Friday, 2 December 2016

Connor McIntyre revals all about playing Corrie's Pat Phelan

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

Connor McIntyre, who plays Pat Phelan, has been talking about Michael Rodwell's final scenes in which Phelan left him to die.

He says: "We’re great mates and really enjoyed filming them – it’s a proper Corrie exit. If I can say this without sounding grandiose, it was like a Renaissance painting, when we were out there certainly! It was very dark, it was very cold and they were the last scenes I did with Les so from that point of view, there was a real weight around the evening. I hope it doesn’t sound perverse to say that we enjoyed it. It was a great piece of writing to be involved with."
Asked if he's enjoying his time on Coronation Street, Connor says: "It’s tip top and the best place to be for me – they’re going to have to get me out with a crowbar or maybe even a JCB!"

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(Phelan Groovy) The Coronation Street viaduct song

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

Here we go with our own version of the Simon & Garfunkel song (Feeling Groovy) The 59th Street Bridge Song.
Yes, it's (Phelan Groovy) The Coronation Street Viaduct Song.

Eileen, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for Todd and Phelan groovy
Hello Anna, what'cha knowing
I've come to watch your sad face groanin'
Ain't cha got no love for me?
Doo be doo doo, Phelan groovy 

I got bad deeds to do 
And scam schemes to keep
I'm an evil, mad man who sent Michael to sleep
Let the viaduct drop all its petals on me
Life I love you, Phelan groovy

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Coronation Street in top 20 most watched TV programmes, ever

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

British broadcast television is 80 years old this week. To commemorate its birthday, a list has been compiled by the Press Association of the 20 most watched transmissions of all time (excluding repeats, films, sport and major news events).

And in that list of the 20 most watched transmissions of all time, Coronation Street features four - yes four - times.

Here are the Coronation Street episodes which made the top 20:

In at No. 9 of 20
Coronation Street (ITV, 2 January 1985): 21.40 million
The episode where Bet Lynch becomes landlady of the Rovers Return.

In at No 18 of 20
Coronation Street (ITV, 18 December 1980): 20.80 million
Post blog note from Corriepedia: The episode claimed - in the PA press release - as having the highest rating in 1980 was in fact the episode shown on 18/2/1981.  18/12/1980 was a Thursday  
It's this episode here starring Ken and Deirdre.

In at Joint No. 20
Coronation Street (ITV, 9 January 1985): 20.60 million

Coronation Street (ITV, 16 January 1985): 20.60 million

The full list of the top 20 can be see at The Guardian website

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Coronation Street - the official advent calendar

The official ITV Coronation Street twitter account @itvcorrie have got a new advent calendar, with a difference.  Instead of just posting one picture every day (as we've done for years and are having a break this year!), @itvcorrie are posting a video every day.

Today's it's Sam Robertson and Rob Mallard, who play Adam Barlow and Daniel Osbourne in Corrie.  It's well worth a look, below:

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Pat Phelan - Villain du jour

(This post was originally posted by Tvor on the Coronation Street Blog in November 2016.)

For me, Pat Phelan is one of the top Corrie villains ever. He's surpassed Richard Hillman on my list and is pretty close to equal ranking with Tony Gordon. Pat's latest misdeeds were to scam loads of people out of their life savings for a construction project for posh flats that was never going to happen and last night, when confronted by Michael Rodwell who found proof of this, he walked away when Michael had a fatal heart attack.

For Phelan to survive this and stay on the show, he'll have to spin it. Vinny masterminded it all and Phelan? He was as much of a victim as anyone else. Nobody's going to believe it but if there's no proof, he might pull it off for now. Todd knows the truth but Todd's in the scam just as deep.

Eventually, he'll have to pay for his misdeeds but until then I'm going to enjoy watching what comes next. Top marks to Connor McIntyre for his excellent performances.

I've done a longer blog about Pat Phelan and his villainy over on State of the Street.

Tvor (Twitter @tvordlj)

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Corrie Canada sneak previews December 5 - 9

Without further ado here is a brief sneak preview of what you'll see on  next week's Corrie in Canada.

