Wednesday, 22 February 2017

State of the Street - January 2017

I'm a few days late this month with the State of the Street, the days just seemed to get away from me, as they do sometimes, right?

January was a month of loss. Steve and Michelle lost their baby son, born too early. It was gut wrenching and horribly sad. We saw the two ends of grief, with Michelle at the point of suicide and Steve trying with all he was worth to act normally, do day to day things and keeping it all bottled up inside. Losing a child can very easily break a marriage because the grief is so deep and difficult that each parent doesn't know how to comfort the other one. Even if this hasn't put cracks in the marriage, when the inevitable revelation about Steve and Leanne's baby comes out, it will knock it out in no time.

We lost Andy as well, at the hands of Phelan who has now crossed the line. I reckon it will come to a "Who Killed Phelan" mystery at some point and there will be any number of possibly guilty parties. The one arrested won't be the one that did it, of course, and the one that did will likely be an "expendable" cast member. If it happens, may I just state here that my guess is that Vinny returns and will be the one that engineer's Phelan's demise.

It looks very much like loss of another kind as we see Chesney and Sinead's relationship limp to an end and even a trendy new hairdo isn't going to save it. Ken is making plans for the end of his life, too, with a new will and a DNR order if the worst happens. I felt bad for Tracy. Her mother's death hit her quite hard and that makes it more difficult to think about her father's inevitable death.

Adam lost his claim on the factory altogether with a great scam by the Connor's and Alya. He only wanted the money anyway which makes me wonder why he's so broke. Now that he's whining about Ken behind his back I can see he's got a whopping big chip on his shoulder. Maybe Adam is the new Peter with a big grievance against Ken.

There's more January round up over at State of the Street. 

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Conversation Street Podcast 238

Gemma and Michael's podcast for the  episodes that aired up to last night's Canadian Corrie can be heard here.

This week's podcast covers a variety of stories including Adam's reaction to Ken's will. Johnny wants Jenny to sign a contract of a different kind while Kevin wants Anna to sue David even after Sally offered to help with Sophie's expenses. Leanne finds out about Peter and Toyah and isn't happy at all when she finds out that she's the last to know.

Later, Michael and Gemma look at the past five years of Conversation Street awards and try to pick all time champs in each category.  There's lots of listener feedback, too!

Remember, you can also listen to Conversation Street on iTunes (leave a fab review if you do!)

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Super siblings on Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Last night on Coronation Street, there was a very short scene in Audrey's hair salon between David and Sarah Platt.  I commented to the other end of the sofa that these two characters are, and have always been, highly believable as brother and sister in our favourite soap. 

And this set me thinking about other sets of on-screen siblings which are believable - and those, perhaps, which aren't.

The siblings that work for me are...

Chesney and Fiz, not least because of their red hair which makes them look similar.  They share an empathy, they look out for each other and that in part, comes from having been neglected by their mother Cilla. Surely it's time for Chesney to let Fiz know what's been going on between him and Sinead and for Fiz to offer some support?

Leanne and Toyah, although not blood-related, are completely on the button as sisters. These two will always work better as sisters than Leanne and Eva will, for me.

And annoying as they both are, Rosie and Sophie work well together too. I'm looking forward to their return a great deal.
Twins Steve and Andy McDonald were always good together. Although they are twins, they were very different young men. I'd love to see Andy back on the show and even if actor Nicholas Cochrane has no plans to return to acting, ITV could always bring in a replacement actor. It's about time we had a twin on the show again.
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Seb to Pick a Pocket or Two?

(This post was originally posted by Emma Hynes on the Coronation Street Blog in February 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

In this life, one thing counts, in the bank, large amounts - where Phelan's concerned at least. No stranger to a scam, and a relentless opportunist, has one of the greatest villains ever to con the cobbles set his sights on an apprentice?

Another man may have agreed with Eileen, and called the police after catching Seb in the act of stealing his drill, but not Phelan who would appear to have other plans.

Seb arrived on the street as boyfriend to Faye Windass, and he isn't exactly a nice individual from what we've seen so far. This hasn't gone unnoticed by the ever astute Phelan, who even remarked that a lad like him could go either way depending on the company he keeps.

