Friday, 31 December 2010
With that in mind, Part 1 has the awards for the Mad, Bad and Dangerous, such as "When is it going to end" award and "Horrific Revelations" award.
Part 2 has awards in a more light hearted vein such as "Fashionista Award" and "Best, Worst and Pointless" Character Returns.
Eddie Windass has provided us with some fairly eye-popping sartorial choices throughout his tenure on Coronation Street, pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable as male attire. In public, anyway. I'm not that fussy myself but honestly, there are limits. Aside from the dressing gown, which I've blogged to death already, we've had horrible gent's slacks, foul jogging bottoms and awful tops (see photo on right). A common theme throughout has been - and I have to pause for a second here - absolutely ghastly socks.
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Inspired by Flaming Nora's post about Coronation Street Christmas gifts, I've gathered together my hoard of Corrie goodies I was lucky enough to receive.
Pictured is the Golden Anniversary 12-disc DVD boxset; The Treasures of Coronation Street book - updated for the 50th anniversary; Jack Duckworth and Me - Bill Tarmey's autobiography; Fifty Years of Coronation Street - already proving to be a brilliant read; and A Knight's Tale - the 2010 DVD spinoff that I enjoyed watching with the family on Boxing Day.
My autograph collection is pictured around the presents, and has expanded considerably during 2010. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of starting a collection to go for it, it really is a great set to have!
Photos don't do it justice, but watching her in action, her facial expressions really did put me in mind of Maria.
There's other Corrie look-a-likes, you can see some of our choices here.
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Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Charlie denied knowing about the civil partnership storyline that The Sun printed this week. I'm glad he's coming back, Marcus always stuck out as a down to earth character, and if there's one thing Corrie needs right now, it's down to earth characters.
Happy flamin' Christmas!
I can't quite get my head around that possibility though it's possible she may may a play for it. But Steve owns it and I can't see the connection there. It does raise the question, however, of who's name *will* go over the door after the departure of Elizabeth Jane McDonald. Neither Steve nor Becky can have the license as they have criminal records so who does that leave? Maybe Lloyd, or, maybe Leanne can finally have a bar! Maybe Andy, as the only McDonald with a clean record, could return!
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Part of me does think Kevin should simply move out, but part of me quite enjoyed the truly pathetic bickering between him and Sally last night. When it gets to the point of arguing over who owns the TV and the poufy you may as well call the divorce lawyers there and then! It also says a lot about the situation that Rosie has been the sensible one by retreating to the Grimshaws’ tardis house. Sophie might think of doing the same but as her girlfriend is living there rent free (as Kevin pointed out last night) that’s not really an option.
The Websters are one of the most popular families on the show but they seem to be in tatters. Some people will hope for reconciliation but with events taking place next week I honestly can’t see it happening, again. Put it this way, I can’t see it happening any time soon. Right now Sally can’t even bear to be in the same room as Kevin so it seems incredibly unlikely she would be open to reconciliation any time soon. The only reason Sally allowed Kevin to stay in the house on Christmas Day was because Sophie tearfully begged and I for one wouldn’t be able to refuse a tearful Sophie.
Of course we can only guess what will happen next, but I have a feeling Lloyd’s comment about divorce lawyers loving January may turn out to be true
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One of them is Graeme will take over and carry on the trade, but does Corrie really need the butchers? Tracy wants to buy it and open a florists, but like the bakers a few years ago, it probably wouldn't be used much. Finally, there's whispers that Audrey's friend, Claudia Colby might be opening up another salon there - but there is already a salon, unless Audrey's closes down.
What do you think should happen to the old butchers?
Monday, 27 December 2010
Written by David Lane, directed by Duncan Foster
Kevin’s getting the silent treatment in his own home the morning after he’s allowed to stay “one night.” Well, almost silent treatment. Rosie’s giving him an earful and does he deserve it? Yes. When you cheat on your wife, you’re cheating on the whole family. Kevin is still trying to get a word with Tyrone but he’s not getting an audience.
At the factory, the girls are gossiping without any subtlety about Sally’s marriage woes. Sally tells them that if they’re going to gossip they need to get the facts straight: she hasn’t taken him back and she won’t. Sally says it’s all terrible and its made harder by gossips. Doesn’t gossip just make things worse? Meanwhile, Rosie is reminding us of the greatest tragedy of all this year: people forgetting her birthday. I mean, all she wants is smiles and presents. Jason patronizes her when she whines about it.
