Friday, 30 September 2016

Steph and Andy - Coronation Street's best couple?

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

It's always the quiet ones, the unassuming ones, the characters in the background on a slow burner that you want to see more of. And at the moment, it's Steph and Andy - Coronation Street's best couple by far.

Robert has no idea how much of a little gem he's got working for him in the form of Steph. Andy, well, he plays his part too!  But the pair of them together are keeping the Bistro going, holding the place steady while Robert and Nick rock it from side to side, threatening to throw everything overboard.

I've long been a fan of Steph and it's only recently that I think the pairing of her with Andy is really starting to work.  I'm loving these two together.  And if Andy's zombie-fest party is anything to go by the other night, we've got a lot to look forward to with this unassuming Corrie couple.

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Watch: Coronation Street lovers reunite in tearful TV reunion

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

Sherrie Hewson left ITV's Loose Women today after 14 years on the show.  There were tears, lots of tears - and also a bit of a treat.

Sherrie, who played Maureen Holdsworth in Coronation Street, was surprised on Loose Women when Kevin Kennedy, who played Curly Watts turned up to wish her goodbye.

Maureen and Curly once spent the night together, an unlikely pairing if ever there was one...

You can watch Sherrie's reunion with Kevin here - they chat about the old times on Coronation Street.  When asked if they would like to go back into Coronation Street, Kevin Kennedy said he would, yes. "I'm doing The Commitments at the moment," he said, "But then we'll see what happens!"

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Corrie Canada sneak previews for Oct. 3 - 7

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

Cathy finds out who Alex's biological father is. She snaps at Roy's advice but Alex surprises her. Sharif juggles Alya's suspicions with Sonia's demands. How much is it going to cost him? Alya works toward making her own career dreams come true. Aadi and Asha plot to get Mary back on board. Maria and Tyrone conspire to push Freddie and Audrey together. Will Craig and Kirk support Beth in court? Kirk and Maria get bad news.

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There's something about Sean

(This post was originally posted by Clinkers (David) on the Coronation Street Blog in September 2016, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Has anyone else noticed a slight change in the atmosphere down Weatherfield way of late? Maybe it is just a general comparison of the episodes we are watching now to those somewhat weary ones we were dragging ourselves through earlier in the year. A new broom (sorry Kate for likening you to a cleaning implement) can sometimes have that effect in any workplace. People react to change and for a time, there is a new found vivacity, an unbridled joy in life. Here's hoping it lasts.

Not that everyone has been affected by this joie de vivre. Take Sean Tully for example. Seriously, someone just take him and have a word. Over the past few years Sean seems to have become a bit of a non-character, fading into the shadows or perhaps Eileen's cleavage. When he first toddled onto the cobbles about four hundred years ago, Sean was a breath of fresh air and a bit of a laugh. Not anymore.

I almost spat my barm cake across the room at the knowledge that Sean was only just celebrating his 40th birthday. Seriously? Then again, he fits in with all of the other unlikely ages offered up by Street residents. The Audrey-Gail-Nick scenario is pretty bizarre with Nick looking almost as old as his grandmother. Plus we are expected to believe that Rita is in her eighties when in fact, she's 109 years old. Bless her.

Over the years, Sean has often been the recipient of unfair criticism, usually along the lines that his character was pandering to some out-dated notion of camp. A Mr Humphries for the new Millennium.  A load of old rot of course. Camp exists in many, glorious forms and you only have to tune in to an edition of First Dates on Channel 4 to see it thrive. So we'll have none of that thank you very much. Besides, he's now billeted with Norris who's the biggest old queen in residence at the moment.

No, Sean's problem is that he's terminally dull. He exists on a rollercoaster of relationship ups and downs. Sean gives his all to the new man in his life which always seems to crush the life out of them. For anyone else this would form part of a learning curve. However, Sean just hits the reset button and starts all over again. He weeps, he sulks, he lashes out, he utters a few waspish one-liners and then, like a Lidl Bet Lynch, re-emerges, stately as a galleon, behind the Rovers bar. Then off we go again.

Despite his forty (yes, I'm still not a believer) years, Sean's mindset is seemingly stuck in his teenage mode. Watching a middle-aged man immersing himself in strops and tantrums doesn't make for easy or pleasurable viewing. Thankfully he's extracted himself from M'lady of the Miseries household (and the sooner Eileen gets shipped off to Cell Block H for fraud, the better) so without her to feed his moods, Sean might just emerge from this a little stronger.