It strikes me that Pat sees him as ripe for manipulation, and that he plans on being the man to do it. Could Seb be the Artful Dodger to Phelan's Fagin?  I love the idea of this, and with Harry Visinoni already proving himself well capable of playing a conniving individual, charming enough to pull the wool over others' eyes, and Connor McIntyre continuing to put in the brilliant performances we're accustomed to, I can see plenty of potential here.

A man's got a heart, hasn't he? Joking apart, hasn't he? Who knows! But I feel Seb may get used to considering himself a friend - as long as Pat needs him, that is.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Corrie Canada weekly awards for Feb. 13 to 17

You Old Charmer award: Peter. In the mood he was in, the idea of chauffering a beautiful woman around was just the trick, no pun intended. He poured on the charm but ended up walking away from temptation.

Hoist by his own Petard award: Adam was forced to sign away his rights (again) to the factory for one pound! Love it! Ken was right, he was motivated by greed, not a true wish for his birthright. Nicks's grand plan to remove Leanne from the father of her baby and from Peter's influence backfired badly. And Peter's far more of a threat to Nick's insecure little life than anyone else could be.

Gold Digger award: Jenny. She might not be one technically but if Johnny were not at least comfortably off, she likely wouldn't have looked twice at him.

Got his Number award: Yasmeen told Cathy that Brian is a fool. Nailed it.

Greedy Guts award: Kevin. Sally's money takes some of the pressure off but does he refuse Anna's offer of trying to sue David? No, No he does not.

Philosopher King award: Tim. Men and women are like cheese and pickle. Love it!

Control Addict: Where does Alya get off getting snotty with Jenny for her developing a new mastectomy bra without permission, using a few scraps of material and doing it on her own time?

Lines of the week:
Nick to Toyah "This is happening whether you like it or not. So you can be part of the
problem or part of the solution, it's your choice" (obviously realizing his decision is
going to take some convincing)
Daniel to Adam, quite gleefully I might add "Let me get this straight. You got played by a woman!"
Luke to Tracy "I like you!" (and you know, that's a very important thing in a relationship)
Nick "I don't respond well to threats" Peter "Then consider this a promise" (Peter 1, Nick 0)
Freddie "You two have been mates for years" Tyrone "on and off. Obviously, things got a bit tense when he got me wife up the duff but apart from that..."
Tracy "We were friends with benefits. But then we were never friends, were we?"
Peter about Nick "I love it when he makes that disapproving face and he's got a mouth like a cat's backside"
Brian "Me nan made me a snake out of old tights"... "He was more than a stuffed toy to me. He represented optimism, hope. A world of possibilities" Audrey "You get all of that out of a snake made of tights?"
Nick "Are we playing Interview Bingo here?"
Jenny "It's hard to smile when you're being called a gold digger. Who d'you think you are? Kanye West?"
Tim "That's not chalk and cheese, that's cheese and pickle. Different, but complimentary"

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Corrie's Jenny and Johnny - as you've never seen them before


(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

The wonderful Inside Soap magazine has just got even better. This year the magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary and they've really gone to town with a new look to the magazine and made it even more readable than it was before.

They've polished up the pages and added new features, packed in more chats, pics and gossip too.

To kick off the new look magazine, they’ve got an exclusive photo shoot with Coronation Street stars Sally Ann Matthews and Richard Hawley (aka Jenny Bradley and Johnny Connor) as you’ve never seen them before!

In the shops today and available on download too.  Find out more at

Here in Canada, you could try to find Inside Soap at magazine retailers that carry international titles. They tend to be a few weeks later getting here than originally published so check it out in the next week or so. 

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Mikey North shares pic of his new baby son

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Mikey North, who plays Coronation Street's lovely Gary Windass, became a dad for the first time in November last year.  He's given the first pic of the baby, called Archie, to OK! Magazine with an interview too.

Mikey and his wife Rachael described the birth as something from the "chainsaw massacre" after Racheal’s labour resulted in a near-blood transfusion after an episiotomy went wrong.

"I had to have an episiotomy but unfortunately they cut through a vein and I lost one and a half litres of blood," Racheal said.
"She was throwing up with the pain," Mikey said. "I had tears in my eyes just watching."

