Friday, 31 July 2015

Fab Photo Friday, July 31st 2015

It's Friday again so it's time for this week's fab Coronation Street photo. Yesterday was International Friendship Day and we asked for your favourite Coronation Street friendships. Humpty Dumpty came up with a few so here are Ivy and Vera and Curly, Kevin and Terry.



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Spot the Corrie prop - July 31st 2015

Congratulations this week go to Pod who was the first person to spot that last week's handbag belongs to Leanne Battersby.

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



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Pic: Corrie fan proposes outside Rovers Return

There was a marriage proposal on the old Coronation Street set this week when Scott Bladen asked his girlfriend Zoe Swift to marry him. And the lady, she said 'yes'!

When Zoe accepted Scott's proposal on the Coronation Street tour, onlookers cheered the happy couple on from the cobbles. Scott and Zoe are both huge Coronation Street fans.

Scott told the Liverpool Echo: “I was really nervous, shaking and sweating. Zoe’s a massive Corrie fan, we both watch it together and we had booked to go onto the tour. I thought it would be a good idea to propose while we were there and, with the Rovers being such a central point, to do it there. Luckily it went really well, she said yes and she was over the moon. I’d booked a limo to take us back from the set to a pub in Neston, the Malt Shovel, where our family and friends were waiting, so I was really glad she said yes!”

Many congratulations to the happy couple!

I can't think of anywhere better to be proposed to than on the Coronation Street set.

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Video: Behind the scenes at Corrie photoshoot

Here's a nice little video of the Inside Soap photoshoot we blogged about earlier this week, where cast members revealed some behind-the-scenes secrets.

In the video, Inside Soap magazine meets Coronation Street's Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Bradley), Jack P Shepherd (David Platt), Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt), Sean Ward (Callum Logan), Ellie Leach (Faye Windass) and Colson Smith (Craig Tinker) as they have their pictures taken for the magazine.



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Preview of tonight's double Corrie - Friday 31 July

Friday 31st July
ROY AND CATHY ARE THE PICTURE OF FRIENDSHIP Roy persuades a reluctant Cathy to have a day out with him whilst Tyrone, Fiz and Chesney kindly clear some junk out of her house. At Cathy’s request, they visit an art gallery. Roy’s impressed with her knowledge and it’s clear they’ve both enjoyed themselves. Tyrone, Fiz and Chesney work hard clearing out Cathy’s junk. But when Roy and Cathy return home and they reveal the fruits of their labour, how will Cathy react?
MUM’S THE WORD FOR ALYA Yasmeen’s excited at the thought of planning the wedding, guilt-ridden Alya does her best to appear enthusiastic. Plucking up the courage, Alya heads to the Underworld loos with her pregnancy testing kit. But when Beth finds the pregnancy testing kit in the bin, she and Sean wonder who it belongs to. Sinead glances at Alya, aware there’s something bothering her, but keeps her counsel. As Gary arrives in the factory to collect Alya, Beth produces the pregnancy testing kit and teases Alya by suggesting it’s hers. Alya’s alarmed whilst Gary’s bemused.
AUDREY ATTEMPTS TO BUILD BRIDGES Audrey summons Gail, Sarah and Bethany to the Salon for a pampering session, hoping they can iron out their differences. Can she unite the family once more? ELSEWHERE When a stroppy customer calls in the cab office and drops her bracelet, Eileen pockets it and Michael’s perturbed by her dishonesty.

Friday 31st July
ROY RUES HIS ACTIONS As Roy calms Cathy down, Tyrone shows her how they’ve boxed up all her junk and labelled it so she can decide what to dump and what to keep. Cathy’s touched, revealing how after Alan’s death, hoarding junk gave her comfort. Telling her to call if she needs him, Roy heads home. Clearly in a state, Cathy arrives at the cafĂ© and admits to Roy that she’s scared that the longer she stays in the house, the worse she’ll become. Sympathetic, Roy makes Cathy an offer.
ALYA CONFESSES THE TRUTH TO SINEAD Sinead comes to Alya’s rescue, making out the pregnancy test was hers and it was negative. Will Gary accept this? Alya feels terrible and as she and Gary meet with Yasmeen, Sharif, and Anna to discuss wedding plans, the stress becomes too much for Alya and she heads out for some air. Sinead finds Alya in tears on the street. Alya breaks down and swearing Sinead to secrecy, confesses how she had sex with Jason. Catching up with Alya, is Gary about to discover the awful truth?
KYLIE RETURNS WITH NEWS OF DAVID Kylie arrives home with Max and Lily and explains to Gail that David is spending a few days alone with his Dad as Max’s continual references to Callum were getting him down. Sarah feels guilty.
ELSEWHERE Under pressure from Michael, Eileen begrudgingly agrees that if the customer returns looking for her bracelet, she’ll hand it over. Finding sulky Bethany alone at the bus stop, Sarah cancels her date with Callum and persuades Bethany to join her at the chippy.

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Craig Charles has filmed his final Corrie scenes

Craig Charles, who plays Lloyd Mullaney on Coronation Street, has filmed his final scenes.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Lloyd has left the building - and the show.

However, I wonder if he will be returning for the live episode in September.  Hayley Tamaddon, who plays Lloyd's girlfriend Andrea, revealed in an interview with Radio Times earlier this year that  Andrea will leave the show with Lloyd during September’s live episode. 

I'll miss Craig Charles a lot on the show as I rate him highly as an actor and Lloyd's a great character too. 

Craig is leaving to record a new series of Red Dwarf as well as taking his trunk of funk on the road with the Funk and Soul Roadshow, and continuing his Radio 6 funk and soul show, which I love.

You might want to see also: Craig Charles: "I don't really want to leave Coronation Street"

Last time Craig left the show for a break in December 2011, Streetcars gave Lloyd a 10-horn salute as the cabs beeped their horns on his exit, as it were.

Let's hope we'll see Craig again on Coronation Street.

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Sarah Harding won't be returning to Corrie

Sarah Harding, who appeared as Joni Preston on Coronation Street last week, will not be returning to the show, says The Sun today.

Mr Curry Sauce told The Sun: “It’s safe to say Sarah’s Corrie career hasn’t gone as planned. Fans and critics have been pretty unimpressed with her acting. It doesn’t reflect well on Corrie, who have been accused of chasing ratings with gimmicks. They will not be getting her back and the general consensus on set is that this was a failed experiment.”

However, although she was only signed up for four episodes it was later reported that Sarah Harding apparently "wowed show bosses".  And she said she's been asked back to film more episodes later this year.  So perhaps this is the return that's been axed?

A Coronation Street spokesperson confirmed to The Sun: "Sarah was cast for four episodes in a cameo role for a specific storyline. There are no immediate plans for the character of Joni to return.”

Sarah also admitted that she was never auditioned for her role on the show.  "The producers YouTubed me."

I have one word in response to this news item: Phew.

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Tyrone, Kirk & Chesney’s charity golf takes place today

Tyrone, Kirk &Chesney’s Charity Golf Day and Dinner takes place today, 30th July 2015. 

The Coronation Street actors Alan Halsall, Andy Whyment and Sam Aston will be putting off at the Marriott Worsley Park in Manchester today. Anyone who has sponsored a hole on the pitch can decorate it how they wish and there are some corkers. One of the sponsors has placed a plastic pub on one of the holes!

You can follow the event today on the twitter account @Tyrone_KirkGolf

The event this year raises funds for the Calm Zone, a charity which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. The Calm Zone twitter is also following the charity golf event and you can follow them @theCALMzone

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