Tuesday, 23 May 2017

5 things we learned in Corrie this week

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

It's been a busy old week in Weatherfield this week. Let's have a look at some of the things we learned this week that we didn't know this time last week.

1. ITV's Granada Reports transmits EVERYWHERE


Granada Reports is the ITV regional news programme covering the North West of England and the Isle of Man. And yet.. and yet... it turned up on TV in the Peak District where Tracy and Amy were hiding out. Actually, it wasn't even the Peak District, it was Bolton.

2. A slotted spoon makes an ideal weapon

And just how did the owner of the cottage manage to get a phone signal when neither Rob or Amy could?

 3. Cake tongs also make an ideal weapon


"Are you threatening me with cake tongs?" Adam Barlow asked Roy in the cafe. Roy? Threaten? I don't think so.

4. Aidan Connor's got a new car

Underworld must be bringing in the orders at the minute. How else to explain that Aidan Connor can afford to buy and drive the fantastic Ford Mustang?  And what happened to his Alfa Romeo?

5. Maria leaves a mean passive-aggressive note

 






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Shayne Ward: "Sick of being a sex symbol"

Shayne Ward, who plays Coronation Street's Aidan Connor, says this week that he's sick of being thought of as a sex symbol.

In an interview with The Sun this week, Shayne talks about the pressure on actors to “get in shape”.

He said:  “I’d rather stick to keeping my shirt on. It would take a lot to get me to take my kit off now. I’m happy just being in the factory with my shirt on. I’m just not into that whole sixpack thing. I think there is so much pressure to get in shape nowadays. I am just happy doing what I’m doing.”

Shayne is now dad to his and girlfriend Sophie Austin's first child, Willow.







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Conversation Street Podcast 252

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

This week, Rob's on the run in the Peak District, but when the going gets tough, will he take take Tracy and Amy with him, or will he disappear without a Trace? Back in Weatherfield, Bethany's still reeling from her ordeal with Neil, Rosie and Sophie confront Gina, and Maria and Aidan find themselves engaged in another round of Inter-Connor Congress... After Street Talk, we take your listener questions about our behind the scenes tour of the Corrie studios, revealing a few more bits and pieces we forgot mention in Episode 250. Next up, in the news section we give our reactions to the newly announced Corrie wartime novel by Maggie Sullivan, then finish off with more of your thoughts about the grooming storyline in the feedback section.



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Monday, 22 May 2017

5 things we learned in Corrie this week

It's been a busy old week in Weatherfield this week. Let's have a look at some of the things we learned this week that we didn't know this time last week.

1. ITV's Granada Reports transmits EVERYWHERE


Granada Reports is the ITV regional news programme covering the North West of England and the Isle of Man. And yet.. and yet... it turned up on TV in the Peak District where Tracy and Amy were hiding out. Actually, it wasn't even the Peak District, it was Bolton.

2. A slotted spoon makes an ideal weapon

And just how did the owner of the cottage manage to get a phone signal when neither Rob or Amy could?

 3. Cake tongs also make an ideal weapon


"Are you threatening me with cake tongs?" Adam Barlow asked Roy in the cafe. Roy? Threaten? I don't think so.

4. Aidan Connor's got a new car

Underworld must be bringing in the orders at the minute. How else to explain that Aidan Connor can afford to buy and drive the fantastic Ford Mustang?  And what happened to his Alfa Romeo?

5. Maria leaves a mean passive-aggressive note







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Hidden secret of Roy's Rolls on Coronation Street


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

With Ken Barlow living in the flat above the cafe with Roy right now, he's become the latest in a long line of lost souls who take refuge with Roy.

Have a read of Roy's Rolls - Haven for Lost SoulsBut downstairs at Roy's Rolls, in the cafe itself, is a secret I'd like to uncover.  On the wall of the cafe, the wall that faces into the seating area and is opposite the serving counter, there's a sign pinned to the wall.  It's a sign that says Roy's Rolls has WiFi, and it tells customers to ask at the counter for the WiFi password.