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Saly Lindsay: "I'd never say never to Coronation Street return"

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog December 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Sally Lindsay, who played Shelley Unwin in Coronation Street has been rumoured as returning to Coronation Street in the tabloids this week. It's not exactly true and isn't a reflection of what she actually said.

Sally told Woman's Own: "I always say never say never but at the moment, no, I love Coronation Street and I had a wonderful time there. I don’t watch it now though, it’s like looking at your old workplace."

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Famous films recreated, Weatherfield-style

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

It's Saturday afternoon in that in-between time. It's too early to have a Saturday evening beer and I've already been into the left-over chocolate from Christmas.

So, what's a girl to do with time on her hands? Recreate famous films, Weatherfield-style, of course.



See also:  

Mad Men meets Weatherfield

Coronation Street look-a-likes

The Flintstones on Coronation Street

Tales of the (Salford) City

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Sunday Comments February 19

Toyah tried to talk sense into Nick. He really is deluded. He was happy to get to Leanne before Toyah did but the news that Steve and Michelle would be away for some time satisfied him and he didn't say anything but the subject matter isn't going to get dropped. Toyah told Peter and he went off on one, and rightly so. Toyah didn't want Peter to confront Leanne but he couldn't help himself. Leanne didn't go off on one but told Nick firmly that it was not on. Toyah managed to make believable excuses as to why she went to Peter. Oh and now Nick knows that Peter knows about Steve, too. And Peter's a lot more of a threat to Nick's secure little life than anyone else who knows the secret. I loved that little confrontation in the stairwell. Nick might bluster that he doesn't take threats but Peter is not someone that can be intimidated by the likes of Nick Tilsley.

Leanne seems to have talked Nick out of his grand plans for the time being, impressing on him that they are the family. It's nothing to do with Steve. Later, Toyah chides him for dropping her in it when he confronted Nick and Leanne about taking Simon to Scotland. Peter did take great glee over Nick's reaction. She reminds Peter that the tension isn't good for Leanne's blood pressure so he promises to behave. Toyah's skeptical. Then she leads Peter into a casual discussion about having kids. He doesn't want anymore, citing both Leanne and Carla's miscarriages as case in point that it's a risky business. He think it's why they work so well together, a future with no ties, no responsibilities, they both want the same things, right?  Toyah looks distressed and doesn't really answer him. I don't think she agrees. They talk in generalities about kids and divorce. Peter wonders sometimes if Simon's problems are down to his being a bad dad (Um....) and Toyah reminds him that he's back and determined to be a good father. Peter nips into the Bistro to pick up a takeaway order and apologizes later to Nick and promises to keep quiet about Steve being the baby's father.

Toyah's husband visits from Liverpool. She thinks it's to get the divorce started. But when he arrives, it's not that at all. The fertility clinic has told them that unless they're willing to pay more money, they can't keep on storing the embryoes. He thinks they should destroy them if they aren't going to get back together. They chat about the toll it took on them. She's having a tough time signing the forms, thinking of each embryo as a little boy or girl. She wants him to sign them over to her and maybe she can go through more IVF on her own. But he rightly guesses her new bloke doesn't want kids. Toby asks if they could get back together and try for a baby again. He's working on her emotions, her desire for a baby. She even kisses him back when he leans in.

But then she pulls back and rejects him. She would be living a lie and she loves Peter. Oh, he really works on her but she signs the paper and tells him to leave. He's made it easier by telling her he only went through it all because she was so desperate to have a baby and calls her a sad excuse for a woman. He goes off with a great, big resentful knot on his face, probably gutted that he's lost her for good.  She goes outside a bit later and he's sat at the bus stop. He gives her more grief and she snaps that he'll be hearing from her solicitor about the divorce.

Eva has a spa afternoon planned for she and Leanne and Toyah but Toyah tells her over the flaqt's intercom that she has to skip it. Eva thinks it's because Toyah's with Peter at the flat but pretends to Leanne that Toyah has gone out and they head to the spa together. Toyah joins them after Toby leaves. Leanne gets off for her massage (and yes, they can do a massage on a pregnant woman, they have special techniques and it's very good for the mum's aching back). When she gets back, Leanne can tell that Toyah is upset over Toby's visit. She admits that she really wants children, more than anything and now it doesn't look like it's going to happen. She tells them all about it.

