Thursday, 30 March 2017

Coronation Street and the art of the Red Herring

Who do YOU think pushed Ken Barlow down the stairs and tried to kill him?  Do you think it's one of the characters above which ITV have given us as a possible suspect - or someone else?

I think it's someone else.  I suspect either crazy Chloe or stroppy Seb.  But that's just my own opinion and pure speculation.   I don't think it'll be one of the people above because, well, let's cast our minds back to Corrie's Who Killed Frank Foster? storyline.

Coronation Street gave us these five suspects for the murder of Frank - Michelle, Peter, Carla, Kevin and Sally.

And the killer of Frank Foster was none of the above, it was his own mum, Anne Foster!

But then again, Ken's attacker might just be one of those offered by ITV. 

In the Who Killed Tina McIntyre storyline, ITV offered four suspects - Carla and Peter (again), Tracy and Rob Donovan. And as we know, one of those in the picture, Rob Donovan, did turn out to the Tina's murderer.
So what do YOU think? Who do you think could have wanted to attack Ken - and why?

See also: Who attacked Ken? All the suspects, spoilers, theories, pics!

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Job Vacancy: Assistant Script Editor, Coronation Street

As we transition to 6 episodes, we have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Script Editor to support our Writers, Script Editors and Production Team in ensuring that all of Coronation Street's ​scripts meet the highest standard, both editorially and in production terms.

As our Assistant Script Editor, you will work across the entire editorial process attending story conferences and script meetings. You will work closely with our current team of Script Editors, Assistant Producer and Producer in ensuring continuity within all storylines​ and scripts​.

When required, you will provide cover for our Script Editors, so some script editing experience will be required for this role, although we will provide further training if necessary.

​Excellent administrative and organisational skills are required. A detailed knowledge of Coronation Street is essential.

If you’re up for the challenge, in a role where no two days are ever the same, apply now!

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Job Vacancy: Story Producer at Coronation Street

Do you have the ability to tell a story? Come and join our team of Producers responsible for working the Storylines and Scripts for Coronation Street.

As we transition to six episodes, Coronation Street is looking for an experienced Story Producer to join our busy hard working team, ensuring that every single one of our episodes are top quality entertainment.

Working to the Producer, Assistant Producer and the Creative Director of ITV Soaps, the Story Producer will translate the programme brief, work with the writing and story/script team to creatively define the style and content of the programme. The Story Producer will liaise with the production team to ensure the correct balance of cast and locations for ease of scheduling and will be responsible for the smooth running of the triple stand system, whilst maintaining the highest quality in terms of content. He/she will be an ideas person, who knows how to structure and tell an exciting story, and can translate that skill amongst your team.

The Story Producer will develop the storylines from conference through to scripts, primarily focusing on long-term story planning, and work with the story team in producing short-term storylines. He/she will co-chair commissioning and story conference with the Producers, and chair regular small groups out of conference with the story and writing team, to maintain constant creation of story and direction for characters.

The successful candidate will join us with experience as a Script Editor or Story Editor with a wide ranging knowledge of television production processes and an awareness of new developments across the media. We will be looking for demonstrable experience of effectively managing, motivating, monitoring and developing a team

Closing date for applications: 4th April 2017 

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Job Vacancy: Coronation Street 2nd Assistant Directors wanted

As we transition to six episodes, Coronation Street are looking for two experienced 2nd ADs to join their busy hard working team providing efficient back up to 1st Assistant Director ensuring smooth running of the shoot.

The 2nd Assistant Directors role is to be the main support to the 1st Assistant Director to ensure the smooth running of the block of episodes, to carry out efficient prep for the block and to keep the 1st Assistant Director informed of any changes or problems during the day, and provide proposed solutions. The role involves rescheduling where required, amending and re-issuing call sheets and liaising at all times with the 1st AD, Schedulers & Production Manager.

We will look to you to interpret accurately and promptly any instructions from the Production Manager to the 1st AD and have knowledge of all shoot activities on any day with ability to work across both as and when required to deal with cross overs, rescheduling and ensure all cast have their call times for the next day.

Our 2nd ADs will join us with previous experience of working within drama in this role, have excellent production knowledge and organisational skills. Enthusiasm and excellent communication skills are essential with the ability to work under pressure within schedule deadlines.

Due to the nature of the production absolute confidentiality is required.

Closing date for applications: 12th April 2017

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Guess who's the bookies fave in Who Attacked Ken?

Boyle Sports the bookies are now taking bets on who pushed Ken down the stairs.

Ken’s grandson Adam Barlow has been installed as the red hot 4/7 favourite.

Ken’s son Daniel Osbourne is next in the betting at 6/1 alongside Pat Phelan.

Both Tracy and Peter Barlow are 8/1 to have committed the crime alongside Sinead Tinker.

No doubt in the coming weeks more suspects will emerge and Boyles say they will be keeping a shrewd eye over the market as Tracy Barlow cannot be ruled out despite her currently trading at 8/1.

*Prices correct at time of publication

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Profile: Coronation Street director Suri Krishnamma

There's a lovely interview with Coronation Street director Suri Krishnamma, in the Isle of Wight County Press online.