The neighbours find out they've lost their money. Todd covers his tracks but has Phelan done a bunk? Tracy does some digging and Daniel finally reveals some of his past. Peter takes the quarreling family in hand to protect Ken's health. Chesney cheers up Gemma. Brian worries about Roy's committment. Brian finds lodgings and procedes to ruffle feathers. Gail and Eileen call a truce on a difficult day. Zeedan and Rana fall out.

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Bill Roache on Kate Oates, six episodes and the young cast members

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

There's an interview with Coronation Street's Bill Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, in today's Mirror .  In it, he talks about Corrie going to six episodes per week and he reveals his thoughts on new producer Kate Oates and the cast's younger members too.

Speaking about the new Corrie producer Kate Oates taking the show to six episodes per week, Bill says: “There’s been a lot of noise about Corrie going six days, but they will be very accommodating. It will be seamless. We’ll hardly notice it. The more the merrier, I say. The bosses are very caring. They’ll adjust the schedule and the logistics of the whole programme so that nobody gets any extra pressure on them. In the early days when we used to do two episodes a weeks we used to rehearse all week. Now it’s done like filming, there’s no rehearsals. I like that, I prefer that system I’m not shy of hard work. I’ll be there until the end if they’ll have me.”

And on the younger members of the cast, he says: “I always thought as I became the elder statesman, the longest serving member, the youngsters would beat a path to my dressing room seeking my advice. Not a chance. I feel it’s the other way around. They’re all so confident and good that I feel I should go to them for advice.”

He adds: "Acting is a real stimulus, it keeps me sharp. The stories keep coming in and they’re wonderful. It’s rejuvenated me. People seem to like me. I think they have just got used to me over the years. I’ve got generations who grew up watching me on TV. I love meeting elderly people and their eyes light up when they see you and they want to chat to you. It’s lovely one can have that effect. It’s not been an easy ride. You have to work hard at acting, you never get casual or flippant about it. I still get nervous before a take. If you don’t you shouldn’t be there.”

Speaking about the new producer Kate Oates, Bill tells the Mirror: “I think she’s wonderful. She’s a lovely person, she really bright. She’s bubbling over with ideas and we’re delighted to have her. She’s injected a new burst of life.”

And on missing Anne Kirkbride, Bill says: “Every time I go on the set there are photographs of Anne all around. She was such a vibrant personality that she’s still very much alive in our thoughts. It’s gone very quickly. It’s like in any family, if someone passes away you feel a sense of loss. That doesn’t go away. There’s a big hole there that nobody else can fill. But you go on.”

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Who's related to who in the Barlow clan? Find out here!

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

This week's Coronation Street was ace, I thought. It moved quickly and a lot happened.

And that look - that look - between Peter and Tracy as they discussed Daniel being the child that Ken had always wanted. Oh, Corrie, you spoil us. What a joy that was.

But as much as I enjoyed watching last night's Corrie I was left feeling a bit confused. We've already got the Barlow family tree - have a look here - but in a nutshell is a "who's related to who" in the Barlow clan - currently on screen.

Adam Barlow is...

Mike Baldwin and Susan Barlow's son
Ken's grandson
Peter's nephew
Tracy's nephew but they are not blood related
Daniel's nephew 
Amy cousin but they are not blood related
Simon's cousin

Daniel Osbourne is...

Ken Barlow and Denise Osbourne's son
Peter's half-brother
Tracy's half-brother but they are not blood related
Adam's uncle
Amy's uncle but they are not blood related
Simon's uncle

And I thought the Connor clan were confusing!

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Coronation Street Blog Interview: Kate Oates

(This post was originally posted by Emma Hynes on the Coronation Street Blog in November 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

The Barlow family is about to get bigger to the tune of one grandson and a son in the forms of Adam Barlow and Daniel Osbourne. I travelled to Manchester to hear all about what’s to come, and am delighted to bring you a trio of interviews with Rob Mallard, Sam Robertson and producer Kate Oates.

While Kate accompanied Rob and Sam for their interviews, as she gave some great insights into the building of this male Barlow dynasty, I thought I would dedicate a separate blog to her comments on the day.

Kate confirms that it is Ken’s stroke that brings back the boys. “Adam is coming from Canada, and Daniel has been living elsewhere with his Mum, with Denise” she explains, “And they are coming back ostensibly to see Ken but there may be other reasons they’re back as well.”