Leanne is shocked that Toyah never told her. Toyah reminds her that they didn't see a lot of each other back when she was having the IVF treatments and it was difficult to talk about. Leanne is really sympathetic but tries to be encouraging. Toyah genuinely seems happy for Leanne's pregnancy and tells them that Toby does have a child but they never found out for sure if the problem was hers or not. When asked about the new fella, she says he has a child but doesn't want more. Leanne wonders if her fella will change his mind if he really loves her. Eva, of course, knows who that is and to her credit, doesn't let on at all, just suggests that the man might be struggling as a dad already.  When she goes to the loo, Eva is sympathetic to Toyah's pain over losing the embryos and realizes she really does love Peter. Toyah admits she doesn't want to put pressure on Peter and won't say anything.

A bit later on again, Toby jumps into the back of Peter's cab. He must have been sitting on that bus stop bench a very long time unless he was drowning his sorrows in the pub. He makes a remark about his ex wife which makes Peter raise an eyebrow. When they get to the train station, Toby is still moaning about his ex but when Peter turns around, Toby recognizes him from seeing him flirt with Toyah back a few months and realizes Peter is Toyah's new man. Peter doesn't deny it. Toby takes the opportunity to tell him that Toyah wants a baby and they spent 30 grand on IVF, warns Peter she'll bleed him dry, too.

So now Peter knows that Toyah really, really wants a baby and he doesn't and that she never told him. He wasn't very happy about it. And in the mood he's in, the idea of chauffering a beautiful woman around was just the trick, no pun intended. And the damsel in distress, seeing he was in a mood over his girlfriend, lured him in to the restaurant for a coffee. He took her up on it but in the end, he resisted temptation and walked away. His absence worried Toyah and ruffled her jealousy. They had a huge row and she binned him. For now, anyway. This being a soap, that won't last. The first breakup? Just their first row, that's all.

The next day, each of them are bending the ear of someone else and they still do love each other, They're just at a child-shaped impasse. With Leanne's help, using Toyah's phone behind her back when Peter texted with an apology, a reconciliation was arranged. Of course, Leanne didn't know who she was actually dealing with. There's a glitch in it though because Toyah offered to help Nick in the Bistro. Nick needed her help, you see...

It seems Nick has plans to propose to Leanne, AGAIN. He showed the ring to Toyah who coached him on a romantic way to do it. He wants it to be a surprise, though. He decorated the Bistro and got Toyah to help him and she's pleased for them. But fate has other plans. Leanne got Toyah to come back home but Peter got there first. Peter made up an excuse. He overheard Leanne confessing to Toyah what she'd done. I real comedy of errors. Leanne went to the Bistro and Peter had to leave but indicated he'd be back which he did do. He's willing to discuss the options, but for her, not having a baby isn't an option. She poured her heart out. Is he willing to take the risk that it could ruin their relationship like it did for her and Toby? 

Nick's proposal didn't happen. Leanne didn't turn up. A remark that Tim made about Peter's "Wilma" made the penny drop. Toyah's "Fred" and "Wilma" made the connection. Oh dear heavens.

Steve regrets losing his temper with Fiz for her stupid remark. Steve's plan, by the way, was to take Michelle to Ireland for awhile. Poor Robert's heart cracked a little watching them drive away, I think.

Tyrone and Kevin are taking shots at each other over the spanners until Freddie calls them to task. I don't think his admonitions are going to stop the acrimony between the two men. It's coming down to drawing up a work rota and everything. Later, Tyrone and Freddie see Phelan by the burned out garage. He suggests they fix it up and sell it and even offers to do the work, payment with the insurance payout. They all commiserate about how stupid it was to leave Kevin drunk in the car nearby. Tyrone decides it might be a good idea to take Phelan up on his offer. I don't think Kevin's going to agree. And sure enough, Kevin goes off on one at the idea of Phelan doing the work. Kevin and Ty start ripping at each other and Tyrone ends up getting a smack in the face from Kevin after an insult at Sophie's expense. Not sure why unless...was it her idea to expand in the first place, perhaps? Kevin seems shocked at what he did. Phelan looks on with glee as he gets in his car.