Maria finally manages to get into to Tyrone’s home since he’s sat in the corner sulking and not opening the front door for anyone. She comes in and berates Tyrone for not opening the door then starts to feed baby Jack. She tells him how concerned everyone is and Tyrone says he can’t do this. Maria goes out to Freshcos to get Tyrone some food and tells him he’ll be fine. Maria returns and Tyrone says that years ago he’d have done anything for this situation: Maria, he and a baby. Only now he’s stuck in a nightmare. Maria tells him he’s got a baby that depends on him and he can’t let him down. Tyrone says he can do all the work for taking care of a baby the problem is that Jack’s not his. Tyrone doesn’t know how he can look at Jack and know that he’s not his. As Maria leaves, Kevin sneaks his way through. Maria tries to kick him out by Kevin pushes past. Tyrone tells Kevin that he can take his baby (and hands over Jack) and get out of his life for good. Tyrone then shoos Maria and Kevin out with baby Jack and smashes his house to bits in an understandable rage.
Sophie asks her mum if she should give Kev his present as Kev walks in with baby Jack in arms. Kev tells Sally that Tyrone doesn’t want nowt to do with baby Jack. Sally has NO mercy for him, neither do his daughters. Rosie has had it and declares (to a shocked Jason) that she’s moving in with Jason since she can’t live there anymore. Kevin says he needs to shop for baby things for his son since he’s all he’s got left in the world. What about Diggory and Pam?
Lloyd complains to Steve about their bills after all the money he took out of the business. Steve’s got more and more worries making that hairline creep further and further back. Steve tells Becky that she has to go since he can’t walk around pretending everything’s normal. He tells her there’s nothing she can say that will change what she did. Their friends and neighbours die and she loots them! Becky is gutted when Steve kicks her out. I’d say it’s about time. Becky does a lot of pouty and foot stamping but Steve’s not giving over (that easily) this time. If anyone cares – Becky goes and sulks at Roy’s so that she can get some sympathy from Hayley. Hayley wonders what she’ll do if Steve kicks her out and she says she’ll just have to find a place for her and Max.
Gary is even more moody and dark after the army and Anna doesn’t know what to do with it all. She tries to make small talk with him over his army issues, but he shuts her down. Anna sees Izzy in the cafe later and asks her if she can have a word with Gary about Afghanistan. Izzy didn’t even realize how depressed Gary was. She says that she’ll have a word, but she’s not making any promises. However, a haunted Gary is pulling a Tyrone as he ignores Izzy’s knocks at the door and invites for dinner.
- Janice, upon seeing Kevin leave his home: “Well, I knew Webster [Sally] was stupid but I didn’t even think she’d take him back this quickly.” Hayley: “Maybe she just can’t stop loving him despite what he’s done.” Janice: “Like I said, stupid.”
- Rosie: “All my life I’ve had to put up with people being more interested in Christmas than me. What is that about?!”
- I feel sad for Claire during the holidays, but it’s only a little sad since her character is leaving soon and I never really warmed to her. I did almost tear up when she talked about how she felt that going to France would be leaving Ashley behind… *sob*
- How difficult is this post-military stress on the Windasses? I really feel for Anna and Gary.
- Janice pestering Sally about Kevin’s affair at work. No relief!
- Kevin for being a bad dad by not even so much as texting his daughter (Rosie) on her birthday!
- Is it just me, or does anyone have NO patience or appetite for another Becky/Steve at odds storyline? I think that Steve should put his foot down with her as he did with her stroppy sister.
Hello loyal readers – just wanted to make a quick note. Apologies for my missing reviews! For those of you who do not know, I blog from Canada and have been having some difficulties downloading the episodes lately. Big sad, I know. When I watch, I review however. :-)
Becky is caught in the middle between Amy's parents but is pretty fierce when she wants to be. In coming months, there's going to be more than one confrontation between Becky and Tracy, I can feel it in me water! After musing about it here, I'm still not sure who would win the final smackdown between these two women! Guesses?
Sunday, 26 December 2010
- In 2011 we will see the introduction of Sylvie Cropper, who is said to be the new Blanche! (I hope so!)
- Will Gary be able to battle his demons? Or will his demons spell bad news for his family?
- Tommy Duckworth will turn up on the street, once again bringing the Duckworth name back to Coronation Street.
- The street is set to be rebuilt - what will change? Will Dev reopen the Corner Shop? Will Norris decide to stay in the mobile shop buisness (not likely!) will the Joinery reopen?
- Frank Foster will turn up in 2011 as a buisness associate of Carla Connor, I'm hoping he will develop into a Danny Baldwin style character, either say, it will be interesting to have new blood in the factory.
