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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Corrie weekly update - Andy’s Alive - and the Jammie Dodger Code

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Jumping right in with the big storyline this week – Andy Carver’s alive! You remember Andy Carver, right? He was the fella who passed himself off as Michael Rodwell’s fake son before Phelan bashed him over the head with a laptop and we all thought he was dead.  But no! Andy’s still very much alive – bruised and battered and sporting a very tidy beard for someone who Phelan’s had locked up in a cellar for months.

Elsewhere this week, Rita has Gemma arrested after the Kabin gets broken into and money goes missing from Rita’s purse. None of this is Gemma’s fault – it was her horrible mates from the estate who nicked the sweets from the Kabin after letting themselves into the shop. And Gemma didn’t nick Rita’s money either, she loaned it to Gina who is deep in debt. Poor Rita though, she can’t remember any of this until much later. Fortunately for Gemma, Rita gets her freed from the nick but back at the flat the two of them have a ding-dong and Gemma’s so upset that Rita mistrusted her that she storms off to her room to pack her bags and leave.

Chesney continues with his panic attacks after the Bistro stabbing and has trouble leaving the house to go outdoors.  So when Fiz leaves Hope and Ruby with him to look after, unaware of how much Chesney is suffering from anxiety attacks, it can only end badly, I’m sure.

Jenny Bradley isn’t best pleased this week when Eva announces she wants a double wedding for her and Aidan with Jenny and Johnny.  There was a lovely scene in the factory when Kirk wondered why Jenny was so upset, pointing out that Eva’s beautiful and Jenny less so. “Eva’s Man United and you’re Weatherfield County.” Jenny’s face, as you can imagine, was a picture.  She does, however, ask Gemma to be her bridesmaid but after the Rita fandangle above, I’m not sure if that offer still stands. Jenny is hugely protective of Rita and has nothing good to say about Gemma’s thieving ways, even if she has been proved innocent.

As Norris and Mary prepare for their sham wedding next week in order to win the Mr and Mrs competition, Mary’s son Jude says he’s coming over for the bash, all the way from South Africa. Mary hasn’t the heart to tell her son that the wedding’s for show, not love.

In other news, Alya and Luke become the latest couple without chemistry to get it together and Kate’s not happy about her flatmates’ relationship. Frankly, neither am I.


And finally this week, Gary’s on his way to Ukraine to start his high-danger job protecting VIPs and what-nots. He leaves a bunch of letters with Alya (Alya?) in case of his death and asks her to pass them on to Sarah and the family.  But Alya drops the letters in Roy’s Rolls and Shona finds the one addressed to Sarah and hands it on for her to read.  Sarah rushes to Streetcars, demands that Gary’s taxi to the airport be delayed so that she can talk to Gary and find out what’s going on. And in a wonderful scene, using the CCC (Cabbie’s Code of Confidentiality) and the code words “This is Steve to Tim. We’ve run out of Jammie Dodgers”, Tim pulls the cab off the road feigning engine trouble.  Sarah catches up with Gary who tells her the truth about the danger of the job – but whether he’ll fly off or not remains to be seen.

Just a little word here to say that as it’s my birthday next week I may not be here with an update as I’m going to my favourite place on the Yorkshire seaside and then inland to the countryside for a few days.

And that’s just about that for this week.

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This week’s writers were Julie Jones (Monday double); Carmel Morgan (Wednesday); Martin Allen and Mark Wadlow (Friday double). Find out all about the Coronation Street writing team at http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.com/2008/11/exclusive-all-current-corrie-writers.html

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Corrie lads in Charity Football Match tomorrow

Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland in Coronation Street, will be taking part in the All Stars Football Club as they take on the Jet2holidays staff in a charity match.

The game is taking place on Sunday 20th August at Whalley Range Football Club.  All details in the poster above.

Also playing on the All Stars team will be Chris Bissom, who played Vikram Desai in Corrie and has most recently been appearing in rival soap Emmerdale.

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Oliver Farnworth reveals what's next for Andy and Phelan


Our blogger Diane has already written a wonderful piece on Andy Carver's big reveal on Coronation Street last night. You can read it here.

Fans were convinced that Pat Phelan must have killed Andy back in January when he realised Andy had found evidence on a laptop which would expose him. But in a never-seen-before soap storyline Phelan has been leading a double life, keeping Andy a prisoner in the basement of a derelict house for seven months.

Oliver Farnworth, who plays Andy said this of keeping the secret from the paparazzi: “I felt a bit like a movie star being driven in my own personal car to set every day and come out with sunglasses on and a hood over my head to avoid the paparazzi. I thought it was ultimately hilarious and part of the challenge so I accepted that. It helped in some ways for the role and mental preparation to be isolated from everyone in that way.


“At Corrie there is a great green room where everyone relaxes and chats and it adds to the convivial atmosphere that the show creates but because the storyline is so dark and isolated filming away from the normal set has been helpful. Even on location at lunchtime I would take myself off without thinking and sit in my dressing room and eat on my own, not because I was being antisocial, you just get into that mindset. I am by no means a method actor but keeping that going all day really helped to get into the mindset of the role.”