Kevin does apologize but even the staff think he was out of order and they're on Tyrone's side. It doesn't help Kevin's mood any when he gets a call from the insurance company telling them they won't pay out because they think he started the fire! (but if the police aren't charging him, can they actually do that?) Kevin's finances are officially in the toilet. He tells Anna and tells her he doesn't remember anything, he was too drunk and Tyrone's lies to the police only saved him from being arrested. He was grateful, of course he was. Anna offers to go back to work, and she thinks she's ready.

She wants to do her bit so she goes to see Roy later. He's pleased to have her back if she's sure she is ready. Because Kevin overheard Todd and Adam talking about injury cases being lucrative, he thinks Anna should sue David Platt for compensation for her injuries. She really doesn't want to do that because it means showing her injuries by photo or in court, right and that's the last thing she wants. But he's persuasive and he's like a dog with a bone and he'll wear her down. Then again, everyone that watches has been shouting at the screen, why doesn't Sally contribute to her daughter's medical expenses?

Well, he confided in Sally  and she offered him money for Sophie's expenses. He should have asked her in the first place. Kevin being Kevin, though, didn't tell Anna who felt guilty enough to finally agree to the law suit. He was going to tell her about Sally, I think, but when she told him she'd do it, you could see the pound signs ching-chinging in his eyes. Thing is. Sally's money takes the pressure off but he still needs the cash.

It's a moral thing, though. If the financial pressure is off a bit, you shouldn't ask someone to do something they're not comfortable with and which isn't a sure thing anyway. Anna made arrangements to speak to David and it's got him wondering what she wants. But Tim let the cat out of the bag.

The Connors have Adam backed into a corner, catching him in the factory office. What to do? Call the police or make a deal. A deal for one pound. I love it!!! He was well and truly sucker punched, the arrogant twit. He's so full of entitlement. Did he actually have to admit it to Ken? He did indeed and even Daniel knows. Wasn't Daniel gleeful! After Adam always taking the mick out of him, he finally got the chance to turn it around on Adam. Karma, baby. Ken was disapproving. He knows damn well Adam was greedy, it had nothing to do with wanting his birthright back. I knew darn well Adam pocketed the rent money Daniel gave him, there was Dev at the door telling Adam the rent was late! Adam made up with Ken but you always think Adam has an agenda. And the agenda is going to be helping Ken get a will.

Things are much quieter in the Barlow house. Ken has had a look over an essay that Daniel has written and he approves. Tracy and Luke have come out and admitted they are now proper boyfriend. She makes another derogatory remark about Ken's plans for the DNR order but the rest of them seem to have accepted it. The cutlery drawer falls apart when Adam opens it, spurring Ken to remark that the kitchen has needed a refit for years. He promises Adam he'll sit down and start working out a new will today, too. When they do, he lists some of the keepsakes he's going to pass on to various and sundry. Adam doesn't look impressed that his keepsake is a paperweight. He looks even less impressed when he hears that the grandchildren's share, of which he is one, will be one third of one quarter of the estate, the first three quarters going to his children (Peter, Daniel, Tracy). So really, bumping off the old man isn't going to be very profitable, is it?

Ken can see Adam's a bit disappointed but reminds him that his children are first in line. Todd walks by and makes a remark to Adam about the look on his face as Ken walks away so Adam follows him into the pub. The two of them sit and have a drink in the pub and talk legal things. Todd pretends that he came home for a family emergency and wasted all that training as a paralegal. Adam tells him he's going to take exams to transfer his qualifications from Canada and he's going to set up his own firm though he doesn't have the money yet to start up. Todd reckons personal injury claims are the way to make money these days and Adam agrees. Kevin is listening from the next booth.

Adam thinks Ken is punishing him because he's Mike Baldwin's son and reckons himself to be the black sheep of the family. (I think Tracy probably has that title nailed down though Peter's a strong contender, too) That is the name of the new firm. Black Sheep Solicitors.  I wonder if Adam and Todd are at the beginning of a beautiful friendship?

Ken has decided to have a family conference but Peter's delay made them wait. He's going to do the DNR order and tells them about his will. Tracy really is having a hard time with the prospect of his death. I know that when you lose one parent, and it's not been that long for her, remember, the prospect of losing the other one scares you even more. Tracy took her mother's death quite hard.

