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Monday, 23 October 2017

Coronation Street Episode Review 23rd October

 

Nicola gets some free building advice from Phelan and some advice on parenting (!), telling her that she doesn't need to tell Gary about his impending fatherhood and he and Eileen are all the family she needs. Talking of family, Pat goes to visit Flora, just in time for Vinnie/Harvey to turn up. He threatens Varvey, telling him he'll never see his dear old mum again if he doesn't repay Pat the money he nicked. But Phelan has other plans for Varve as well, promising Andy that he'll be the basement replacement. He lies to Andy, telling him that it was Vinnie who watched Michael die, and not Phelan.

I do wonder if Phelan is taking on a bit too much; you can only fight enemies on so many fronts and Phelan has a lot of irons in many fires.



Meanwhile, Seb gets some free childcare from Anna, to Abi's disgust. Fay(e) sees the texts between the two and continues on with her two plus two equals five theory that they're at it. Seems a little unlikely that a fifty year old would be having an affair with a sixteen year old, but I haven't read Take a Break recently, so what do I know? A social worker turns up to the house, stressing out Abi, who has her drug dealer on speed-dial, and gets a special delivery. When Seb reassures Faye that he's not having May to December shenanigans with her mum, he takes her to his house, only to find his mother collapsed. The paramedics give her a temporary fix, but she refuses to go to hospital. The social worker returns and the twins are taken into care, for which Seb blames Anna, but I think we know who's phoned the social, don't we, viewers?

Alya is trying to work at home, making samples, hindered by Aidan complaining about the mess and refusing to help her with her with her attempts to start a new business. Instead, he goes to the pub to drink shots, insult Eva and wind up Adam. Johnny tries to give him a talking to, but he's too full of self-pity to care. Eventually though, he agrees to help Ms Nazir. What happened to the headscarves for kids?

Mary apologises to Jude and then goes to view a flat with Angie in Victoria Court. She hasn't really learned a lesson though, offering to babysit, querying Angie's fake job, interfering.

And finally, Steve, keen to lose some weight for a nicer picture for a dating app, agrees to go on a good walk ruined play golf with Dev, who even gives him a FitBit. You know, Steve, there's an age-appropriate single lady living with you, don't you? She even has a new yoga DVD!

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Phelan's darkest week begins in Coronation Street


There's a wonderful interview with Connor McIntyre, who plays Pat Phelan in Coronation Street in The Radio Times today.  Tonight in Corrie marks the start of Phelan's biggest and darkest week so ar in the soap. And as you can tell from the picture above, it looks like daughter Nicola is going to get on the dark side of her dad too.
       

Connor talks to Radio Times about playing a proper Corrie villain and how he knows that fans are expecting Phelan to get his comeuppance too.

He says: " The reaction I usually get is, ‘you’re so horrible. We really hate you. But we don’t want them to kill you yet.’ The only time it gets disturbing for me is when it’s older people, whose memory isn’t quite what it was. So they see my face and they know it doesn’t have good associations. That’s when I rush over to put them at their ease. It really upsets me to see anyone get genuinely frightened.”


He also talks about the creative side of his life - acting and painting - and talks philosophy too. He really does come across as a great guy in real life, far removed from Phelan of course, which is the mark of a very good actor.



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Last chance to enter! Win books by Coronation Street writer


Today - Monday 23 October 2017 - at midnight - the competition closes to win a pair of children's books by Coronation Street writer Cameron McAllister.

We have five sets of books to be won from new Cameron McAllister who made his Corrie writing debut earlier this year and you can find out more about him here

Check out Cameron's own website here.

In addition to scriptwriting, Cameron has written books for children and we have five prizes to give away in a very special competition. Each prize will comprise of one each of Cameron's children's books - The Tin Snail and The Demon Undertaker.  

To be in with a chance of winning one of these five set of books, all you have to do is answer the following two questions correctly and email your answer to me at glenda.sunderland@gmail.com with BOOKS in your email subject line.  Five winners will be drawn at random from all correct entries and announced here on the Coronation Street Blog.

Overseas fans can enter. Deadline for entries is Monday 23rd October 2017 at midnight.
Good luck! Here are your questions and you'll find the answer to both questions using both of the links to find out more about Cameron, above.