Kate revealed the interesting thought processes behind the decision to go this route with the Barlow clan. “The kind of interesting thing that I found when we were talking about bringing the boys in was that sense that Adam is Mike’s son, and Daniel is Ken’s son, and the old tradition of Corrie was Ken versus Mike, and here we have sort of new fresh versions of both those personalities” she explains. “So that’s what we wanted to bring into the show really, and that they are very very different. And Ken sort of holds the family together, sometimes not ever so well as we saw in that scene between him and Peter where Peter said, ‘you know, you walk away a lot’.” She continues, “Daniel’s certainly hardly seen his father and [Adam has] hardly seen [his] grandfather so it’s not the strong family that Ken might like to think it is. But I love that idea of mini-Mike, but fresh, modern, with his own kind of swagger, and a mini-Ken with his own kind of baggage and his view of life as well. I just think that’s a really nice dynamic to bring to the street.”

So what are we likely to see the boys get up to the cobbles?

“In true Ken fashion, Daniel is a student, he’s an academic, so he’s still at university,” she reveals, “and Adam has trained as a solicitor over in Canada, so he’s got a little bit of legal knowledge. He’s also got a lot of ambition, not unlike his father, so he’ll be bringing a bit of that to the street.”

Asked who were are likely to see the pair involved with, Kate explains,

“Well it’s interesting, because obviously Adam has more history so he has pre-existing relationships with quite a few people in the street. He’s got some grudges against the Connors because he sold his section of the business to the Connor family for not a lot of money, they sort of swindled him a little bit really. So even though Liam Connor is no longer on the street he certainly has that sort of grudging relationship with them. They’re building family relationships really” she notes. “Daniel has yet to get to know Peter and Tracy and even his father really, you know, he’s never had these relationships before, so he’s building all of those from scratch. Adam has more to go on there, certainly with Peter, but it’s nice to see those Barlow bonds growing. Daniel is a bit more shy I think. and we will be growing some nice relationships for him as time goes on, but I might keep those a secret.”

Asked if these are temporary or more permanent returns for the characters, Kate jokes, “They’re never allowed to leave, I’m keeping them forever. They’re never allowed to go anywhere. I repeat” adding, “no, I’m super excited. The reason that I wanted these guys back, and this may trip me up come next contract negotiations, is because I wanted to strengthen that family dynasty. I think that the show needed that and I’ve said before in interviews that when you’re working on the country’s longest running show and this is the longest running family, you strengthen it. There’s no bringing in the secret son that no one knew existed, or the secret sibling that no one knew existed, these people already exist and have been seen in one way shape or form and have all that great history already and it’s just there for the taking. So it’s just a case of bringing it to the show and deciding what they’ve done over the last few years and months and making sure that their back stories and their biogs were nice and rich and that they turned up with a secret or two.”

Asked if we are talking a major dysfunctional Barlow clan, she laughs, “Oh God yeah!”

Kate continues, “It is a little bit like Ken Lear. Well, that was very much what we were thinking, because Ken is at an age now where he is sort of thinking about his mortality and the fact that he’s had a stroke will compound that massively, and he loves his children and his grandchildren but he hasn’t necessarily done right by them all the time.” She notes, “He’s not necessarily been brilliant or exemplary, they’ve certainly got baggage of their own. But I think ultimately they all still have desires to be there and be part of that family and look for a root and a home. So there’s lots of nice conflicting layers, things that people can really relate to on a very day to day level. But also we’ll be adding a nice splash of drama in there two which will hopefully elevate it from the everyday.”

I was interested to know how they would interact with Tracy, and Kate told me “She thinks that Daniel’s really weird and really nerdy and really bookish and like a mini-Ken which she doesn’t think is necessarily a good thing and I think she thinks Adam’s a bit more glitzy, and a bit more fun and a bit more worth hanging out with. So yes, they know each other from old as well, so there is a bit of an existing relationship there.”

Remarking on the expanding households of Corrie, Kate assures us they won’t all be in number one for long. “We’ve sorted out the geography, we’re fine, we’re good” she smiles. “No, there is sometimes a little bit of artistic license with how many people we shoehorn into various properties. They’re going to be roommates on their own really, which is quite a nice dynamic I think. They’re going to be the odd couple.

