Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Claire King reveals why she's leaving Coronation Street

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

Claire King, who plays Erica Holroyd in Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Good Morning Britain today. And she talked about why she was leaving Coronation Street and the role of Erica behind her.

Claire said this about Erica:  "She was a different character to what I'm usually perceived as playing, but I thought that she was such a natural character and a proper Coronation Street character. And then she started changing a bit so... and she had no family, she didn't come in with a family - she was a bit of a pinball pinging about. So yeah, she kind of changed a bit and I just thought, 'Right, this isn't the character that originally started'."

She also said that pulling a pint in the Rovers Return was one of the things on her bucket list - and something she managed to do!

Asked whether she considered heading back to Emmerdale as Kim Tate, she confessed that there was a possibility.

She said: "The door's not locked and I'd never say never."

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Conversation Street Podcast 266

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

Our 266th show covers the episodes of Corrie broadcast in the Canada between the August 15th to 21st.  This month, Conversation Street celebrates its fifth anniversary, and if Michael and Gemma can have birthday months, why can't the podcast? With that in mind, we've got (maybe!) a whole month of special features lined up for you in August (and into September for Canadians), starting off with an interview with Brooke Vincent, aka Sophie Webster! Brooke kindly spoke to us for 15 minutes today about romance, religion and Rosie's recent return, and we couldn't be happier with how it went!

Before you get to that, though, there's an hour and a half of Street Talk to get through - no, we're not quite sure why it went on for so long this week! Was it the speculation about Phelan's secret confession? The incredulity that we both absolutely LOVED Leanne on Friday and Monday's Canadian episodes? Or just the numerous jokes cracked at Michelle's expense basically revolving around the fact that whoever's kidnapped her deserves to be bought a beer? Later on in the episode in Street Talk, we discuss the SHOCKING news this week that Tristan Gemmill is secretly not really northern, and round off the show with some more listener feedback. All in all, we had a pretty fun time recording this week - hope you enjoy, and look forward to the rest of our pod-iversary month!.

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

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Sad Departure of Erica Holroyd - Played by the Fabulous Claire King

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

I am sad and not a little annoyed that Erica Holroyd is leaving the cobbles. Not for a minute do I blame Claire King for her departure, but I do feel frustrated at the lost opportunities that would have made for excellent storylines with Erica Holroyd at the centre, or at least close to the centre, of the action.

It's been a while now since we've seen Liz and Erica in each other's company and yet aren't  they supposed to be great friends? Didn't they work together in Spain, confide in each other and develop a deep affection for each other?  While accepting that Weatherfield is not Spain, friendships are surely not dependent on a daily sunshine quota.

Heaven knows that Liz has had her fair share of difficulties, so wouldn't it have made sense for Liz and Erica to get together and for Liz to welcome a sympathetic ear from her old friend? In fact, who are Liz's friends lately? Of course, if much-missed Deirdre had still been with us, I'm confident Liz would have confided in her; but given that, so sadly, she is not, wouldn't Erica have been hotfooting it to Liz's back room?

Erica's storylines on the cobbles seem to have been only half-developed, Her miscarriage seemed to be easily and swiftly confined to the archives. That she was so helpful to Mary seems to have gone the same way - but it would have been great if Mary and Erica's friendship were to become mutually beneficial. Erica could have helped Mary's confidence and modernised her 'look' a little, and in return Erica could have learnt more about how to deal with Dev's children, who are angels for Mary, but not so well-behaved with Erica.

Concerning the relationship with Dev, well, I had to quiz myself as to whether or not this was still ongoing. I believe it is, but I'm struggling to remember the last time they were seen together.

Just three years ago, I interviewed Claire King at Media City and was struck by her efforts to answer questions as fully and as honestly as she could. I remember she spoke warmly of her parents and her worries concerning them as they entered old age. Claire was also absolutely delighted to have answered the call to audition for Corrie and to gain a part. How sad then, that at least for now, she will  no longer be around. Of course, the crumb of comfort we have is that the door has not been closed on her and she could return.

For her future, I wish Claire King all the very best and repeat that not for one second do I blame her for leaving. She is a great actress and needs to be honing her craft more regularly than she now is.

Ruth Owen, twitter: @Ruth1722

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5 Things We Learned in Corrie This Week

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

It's been another cracking week in Weatherfield this week. Time then, to take a look back at 5 things we learned this week.

1. Mary loves Chachi.  She had a crush on Scott Baio when she was younger. She also revealed that her shoulders were her most favourite feature and she had cute ear lobes. I'm sure Chachi would have approved.

2.  Tina McIntyre - street siren and surrogate. She was mentioned when Toyah and Izzy were talking about how Tina acted as the surrogate for Izzy and Gary's baby. And Peter's response? Not a flicker. Not a flamin' flicker.

