Thursday, 24 May 2018

Celebrating 10 years of Corriepedia


Our friends at Corriepedia are celebrating 10 years online. It's a milestone we celebrated ourselves back in December last year, and we know the love, dedication and a touch of lunacy that it takes to keep a Coronation Street fan website going.  

ats off to Corriepedia and long may they continue to keep us fans updated with all things Corrie. 

It's a fantastic site and one I use reguarly.

David at Corriepedia has listed his favourite achievements of 10 years of the site and you can check them all our here.

Also, David will be interviewed by Conversation Street podcast this coming Saturday - so do have a listen. I know I'll be tuning in!

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Coronation Street episode review, Weds 23 May, 8.30pm


With Ali's new-found relationship with Michelle really improving, Ryan needs his mam and the poor doc gets dropped. Meanwhile, Gary's statement means that David gets 18 months, suspended. The reason David is in trouble sits in the Rovers with Alya. Every dog has his day. 

Fiz has gone from sanctimonious again to jealous and acting upon her mini mean girl daughter's lies. So Ty is in the doghouse, as Fiz thinks he is after the new mechanic, Abi, Seb's mum. 

Ryan arrives and has had a Dallas/Dynasty moment, as this is the third incarnation of the character. He has gone from drug dealer to comedy skit from the Inbetweeners. He falls over drunk, cue canned laughter. 

David comes home and Max blanks him. Poor lad feels neglected. Shona is to turning into one helluva fine character, in the true tradition of mighty and marvellous Corrie women. She goes to see Alya and inform her that he is trouble. "Your boyfriend is not who you think he is." You tell her! 

Sarah visits Nicola as she feels like Gary does, that she needs some support. Little do they know her online friend from the mum's net style website is actually Mr Phelan. 

Shona advises David that he must go to the police. She has a point, as it turns out David is not the only victim. Michelle rings son number one and tries to find out he his interview went. Son number 2 (I forget which one is the birth son!) Offers to help help out with Robert's stag do. 

Yasmeen is upset that Zeedan is upping out of Weatherfield. London is his destination and for Corrie characters, there seems to be no Virgin train which is only just over 2 hours from there to Euston. Maybe if there was, Ty could put Hope on it, as she is continuing to lie or repeat things to wind her mum up. 

Gary calls in on Nicola and the two of them view a video of a woman she has befriended. Nic is very intelligent, so why does she not suspect that no picture on the profile = trouble. 

Zeedan packs up his camouflage t shirts and decides to leave. Leanne says goodbye and you realise they would have been a nice couple, apart from the dad thing! Poor Yasmeen misses his exit. Or does she? She runs out into the road and apologises to him. Their relationship is beautifully drawn and she gives him a long goodbye which ends with "Carpe Diem!" 

So long, Zeedan. Long may Yasmeen reign, as she is proving to be a fine Corrie matriarch since the Kate/Rana storyline broke. 

A good build up to next week's late night Phelan episodes. 

Glenn Meads

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Coronation Street Episode Review; Weds 23rd of May 2018 7.30pm



Welcome to Wednesday's edition of the Coronation Street Blog and the first of tonight's two-episode reviews.

Faye breaks the 'first one to talk, did it' rule while lingering around Eileen's backyard. Hiding behind a snazzy new fringe, will Faye's revenge against Eileen remain undiscovered?. Nicola Rubenstein is still on her side, but what has angered Faye all of a sudden?.

As David's day of reckoning calls, Shona is in a race against time to try and retrieve some form of mitigating circumstances.



On the street, Josh's old gym buddy turns up and admits she's seen Shona hanging around his old place of work. Is the net slowly closing in on Josh?.


The mitigating circumstances tact would help Zeedan too but it looks like he's leaving the street anyway. Jaded by the KANA romance and the back alley fight, not even Imran, Yasmeen, nor Rana's upset has any effect on his decision.



Meanwhile, the police tell Eileen to take notes, but they're still convinced Phelan is dead. Although we must remember, this is Weatherfield police. They tell Eileen he's been spotted at a karaoke in Luton (what would Phelan's song choice be?)and even a library in Abergele, North Wales.

Abergele you say.. in a caravan? with a beard?.

I wouldn't sharpen your pencil too soon, Eileen!.

Anyway, that's me done for another week.

I'm @rybazoxo your self-styled 'Cobbles Connoisseur'


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TARA!




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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

My First Corrie Press Day


On Monday 21 May 2018, Coronation Street held their most recent press day to promote Phelan's big week where all episodes will be screened at 9pm, following Britain's Got Talent. I had the very exciting opportunity to go along to this fantastic day with fellow blogger and friend, Emma, to find out more on what is sure to be an unmissable week on the cobbles.