Tracy told Luke the lie about Charlie Stubbs abusing her leading to her killing him. I wonder if she has told it so often that she actually believes it now?  Has she put Luke off for good? Apparently not. The blonde waitress was in the middle of crowing about her one date with Luke when he came back. He even told Tracy she was just what he needed. Honest and up front. And he likes her and that's the important thing. It really helps if you like someone first, before you love them. Well the waitress got in a snit and goaded Tracy so much that she tore into her, much to Luke's amusement. All it did was get the waitress fired and it got Tracy a boyfriend properly. He even had a nice gift for her.

Brian is working hard to keep Roy on side, cooking a nice meal, sucking up. Naturally, Roy asked him to stay, for rent of course. You don't have to ask him twice. He's so pompous, he does make me laugh even though I quite dislike him.

Brian has found a teddy bear that was Cathy's which was in his room and has given him nightmares! Later, we see that Roy has boxed up the rest of Cathy's things for her and she's come to get it. Brian makes a fool of himself playing with the bear, making it seem like something out of a horror movie. Cathy snaps that it's the only thing she has left to remind her of her mother who made it for her. He is duly chastened. Yasmeen doesn't have much of an opinion of Brian.

Cathy seems to be feeling down now that the last vestiges of her relationship with Roy are packed in a cardboard box. Yasmeen offers to let her take her spot at the salon to cheer her up. What a nice pair of friends they make. Later, when Audrey is working on Cathy's hair, Brian intrudes and wants to jump the queue. He is refused even though he apologizes to her about making fun of her things earlier. Audrey makes him wait his turn and while he waits, he witters on about cuddly toys, a snake his Nan made out of tights. His Nan seems to have been a great influence on him. He and Cathy seem to have made peace, reckons they're actually two of a kind.

The factory workers are buzzing and jumping to the music on this bright Monday morning until the boss shows up with Jenny on his heels flashing a big, shiny, one carat diamond ring around. It is duly admired even if it costs more than most off them get paid all together. No date set yet, and a small but fabulous wedding will be planned. We are informed that Kate doesn't know about the engagement as they didn't want to tell her the day Michelle went missing and they were all on the search for her and Kate went to London the next day. She's back today so she'll have a surprise waiting, won't she? Will she be happy about it?

Johnny seems a bit nervous while waiting for Kate to show up. When she does, (she's been to London and then to Bali), Johnny  hustles her right back out the door to the Bistro. Jenny rushes in to join them, not wanting Johnny to tell Kate the news on his own, which was exactly what he wanted to do but Jenny's excitement can't be contained and she spills the news instead. Kate is shocked but covers well enough. She's interested to overhear Nick tell Peter he needs staff. Back at the factory, Fiz and Jenny are drooling over wedding magazines but Johnny and Kate both look a bit disconcerted at the cost of the average wedding, 30 grand, that the magazine article espouses. Kate thinks Jenny is using Johnny as a sugar daddy, out to take him for as much as she can, just like his last girlfriend, she reminds her father.

Later, Johnny does gently caution Jenny on her over enthusiasm and suggests they find a middle ground between cheap and blowing all his cash which he needs to leave to his kids and for retirement. He says he'll sort out a budget and suggests they have a pre-nup agreement. I think that's knocked her down a bit. She sees him thinking of making sure his family is provided for. What about her? She's supposed to be his family, or will be soon.

Jenny's already acting like she's second in charge of the factory when her encounter with Sally showed she wasn't really up to handling the staff quite well. But Sally's annual cancer check up had Jenny apologizing and later the conversation about a mastectomy bra gives her an idea. A good idea. She took the initiative and designed something that might work, something nice looking and useful and what does Alya do? Get all snotty on her for using up a few scraps of silk without permission and doing it on her own time. Jenny's bra even has Sally burying the hatchet, something I bet you never thought you'd see.

Meanwhile, Johnny has a meeting with an important client. While he's gone, Sally has brought in a group of friends to see the bra and Alya tries to pull rank. Doesn't work though. Jenny isn't cowed by anyone, especially someone as resentful as Alya. She thought Johnny coming back with the client would drop Jenny in it.