3. Pat Phelan cried tears, real tears. There is a soul inside there somewhere.

4. More middle names were revealed this week as we heard Norris on the phone to arrange his wedding to Mary. He's Norris Benjamin Cole and she's Mary Elspeth Taylor.

5. Kevin Webster is "Romeo in Overalls" according to Dev.  And if you like your Corrie with a splash of Shakespeare, you just might like to have a look at this!

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Where are they now? Corrie Icons of the 80s - Liz Dawn

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

Here we go with a look back at some of the Coronation Street icons from the 1980s. Let's find out what they've been up to since they left the show.

Liz Dawn who played Vera Duckworth

Liz Dawn played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street from 1974. Since leaving the show, her health has deteriorated as she suffers from emphysema.

She left Corrie in 2008 but made one last appearance in the show in 2010 when her ghost visited Jack before he passed away in his chair.

In 2015 her health seemed to improve and she briefly starred in ITV soap Emmerdale . At the time she said she would even like to make a permanent return to our screens. But sadly her health has worsened, forcing her to have long periods at home in Manchester.

Recently, she was so poorly that she couldn't attend her own grandson's wedding to the niece of Debbie Rush (who plays Corrie's Anna Windass).

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Corrie Canada Weekly Awards for Aug. 14 - 18

Pants on Fire award: Robert. Lies, lies and damned lies. Agrees with Michelle that he'll work together on their relationship then goes to get her car fixed, the one he hasn't told her was broken into.

Truth Hurts award: Erica didn't like to be criticized by Mary but if she loves Dev like she said she does, she wouldn't have gone chasing Kevin Webster.

Are You New Here award: Adam really thinks Eva will have no trouble removing a hard drive from a computer and the people that use it will not realize it's gone. Really?
Justice is Served award: Craig got off with a warning and didn't lose his job!

Fashionista award: Liz's gold lame animal print hoodie, surprisingly not over the top (see what I did there?)

Phrase of Doom award: Michelle "Maybe everything's going to be ok"

BFF Award: I really like that Tim, Kevin's BFF, still told him off for his near-fling with Erica and showed admirable loyalty to Anna, almost as protective as a brother might be.

Lines of the week:
Summer to Amy "You may be shallow and dim and vain but at least you say what you think" Amy "Is that an insult or a compliment?"
Billy "Do you think we might be out of our depth?" Todd "Oh yeah. Definitely out of our depth"
Tracy to Steve "I really hope this baby doesn't inherit your brains, never mind your face!"
Tracy "I thought Leanne moved into the Rovers?" Steve "Don't tell her that if you like your face the way it is"
Michelle "Why are you even paying him? (Chesney)" (That would be because you gave him money in the first place, breaking the ice, so to speak!)
Liz to Erica "You can't stay with somebody just because they offered you a job"
Dev "She saw a mug. An opportunity too good to pass up and all the while she's making eyes at some Romeo in overalls"
Steve to Liz "Oy, Cupid. Put that bow and arrow down right now"
Norris "We're beginning to sound married already" Mary "How so?" Norris "Because you don't listen to a word I say"
Steve "Marry me, Leanne" (I think he's been haunted by the ghost of serial proposer, Fred Elliott)

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The Saints and Sinners of Summer's Corrie

(This post was originally posted by Stevie Dawson on the Coronation Street Blog in August 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Bless me father for I have sinned. It has been several weeks since my last blog. 

I’ve been enjoying reading rather than contributing to ‘The Blog’ these past few weeks. Through a combination of hectic work schedule and lack of inspiration I’ve not felt compelled to share my own thoughts on Corrie, but the musings of bloggers old and new have kept me fully in the loop on all things cobbled. I last blogged back in May about the lovely vigil for friend of the blog Martyn Hett, who died in the Manchester arena bomb. Not sure if these events triggered my blogger’s block, but as storylines build up to their autumn/winter crescendo, I thought I’d dip my toe in the water again and share some of my thoughts on Corrie’s current storylines.

Love thy neighbor

I’m not convinced by Kev and Erica’s little affair, they don’t seem well suited to me, sexually or emotionally. Their affair however has led to some more awesome performances from the brilliant Debbie Rush, who plays down in the dumps Anna Windass. Debbie plays anguish and torment so well, and Anna’s recent heart-to-heart with Kevin tugged at the heart strings. Her confrontation at the Bistro with Erica, where she laid down the law was also great – is Anna finally taking back control of her life?