If Sean is to stick around then he needs to learn from past mistakes, not continue treading the same tear-sodden ground forever and a day. Give him a new man by all means but let's see him approach a relationship in a calm, reasonable manner. Maybe people will warm to him more. If not, then it's eternal afternoons of sherry and malicious gossip with Norris.

David Bridgman.
Twitter @bridglondon

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Conversation Street Podcast 217

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

There's been some big developments on Coronation Street this week. Gemma and Michael discuss Craig meeting his father and finding out a big secret about his mother which really came out of the blue. Phelan and Vinny's plan moves forward but Todd has it all figured out so P&V have to take action. Where *is* Eileen, anyway? Billy and Todd's relationship has angered some of the parishioners so Billy might be thinking about a major career change. Speaking of which, religion is discussed by our erstwhile podcast hosts and there is always news to look forward to and some feedback.

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Pretty Little Liars meets Coronation Street

Inspired by our blog posts where Desperate Housewives meets Coronation Street and The Sopranos, Street style, Corrie fan @RatchetCal on twitter got in touch to suggest we do a Pretty Little Liars and Corrie mash-up blog post.

And so, with thanks to and help from @RatchetCal here we go with Pretty Little Liars meets Coronation Street. 

Corrie's Tina McIntyre meets Alison DiLaurentis. 
Both were killed off.

Eva Price meets Hanna Marin.
Hannah and Eva share very similar fashion attitudes. In the words of Hanna Marin... she wears six inches or she wears nothing!

Charlotte DiLaurentis (formerly known as Charles DiLaurentis; born Charles Drake; alias CeCe Drake) is Hayley Cropper (formerly known as Hayley Patterson; born Harold Patterson). 
Transsexuals, both fond of a red coat.

Cilla Battersby-Brown is Mona Vanderwaal
Mona is very clever, she plots, schemes and gets away with everything. She lies to her friends and manipulates situations - much like Cilla used to do to her family.

Sally Webster is Veronica Hastings
They're both very mumsy, always looking out for their family, they would stop at nothing to ensure their families safety. And both are a bit of a social climbing snob.

Jonny Connor is Byron Montgomery
They're both like to be the boss and they're both total hypocrites

Kate Connor is Aria Montogomery 
Byron is Aria's dad, much like Johnny is Kate's dad. Both women have a bit of a tearaway hunky brother and they both have a bit of a party side too.

Sophie Webster is Spencer Hastings
Spencer and Sophie are both very caring and like to be organised, they're both very genuine people.

Emily Fields is Caz Hammond
Lesbians who are unlucky in love with failed career paths.

Thanks again to @RatchetCal

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Pics: Coronation Street cast the perfect family

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

There has been a lot of great response online to our blog post about how Corrie can cast the perfect characters so that they look like real-life families on screen.

And so, in addition to those we covered here, here are some more examples of perfect Corrie casting!

 Gary and Eddie Windass.

Jack Duckworth and Tyrone Dobbs. While not blood-related, Tyrone was more of a son to Jack than Terry ever was or will be.
 The Battersby-Brown brood of Cilla, Fiz and Chesney.

Amy and Tracy Barlow look very much alike, even if Amy channels grandma Blanche.

And St Ella of the Beige with daughter Leanne.

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Until Plot Do Us Part

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

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a happy couple in possession of a good marriage must be in want of a plot twist. It’s seldom a harmless one either, and generally something devastating for one if not both parties.

Yes, it’s soap, and Corrie has had us enthusiastically sobbing and despairing at countless heartaches and infidelities over the years. In recent weeks and months we’ve seen Billy and Todd, Nick and Leanne, Luke and Maria, Gary and Izzy, and Caz and Kate embroiled in relationship drama, while secrets threaten the happiness of Aidan and Eva and Steve and Michelle.

The course of true love never did run smooth, but the cobbles tend to offer added bumps along the way. However, while we wouldn’t be without this feature of our favourite soap, does every couple have to be rocked by catastrophe from within the relationship itself? Seeing as the thread of normality is one of the most endearing things about Coronation Street, why can’t we have a strong, devoted couple who simply love one another and face life’s obstacles together, as people do in real life?

