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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Corrie props, costumes, memorabilia on display next month


Our youngest blogger Michael Adams has collected a sizeable collection of bits and pieces from Coronation Street's history. Visit his website here.

And next month they will all go on display for fans to see.


The town in which Michael lives holds a festival each October called Houghton Feast. The chairman of the heritage society which arranges this event is Paul Lanagan of @CorrieArt

Michael's impressive collection of Corrie costumers, props and memorabilia will be displayed on Saturday, October 7th 2017 between 11am and 3pm at the Houghton Blind Centre.



If you're in the area, do come along and chat to Michael. I'll also be visiting too!

Be sure to follow Michael on Twitter, @MichaelAdamsUk for all the latest updates on the event, and the official Twitter accounts @CStCollection, @HoughtonFeastHQ and @HoughtonHeritag.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Review: Son of a Preacher Man UK Tour




Hiya! It’s just Jordan with something a little different – a review of Son of a Preacher Man, a brand new musical based on the songs of Dusty Springfield.

How on earth does that relate to Corrie? Well, it happens to star the wonderful Debra Stevenson, better known to us Corrie fanatics as Frankie Baldwin, in one of the four leading roles. It also starred Ian Reddington, who some savvy Corrie fans may remember as drummer Vernon Tomlin, a very short-term husband of Liz McDonald. The UK tour arrived in Sunderland this week and I was lucky enough to be invited to the press night of this brand new jukebox musical.  


Debra plays the role of Alison, one of three people who inexplicably travel to the site of an old record store in London that was ran by a man known as The Preacher Man. The three strangers each share a connection to the record shop of the 60s and are shocked to discover that the store is now a diner ran by Simon, the – you guessed it – son of the preacher man. The three travellers soon realise that although they are strangers to each other, they have one thing in common: their love lives are tragic. Alison is a teacher who is helplessly in love with one of her students, Paul (Ian Reddington) never got the future he wanted with a man he loved and Kat (Diana Vickers) is convinced the love of her life is a man who rejected her on a dating site. For some reason only palpable in a jukebox musical, Simon feels it is his duty to help these three hopeless romantics get their love lives back on track.

Jukebox musicals are on the rise more than ever before. It is hardly surprising when looking at the longevity of shows such as Mamma Mia! However, there are many jukebox musicals that have come and gone spectacularly over the years (I’m looking at you, Viva Forever), and it easy to see why. While the songs are important, a believable story is needed to hold them together. Although the story of Son of a Preacher Man is rather thin, none of the songs feel as if they have been forced in for the sake of it. For the duration of the two hours, the show remained a light and frothy crowd-pleaser. That is exactly how a jukebox musical should be.


The show manages to capture the nostalgia of 60s music perfectly, as well as the longevity. This is possible due the characters: each of the four leads are different ages, ranging from 50+ to early 20s, showing that Dusty Springfield and the love for her music has lived on through the years. Every aspect of the production sparkled, every detail giving off the vibe of an era which has survived much longer than its years. Debra Stevenson’s big solo comes early in Act I and her rendition of the classic All I See Is You proved that the actress certainly is multi-talented. However, I must highlight Diana Vickers as the standout star of the show. Some may remember her as a sweet sixteen-year old who competed barefoot on The X Factor in 2008. The doll-like songstress has now blossomed into a triple threat and gave an utterly charming performance, proving that she is one of the most talented X Factor alums, with a voice which, to my mind, stole the show. 



 I must admit, I am not a lover of jukebox musicals. But since I never say no to theatre, I accepted the invited, and was very pleasantly surprised. A bouncy, bubblegum musical which has the power to make all ages smile.

Son of a Preacher Man is currently touring the UK until November. Tour dates and ticket details can be found here.


As always,

Thanks for reading!

Jordan


Twitter- @JordanLloyd39



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Here's where to buy Jenny Bradley's wedding dress


If you loved Jenny Bradley's wedding dress shown on Coronation Street this week, then we can reveal where you can buy one the same.

Jenny's dress, as worn by Sally-Ann Matthews in the show, comes from wedding dress designer Suzanne Neville.

The website is here and you can follow them on twitter here.

The lovely people at Suzanne Neville tell us that dress is available from their Knightsbridge flagship showroom in London. For more info please email info@suzanneneville.com.

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ITV to air classic Coronation Street episodes

Viewers are to be transported back to Weatherfield past
No, this isn't an April Fools joke. ITV really are digging through the archives and bringing classic episodes of Coronation Street to your screens. Two archive episodes of the soap will air daily on ITV3.

The last time fans got the chance to see old episodes was in 2004, shortly before the former Granada Plus channel ceased to exist. From 1996 onwards they showed eighteen years worth of episodes that originally aired from 1976 to 1994.

Sadly for us die-hard fans it doesn't look like ITV3 will be airing the eps chronologically, with the first episode and second episode seeming to be from different time periods.

See episode one, the police set Mavis up in a stakeout, and arrest Eddie. Ken tells Deirdre that he would rather remain lovers than get married, at 14:45pm on Monday 2nd October.

Episode two, Ken Barlow and Mike Baldwin have a fist fight in the Rovers, directly afterwards at 15:15pm.
Mike Baldwin will be central to episodes
The two episodes will be repeated the following morning from 6am and two further episodes will air that afternoon in the same time-slot, continuing in the same manner throughout the week.

DigitalSpy are reporting that the episodes are from 1986, but we'll soon see. I really don't care otherwise, because this fan for one is very happy. I love an old episode, even though I'm already struggling to keep up with the 2017 eps!

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Coronation Street T-Shirt of the Week


Every week I find another brilliant Coronation Street t-shirt that I love. This week it's a Prima Doner kebab shop top.
If you want it too, it's here.

(PS: I'm not on commission for promoting these t-shirts to fans, I just love sharing them).

See also:

#SaveRita campaign t-shirt
Weatherfield County t-shirt
Classic Corrie names t-shirt
Annie Walker pop-art t-shirt
Florizel Street t-shirt
No. 1 Corrie fan t-shirt
Uncle Albert t-shirt
Annie Walker t-shirt
Albert Tatlock t-shirt
Bet Lynch t-shirt
Elsie Tanner t-shirt
Mavis and Rita t-shirt






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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Weds 20 Sep


7.30 Coronation Street.
Will Jenny or Eva succeed in becoming Mrs Connor? Rita faces an uncertain future. Michelle enters the lion's den.


8.30 Coronation Street.
The pieces fall into place for a horrified Michelle. Adam's plan for Underworld comes to fruition. Colin makes Norris an offer for the Kabin.

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