Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 14 Oct

Wednesday 14th October
FIZ AND TYRONE WEIGH UP THE ODDS Fiz and Tyrone do their best to remain upbeat knowing that it’s Hope’s hospital appointment today. At the hospital, the consultant tells them that Hope’s cancer hasn’t spread, she needs chemo but has an 80% chance of recovery. Back at home Maria calls round with some toys for Hope and Mary drops in with a lasagne. Tyrone and Fiz are moved by their show of support.
THE PLATTS CAN’T PAPER OVER THE CRACKS Desperate to have the building work in the annexe finished, Kylie announces to Jason, Gary and Tony that she’s going to spend the day helping them. In the Rovers, Todd and Tony quiz Sarah wondering if she’s seen Callum. Worried that Sarah might crack under the pressure, David steps in and tells them that Callum’s gone to ground and nobody’s seen him. Back at home Kylie stares at the concrete floor covering the body and breaks down in David’s arms, lamenting that they’ll never be free of Callum as he’ll be in their house forever.
KEN ADDS ANOTHER STRING TO HIS TEACHING BOW Ken suggests it would be good for Amy to learn a musical instrument. Amy tells Robert she’s prepared to learn the violin to keep Grandad happy but winds Ken and Tracy up by pretending she wants to learn the drums.
ELSEWHERE When Jamie reminds Luke it’s their big race day tomorrow, Luke tells him to pipe down as he doesn’t want Maria to find out that he’s racing.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

You're the new Corrie producer - who would you keep and cull?

Each time there's a change of producer at the top of Coronation Street, the tabloids always go a little mad saying that cast fear for their jobs.  There's a story in today's papers saying much the same thing.

Well, it's got me thinking.  If YOU were the incoming Coronation Street producer, which one character would you absolutely keep - and which one character would you get rid of?

My choice of one character to keep is a difficult choice. Well, my absolute favourite character is Rita - always has been and always will be - but I'm also very, very fond of Roy. I would hope that any incoming producer would be keeping Rita anyway... so I'd say I'd like to keep Roy.

And my choice of one character to cull is difficult to decide on too as there are about half a dozen I could cheerfully wave goodbye to. But as we're limiting this to just one character, it concentrates the mind! So if I were the new producer I would get rid of Sharif Nazir.  For this fan, I don't think Sharif adds much, if anything, to my enjoyment of the show.

So there's my choice of one character to keep and one to cull. Which ones would be yours?

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Coronation Street - the men who got away

As you know, the the top 25 all-time Corrie males are being voted for over the next fortnight.

But who were the men that didn't make it? Who were the men that got away?

Nearly 40 other male characters were voted in the poll.

Here they are:

32 votes                                                                             5 votes

Derek Wilton                                                                      Tyrone Dobbs

30 votes                                                                            4 votes
Len Fairclough                                                                    Jerry Booth
                                                                                          Kirk Sutherland
22 votes
                                                                                         3 votes
Alan Bradley
                                                                                         Ashley Peacock
17 votes                                                                            Craig Tinker                                              
                                                                                         Todd Grimshaw 
Ray Langton
                                                                                         2 votes
13 votes                
                                                                                         Jack Walker
Fred Gee                                                                           Jez Quigley
                                                                                          Sean Tully
9 votes                                                                               Steve Tanner

Danny Baldwin                                                                     1 vote
7 votes                                                                                 Andy McDonald
                                                                                            Archie Shuttleworth
Lloyd Mullaney                                                                      Bert Tilsley
                                                                                            Callum Logan
6 votes                                                                                 Chesney Brown
                                                                                             Ciaran McCarthy
Jason Grimshaw                                                                    Dev Alahan
Liam Connor                                                                           Eddie Windass
Nick Tilsley                                                                            Ernest Bishop
Spider Nugent                                                                         Ian Davenport
                                                                                             Jamie Baldwin
                                                                                             John Stape
                                                                                             Lewis Archer
                                                                                             Rob Donovan
                                                                                             Robert Preston
                                                                                             Tommy Duckworth
                                                                                             Warren Baldwin

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Tabloid teasers from 'A Corrie Source'

There are a couple of unofficial but nonetheless interesting stories in the tabloid press today.  None of them have any official comments, they're all from 'a Corrie source' - or Mr Curry Sauce - as we like to call him/her here on the Coronation Street Blog.