So, what can we expect to happen in the Barlow household coming up to Christmas?

“There’s a lot of them sorting out the dynamics of their relationships” she reveals. “Peter has come back with a bit of a secret, we’ve seen that he’s come back with a bit of an injury, we’ve seen he’s got no money and we saw that he went to go and meet somebody in the middle of the night and possibly wasn’t completely honest about who, so there are little clues there.” She continues, “His bond with Leanne is still pretty strong and he’s still very fond of her. She’s obviously in a very different place now. She’s pregnant and she’s with Nick, so maybe she’s in a very different headspace to him. But there’s going to be a story for him which these guys will be involved with. It’s about people trying to work out their relationships with Ken and him maybe not handling that ever so well. And as we pass through sort of up to Christmas and into the beginning of next year, we’ll see cracks forming in the family which could prove quite dangerous, so these are the building blocks of stories into winter.”

With regard to Adam, Kate reveals that he may wish to settle some old scores, and something may prevent him from returning to Canada leaving him having to earn a living in Weatherfield.

It’s great to hear the new producer eager to build upon the history of, and focus on, such a legendary Corrie family, and I look forward to seeing it all unfold.

Read my interviews with Rob Mallard and Sam Robertson.

By Emma Hynes
Twitter: @ELHynes
Facebook: @EmmaHynesWrites
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Conversation Street Podcast 226

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

In this podcast, we find out that Michael Rodwell is getting close to finding out all Phelan's secrets but Phelan has ammunition of his own. The Barlow family increases by two this week, with the arrival of Adam Barlow and Daniel Osbourne, chips off the old blocks, perhaps? Maria's troubles continue to get worse and worse as she's arrested for murder! Sarah and Gary find honesty isn't always the best policy. The character profile is Adam Barlow.

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

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Who are Adam and Daniel? See our Ken Barlow family tree!

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

Confused by Ken's family tree? Be confused no more, Corrie fans. Here's our family tree and explanations as to whom Adam Barlow and Daniel Osbourne are - and where Peter fits into it all.

Ken Barlow's first wife was Valerie. They had twins - Peter and Susan.

Ken and wife Valerie Barlow with their twins Susan and Peter Barlow
 Susan grew up to a right little madam. She married Mike Baldwin and they had a son, Adam, pictured below. Then Susan died in a car crash. Adam is Ken's grandson. He was born in 1988 which makes him 28 years old now.
Ken's grandson Adam Barlow with his dad, Mike Baldwin.
Ken had a fling with hairdresser Denise Osbourne and he fathered a child with her, Daniel Osbourne. Daniel was born in 1995 which will make him 21 years old now.

Ken with Denise Osbourne and their son Daniel Osbourne
Ken married Deirdre and adopted Tracy. Tracy is not blood-related to Peter, Adam or Daniel.

Ken with Deirdre and adopted daughter Tracy
Ken also had a fling with Susan Cunningham and fathered Lawrence Cunningham.  Lawrence has two children - James and Chloe.  We've never seen Chloe on screen.

Ken with his grandson James Cunningham (left) and son Lawrence Cunningham (right)

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The new Barlow clan of Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Emma Hynes on the Coronation Street Blog in November 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

This week on Coronation Street, the Barlow boys are back in the show.

Sam Robertson reprises his role as Ken's grandson Adam Barlow.  Adam's dad, you'll remember is Mike Baldwin and his mum was Susan Barlow - Ken's daughter and Peter's twin sister.
Rob Mallard joins the show as Daniel Osbourne, Ken's son.

And here's the clan all together on the cobbles.  Ken, Tracy, Peter, Adam and Daniel.

Confused by who's who in the Barlow clan? Have a look at our handy Barlow family tree.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Corrie Canada Weekly Awards for Nov. 21 - 25

His Fathers' Son award: Adam arrives in a Jaguar (Mike's favourite, which he has to have rented seeing as there was no time to ship it from Canada), cigar in hand, radar for the scotch in the factory and an inherent talent for winding people up while giving them a cheeky grin.

Reality check: Sally challenged Kevin that he is probably better off without Anna if he would have stayed with her out of duty or pity. It gave him something to think about. He is sticking by Anna and made her realize she needs him.