While not without their troubles, Tyrone and Fiz and Steph and Andy are among those showing stability at the moment. But it’s a fact that, along with Tim and Sally, Beth and Kirk and Sharif and Yasmeen were probably the closest thing to the faithful, enduring couple that we’ve seen in some time. It actually pains me to write that in the past tense, as we have now come to learn that Sharif has been having an affair for the past seven years, and Beth is a bigamist.

One of the things I enjoyed most about the Nazirs from the beginning was the love and respect the couple clearly had for one another. As we got to know them we could see Sharif’s admiration for his clever and passionate wife, and the strength she gained from his support, particularly after the death of Kal. She in turn helped him when he struggled to cope with the news that Alya had slept with Jason, allowing him to see the situation in a new light. This was not the guise of a man engaging in an affair behind his wife’s back, or a husband giving any indication of being remotely interested in anyone other than the woman he clearly adored.

Beth and Kirk’s unlikely pairing has been a triumph, and a ripe source of humour as well as proof that couples can simply be happy with one another, irrespective of what life throws at them. They also show that good marriages are far from boring to watch, a fact which is thankfully supported by Tim and Sally. As with the Nazirs, Beth and Kirk have had their ups and downs, but consistently supported one another and faced the world together. Their 80s wedding was joyous, and at no point did we see a hesitation or glimmer of doubt, concern, or guilt from Beth which might have indicated that she was already married. In fact, she wanted them to have a dream wedding, and so much so that they exhausted themselves working extra shifts to pay for it. Nobody would have suspected that she was entering into a bigamous marriage, and while her behaviour is questionable at times, such is her love for Kirky, it’s hard to believe she would.

In the cases of all the other troubled couples, their woes have arisen organically out of the drama. However, with regard to the Nazirs and Sutherlands, it would certainly seem that their existing backgrounds have been revised, and quite dramatically at that, for the sake of creating new stories in the present. Both revelations have the shock factor, but for me, the believability isn’t there. Why? Because these very particular actions would have needed to be part of their stories in the first place for them to ring true.

This is not to say that hitherto unknown ghosts can’t arrive to haunt people, but if they do, the chosen ghost has to make sense in the context of the existing drama, and who that character is as a person. With regard to Beth and Kirk, I personally think their marriage should be sacred, and bigamy simply isn’t believable to me in this instance. As above, there is nothing wrong with a resurrected skeleton, and they have proven themselves to be great for drama. Indeed, the reappearance of Craig’s Dad already has this potential without the bigamous element.

While my preference for the Nazirs is fidelity, if Sharif absolutely had to play away, why not have him embark on an affair in the present? Considering the strength of the couple, there would have to be a good justification for it, but we could then experience the situation unfold, his potential turmoil and possible guilt-ridden reveal, and feel fully invested in it.

While we can't be sure of how the drama will progress for either of them, and there's no doubting that whatever happens will be performed well, as Beth’s marriage and Sharif’s affair predate their first appearances on the programme, they now alter my perception of their characters and every scene I’ve ever seen them in, and this jars because they simply don’t match. We all know the suspension of disbelief is essential to viewing Corrie, but for us to believe in the drama, realism must be at the core of who the characters are, the actions they take, and how they deal with the situations they find themselves in. Even if the actions or situations are unheard of and surface from the past, fitting both the character and the drama which has gone before is essential if we are to believe in them. These retrospective additions to Beth and Sharif's stories are proof of just how important this is.

By Emma Hynes
Twitter: @ELHynes
Facebook: @EmmaHynesWrites

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Gary and Sarah to get together in Corrie - Yay or Nay?

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

You probably know by now that I'm a huge Gary Windass fan so I won't bang on (again) about how lovely he is. 

What I would like to know, however, is whether you think Gary and Sarah should get together.

I'd love Gary and Izzy to get back together, of course, but it looks like that is not going to happen.  And so, I think Gary and Sarah might work.

What do you think? Gary and Sarah together as a couple - Yay or Nay?

See also:
Gary Windass - most handsome man that Corrie's ever had?

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Corrie Canada Weekly Awards Sept 12 - 16

Revenge award: David certainly wiped the smug off Lauren's face, didn't he? Now he's contacting Macca via social media under a false name. (Cormac Hibbs? Wonder how long it took them to come up with that name!)

Cheapskate award: Does Norris really peg his teabags out to dry? I wouldn't put it past him.