- Speaking of the factory, will John's secrets come to light?
- Finally, how will Claire and the boys leave the street? I've heard whispers that it wont be what we're expecting!
Not Guilty Yer'Onner: Relieved Star: Nick isn't at fault, it was faulty equipment caused the explosion. Probably doesn't make him feel any better, though.
Homer Simpson award: Gold Star: Doh, did John really think he'd not be recognized at Charlotte's funeral? And why didn't he just tell Charlotte's parents he was going to his own Mum and Dad's for Christmas?
Crossed the Line award: Platinum Star: Tracy Barlow of course. She crossed every line there is and she did it to cause as much trouble as she could!
Gold Star: Becky. Steve was right to be so angry. He thought his last wife was a loose cannon!
Slip of the tongue award: Gold Star: Amy overheard Becky tell Claire she paid for Max.
Bad taste award: Gold Star: Ken gave Simon a tram (ok train, but it looked like a tram) for Christmas! (oops!)
Phrase of Doom award: "She's hardly going to come round on Christmas Eve, all guns blazing, is she?" Of course she is!
Lines of the week:
Becky "They're freeing murderers for Christmas?"
Fiz to John "Top 10 ways to spot a liar. I thought i wouldn't need it anymore" (more fool you)
Julie "Kevin's faaaace..." Izzy "...Deserves smashin' in!"
Kevin "I've nowhere else to go" (Um. your favourite motel, perhaps?)
Steve to Becky "I don't think i want to be married to you anymore" (and can you blame him?)
Steve "I never said i wanted a divorce" (No? ... see above)
Lloyd "Divorce lawyers love January. Busiest time of the year" (looks like there could be a few of them needed!)
Janice about Kevin "He was having an affair because she was half his age and he thought he could get away with it" (That's it in a nutshell)
Rosie "Nobody understands how hard it is being me!
Eddie "I thought the army was meant to make a man of you not a surly thug"
Charlotte's mother "I'd like her to be reincarnated as a stray cat. Then one day she could wander in here and I could feed her milk and fishy treats." (eh?)
All that shouting and posturing minutes after getting out of the taxi wasn't even classic Tracy, it was embarassing! And why was she making out that she didn't know what happened to everyone? Wouldn't Deirdre have rang her or got a letter to her to make sure she knew all the news.
Best scene: Ciaran on a mission to mistletoe every woman in the pub and Steve grabbing him for a big kiss!!
The thing is, while Tracy is such an awful character, by all accounts, Kate Ford is a very nice person. Poor thing probably gets an awful lot of stick from the general public when she's doing her weekly shop at Tescos (or wherever she shops). In the Mirror today, there's an interview with Kate. Don't take any notice of the headline, at the end of the piece, we hear there's lots more in store for Tracy so it doesn't seem she'll be killed off at New Year like the headline says.
Kate says she won't be letting her 2 1/2 year old little boy, Otis, watch her on tv because she doesn't think he's old enough to understand that that awful person isn't really his mummy. Tracy spends the week ruffling everyone's feathers and pays for it when she's assaulted on New Year's Eve. We hear about Kate's background and how she came to acting as a profession. I was surprised to hear she'd had a part in a movie I had seen, The Affair of the Necklace but, alas, her part didn't make the final cut as often happens. It's a tough gig, acting!
Kate talks about her time as a full time mum and about her return to the screen where she's got an initial contract for 6 months.
Is it realistic to believe that Tracy has learned nothing in jail? Is it any more realistic to believe that she has a future on the Street? Over to you!
Saturday, 25 December 2010
This years Christmas episode has to be my favourite since 2004, there was so many great moments. Rita singing was fantastic and good call back to Hilda Ogden's exit, and also to Rita's singing career, the new Kabin was an unexpected surprised and John spending Christmas with Charlotte's parents was hilarious. I loved the end of the episode too. It felt like an actual Christmas special, rather than just another episode which happened to take place on Christmas Day.
Which was you favourite moment?
Here's hoping that he finds one of these in his Christmas stocking today, though given how many friends he has on Coronation Street now, I don't know who would give it to him. Not even Santa would leave it for him as he's clearly on the naughty list.
Friday, 24 December 2010
Cobbles beneath my feet tearful with rain;
The shadows of my hopes behind the stained- glass windows of a pub, ghosts –
I would turn up the collar of my coat, walk, number each small, terraced house by heart:
Birthplace; neighbours – hardman, hussy, haridan, hustler, hero, heroine –
Threshold, bride and groom as clueless of next year as Christmas Eve;
Or exit-place, a hearse, a raw and local grief...