Throwback: Sally talking about Kevin's affair with Molly and how humiliated it made her feel.

Cougar award: Tracy's at it again.

Close the barn door now that the horse is already out: Aidan is arranging to have Maria's locks changed NOW??? *shakes head in despair*

Practicalities award: I know why Anna wanted to go to her own flat. There's a chairlift there for her to navigate the stairs. Kevin doesn't have a chairlift and the bedroom and loo is up steps. I see she has a wheelchair in the flat when she's not using crutches so it must work well.

Musical ambiance: Glory Days playing when David comes out sporting a black eye courtesy of Gary.

Definition Fail: My definition of Private and Phelan's are obviously miles apart. His idea of somewhere more private than the cab office was the pub.

Lines of the week: 
David to the police "Maria Connor, a murderer? There's a dog over at Number 1 that's more capable"
Eileen "D'you know how hard it is to find a man with a drill?"
Gail "Now I know what the invisible woman felt like" Eva "Is it not the invisible man?" Gail "I doubt that very much"
Michael "I don't play for money anymore" (anymore? You kept that quiet)
Michael "Nobody likes a sore loser, Pat" Phelan "That's true, trouble is, I haven't had as much practice as you" (But he did beat you at poker quite soundly)
Peter to Luke about Tracy "You've got no chance. She'll eat you for breakfast" (she already did judging from the leer on that face!)
David "Sarah, do you think it would be possible for you to get a boyfriend that doesn't have some sort of beef with this family?"
Gail "Gary Windass??!! He's been in more trouble than your brother!"
Adam to Eva "You almost dropped your knickers!" Eva *giggle* (spot the chemistry there, it leaped off the screen)
Aidan about Adam "Did you see the way he looked at Eva?" Johnny "The way you look at Maria?" (I knew he'd noticed!)

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Sunday Comments November 27

I see Bethany is making up the exams she missed. She's so crushing on Gary, though he's just nice and friendly with her. Every compliment goes right to her heart, mind you. That's what happens when you're 16. I remember it well! Leanne offered the flat to Sarah for a break and a bubble bath. where's this going? Sarah ended up having to work and Bethany had an idea. She invited Gary to Nick's for a chat, mystifying Gary but he said he'd go. Bethany went to a lot of trouble to set the table, put on nice music and she was dressed quite nicely as well. It backfired. Sarah ended up at the flat after all as did Gary and they thought Bethany had set it up for the two of them. Bethany saw them snogging on the balcony and you could hear her little heart break! It's tough being 16!

Gary and Sarah also spent the night together at Nick's but they're all loved up, contrary to Luke and Tracy. They admit they are falling for each other and in the interest of full disclosure, Sarah tells Gary that David was on his way to blow up Clayton at the time of the accident. Gary's furious. I don't really see how it makes things any different. David lost control of the car which could have happened whether he was in an obsessive rage or not. It was an accident! But Gary isn't going to leave it alone and he hunted David down and thumped him one. As long as they can keep Gary from going to the police, I'm sure David will take the punch.

Might mean that Gary and Sarah are back off again, though. She even has the nerve to blame David for yet again causing her to be on her own. Um. I think that's got more to do with her ill advised taste in men and bad decisions. Gary has to see his mother in pain, feeling very sorry for herself and unsteady where she's not in the safe environment of the hospital. He knows that if David hadn't been bent on revenge, his mother would be ok but he can't add to her problems by telling her, can he? Not now.

Now David's sporting a black eye, again. I swear that lad gets beaten up more than anyone else on the show! Gail was no happier to find out about Sarah and Gary than David was. Now they have to hope Gary keeps his mouth shut and Sarah is begging him not to dump her.

Wherever it is Caz is staying looks really nice.Maria has the statement from that credit card Caz stole from her and it proves that Caz used it in London near where Pablo lives. Stalker, much? Caz seems like someone that is more impulsive, not a long term planner so buying a tablet and webcam weeks ago doesn't seem like something she'd have done. How long did it take Maria to cancel the stolen card, anyway? And yep, the police think that Caz knowing about the sham marriage is a good motive for murder. Seriously, though, the evidence isn't even strong enough to be considered circumstantial.