Mr Curry Sauce has been talking to The Sun today saying that Corrie cast members are in fear of their jobs as new producer Kate Oates starts thinking about who she might want to keep, kill or cull from the current cast.  There are reports that some of the younger cast are fearful that they'll lose their jobs when they've taken out mortgages for the first time.

Another Curry Sauce talks to the Mirror to say that the story in The Sun is a load of mushy peas. They say, and I quote: "Producers do not tend to come in and hold meetings with individual cast members - with about 60 cast on the show this would be a huge undertaking. One-to-one meetings have not been discussed. Kate has made it clear that she will not even start to look at the Corrie job until after she finishes Emmerdale and has had a holiday.  (Indeed, we blogged this fact here)

"It seems like the tipster is just whipping up a story out of nothing - and it's a story which seems to rear its head every two to three years when there's a new producer."

Another story in The Sun today from Mr Curry Sauce is one that I do hope is true. It says that Simon Gregson, who plays Steve McDonald, may be returning to work within a few weeks.  Simon is currently taking time off work for personal reasons.

Mr Sauce says: "He is very keen to get back to work and it looks like he is on the mend. He seems like he is doing well."

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Vote for your all-time favourite Corrie male

The search continues to find Coronation Street fans' all-time favourite Corrie male!

In the first poll, hundreds of you voted for your favourites from a list of 30 males, plus you got to include your own personal favourites.

I've now drawn another poll which includes the top 25 from that poll. You can now vote for TWO male characters in this poll. 

Then I'll make a countdown of top 25 by adding both polls results. 

So get voting for your favourites!

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Corrie stars thank fans for Inside Soap awards

There's some lovely little snippets in this week's Inside Soap magazine as the mag has interviews with the winners from last week's Inside Soap awards.

Joe Duttine, who plays Tim Metcalfe, won the award for Funniest Male.

He says: "I'm flattered to have been voted officially funny, it's so brilliant. I've really enjoyed the whole Sally-Tim-Kevin love triangle storyline. I loved filming Tim's wedding and marrying Sally has been my favourite plot so far. Sally is a very lucky lady indeed!  Thank you so much for voting for Tim. I'll get him to do your windows for cheap to return the favour!"

Alison King, who plays Carla Connor, won the award for Best Actress.

She says: "The fans seem to really connect to Carla and everything she goes through and are hugely supportive. So I'd like to say thank you very much!"

Alison also revealed there's going to be a life-changing event for Carla.

Kate Ford, who plays Tracy Barlow, won the award for Best Bad Girl. 

She says: "I'm really pleased and I'm very honoured.  My mum has always been such an inspiration to me. I give her my awards because she likes to keep them. I look up to her so much."

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Life-changing events on the cards for Carla Connor

In this week's Inside Soap magazine, there are interviews with all of the winners of last week's Inside Soap Awards.  Alison King, who plays Carla Connor on Coronation Street, won the award for Best Actress and she reveals a little snippet about the coming months for Carla on Corrie.

When asked by Inside Soap Can you give us a hint of what's in store for Carla? she replies as follows:

"The Connors have an interesting December on the cards. With the arrival of Aidan's dad Jonny and sister Kate, Carla has this new family around her, but it's going to lead to a life-changing event for her and the others.

All of this is a consequence of her brother Rob Donovan messing with all of the Connors' lives."

I wonder if this will lead to Carla leaving Corrie when Alison King takes a break next year?

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Tina O'Brien in this week's OK! Magazine

I'm loving having Sarah Platt back on the cobbles!  Actress Tina O'Brien is doing an amazing job and this week is featured on the front cover of OK! Magazine with her son Beau and partner Adam.

Tina tells the magazine about the Coronation Street live episode: "We were starting at 2pm and not finishing until 1am or 2am, so much so that I booked into a hotel near the studio for a couple of nights because it wasn’t feasible for me to come home so late, as Beau is up at 6am.

 "It was such a great opportunity and it was only that extreme for a couple of weeks.There’s no way I could have done the live show without Adam’s support."

Tina also has a daughter Scarlett, with Corrie actor Ryan Thomas, who plays Jason Grimshaw.

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