Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Van-tastic Services in Coronation Street

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

Finally Zeedan is getting a storyline, and about time too. He's become a man with a plan and a van, offering his Speed Dahl street food service to the residents of Coronation Street.  

It's time then to take a tasty look back at some of the other residents who have offered van-tastic services in Coronation Street.

I hope Zeedan has better luck than Tyrone did. Tyrone's burger van ended up on fire after he forgot to turn the oven off. To extinguish the flames he had to drive the van into the lake.

What is it with vans on fire in the Street? Jason's went up in flames too. You can watch the scene here.

 Michael Rodwell's ice-cream van, with which the ex-con wooed Gail with his 99.

The Underworld van is often pressed into service, especially for location shoots where something nefarious goes on.

And the Bistro van, in which Nick had his crash. Crashes, fires... I hope Zeedan knows what he's getting into!

 And let's not forget Graeme Proctor's meals on a different kind of wheels service

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In pics: The Coppers of Coronation Street

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

In next week's Coronation Street we'll see young Craig Tinker take his first steps as a Coronation Street copper.  You can read more on that here.

This has turned my thoughts towards other regular characters who have the cobbles as a copper, so let's take a look back through the history books.

I hope Craig won't turn out to be anything like one of the last coppers we had - evil Kirsty Soames.

And there was Emma Watts, who married Curly and drove him away to live in Newcastle.

Mel Morton trained to be a policewoman too.

Hang on a minute, these are all women! What about the men?

Have we ever had any regular male characters who have trained or worked as policemen on Coronation Street? Let us know in the comments below.

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Is Coronation Street the spookiest soap?

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

Pic: The Mirror
It was revealed earlier this week that the old Coronation Street studios has had to call in an exorcist after paranormal goings on.  You can read all about that here

The Old Granada Studios is set to host the wrap party next weekend and if you haven't already entered our competition to win tickets - you can enter here.

News that an exorcist has been called in to the Old Granada Studios set started me thinking about Corrie's spooky storylines - both on and off the set.  Here we go with some of the best ones. How many are rumours of theatre-lovey suspicion remain to be seen!

The official Coronation Street website at have a list of their top 5 spooky storylines.

However, off-screen the ghostly goings-on becoming slightly more weird.

In 2015 when Coronation Street moved to the new set, cast and crew believed the place was haunted by the spirits of long-dead dock workers after a string of mishaps at the site. A show source said: “It may sound far-fetched, but people are openly saying the site is haunted. Every time something goes wrong the cry goes up, ‘We are cursed.’ At first it was seen as a joke but believe it or not, some have convinced themselves it is true. t has even been suggested, albeit lightheartedly, that an exorcist should be invited on to the set.”

The ghost of Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner, was also rumoured to have roamed the cobbles.

And back in 2005 the Most Haunted team visit the Granada television studios in Manchester to carry out a paranormal investigation on the set of Britain's longest running TV soap opera. Were the cobbles of Coronation Street haunted?

Watch the programme online here and make up your mind!

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5 Forgotten Flings on Coronation Street

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

Last week, our Coronation Street Blog team met up in Manchester for a day out together. We had a wonderful time and I've done a write-up of the day here, if you'd like to read it.

When we were chatting all things Corrie, it was mentioned that Ken and Rita once had a fling - and some members of the blog team weren't aware of this.  Many moons ago, our blogger Llifon wrote a blog post about Ken and Rita's night of passion - it's here.

It started me thinking how many other unlikely flings and one-night stands between characters we've forgotten about. So let's have a look back now at five unusual flings I can recall.

1. Ken and Rita 
Ken was bored with his current girlfriend and stood her up to share a drink with Rita instead. And at the same time, Rita was on the rebound from Len. Rita cooked him a meal and they spent the night together in 1973! Oo-er!

2. Curly and Maxine 
Curly Watts, the Street's geeky binman bedded Maxine, the Street's air-head/siren. Oh yes!  It happened after Curly's wife Raquel left Curly to move to Kuala Lumpur.  Wanting more from his own life, Curly decided to go travelling and let out his house to Samantha Failsworth.  However, he spent a night of passion with Maxine Heavey.  He didn't go travelling in the end, he changed his mind and came home. 

3. Curly (again!) and Maureen 
For a geeky lad with glasses, Curly Watts got his fair share of female attention.  He bedded both Maxine and Maureen around Christmas 1996 which has been lovingly documented by our Blogger Clinkers to Riddle here.

4. Dev and Tracy 
Dev had aleady bedded Deirdre when daughter Tracy thought she'd like a ride on the Devster too.  It was Christmas Day 2002 when Tracy returned suddenly from London and announced to the family she had left Robert.

5. Sally and Tyrone

Yes, Sally "the People's Princess" Metcalfe once had a fling with Kev's garage grease monkey Tyrone.  After throwing out her cheating hubby Kevin, Sally also kicked out teenage lovers Sophie and Sian when she found them in bed together. Feeling like her life is falling apart, she turns to Tyrone, who’s grieving for his wife Molly, and invites him over for tea, and a snog.

Are there any more forgotten flings that stick in your mind?

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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.

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

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