It was a beautiful day in Manchester as I made my way to meet Emma, where we had coffee in the sunshine and gossiped to no end. Arriving at the event room full of the other journalists was a bit surreal for me in the best way possible. As a soap fan, I've been reading their work for a long time so it was kind of crazy to see and meet them in person. As a journalism student, I was in awe of them all as they basically have my dream job.

The day kicked off with a screening of some episodes which were just incredible. A press conference with Connor McIntyre (Phelan) followed, as well as a group photo which ended up on Corrie's official social media. Even seeing myself on their Instagram page made me completely geek out. After all of this, we had some time to consolidate what we'd just seen and get to know the other journalists sat at our table.

I've got a Phelan that Phelan is in this picture somewhere...
As I did my best to remain professional, I almost lost my cool speaking to Sue Cleaver. I mean, that's Eileen bloody Grimshaw! One of my all time Corrie favourites, it was just extraordinary. Everyone else we spoke to were also absolute pleasures to interview, answering each question fruitfully. It was truly fascinating listening to what went into making those episodes.

At the end of the day, Emma and I headed to the bar where we had the most wonderful chat with Connor McIntyre. Having met him once before, he was an absolute delight to talk to, and he is so inspiring, it's fantastic.


To go to this event as a fan is one thing; to listen to the incredible cast members talk about Corrie really was mind-blowing.

To be a part of this event as a journalism student is an entirely different thing. The experience I gained is invaluable. I was able to put existing skills into practice, as well as learn more about what this industry entails. Not only that, but the process of the day confirmed to me that this is most definitely the career path I wish to follow when I complete my degree at University.

I thought I couldn't possibly be more passionate about my subject but this experience has taken my passion to whole new levels. It's wonderful for me personally to have a glimpse of what my future career could look like and love every single second.

Sophie Williams

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Cooking with Coronation Street - Rita's Summer Pudding


Greetings! Here we go with the seventh of our Cooking with Coronation Street blog posts in which we take recipes from this little gem of a book from 1992 and see what they turn out like when cooked at home by Corrie fans. 

This time, our guest blogger Rob Coates has taken up the cookery challenge again, this time to make Rita’s Summer Pudding.

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I was asked by the lovely folk at Coronation Street Blog to make and review one of the recipes in the 1990 Coronation Street Cookbook. I decided I wanted to do a Rita recipe first. Why? Because I love Rita. So I settled on making her Summer Pudding. 


I want Rita to have the perfect life. The perfect husband. To live on the new side of the street where she’d have a little garden to while away her twilight years, sipping Gin & Tonic and, presumably, eating her Summer Pudding.

But Rita wouldn’t be Rita with the perfect husband. Her track record isn’t great. The men sharing her bed over the last 40 years tend to either have an affair (Dennis) or die (Ted). And, in some cases, both (Alan; Len). 

So it’s quite difficult to imagine that she’s had much reason to perfect her Summer Pudding, given all the heartache she’s endured. 

Trams and Brain Tumours aside though, Rita has found the time after getting up at 5am every day to do the papers to create this little fruity treat.

Which brings us round to cooking the Summer Pudding. I say “cooking”... there isn’t much cooking actually involved in this recipe. Which, actually, sounds about right for Rita. I imagine she’s less of a Domestic Goddess and much more of a one-pot stew type person. Which leaves more time for sitting in the Rovers of an evening. And who’d argue with that?

The ingredients:
785g soft fruit
110g caster sugar 
8 slices of white bread

I opted for strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.


The recipe says to add the fruit and sugar to a pan and to heat gently. Without any liquid. Which I though was odd. But as the fruit softened, the natural juices of the fruits were more than adequate.


Meanwhile, cut the crusts off the bread and “butter” the inside of a 680ml bowl. 



Line the basin with the bread, overlapping the slices and pressing them together. 


Decant one cup of the juice from the pan of fruit and put to one side for later.

Pour the fruit into the breaded bowl.


Top the dish with a lid of bread. This was quite difficult to do as it is impossible to press the bread down without pushing the fruit out.


Place a saucer on top of the bowl and weigh it down. Refrigerate overnight.

The following day, tip the pudding out onto a plate then, using the decanted fruit juice, coat the bread so that it’s soaked in juice and the whole thing is bright red. 

Serve with fresh cream. 

And here it is; Rita’s Summer Pudding:


However, when I came to tip the pudding out of the bowl, it didn’t quite work...


So, the picture above of the perfect pudding is actually a mock-up I made of an up-turned bowl covered in bread and fruit juice!


So it didn’t quite work out as the recipe suggested! 


However, the flavour of the fruit filling was delicious. Even if the soggy bread wasn’t. 

My top tip: if, like me, you can’t get the pudding out of the bowl, throw it under the wheels of the nearest tram and head for a G&T at the Rovers! 


Thanks for the idea, Rita, but perhaps you should stick to selling toffees. 

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