Suri is originally from the Isle of Wight and talks about being asked to work as a director on Corrie.

He says that shooting Corrie presents a unique challenge.

"Coronation Street is shot multi-camera and I’ve never shot multi-camera before, so I was quite curious about the process. I did a short training course in Leeds at the Emmerdale set and then they hired me," he said.

He added: "It’s a real privilege. I grew up on Coronation Street because my mother is from Skipton in Yorkshire. As a child I remember sitting on my grandmother’s knee and watching very early black and white episodes, so it’s something that has been a part of my culture. I got to work with some of the real legends, such as Bill Roach who plays Ken Barlow. He is an extraordinary man at the age of 84, who looks barely over the age of 44. He has a very young spirit and an extraordinary memory."

Suri has also directed feature films, such as New Year’s Day, Bad Karma and Dark Tourist, in addition to many award-winning short films. He has also been nominated for three BAFTAs.

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 29 March

Wednesday 29th March 2017
ROSIE’S TORN OVER A JOB OFFER Rosie and Sophie are perturbed to overhear Kevin admit to Anna that his money troubles are so bad he may not meet the mortgage payment. Rosie informs Sophie she’s secured a glamour shoot with a fee that would significantly reduce Kevin’s debt. Sophie thinks it’s a bad idea.
BRIAN GOES BEHIND ROY’S BACK WITH CATHY Brian’s pleased to see Cathy as she arrives back from Scotland and presents him with a pair of socks to replace the ones she ruined. Mischievous Yasmeen manoeuvres Cathy into inviting Brian to the theatre with her. Brian’s only too happy to accept. Not wanting Roy to know of his date with Cathy, Brian pretends he’s going to a talk on carbon emissions.
ELSEWHERE Jenny recruits Sally for a local radio interview promoting the mastectomy bras. Meanwhile Johnny stuns Jenny by suggesting they get married in the summer and tells her to get organising. Jenny’s thrilled. Toyah, Leanne and Simon demand to know if Peter’s been drinking. He admits being tempted due to Chloe’s lies but swears he resisted.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

An unlikely pairing - and where is Erica?

In Preston's Petals we have Tracy Barlow and Mary Taylor, working side by side, daily. And how surprisingly well it works. Interestingly, neither Mary nor Tracy have in any way altered themselves in order to accommodate the other. Tracy is her usual impatient, petulant self, her own needs at the centre of her own universe with the expectation that the same centre should apply to everyone else. As Ken said, 'I don't think I've met anyone as self-obsessed as you.' He lays on a thick  further layer. ' You tried to sell your own child. I know you killed someone in cold blood.' All shockingly true. On a kind of lighter note, when Luke was trying to escape the concert by saying he had to work, Tracy said, 'Don't lie to me because I'm better at it than you are.' Well, at least she has self-knowledge...

As for Mary, well, she remains the same. Except to say that since her son was found she seems altogether lighter somehow, breezier perhaps. She also conveys to all who watch her, an inner strength and a more philosophical approach to life. Maybe it's the flowers, too - the stunning beauty of nature surrounding her, rather than the force of nature that is Tracy Barlow.

The way in which they get on is, to my mind, one of the real strengths of our favourite soap. Seeing people in ordinary everyday situations, such as work, provides for both writers and viewers, excellent opportunities for conversation, observations and humour. As with Norris and Rita in the Kabin, we are presented with great opportunities to see how characters react and interact with each other, the ways in which they clash, their foibles, prejudices and preferences. In short, the stuff that keeps us watching.

But, whereon earth is Erica? I think I'm right in saying that the last time she was seen was when she was standing with Sally in solidarity with the other women, against the sexism of the builders.

Last night we glimpsed Dev, having his foot trodden on by Luke who was jetting off to find the missing Amy Dev was at the concert, presumably to support his twins' efforts. But, there was no Erica present. Are she and Dev still an item?  Again, I may be wrong and will certainly be corrected if I am, but wouldn't Erica have made the effort to come to the concert? Getting on well with Dev's children must be a priority.

With Eileen away and Deirdre sadly no longer with us, surely Liz needs someone in whom to confide. I can barely remember the last time we saw Liz and Erica together and yet Erica was introduced as one of Liz's best friends. So why is she not around?

My fear is that she may no longer be on the cobbles. Will she be allowed to just fade away? I sincerely hope not. Erica should remain on the cobbles. She has great potential but since her introduction as Liz's best friend and her surprise pregnancy with Nick's baby, she hasn't really been employed as well as she might.

I find her an interesting character and would love to know more of her back story. What was her life in Spain like?  What is her relationship with her mother like? Her brother? Past lovers, husbands?  How great it would be  to know! So please bring her back with her unique mix of characteristics:  down to earth, kind, witty, positive , willing to laugh, loyalty and her refusal to take any  prisoners.

Erica's scenes with Mary brought out the best in them both. Those scenes were simultaneously entertaining, touching and brilliantly executed by 2 excellent actors. Take note TPTB.  

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