Mixed messages award: Maria invited Luke to the salon awards do. No wonder he got the wrong idea.

Walking Dead award: OMG Andy looks so good done up like a Zombie!!! I never expected to see a Zombie on the cobbles.

Monday, not Moanday award: Looks like Luke's weekend was better than expected!

Bleedin' Obvious award: "Happy Birthday, Sean" "You remembered!" The hat was a giveaway.

Quick turn around time award: Faye posted a letter to the prison on Saturday. Monday morning's post seems to contain a visiting order.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf award: This time Sean is telling the truth, he isn't the snitch, but Billy didn't believe him.

Rock and a hard place award: Bishop John.

Predictable award: Beth is still married to Darryl the Rat (the unfurry one, that is). You could see that coming a mile away.

Lines of the week:
Sean "I'm turning 40 on Monday and living with a man who pegs his teabags out to dry" (when you put it that way...)
David "I wanna stay angry so leave my stuff alone" (It's not about moving on, luv, it's about finding a new normal)
David "We give our clients everything they want. No, what we do is give them everything they deserve" (and he's back!)
Caz "I never thought I'd feel like this again" (and that sounds like more than just 'I had a great weekend')
Todd to Billy "One day will be too late. And then you miss out" (that's true)
Sean "There's no point in being old *and* bitter" (you're learning)
Audrey to Maria "Maybe it's something you give off. You do seem to attract the gays, don't you? No offense, Sophie!"
Michelle "You know what they say about narrow minds and wide mouths, don't you?"
Kevin "I looked like Magnum P.I. in overalls!"
Billy "It's one thing being open minded. It's another thing facing mutiny in the flock|

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Corrie spoiler links - September edition

We don't do very many spoilers here on the Bluenose Corrie blog. Lots of Canadians really don't want to know what's going to happen on The Street but the truth is out there for those that want to click. Here are some recent spoilers for those that can't wait. We're only listing the character name/s but the link probably contains the spoiler so if you don't want to know, don't hover the mouse over it or you might see something you didn't want to.

Characters leaving or joining the show
Roy and Cathy

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When Coronation Street cast the perfect characters

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

There have been a few comments left on the Coronation Street Blog and on our twitter feed saying casting actor Paul Loughran as Craig's dad is another example of perfect casting on Corrie.

We can only agree!  And here are some more perfect castings, where the actors actually do look as if they could be family members in real life too.

Father and daughter Kevin and Sophie Webster.

Mother and daughter Audrey Roberts and Gail Rodwell

Mother and daughter Blanche Hunt and Deirdre Barlow

Mother and son Gail Rodwell and David Platt.

All of the original Connor clan with their dark, glossy coats - including Ozzy!  Even though Carla wasn't born a Connor, she fitted in perfectly too.

Are there any more perfectly cast family members you'd include in our list? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Sunday Comments September 25

Craig is really thrown for a loop finding out about his father. He's got more questions than he has answers and you can tell he's still really just a kid with no life experience. He wondered if his dad really was evil, how his mother could have a baby with him. He's not old enough to realize that a lot of women love bad boys. Faye thinks he should write a letter just to get it all out. He did take her advice and write out his thoughts and questions and then destroyed it. Faye meant well but she intervened, didn't she, and retrieved his letter that, when we saw it later, wasn't all wet and stained with the pop he'd doused it with. How is she going to find out what prison Craig's dad is in, though?

Craig is in a funk and so is Beth because Craig has no intention of coming back home. Sally is getting tired of him underfoot though allows that he's very well behaved (in spite of how he was brought up!) Beth decides to talk to the police to explain that Craig didn't know his father was in prison, hoping to get them to accept Craig's application. We don't know how that went because later on, Sinead brings Craig a letter from his father. Yes, Faye took that letter out of the rubbish, recopied it and sent it on Friday and Daddy has written back swiftly. Beth is horrified. Anna is as well since Faye put her name to the letter as writing on behalf of her friend Craig. Craig, after a nice chat with Tim, rips up the letter but later patches it together and applies for a visiting order online. He later goes to the Bistro and gets legless and upchucks all over Sally's carpet. I think his days kipping on the sofa there have abruptly come to an end.