“When some months later I was finally told the storyline I thought it was amazing and I couldn’t recall a time it had been done before in a soap and I also felt it was not beyond the realms of possibility because you see cases in the news like this. I felt it was a brilliant, original, credible story that we would put the meat on the bones of.”

“I didn’t look at specific cases as each one is different and Andy’s journey is something I need to think about and create on my own. I spent a lot of time just thinking about the different stages he would have been through during the past eight months from hope to despair to seeing Phelan as an arch enemy to sometimes possibly even seeing him as a friend. If Phelan leaves him alone for a few days without food the second he comes in with a sandwich he has to be his best friend as Phelan has got something that Andy needs for survival.”

It was a fantastic end to a great episode last night - and I wonder if this storyline is what Nicola Thorp - who plays Phelan's daughter Nicola Rubinstein - meant earlier this month when she said that Phelan would make "soap history"?

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Coronation Street: Pat Phelan Spoilers


Now that the news about Phelan keeping Andy locked up in the cellar is out, let's have a look at what else lies ahead for Corrie's Pat Phelan.  

Some of the following is pure speculation based on spoilers from the tabloids and some is taken from the official previews already released by ITV.

Next week on Corrie, the cops will come calling for Phelan, as you can see in the picture above. But what do they want?  Well, Phelan’s behaviour is going to turn even more bizarre.  Nicola’s concerned for her dad when she sees him walking around with a gash on his head. And intrigued by Phelan’s odd behaviour she follows him. Phelan makes out he’s working on a house conversion and is disposing of an old mattress. As Eileen and Nicola fuss over Phelan’s head injury, Nicola suggests he could donate the mattress to a homeless shelter. But later at home a stressed Phelan takes his anger out on Nicola who’s shocked by his outburst.

Also, we know that there have been paparazzi pictures taken showing Phelan in his car with Daniel Osbourne in his car too. Not much to report there, but the tabloids are having a field day saying that Phelan is out to kill Daniel.  I can't believe this one, but I do wonder what Daniel's involvement will be.

And of course, Phelan is going to find out that he's going to become a grand-dad when daughter Nicola tells him she's pregnant with Gary Windass' child.  Read more on that here.


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Carla Connor's return to Corrie - and what it means to me

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As most of you must know by now, Alison King is returning to Corrie in December and I for one cannot wait! She is my favourite character from not only Coronation Street, but any television show.

I feel like this return will be explosive and full of surprises plus written a lot better than her exit back in May 2016. Even though I'm so excited she is on the way back, I have some things which I do, and don't want to happen on her return.

The first thing I do want to happen is drama. I feel like her exit left a lot open, not just with Nick, but with the Platts too, mainly Gail. I'd like to see an argument or conversation between Gail and Carla take place because I feel like that needs to happen either for closure, or to just clear the air.

Another thing which I would like to happen is some sort of Tracy and Carla interaction, which no doubt will happen at some point. I think Kate Ford and Ali King work incredibly together and theirs is one of my favourite feuds from the show. Who knows whether that rivalry will continue but just some scenes between the pair would be great!

Something else which most fans no doubt want is Carla getting back behind the desk in Underworld. Carla, whether you want to believe it or not, owns that factory. For me her being in Underworld is a huge part of her character and history. I would love to see a Jenny and Carla fight at some point as well considering Jenny is (most likely) going to be Carla's stepmum!

The one thing which I can't wait to have back on screen, is the relationship between Carla and Johnny. This father / daughter bond started to grow so much in Carla's last couple of months on the show in 2016, so no doubt we will get to see their bond grow even more.

Now there's not a lot I don't want to happen with Carla but something I desperately don't want is Carla getting back with Peter. I know many fans want this but in my opinion Peter is just a cheat, and Carla deserves SO much better than him. It would also be such a huge step back for Carla after everything she's been through since. To be quite honest I don't think she needs to even be in a relationship at all, at least for a while, because she's a strong independent woman.

The last thing which I don't want to see, even though it is funny, is Carla being drunk all the time. Ali plays a drunk extremely well, but it becomes repetitive. I would like to see Carla be her happy, strong self for quite a good length of time before any sort of self destructing takes place.

Also, according to Kate Oates (the Corrie producer) there will be some sort of feud between Carla and Michelle. Even though I love these two as best friends, I think a bit of arguing and being on opposing sides will be interesting and we will get to see Ali and Kym working together in a slightly different way. It will be a bit like the 2007 days.

So, to put it simply, I cannot wait for Carla's return! Best Christmas present I could've wished for!

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Bid to win lunch with Derek Griffiths


Derek Griffiths, who played Freddie the mechanic on Coronation Street, is offering himself up as a competition prize for charity.

Derek is kindly open to bids to win a lunch date with him on a date and time and at a venue to be confirmed.  Current bids stand at over £700 so if you'd like to win the auction, you'll need to dig deep.

You can bid here

Derek is currently in rehearsals prior to returning to work in the theatre later this year in the stage play Driving Miss Daisy.  You can read more on that here.

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