As crazy as Caz was to Kate, i'm surprised Kate doesn't believe Caz could be setting up Maria, which Aidan pointed out. Maria going about the neighbourhood full of accusations and shouting doesn't make her look very stable, either. She needs to keep her dignity about her. Aidan is starting to come round and visit Maria regularly. Three times in one day, obviously, and he really wants to help her and comfort her, even taking her out and about looking for Caz though that was a fruitless effort. He's walking a fine line and I wonder if Johnny is starting to pick up signals. Now Eva is throwing Aidan at her, insisting he stay with her because she's so upset. Caz is watching all this, and it looks to her, I think, that Maria's still landing on her feet.

The chemistry does seem to be intensifying between them even if Maria says she considers them just mates now. And as mates, she offered to cut his hair and discovered the bloody scissors. And why didn't she ever change the locks? Surely this will get that done, at the very least. Aidan thinks cleaning them won't work. But bleach will, I tell the screen. He doesn't hear me. He manages to take the scissors and he tucks away the scissors case (which will still have blood in it, remember) and dumps the scissors in the bin outside the factory. The police turned up to search the flat and the salon on a tip off which they didn't follow up on so I guess they didn't find the bloody scissors case in the flat. It wasn't that well hidden, was it?

Aidan is kipping on Maria's sofa. And yet when Kirk was staying there at the same time Caz was, they couldn't both have been on the sofa so is there another room/bed or not? Maybe Kirk shared the bed with little Liam. Anyway, it seems like this is going to be ongoing until Caz is caught. Aidan gets a message or email from Maria thanking him for going above and beyond the call of duty but when he mentions it to Maria, Maria denies sending it so they deduce that Caz did but how did she know to use the same phrase Maria had recently used? Well, she must have been hiding in the flat at the time, they decide. That's creepy. It'll be even creepier when they find out about the webcam. And it's strange that Caz knew Aidan's work email. Yet another plot hole in this storyline that's a mere spider web it's so thin with gaps.

Johnny finds the bloody scissors in the bin outside Underworld because the bin pickup day has changed. Aidan and Eva think it will be ok but obviously not since Johnny and Jenny discover what they discover. Jenny insists to Johnny that they call the police. Earlier in the cafe, Jenny made a wise ass remark at Aidan's expense but he snapped right back at her and she knew it. I wonder if she insisted on the police out of spite? Maria's well and truly in trouble now. Johnny was furious to find out that it was Aidan that hid the scissors and him passing them over to the police could dob Aidan right in it.

Aidan is now, just NOW, arranging to have the locks changed. I despair, I really do. And he's even paying for a hotel for her and Liam for a few days. I don't think he's going to have to worry about that. Maria got arrested for murdering someone where there's not actually a body yet, the latest in wrongful arrest on a soap.

The next day, Aidan is surly, Kate seems smug and Kirk is utterly devastated. Adam stirred things up a bit and there was most definitely chemistry between he and Eva and Aidan noticed straight away. And I just knew Johnny had noticed the sparks between Aidan and Maria! He's right, Aidan has only made Maria's case worse.

Anna's on her feet, with well wrapped legs and crutches. Got to be painful as well as difficult. Debbie Rush is doing a great job. Hard to imagine she's going home already. I also wonder that it would only take the one skin graft operation. Do we know if there will be further operations? IN real life, with burns as bad as hers, there would be. Kevin took his time deciding to go see Anna. Perhaps he really did have doubts in spite of his feelings for her. Sally seemed to reinforce those doubts but it make Kevin think about how he really feels and he's determined to stand by her. He really does love her. She does need him and the end result is they're back together.

Anna's home from the hospital and has decided to go to her own flat rather than Kevin's house just for a few weeks until she is further down the road to recovery. Kevin doesn't seem happy about it but accepts it. I should think Anna will be using the automatic chair lift to navigate the steps. We did see that she had a wheelchair in the flat though she also uses crutches to get around. Kevin has stairs to the bedroom and loo but she probably can't manage them very well. That's a good reason as any though it's not mentioned. Anna might be home but she doesn't want to go outside and deal with people looking at her and gawping and answering endless inquiries as to how she is, with other people not really knowing what to say or how to talk to her.