Kate admits Jenny's driving her mental. The upshot of this is that she's asked Nick for a job after overhearing he was looking for staff and the man, he say yes. I think she'd be good if she can keep her temper tempered!

Looks like Chesney is still sleeping on the sofa and trying hard to keep on Sinead's good side. He thinks it's just a routine row, but she sees their relationship ending. Kirk, though, is worried and pragmatic.  Don't keep Chesney hanging. Good advice. Chesney's next move is to get a fashionable haircut which amuses David to no end.

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Peter Barlow and his women

(This post was originally posted by Ruth Owen on the Coronation Street Blog in January 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Peter Barlow is an attractive man. I'm not sure if he's tall, but he is dark and he is handsome. He also has a twinkle in his eye. He's middle-aged now, 51 to be exact, 52 in April, but the accumulated years have not dampened his enthusiasm for the ladies, nor the ladies for him. In fact, if anything, as Peter has matured, he has become more attractive.

He is (or maybe is not after Wednesday's episode) currently with Toyah. He has even claimed that she is the love of his life, though I cannot help but think, rather cynically, that he says that to all the girls. He probably said it to Leanne, when they were together, until he found himself saying it to Carla, for whom he left Leanne. He might also have said it to Tina Mcintyre, who was half his age, when he was still with Carla. Lucy the florist no doubt was informed that she was the love of Peter's life, as almost certainly, Shelley Unwin was too.

So why do these attractive, capable, independent-minded women, and others fall for the son of Ken? He has no wealth, he's unlikely to make any significant money, he doesn't drive a flash car, though he does drive one of Steve's Streetcar fleet, and he is not exactly a snappy dresser. He was also an alcoholic, still is, as I have learned that alcoholics are always alcoholics whether they are drinking or not. At least for now, he manages to stay away from the demon. No judgement here.

 But what he does have overrides what he does not have: he has charm, charisma and sex-appeal -  attributes which cannot be bought. Naturally Peter is aware of his ability to draw women to him and there was an example of this on Wednesday, when an attractive woman needed a lift to a hotel. Tim asks Peter to take on the fare and he does. The woman is clearly attracted to Peter and on arrival at the hotel, asked him in for a coffee. This time, despite the green signal flashing and the words, 'Take a risk, stay awhile,' Peter walked away. I can't help thinking that she will reappear at some point...

Peter is angry with Toyah as she lied about her feelings concerning babies. He has told Toyah that his baby days are over. It was Toby who revealed to Peter that Toyah was desperate for a baby. Does this mean that the relationship between Peter and Toyah must end? Or can they find a way through this? It must be said that Peter is a long way from Dad of the Year. Luckily Leanne has been a good mother to Simon.

And what about Ken? Is Peter a chip off the old block? Ken has had his fair share of flings, affairs and dalliances. Ken did have a stable home life with mum, dad and brother, though he tragically lost his first wife, Valerie, who was electrocuted by her hairdryer. Ken struggled to cope with the twins and when Peter and Susan were six years old, he despatched them to Glasgow, to be brought up by their maternal grandparents. Maybe, the early loss of his mother created a need in Peter to have plenty of relationships with women, a psychiatrist may even pronounce that Peter has not given up searching for a mother replacement. Just a thought.

Ruth Owen, @ruth1722

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Dirk not Kirk

I'm late to the party on this one. Following the meteoric rise of Coronation Street background artist Adam Blease, or 'Dirk' - into soap legend, Corrie fans won the internet yesterday with a hilarious series of character comparisons. 
(This post was originally posted by Stevie Dawson on the Coronation Street Blog in February 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Dirk not Kirk

Adam's appearance in the Rovers last week prompted some viewers to ask if a lookalike had been hired to take the place of Andy Whyment who plays Kirk. That was not the case but it didn't stop fans and cast alike sharing other possible doppelgangers who could be mistaken for our favourite Weatherfield regulars. Twitter went crazy with the tag #DirkNotKirk. 

Here are a few of the most hilarious, and ridiculous comparisons:

Roy Cropper not Space Hopper

Dirk not Duck

Corrie not Lorry

Jenny not Benny

Rita not Sunita

Fiz not Liz

Schmeichel not Gails Dead Husband Michael
And my own contribution:

Eccles not Eccles
Corrie fans are the best.


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