The surreal but hilarious shenanigans from Norris and Mary have had me in stiches over recent weeks. Sometimes blurring the lines between soap and comedy, they end up in situations some might say are well beyond realistic, but I think Corrie can get away with this and it provides us with some much needed giggles. Last week Norris grudgingly agreed to marry his scatterbrained friend so that she could win a couple’s competition and visit her son in South Africa. If the wedding does happen, I’m sure it will provide more comedy gold, and I really hope Mary gets to see Jude.

Honour thy mother and father

Billy and Todd have started on a new adventure in life, with the arrival of Billy’s goddaughter Summer. I like nice Todd, even if there’s still the odd glimmer of evil and mischief in there every now and then. He and Billy actually make a good couple, and it will be good to see them tested as Summer settles into Weatherfield life. From Todd’s initial apprehension at taking on Summer full-time, to his now instinctive protectiveness over her, it’s been a heart-rending storyline that has moved at just the right pace. I also like the fact that religion has come into a lot of conversations recently, especially when it comes to Summer’s rather stern and deeply unpleasant grandmother. As an atheist it’s always interesting to see how religion and religious thought is interpreted in today’s television.
Beverley Callard is blowing me away recently. As the Rovers enters a new era with Peter Barlow at the helm, Liz McDonald has moved on to a job at the Medical Centre, where boss-from-hell Moria is doing everything she can to make Liz’s life a misery. From criticizing her interaction with patients, to mocking her fashion sense, Moira has certainly taken a disliking to Liz, even if she tries to hide her digs as constructive criticism. Trying her best to make positive steps in her new life, Liz struggles to keep up with some of the demands of her new job, and her family life, as ever, makes things even more difficult, but this has given us the viewers some brilliantly funny scenes to enjoy. Friday’s episode saw Liz whack Steve across the head for interfering in her life, after he asked Peter to give her a few shifts behind the bar. Liz’s sharp wit, impatient grimace and at times short temper highlight Bev’s brilliant acting skills, whether she’s playing comedy or drama. I’m really enjoying seeing her in a new environment, even if it still doesn’t seem quite right that she’s no longer amongst the glistening optics of the Rovers Return bar.

Thou shalt not commit adultery

I’m a little bored with the Maria, Aidan, Eva storyline – as with most soap affairs it’s dragging on a bit. The elements I’ve enjoyed have been Eva’s game play, spending all of Aidan’s money and putting him and Maria in some pretty awkward situations. And whilst Adam Barlow’s involvement now means the stakes are much higher, I’m wondering when the cat will be out of the bag and will it be a bit of an anti-climax?

Thou shalt not bear false witness

It has been great seeing Craig given some proper storylines that don’t revolve around his rat. He’s really matured since Bethany’s grooming story was revealed and it has given Colson Smith, who plays Craig, the opportunity to show us that he’s worthy of his place on the Street. Bethany’s closeness to Craig has been really sweet, with some lovely scenes, as has her ever-growing friendship with Mary, who helped Bethany through some of her darkest times. They have both given Bethany the strength to tell the whole truth about Nathan and his pervy mates. Unexpected and surprising friendships often work really well on Corrie - look at Roy and Becky for example, or Tracy and Mary. Speaking of which, I’d love to see more of Dr Gaddas and Liz together. They are complete opposites as people but it would be nice to see them both get into trouble again with Moira and strike up a bit of a friendship.

Forget me not

It has been really nice in the past few weeks to hear references to some old characters, including Bet Lynch and Fred Elliott. It’s nice to know they haven’t been forgotten by characters or producers. The past is very important in Coronation Street, most characters in some way are linked to residents of years gone by. I’m quite excited at the prospect of some old characters coming back to the cobbles too – I can think of a few I’d love to see return, who would you like to see come back?

So that’s me caught up. Welcome to all new Corrie bloggers, I love your work!



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Sunday, 20 August 2017

5 of the best from Corrie's History this week

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

Corriepedia is a wonderful site. If you haven't visited it, please do.

Every day on Twitter the guys who run Corriepedia look back at a handful of storylines which took place on this day in a different year of Coronation Street's history.

And so each Sunday I take  a look at my personal favourite five storylines from those which Corriepedia have alerted us to during the week.

I hope you enjoy these short and sweet looks down memory lane

August 14 in 2009
Becky is arrested for drug possession hours after marrying Steve http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Template:14_August

15th August in 1990
Peter Ingram suffers a heart attack while arguing with Mike Baldwin and dies in hospital http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Template:15_August

16th August in 1989
Gail has her first kiss with Martin Platt, who is ten years her junior http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Template:16_August

17th August in 1987
Alec and Bet return from Torremolinos and announce their engagement http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Template:17_August

18 August in 2014
Ken takes Deirdre on a caravan holiday in North Wales http://coronationstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Episode_8450_(18th_August_2014)

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