In other news, Faye invites Seb to Craig's as a way of getting some face time. Craig is going to be accepted into the constabulary, having appealed their rejection decision and had it overturned so he's not very happy to find that the dvds Seb has brought are all illegal pirated movies. Seb is thoroughly despicable isn't he? He's controlling and he's exaggerating Craig's attitude because he knows Craig is in the right. He's determined to keep Faye to himself, I think. Craig just sees his mate getting in over her head. And he's right. He challenged her to prove she was worthy of hanging out with him. She nicked Phelan's phone, which he'd left on a table and forgot.

And in another dawning of a storyline that's starting off as a brief and angry encounter which inevitably led to something more, much to my regret, is a few chance encounters between Luke and Tracy Barlow. I know she's got form for flinging with younger men (David Platt, Nick Tilsley, both one night stands, and Ryan Connor, even if it was just to wind up Michelle) but I hope this isn't leading to a grand passion. I suppose I can stomach it if it's just going to keep to a physical fling, designed for the rest of us to reinforce the disgust and disapproval many of us viewers have for her. It's a soap. it's inevitable that some sort of relationship starts with dislike. They did it with she and Rob, remember? But that actually worked really well. They were two peas in a pod. Robert even warned him off Tracy so what did he do? Go to apologize and end up in bed with her. *sigh*

Thankfully, Luke and Tracy's fling seems to have been just that. A one nighter. Tracy doesn't want him to call and he didn't seem overly upset and they both had a "phwoar" look on their faces with the satisfaction of the events they did share. I Laughed at the leer Luke gave after Peter commented that he had no chance with Tracy who would have him for breakfast. She already did, mate, she already did! Meanwhile, Peter's still spending nights out somewhere and disappearing regularly and we don't know where yet.

Ken still isn't seeing his family. Adam Barlow, the grandson Ken spent all that time with in Canada while Adam was ill, is flying over next week. Tracy thinks it's a good idea if they just barge into Ken's room. Peter thinks they need to give Ken his space for the time being. But Tracy is impatient and she finds out someone has been seeing him. Who might that be?

Tracy is furious and she thinks it's Peter because he keeps disappearing. Except it's not Peter, is it? Then who is it? Tracy's determined to find out. Peter's feeling guilty about a lot of things, not just Ken. Adam arrives looking like his father's son, Jaguar and cigar (though he barely gave it lip service) and a nose for the scotch, knowing exactly where it was hidden. I guess it was a case of a nod to his old dad. He certainly was being presumptious going into the office at the factory and helping himself to the scotch considering none of the Connors that are there now have any idea who he is. I got thinking, who in the factory would remember him from back in the day, just Sally and Fiz and Sean I think. Kirk might have been around as well.

Peter was fussing about the housework and Tracy is more concerned with this mystery person visiting Ken. The person is a young man, pale, sandy hair. He even looks a little bit like Ken don't you think? Good reason for it. Tracy took matters into her own hands and all three, she, Peter and Adam came barging into Ken's room to find the young man reading to him. He's Daniel Osborne, Ken's son by Denise.

Eileen is off to the doctor to see about her hearing. Turns out she had a wax build up, that's all. I think it's starting to look to me like Phelan must have some feelings for her which is going to make it more difficult for him to take the money and run. I firmly believe he's going to end up claiming to be Vinny's victim in all this and though he's a villain, he hasn't killed anyone yet so he's still got a chance of hanging in there and turning things around. Michael can barely stand to be in the same room as Phelan and Phelan continues to take great delight in winding Michael up.

Freddie came looking for a game of cards and Eileen pulled Phelan into it. Phelan pulled Vinny into it. Rummy turned into poker. Michael ended up in the mix, not wanting to see Freddie get ripped off. Turns out, Michael is a very good poker player, much to the surprise of Phelan and Vinny. Sounds like Michael has had a poker playing card shark past which he picked up in prison. Except he was only in prison for a few months wasn't he? Michael certainly kept his dignity and faced down Phelan.

