Monday, 23 January 2017

Gorden Kaye passes away, age 75

Gorden Kaye, the actor best known for his role in BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo!, has died at the age of  75.

The Bafta-nominated star's former agent told BBC News he passed away at a care home on Monday morning.

Gorden appeared in Coronation Street as Elsie Tanner's nephew Bernard Butler from 1969 to 1970. He appeared in the show a total of 37 times.

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Is Andy really dead in Coronation Street - Yay or Nay?

Questions are being asked as to whether Phelan reall killed Andy last week in Coronation Street. 

So, let's examine the evidence.

We know that Phelan whacked Andy with the laptop.
We know that Phelan then appeared at the back of his van looking a bit sweaty. 
But what we didn't see was Phelan dispose of Andy's body, or any sign that Andy had indeed been killed.
Then we saw Phelan turn up for his wedding to Eileen with a spot of blood on his cuff and mud - or was it blood? - on his shoes.

And there we have it, incontrovertible proof that I haven't got a clue. 

I'd love to think Andy was still alive and that he'll stagger back to Corrie one of these days to bring Phelan down.

Do you think Andy's still alive - yay or nay?
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Preview of tonight's double Coronation Street - Mon 23 Jan

Monday 23rd January GRIEF TAKES A WORRYING HOLD OF MICHELLE When Steve suggests they could drive out for lunch, Michelle snaps at him, telling him the only person she wants to spend time with is Ruairi. Having slapped on some makeup and a pair of heels, Michelle announces she’s changed her mind and she’d like to go out for lunch. Steve is taken aback. Over lunch in the bistro, Michelle hits the bottle. When Steve suggests she should slow down, Michelle turns on him pointing out she’s not breastfeeding so it doesn’t matter. Steve confides in Robert he doesn’t know how they’re going to get through this. Clearly drunk and to the embarrassment of the other diners, Michelle proposes a toast to her dead baby before storming out upset. Deeply worried, Steve confides in Liz how Michelle stormed out and he’s no idea where she is.
IT’S NO HONEYMOON FOR PHELAN Phelan sets about erasing all traces of his fight with Andy… will Phelan be able to cover his tracks convincingly?
NICK RUBS PETER UP THE WRONG WAY Peter starts work at Street Cars, only to find his first fare is Nick and Simon. In the taxi, Nick mocks Peter for being a hopeless father so Peter snaps, ordering him out of the cab. But as Nick throws open the door, disaster strikes.
ELSEWHERE Cathy approaches Gemma hoping for a job at the kebab shop. When Ken reveals that he intends to put a DNR order in place in case he should suffer another stroke, Tracy, Adam and Daniel are horrified.

Monday 23rd January
ROBERT IS ALL THE THERAPY MICHELLE NEEDS Worried for her safety Steve, Tim, Robert, Johnny and Kate set off in search of Michelle. It’s Robert who gets to Michelle first and he’s shocked at the state he finds her in. Robert phones Steve and assures him Michelle’s safe. Gazing at Robert intently, a vulnerable Michelle leans in for a kiss. Will  Robert give in to his desires? Rather than returning home, Michelle tells Robert she’d like to visit Ruairi in the Chapel of Rest. As they set off, Michelle pours her heart out about her grief for Ruairi and Steve’s apparent lack of understanding. Robert listens sympathetically. As Robert and Michelle arrive at the chapel will Michelle continue to lean on Robert for support or is it Steve that she needs?
PHELAN OFFLOADS HIS GUILT Having loaded the incriminating evidence from the fight at the flat into his van, Phelan lies that Andy flooded the flat in an act of defiance before he left. Will everyone continue to be taken in by Phelan’s web of lies?
NICK REALISES BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER As Simon waits to be seen by a doctor, Nick and Peter blame themselves for his injury in the car door. As the doctor explains to Simon that he’s dislocated his finger and will need a local anaesthetic, Simon looks to Peter for comfort causing Nick to feel left out. Will this fracture Peter and Nick’s broken relationship further?
ELSEWHERE When Dev tells Gemma she had no right to hire Cathy without consulting him, Cathy heads out disappointed, will Dev change his mind? Shona’s horrified to find Roy listening to classical music and playing with his train set - assuming he must be terribly lonely. When Shona confides in Brian how worried she is about Roy, Brian hatches a plan.

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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Where have you seen Eileen's wedding venue before?

Eileen and Phelan were married last night in Coronation Street. And it's a venue that's been used for filming many Corrie weddings.

The venue is Ryecroft Hall in Audenshaw.  Have a look at our blogger Tvor's post with some great pics from the interior of Ryecroft Hall.
It was also where Gail married Michael Rodwell and also Joe McIntyre. It's been the filming location used for the weddings of  Karl and Stella, Steve and Becky, Rita and Dennis, Jason and Sarah, Graeme and Xin, Liz and Vernon.  

Check out the full list of Corrie wedding filming locations here.