Craig is feeling his first hangover and he's pretty shaky. I doubt that will teach him a lesson on the long run about moderation, though. Tyrone has offered him a bed but warns him about Fierce Fiz. He allowed the rat but I wonder what Fiz will say about that! Well, anyway, Craig is going to see his dad after all, regardless of what Beth thinks. Lovely scene between Kirk and Craig. Kirk is a lovely man and is a great father figure to Craig.

And wow, could they have cast Craig's father any better? Turns out his father is a thief, banks and other places. But Darryl is happy to see his son for more than the usual reasons. Give the lad all the things he wants to hear and then lower the boom. He wanted Craig to bring drugs in and when he wouldn't, heart broken, he told Craig that Beth and he were still legally married. Oh you could see that coming and you could hear Kirk's heart break.

Just like that, Sarah decided to cancel Bethany's gym membership without a word to her. That wasn't fair, I don't think, at least without talking to her first. But that meeting at the school didn't sort things out did it? Lauren persued Bethany even more than before, right into the salon until David got his hands on her. I loved how he handled bully Lauren!!! It wasn't just a chunk of hair he removed but the whole length with a threat included! That should sort her out. He's such a good liar that he had the police believing it was Lauren crying wolf and had Gemma to back him up. Now *that's* the way to handle a bully!

Meanwhile, did you notice Izzy watching Gary and Sarah from across the road? I think she can see the sparks of chemistry there just the way us viewers can. Aidan is still balking at moving in together and Eva has realized he's not ready for it so he ended up agreeing to move in now. Then still looked like he was trapped.

Robert wants Steph to take on the temporary manager job while Leanne is away and it might even work into another bout while Leanne is on maternity leave. Steph is a bit dubious but the offered pay rise does the trick. The problem is that Robert is often rude to her and treats her pretty crap at times. Today, for instance, the party of 10 for a birthday has expanded to 20 and Steph missed the email requesting a cake. Robert treats her like dirt but she manages to talk Sean out of his and then Robert calls her out later when he finds out she offered Sean a posh meal for the cake rather than send someone to Freshco for a store-made one. You can't win! Robert was then going to take the management away from her but she wants one last chance so she ditched the afternoon she and Andy planned at a Zombie party. Didn't he look amazing!!!

Audrey's salon was up for an award but she ended up ditching the do because she's worried about David. So what if he's kept his bloody jacket? That's not a sign he's not coping, it's actually his way of coping and he *seems* to be holding his own but when Bethany talked about missing Kylie, he got agitated. We can also he's got that dangerous edge back again because David hasn't let go of the anger so Gail does have a point. He should probably talk to someone if he can't talk to his family. It's not about moving on, it's about finding a new normal. But alas, he's also making social media contact wtih Macca who is the brother of the kid that killed Kylie and that can't be a good thing.

Billy isn't totally comfortable with Todd staying with him, still concerned with appearances but it was another stab through Sean's heart. But Billy also feels it's too soon in the relationship to move in together. I'd say so if they aren't even having sex yet or only just started to.

Sean turns 40 and it's not quite the birthday he anticipated. It starts off ok, with his mates in the factory celebrating and ordering a nice cake from Roy. He is feeling his age and the jokes don't help but overall, he seems happy enough. He even invites Billy and Todd to his drinks do after work, in the view to fresh starts. But Billy finds out a parishoner has complained to the Bishop about Todd staying at the vicarage and after Sean's trick the other day of cancelling the hotel room, Eva suspects Sean. She doesn't say it but eyes follow her glance to Sean and she ends up telling Todd and Billy about the hotel room incident (which as you remember was rebooked before Todd knew anything about it) and Billy accuses Sean of being the snitch. He insists he didn't and I think he probably is telling the truth but it causes bad feelings. Steph has also come and talked Sean out of his birthday cake, needing it for the Bistro for a party, though offering a swank dinner for two in exchange so he's lost that, too. Some birthday party!

Will Billy be able to prove the snitch was Sean? I smell the boy that cried 'Wolf!', i.e. Sean has done stuff in the past to sabotage this couple but when he doesn't actually do anything, they still think he has. Of course, Sean is upset at Eva, too. There is a huge confrontation between Billy and Sean in the factory but Aidan was quite nice to Sean, wasn't he? Billy's Bishop hashed it all out. John the Bishop accepts Billy as he is but has to juggle the parishioners, too, and if even one of them can't turn to their religious leader, there's a problem. And Billy's right, the church is lagging behind in tolerance and he shouldn't have to wait another 20 years for it to catch up. It puts Billy in a hard place and he doesn't think it's fair. And it isn't. Todd then suggests that maybe Billy might have to leave the church to live the life he wants to.