1. Which other TV soap does Cameron regularly contribute to?
2. On what date did Cameron make his Coronation Street writing debut?

Entries from moneysavingsexpertforum, Loquax and all other competition entry websites will not be included.


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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 the turn of all of the soaps from the wonderful Inside Soap magazine.   

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).

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Preview of tonight's Coronation Street - Mon 23 Oct


PHELAN FACES HIS TOUGHEST WEEK YET In a dramatic week of episodes old ghosts come back to haunt Phelan, threatening his future in Weatherfield and the life of those residents who attempt to stand in his way. Having promised Andy that he’ll soon be a free man the pressure is on for Phelan to come up with his replacement.


SEB’S FUTURE IS IN ANNA’S HANDS Seb finally confides in Faye about his awful homelife but when he takes her to see his house they’re shocked to find his mum unconscious having overdosed. Abi’s rushed to hospital and after receiving a call social services arrive and take the twins into care. Seb’s devastated, accusing Anna of involving social services.

Faye confronts Seb with her suspicions.  Phelan comes face to face with an old adversary.  Alya struggles to make her mark in business. Faye witnesses Seb’s domestic troubles first-hand.  Phelan informs Andy of the substitute prisoner’s identity.  Aidan sinks to his lowest ebb.

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Celebrating 17 years of Kirk on Coronation Street


With thanks to our pals at Corriepedia for alerting us to the fact that today, October 22nd is the 17th anniversary of the first appearance of Kirk in Coronation Street.

Kirk first appeared on Coronation Street on October 22, 2000 at Tyrone and Maria's engagement party. He turned up as Maria's brother as a guest at the party and here's the picture from his very first scene.


However, in that first appearance, Corriepedia tells us that the new character of Kirk was credited not as Kirk Sutherland, but as Kirk Stringer. Does anyone know why and why they changed his surname?

Andrew Whyment has played Kirk from the very start and remains an integral part of Coronation Street. But did you know that Andrew previously appeared in Corrie back in 1999? He played the part of Wayne, who bought fireworks in The Kabin from Sharon Gaskell.

Now then, Kirk himself doesn't get any big or explosive storylines, but he's been at the heart of some of Corrie's best loved drama over the years and continues to be so too.

Let's have a look at some of the Kirk classic stories!


He dated Fiz and she thought he was having a fling with Thelma Clegg, who hired him to shampoo her poodle. That's not a euphemism, by the way.

In 2005 he completed The Twelve Labours of Kirkules!  When Les Battersby chose Kirk to be his best man at his wedding to Cilla, Cilla wasn't pleased with the choice. And so she set Kirk a task to prove his worth as their best man - and the Twelve Labours of Kirkules commenced!  Among the tasks that Kirk had to carry out were Schmeichel's squeaky plastic toy and unburdening Blanche of her girdle.

In May 2007, Kirk lost his job at Sutherland's Kennels when he accidentally allowed a pedigree dog to be castrated.  He's always been a bit of a hapless chap.


But then he helped Jamie Baldwin rescue Claire Peacock from her burning house. As a reward, Claire's husband, Ashley gave Kirk a job at the butchers shop.

After Cilla Battersby-Brown left the Street for Las Vegas in 2007, Kirk was left to look after Chesney and the two of them have been close ever since.


In April 2008, Kirk left to visit his parents in Cyprus for a several weeks. On his return, he broke the news that he had a new girlfriend called Julie, who he fell in love with in Cyprus.

In 2012, Kirk offered to drive Beth Tinker to a date with a man named Dave. However, the date went wrong, and Kirk ended up getting punched when he called Dave an idiot. Beth and Kirk eventually became close, and were married in January 2015. 

However, then Kirk found out that Beth was already wed to Craig's dad Darryl and she was a bigamist.  Did they remarry, can anyone recall?


These days, Kirk's standing for election as Mayor of Weatherfield and he's been appointed the mascot Busy Bee for Coronation Street's own football team - Weatherfield County.

And such is the character's importance to ITV Coronation Street that they even gave Kirk an online spin off called What Would Kirk Do?



You can even download and print off your own Kirk doll.  Yes, your very own KIRK DOLL.

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