Then I'd retrace my steps, perhaps a baby's cry sharp as a sudden star nailed to the sky,
To stand now in this backstreet bar, nursing a beer
All my griefs, my gifts, and glad I live here.
This was the poem read out by Ken in tonights episode, it was written especially for the episode by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
MOSI are also in talks with Granada to see if they can preserve the current set as an attaction when Coronation Street moves to it's new home in Trafford in 2012.
MOSI hopes to have the tram on show when they fully reopen in January 2011, following a £7m revamp.
Personally I loved Hilda's departure episode from Christmas 1987, especially the post-Christmas lunch chat she had with Sally Webster. It felt as though the baton was well and truly being passed on to the next generation!
Well, she has been in prison for 3 years and she's probably trying to make up for lost time and of course, cause as much trouble as possible. Digital Spy has a gallery of photos here.
And that's not the only illicit kissing going on. Nick and Leanne have a smooch under the mistletoe, as well. I'm guessing Leanne pushes him away yet again (mixed signals, anyone?) and he then rebounds with Miss Barlow, not knowing about David. Gail, of course, finds out and there's a public argy-bargy in the Rovers. Oh, Christmas season isn't going to be full of glad tidings, this year!
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Ashley's funeral was this week though we didn't actually see it. Graeme did the eulogy, helped by Tina who took notes in the caff while Graeme told her what Ashley meant to him. Thanks to Norris, Claire found out that Nick may be to blame for the gas explosion since he didn't report a problem and she spent most of the week angry and raging at him every chance she got.
Ken and Deirdre, with Peter barely making it though, also had a word though were far less accusatory...as if Nick didn't feel bad enough already between the guilt about the dodgey gas and losing Leanne to Peter Barlow. In the end, though, Claire realized that she can't blame Nick or she'll be eaten by anger. She told Nick that she knows he would never have knowingly caused the accident and certainly didn't want anyone to die. She'll forgive eventually but not quite yet.
Nick was visited by investigators, which was when he found out that it's the law that you have to report any problem with gas at all. Oh dear. He's also been lurking around trying to get a bit of face time with Leanne but she's completely focussed on Peter, who, miraculously, survived the surgery and has come around. There is a complication, however. He won't be able to walk for a bit but is assured that with lots of physical therapy and patience, he'll learn to walk again. Peter isn't the most patient of patients and is already chomping to get out of hospital. Ken and Deirdre invite the new Barlow family to stay with them while Peter recovers. He and Leanne can use Blanche's downstairs room as there's no stairs.
The other big story, was, of course, the reveal over the grave that Kevin is baby Jack's father. Sally spent the week sniping at Kevin though nobody really knew why other than Rita. She even took Tyrone and the baby in when the baby was released from hospital since Tyrone couldn't face the empty house. But then, at Molly's funeral, Kevin was forced to finish Tyrone's eulogy and it angered her so much that she walked out. Tyrone watched them argue outside the church, curious.
At the graveside, Sally again couldn't stay and watch and again, she walked away. When the little box of earth came round to Kevin, you could see that he was upset and grieving (finally! I did wonder if that was going to happen). Tyrone noticed and a Christmas Miracle happened, Tyrone caught the penny that dropped, put two and two together and correctly came up with the answer.
He spent the night in his car. The next day there was a loud argy-bargy on the doorstep and he forced his way back into the house, begging to be allowed to stay. Sally called the police but in the end, she allowed him to stay, for just one night. He says he's got nowhere to go. Where does his father live? Does Bill live with Pam? I can see why he probably couldn't stay there in those circumstances.
When Gail, who was babysitting Jack, brings him back, Tyrone won't have him. Sally finally insists that Tyrone take the innocent babe, because he does love him. Ty is not having an easy time trying to accept the lad, though, nor is he having an easy time dealing with all the good-hearted neighbours that keep dropping in to help. He pushes them all away and ends up alone with a baby that isn't his.
In other news, Dev has told people that their shop was looted and cash stolen from the safe. The CCTV was destroyed so there's no way to know who did it. Becky can't seem to look anyone in the eye when the subject is raised because she gave Kylie the cash in exchange for the return of little Max and Steve figures it out. He's so angry that he walks out and suggests that the marraige may just be over.
Michelle got back from Scotland the morning after the accident and after feeding Carla wine (Carla *did* tell her about her drink problem, but then Carla still isn't really committed to sobriety either), she found out that Carla had a thing for Peter and Leanne knows.
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