITH THEIR FEELINGS Having booked a male stripper for a hen night in the bistro, Leanne’s furious when he cancels on her. Under pressure, Kal agrees to step into the role and Leanne can’t help but cast quick glances at his six-pack. When they’re alone, Leanne helps undo his bow tie. Will they be able to resist each other much longer?
TRACY MAKES ROB AN OFFER HE CAN’T REFUSE Tracy’s impressed when Rob does a deal with a dodgy mate and off loads the knock-off goods. Realising that Rob is her Mr Right she suggests they get married but will Rob accept her proposal?
TINA’S SHOCK TURNS INTO RELIEF Tina’s relieved when Steve tells her he doesn’t intend to breathe a word about the affair to anyone.  .
ELSEWHERE Anna takes on a cleaning job at the Rovers, Maria watches jealously as Tyrone and Fiz kiss and Gail is furious to learn the burglar only received a 12 month sentence.

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Watch: Video clip of tonight's Corrie - Kal woos the women

Here's a sneak video preview from tonight's Coronation Street:


Kal has changed and is bare chested prior to taking over. Steph and Leanne both look quite appreciative. Nick watches as Leanne fixes Kal's bow tie. Kal is given dessert plates and introduced to the hens who are stoked. One of them smears him with chocolate and he starts to enjoy himself, dancing with the women while Steph, Leanne and Nick watch. Gail pops in to tell Nick that the burglar got a 12 month sentence which is next to nothing in her eyes.

Read the full episode preview here.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

EXCLUSIVE! First pic of Corrie bad lad as pantomime baddie

We've got it first and exclusive, hot off the press from our friends at the theatre,  just for us here on the Coronation Street Blog. It's Coronation Street bad lad Terry Duckworth, actor Nigel Pivaro, all dolled up and getting ready for his new role as Abanazar in panto once again this year.

RADA trained Nigel says: “I am delighted to be performing in my seventh pantomime for Paul Holman Associates and even more so to be staging Aladdin at Watersmeet. This great traditional story displays the best of a wonderful set and superb costumes, and even more important is that we tell the wonderful story of Aladdin within the framework of a traditional pantomime – something both Paul Holman and I agree is crucial for the enjoyment of all the family.”

Aladdin takes off from 5 to 31 December 2014, tickets are available from Watersmeet Box Office (01923 711063) and online ( with discounted rates available for early bookers, schools and groups.

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Does prejudice towards soap actors still exist?

There are comments over on Digital Spy from former Coronation Street actress Sarah Lancashire on what she describes as a "ludicrous prejudice" towards soap actors.

Lancashire, who played the wonderful Raquel in Corrie for six years in the 1990s, has of course gone on to appear in a long line of successful television dramas since her departure. While the actress does not rule out a return to Corrie in the future, she does state that she sees soap operas as a good training ground before moving on to other things.

So do you agree with Sarah Lancashire that soap actors are not treated with the respect they deserve?

Does this prejudice still exist even though recent times have seen the likes of Katherine Kelly go on to great things? Also, would you like to see Sarah back in Weatherfield one day?

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14 Coronation Street actors given new contracts

According to The Sun today, 14 Coronation Street cast members have had their contracts renewed and/or been given a pay rise.  I guess this means that none of those characters listed below can be Tina McIntyre's murderer unless they commit the crime and get away with it and not be shipped off to the big house.

Seven of the 14 actors given new contracts are, according to the tabloid report:

Samia Ghadie (Maria Connor)
Kate Ford (Tracy Barlow)
Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs)
Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw)
Sam Aston (Chesney Brown)
Katie McGynn (Sinead Tinker)
Tisha Merry (Steph Britton) 

The paper says that there are big, dramatic (when aren't there?) storylines coming up for Chesney and Sinead.  And that's fine in my book!

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Hayley Cropper's death tune tops classical music poll

The Lark Ascending has been named as the nation's favourite piece of classical music.  It was the tune  played during the final scenes of Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street and you can listen to it below.

Ralph Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending has risen to the top of the annual Classic FM Hall Of Fame list, compiled from more than 100,000 votes from the station's listeners.

The Lark Ascending last topped the poll in 2010 and three years ago it was named the nation's favourite Desert Island Discs tune.

British composer Vaughan Williams was inspired by a poem of the same name by George Meredith and his first version for violin and piano was written in 1914. Some six years later he completed the more familiar orchestral version.

My new book is released this week - April 24th 

A Perfect Duet. A Diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper

With a foreword written by Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper on Coronation Street for 16 years.

Order the book here.

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Spoilers for next week's Coronation Street, April 28 to May 2

Fiz is jealous of Maria, Beth wants to go to Latvia for boob job, Kevin gives Maddie a job cleaning cars,  Steve joins the gym, Marcus returns and Tim tells Sally he wants to move out.

The full weekly preview, with loads of pictures is right here on

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