So, here's the thing, Corrie fans. What I'm wondering is what would the password be for the WiFi at Roy's Rolls? Just what would Roy Cropper choose?

Would he encrypt a tricky password using numbers and odd characters (well, he is one too!). Or would be choose something easy - and pleasing - for his customers to use?  I vote for the latter and I reckon his password would be HayleyCropper.

What do you think Roy's WiFi password would be?







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Who would you love to see in a Corrie two-hander?

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

In almost 57 years of Coronation Street's history, there has only ever been two two-hander episodes. What's a two-hander? It's an episode with just two characters in it. It really focuses on the dialogue and characterisation rather than action or storyline.

The first two-hander that Corrie ever did was for the Millennium in January 2000. It featured Curly and Raquel as Sarah Lancashire returned for a one-off appearance in the show. It was heartbreaking, written by John Stevenson, and even just thinking about it now brings a lump to my throat. 


And the second two-hander was in 2007. It was set in the kitchen at number one Coronation Street and featured mother and daughter, Deirdre and Tracy Barlow.  This is one of my most favourite Corrie episodes, ever, written by Jonathan Harvey. Tracy confessed that she'd killed Charlie Stubbs and even though she knew her daughter was a  killer, Deirdre vowed she'd stand by and even lie for Tracy in court.  If you haven't seen this episode, I strongly urge you to hunt it down on YouTube, it's fantastic.






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Corrie Canada Weekly Awards: May 15 - 19

Prophetic camera shot? Tracy and Rob both behind bars?

Nightmare on Coronation Street: Bethany's ordeal and she's not going to wake up any time soon.

Absentee Godfather: Even though Billy says he'd love to take Summer, it sounds like he's had very little contact with the child all her life. He doesn't even know her from the way Drew said "you'd love her". It would make more sense to ask this of Billy if he wasn't more or less a stranger to the child.

Master Manipulator: Leah. Her explanations are too perfect. Nathan, of course. Very psychologically creepy to Bethany. Sweet nothings, (fake) vulnerability, contempt about her immaturity, running cold and hot.

It's all about me: Michelle. Maria's requests were perfectly reasonable so why is Michelle so put out about it? Because...(all together now) It's all about her!

Leisurely lunch award: That networking thing was lunch, or did I mishear? Yet, when Maria stormed out, she was afraid she wouldn't get back before her curfew, 7 p.m. The phone showed 1 hour 10 minutes so they must have been well away from the city centre.

Never act with children or animals award: I swear that cat was acting rings around Aidan!

Lines of the week:
Rosie "My ex Antoine said I had a brain like a puppy, always straining at the lead" (That's a good way of putting it!)
Amy "You're the one with the thunder thighs!"
Tim "I can work with me feet on me desk. It's one of me greatest skills"
Sean about a wedding dress "That's totally you. I've always loved the slutty princess look"
Maria "He's a liar and a cheat and I deserve better, don't I?" (Now say it like you mean it)
Eva "Babe, when have you ever known me to be OTT" (How long have you got?)






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Why Coronation Street's Kirk is real-life romantic at heart

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

Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland in Coronation Street, is on the front cover of this week's OK! magazine  talking about renewing his wedding vows.

Andy is pictured above with his wife and two children and here's the cover of OK! where he's featured too.
Andy married his wife Nichola in 2007 and they now have two children, eight year old Tom and six year old Hollie.
Speaking exclusively to OK! Magazine, Andy revealed the couple were set to cruise around the Caribbean to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

He also discussed the possibility of renewing their wedding vows.

"If we got married again we’d probably have a different group of people there," he said. "When we got married, we were going out every weekend and now we just stay at home. So we have a very different group of friends. I would like to wait, but Nic would renew our vows tomorrow as she feels like she was a very young bride, so she would want to do it again."


The actor admits that he’s not the most romantic person in the world, but revealed how he knew his wife was The One.

"I fancied Nic for some time but nothing happened," he said. "Then we copped off one night and it wasn’t too long before I realised she was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I said in my wedding speech you just know when you meet the one, and that’s true. I’ve never felt the love I’ve felt for Nic."







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