See also: Where have you seen?
Aidan Connor's solicitor, Colonel Kebab, Faye's boyfriend Seb, Alex's dad Nigel, Lauren the bully, Sharif's lover Sonia, Corrie policewoman, Alistair the tile con man, Filming location for Tony Stewart's funeral, Billy's parisioner Lee, Liz's new fella, Corrie wedding fayre venue, Richie O'Driscoll, Anna's date Glen, Kevin's date Joanne, Rob Donovan's cell mate, Dab Andy, Cathy's sister Nessa, Caitlin Ryan, Dan's daughter Lucy, Steve and Michelle's wedding venue, Naila the Corrie journalist, Jackson Hodge's dad, Eileen's boyfriend Adrian, David and Callum's mediator, Callum's mum, Gail and Michael's wedding venue, Owen's ex-wife LindaSteve McDonald's counsellor, Beth's mum, Diane the sofa woman from Hale Barnes, Mark the motorcycle medic, Mrs Waddle, Michael Rodwell's Aunt Barbara, Peter Barlow's cellmate Clelland, Carla Connor's solicitor Pauline Mansell, Pat Phelan, The Corrie clairvoyant, Eric's wife Doris, Audrey's date Henry, Lewis' friend Patrick,The Corrie Registrar, Marcus' friend Aiden, Kirsty's parents, Jenny Sumner, Corrie's prison Governor, Sunita's Aunties, Ken and Deirdre's pottery teacherTommy Duckworth,  Mrs Hargreaves who died in Audrey's salon, Sally Webster's fella JeffJoy Fishwick's investigator, Charlotte's Parents, Ken Barlow's grandson JamesKen Barlow's son LawrenceDr Matt CarterSaucy CharlotteIzzy's dad Owen Armstrong,The Corrie coppersColin FishwickTrevor the binmanConnie RathboneUncle Umed,Julie Carp's mumLuke StrongSophie Webster's boyfriendEileen Grimshaw's dadNorris' girlfriendGraeme Proctor,Molly's Aunty PamMaria's mum and dadGail's dadScary BrianTina's dadTony Gordon's henchmanLittle Simon Barlow

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Corrie weekly update - murder and a fly-eating plant

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The week’s Corrie started with a dream sequence, which split fans up and down the land. Some of us hated it, some of us loved it. It’s a thing, it happened, and like the incidental music that’s been creeping in of late, it perhaps signals a new direction for the show. What will it be next, I wonder?  

The dream sequence was Andy’s, in which he was running down the cobbles away from the murdering hands of Pat Phelan. In Andy’s dream he made his escape but in real life, Phelan caught him and bashed him to death with Kev’s laptop.

Kev’s laptop contains evidence, recorded on CCTV, of Phelan talking to Todd about conning the cobbles residents over his fraudulent flats. Phelan forces Andy to burn down Kev’s garage to get rid of the laptop. Well, the garage goes up in flames but Andy saves the laptop and hides it in the flat. Alas, it’s his undoing when Phelan finds it and whacks him with it after Luke reveals, unwittingly, that Andy and Steph are about to do a runner to Portugal. Poor Steph, meanwhile, was waiting at the airport for Andy to turn up. Phelan sends Steph a text from Andy’s phone, telling her to go without him, which she does.  After murdering (and burying?) Andy, Phelan rushes to the register office to marry Eileen. There’s dirt on his shoes and a splash of blood on his cuff, but Eileen notices neither as she kisses her groom.

At Kev’s garage, he’s arrested by the cops on suspicion of arson and even Tyrone thinks Kev set the place ablaze for the insurance cash.



Elsewhere this week, Sally puts Tim on a sex ban until they have an improving conversation, so Tim goes on a talking ban. They soon make up when Tim buys a tandem and calls Sally out of work to see his new purchase. “I’m in the middle of a gusset!” she yells at him from the factory door. But soon, their marital harmony comes full cycle.

Over at the Rovers, Michelle’s heart continues to break as she tries to deal with her grief. Liz is furious with her daughter in law when she discovers Michelle planning Ruari’s funeral with Billy the vicar and the two women have words. But Liz softens, of course, and they share a tender moment about when Liz lost her own baby, Katy, many years ago.

At Roy’s Rolls, new girl Shona starts work. She’s a rough diamond, the same girl who stole David’s Wallet, and the storyline is a little too much like when Becky and Roy were put together, for my liking. My jury is out until I see where this is going but it feels heavy-handed to me.


In the kebab shop, Daniel gives Sinead a gift of a venus fly trap plant as he goes all out to woo her. Sinead starts having doubts about her relationship with Chesney and tells him she thinks they should split.


Nathan continues to groom Bethany as she takes up his offer to start her vlogging from inside his tanning salon. She’s doing hair-dos online for those that like this sort of thing, while Nathan pretends he’s, er, helping.