Michael finds it chilly at Gail's and so needs his electric blanket only the electric cable is missing. Naturally he has to go to Eileen's to get it and asks Todd to let him in to fetch it himself since Todd has to go to work. This he does and guess what? Phelan nips home to get something, while on the phone (to Vinny though he doesn't mention him by name) and Michael overhears Phelan say he's putting up a pretense for Eileen and he and the person on the phone will be sunning themselves in Mexico very soon. The plot is afoot!

So what does he do? He drags Anna into it, a woman who is in rough shape and needs all her energy while she recovers. She doesn't have the energy to deal with Phelan. How does he think she is going to be of any help? Michael then took great pleasure in poking sticks at Phelan without actually winding him up, pretending everything was above board and just wanting to talk about maybe buying a flat himself. He looked quite satisfied when Phelan got snappy with him and it seems to have put the wind up Phelan.

He's sure Michael knows something and he's suspicious but he doesn't want Vinny to take it in hand. And Vinny, he's called "time" on the project and they're off to Mexico on Monday. Phelan has his ticket in the backpack but he snapped Eileen's head off when she picked it up. He did apologize the next day.

Meanwhile, Michael is investigating the building site. The only things working there are two doberman's. Pinky and Perky, apparently. He then told Eileen what he overheard, about a trip to Mexico that he wasn't going to tell Eileen about. She defended him but it sowed a seed. Pat obviously was one step ahead of her, though, pre-booking her off work for Monday so she's going to think he's suprising her and Michael just got the wrong end of the stick. What he was doing, was trying to get her out of town so he'd be gone before she got back. She's not going. She wants to see Peter Andre at the Good Samaritan awards.

Tim overheard bits and pieces and he's alerted Michael that there was something in the rucksack and he's been fobbing Eileen off her questions. He wants to go somewhere private. So he brings up the subject again. At the pub. Even more not private than the cab office! Michael takes the opportunity to try to pull secrets out of Phelan's rucksack in a confrontation. He covered. He had a ring box and proposed to Eileen! See Michael. See egg on Michael's face.

Yasmeen's friends are sympathetic and shocked to hear Sharif has done a bunk. Sonia is still lurking around, too. Even Alya has her allies and is getting sympathy, mainly from people that don't know the whole truth, though. She didn't know Sharif had left but Sally was the one that told her. I appreciated Sally talking about Kevin's affair to Molly, too, and how humiliated she felt after it came out. She had a final confrontation with Sonia who was her usual smug self even though pretending to be apologetic and sympathetic and got a smack across the face for her trouble. I cheered. I'm not an advocate of violence but I've been in Yasmeen's shoes and sometimes wish I'd had that same opportunity myself. Alya was there but Yasmeen soon rejected her again with harsh words about her late father being disappointed in her. Ouch.

Clayton was sentenced to life with a minimum of 15 years. Gemma has won runner up for that Good Samaritan award!

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Who are Adam and Daniel? See our Ken Barlow family tree!

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

Confused by Ken's family tree? Be confused no more, Corrie fans. Here's our family tree and explanations as to whom Adam Barlow and Daniel Osbourne are - and where Peter fits into it all.

Ken Barlow's first wife was Valerie. They had twins - Peter and Susan.

Ken and wife Valerie Barlow with their twins Susan and Peter Barlow
We know that Peter Barlow is returning. Susan grew up to a right little madam. She married Mike Baldwin and they had a son, Adam, pictured below. Then Susan died in a car crash. Adam is Ken's grandson. He was born in 1988 which makes him 28 years old now.

Adam Barlow has returned to Coronation Street.
Ken's grandson Adam Barlow with his dad, Mike Baldwin.
Ken had a fling with hairdresser Denise Osbourne and he fathered a child with her, Daniel Osbourne. Daniel was born in 1995 which will make him 21 years old now. 

Daniel Osbourne has returned to Coronation Street

Ken with Denise Osbourne and their son Daniel Osbourne
Ken married Deirdre and adopted Tracy. Tracy is not blood-related to Peter, Adam or Daniel.

Ken with Deirdre and adopted daughter Tracy
Ken also had a fling with Susan Cunningham and fathered Lawrence Cunningham.  Lawrence has two children - James and Chloe.  We've never seen Chloe on screen.

Ken with his grandson James Cunningham (left) and son Lawrence Cunningham (right)
And as for little Simon? He's Ken's grandson, Peter's son.

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