Maria invited Luke to the salon awards dinner which naturally makes him think she wants him back. Why wouldn't he think that? Maria wants to be friends but she should know that he would take this the wrong way, not the way she meant it. Well, Steph gave Maria a piece of her mind in defence of her brother. Luke ended up crushed when Maria dropped out of the evening.

Luke seems to have had a good weekend and rocks up on Monday morning still in his tux and sporting a big grin. He and Kevin have a drink later and Kevin, the old man of the Garage, tells Luke he used to be a player with the ladies back in the day, with more hair and a big tache, like Magnum PI. Luke doesn't know who that is nor does he recognize the actor, Tom Selleck. That makes Kevin feel old!

Caz had a job interview but a confrontation with Kate landed coffee all over and she was late for it then missed the bus. Maria ended up soothing her. I did feel sorry for her, feeling so defeated and stranded in civvie life. Maria did kind of make it all about her in some ways. Most people have had trauma in their lives and have to find a way to survive it, building up coping mechanisms.

Caz is grateful for Maria's intervention and they chat about the nice weekend they had doing family things together with Liam. Caz doesn't have much luck at the job center but thanks Maria for letting her use her address when she registered for benefits. Maria looks perturbed but accepts is and Caz offers to make a nice lunch, which she does, but when thanking Maria, she hugs her and leans in for a little kiss. It's not a snog and Maria is not quite sure how it was meant. We viewers know Caz is developing a crush but Maria doesn't. Maria ends up distracted and making mistakes at work and ends up telling Audrey and Sophie who's there as well about the kiss. There's a bit of joking about it and Caz overhears. Ouch. Caz hits the bricks and runs off.

Now of course, Maria is feeling guilty, soft touch that she is and she coerces Sophie into looking around Manchester for Caz, stopping at some of the shelters and they do find Caz eventually and convince her to come home with them. Feet. Meet table. And she has another encounter with Aidan. Aidan has a client in and she's looking for an admin person so he tells Maria to tell Caz. Caz does well with the interview but it turns out the job is in Newcastle. Aidan says he didn't realize but the aim was probably to get Caz out of town, right? Caz didn't take the job and Aidan bitches to Maria about it and Maria makes a reference to honesty. He calls her on that again later, saying their close encounter was a mistake, but she mutters "maybe to you" though doesn't repeat it when he asks what she said. Uh oh. Crush much?

In a new storyline, Alex is sleeping on the floor instead of the sofa because the sofa isn't conducive to sleep. Roy's idea of a perfect solution is a sofa bed. Cathy thinks the perfect solution is for she to sleep in Roy's bed with him and Alex have the spare room. I think the perfect solution is to let Alex stay at Cathy's house but maybe he shouldn't be unsupervised given his penchant for partying with his mates.

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Describe yourself in three fictional Coronation Street characters

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

There's a game going around on Twitter at the moment where you post pictures of three fictional characters to describe yourself. 

I'm taking the Twitter three-game a step further and asking people to suggest the three Coronation Street characters that would best represent you.

Mine are above - and I'm not saying anything about them. You'll have to make up your own mind about the workings of my personality!

Which three Corrie characters would you choose to describe yourself?

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Everybody out! When Coronation Street goes on strike

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

The factory workers revolted recently in Coronation Street.  Led by Sally Metcalfe, they walked out on strike after they found out there was a mole in the camp who had grassed them to the boss after their film-watching session.

Mind you, they were soon wooed back in with cakes and a winning smile from Aidan Connor. 

The publicity picture from ITV, above, of the factory workers out on the cobbles, on strike, reminded me very much of the strikes in days gone by at the factory too.

There was always turmoil and trouble at the factory with the girls ganging up on Mike Baldwin, their boss.
Their firebrand leaders were Vera Duckworth, Ivy Tilsley and the indomiatable Ida Clough.

Ida Clough. Ooh, now there's a name to be reckoned with. It'd take more than a smile and a cake to woo her back to work.

More please, Corrie.

Want to see some classic Corrie strike action?  Have a look at this YouTube clip, below:

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