And finally this week, both Tile Street and Crimea Street were given a mention, no doubt in preparation for the extension of the Coronation Street set when we go to six episodes a week later this year.

And that’s just about that for this week. 

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This week’s writers Julie Jones (Monday double); Mark Wadlow (Wednesday);  Simon Crowther (Friday double). Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team 

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Kate Ford on Tracy Barlow turning 40 this week

Tracy Lynette Langton was born on January 24 1977, the daughter of Deirdre and Ray Langton. And this week, Tracy celebrates her 40th birthday on Coronation Street.

Kate Ford is the latest in a long line of actresses who have played Tracy in Corrie. And she gives a good interview today to The Sun


Asked to pick her favourite Tracy moment from the 15 years she's played the character, Kate says: “One of my favourite scenes was when Tracy confessed to Deirdre that she’d killed Charlie Stubbs after he cheated on her. I worked so closely with Annie (Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre) on that scene. It was just the two of us. We rehearsed and we were given the time to do it."

I couldn't agree more, this two-hander episode is one of my favourite Coronation Street episodes, ever. It's one of only two two-hander episodes that Corrie has ever done, the other was Raquel and Curly's milennium special episode of the show.

But Kate was less than happy with the direction her character was going in last year. She says: “Tracy was harder to play for me last year, because she was becoming a bit one-dimensional, but this year she’s back on track. The stories are making her a bit more human again. And I like the fact that she doesn’t have a female arch-enemy at the moment. For a while the scriptwriters would have Tracy fight with someone, then they’d leave, and they’d give her another arch-enemy. It got a bit old."

And as for the future of Tracy, Kate says: "I can imagine Tracy turning out quite like her grandmother Blanche, getting drunk, insulting everyone and causing trouble.Will Tracy still be here at 80? You’ll have to wait and see. But I don’t think she’s run her course yet.”

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Corrie Weekly Awards for Jan. 16 - 20

Have We Met award: Tim. Weatherfield County, Sally and football hooligans. Nope. Can't see it. Tim and Sally and the Tandem. You got to give him points for trying.

Close Call award: Phelan was jacking open the garage door only to find Luke and Tracy behind it, she just tying her coat belt over ... well, nothing, from what it sounded like, and Tracy freaked out that it was caught on CCTV!

Cocktail award: Sinead was drinking lager with marachino cherries. Is that a thing now? Beer with sweet fruit in it?

Continuity Fail: Bethany was doing hair and makeup for a school friend only last week, she told Nathan she didn't have any friends.

Stuck in the Middle award: Liz. She's got her son one one side and she knows a lot more than she can tell Michelle who is on the other side hating him but grieving, and Liz knows how she feels, too.

Wedding Fashion Fail: Eileen was meant to buy a new wedding frock. What she ended up with looked nice but it doesn't scream "wedding" to me.

No Clue You: Chesney can't undersand how they could split up over a plant.

That's you told award: Looks like Tyrone still harbours a bit of resentment towards Kevin for the affair with Molly after all.

Lines of the week:
Gemma to Chesney: "Rita's got more life in her than you have!" (She's right, too!)
Phelan to Andy "I'd appreciate it if you would burn down Kev's garage"
Steph to Kevin "I don't know a steering rack from me big end"
Tim to Sally "You know what? You're the best bird I've ever had" (Such a romantic!)
Kevin "I think someone's got a vendetta against me" (and you can't think of *anyone*?"
Kevin "I may have to rob Peter to pay Paul" Luke "Yeah, but who's going to pay Luke?"
Steve "I can't believe I'm having to explain to Peter Barlow how two sad and lonely people can have a sordid night"
Tyrone to Luke "You never told me your sister were clever" (well, it's only common sense and you could have figured it out yourself, you dolt)
Sally "I've got needs, Tim. Needs!"
Chesney about the dead Flytrap "Maybe something disagreed with it" (chili sauce, perhaps?)
Phelan "I'm sure you can understand my not insignificant annoyance"
Phelan "Better men than me are ten a penny"


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First-look pics: Peter Barlow to cheat on Toyah?

 
Here are some preview pics from the episode of Coronation Street to be aired on Wednesday 1 February 2017.


Stunned to find out Toyah has kept her IVF attempts a secret from him, Peter wonders what other lies she has told him and storms off to go on a taxi run.

When his glamorous customer Chloe invites him into the hotel for a drink Peter accepts - has he gone back to his old ways?


Chloe is played by actress Jo-Anne Knowles who has been in Coronation Street four times before. Corriepedia tells us that she played the roles of:
  1. An unnamed Nursing Sister at Weatherfield General when Tracy Barlow was admitted in March 1995
  2. TV reporter Gilly Saunders who interviewed Lily Dempsey about Mayfield Court in July 1996
  3. Housewife Mrs Hardy in June 1999
  4. DC Ann Short who was involved in the alleged disappearance of Linda Baldwin in the autumn of 2001
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