Sunday 28 November 2010

Sunday Comments, November 28

Lines of the week:
  • Molly "If you ever need me, you know where i am" (That means YOU Kevin!)
  • Betty (looking at Michelle and Liz's cleavage) "Some things never change behind the bar!"
  • Becky to Steve "I married ya cause I like living with Liz!"
  • Steve "You mean we might have poisoned the oldest barmaid in Manchester?"
  • Ciaran eyeing Michelle, to Peter "If i'm not back in 30 minutes, make your own plans!"
  • Janice to Sean and Julie "Shotgun? You two wouldn't even add up to a water pistol"
  • Ciaran to Carla "Where's the boyfriend?" Carla "Husband. He's in prison for murder. Insanely jealous" Ciaran "She's kidding right?" Peter "Yeah, he's not been convicted yet"
  • Peter "Here she is, Night of the Living Dead"
  • Betty "I've seen gargoyles with a pleasanter look than yours!"
  • Gail "I thought this was a Valentine's treat, not a geography lesson"

  • Deirdre to Ken "What's the view like from that high horse?" Ken "It's very clear" Deirdre "I should keep your eyes open. Because once you fall off, it's a long way to the ground!"
  • Steve "I've got a good mind to go down to that wine bar and drive a JCB through a window!" (**HA!!)
Becky's pregnant and Steve is over the moon but Becky's not. Now she's going to have Claire on her case as well but Claire was supportive. Sounds more like Becky does want the baby but is scared to death she will be a crap mother due to her upbringing and she knows she can go off on a mad rampage herself at the drop of a hat. She doesn't always take pressure well. Thing is, she really is a good mother already but feels because Amy isn't hers, it's different. IT's not, you know. It's harder to be a step mother. Steve couldn't help but tell his mother but it's only fair, Becky told Claire (who probably told Ashley!) and Roy and Hayley and Steve told Betty and the news is most definitely getting around! That baby book she got off Claire sure took her aback!

Ciaran's back! Peter was reluctant to admit to his old drinking buddy that he's off the sauce. But it didn't take being around his mate for 5 minutes and Peter was diving into the bottle again, on the sly. Ciaran proceded to pour on the Blarney to Michelle but, having Irish roots herself, she seems immune. He tried it on with Carla too, but after she told him about her murdering husband, he backed off. Especially when it was confirmed as true! I'm actually glad Peter is off the wagon again, only because most of the time in soaps, an alcoholic gets help, gets sober and it's never really an issue ever again. This slipping is more realistic i think. As much as Peter doesn't think he would ever drink again because of what happened to Simon, alcoholics sometimes still think they can handle just one drink.

Well, they can't and neither can Peter and he ended up ruining the bar party and that's Leanne's dream gone up in a boozy cloud of smoke. And to make matters worse, Ken witnessed it, too, making his view from the high horse even higher. (I'm sure it must be against regulations to have a party in a construction site!) It's too bad, he finally started to think that his attitude was only adding pressure to Peter and it probably was.

Lots of awkward with Tyrone and Molly both visiting Sally. Does nobody work these days? Why would either of them stay if they've come to see Sally and she's lying down? For someone that doesn't want Molly anywhere near, Kevin sure goes around Molly a lot. Janice is looking for a lodger and look who it is! Trevor the binman! It didn't take her long to fancy him, and why not! He's gorgeous! Why is Mary upset that the yogurt is "live"? She knows loads about all kinds of things, why wouldn't she know that it comes in all sorts? Deirdre is always so funny when she's drunk!

Happy Birthday Betty! 90 and still working! But is she really the oldest barmaid in Weatherfield? What were the odds that there was actually another one over 90 still working? Pretty slim, it seems to me. Anyway, she might have been a little older than Betty but probably just jealous that her boss never thought of putting her in the paper! And she stuck around at the party. I bet she wouldn't have that many locals at the Parson's Arms that would club together for a party for her!

Why did Tina tell Joe she could put her flat on the market and give the money to Joe? She just finished telling him she had a buyer for it so isn't it already on the market? Mind you, i think the loan shark is the one she thinks is the buyer. Joe's conversation with his daughter seemed to have a bit of finality to it. Was he really saying goodbye? What sort of plan does he have up his sleeve and will it have something to do with that insurance policy?

**If you will recall, when Steve and Andy first moved into the Street, they jumped on a JCB (earth mover on the construction site for the new side of the street) and drove the blade/bucket of it through Alf Roberts' shop window!

Sunday 21 November 2010

Sunday Comments November 21

Lines of the week:
  • Tyrone "No fear... no fear...."
  • Kelly "Sorry to break up Nerds Aloud..."
  • Sophie "Good as gold? Dad do you actually know how old we are?"
  • Gail about Joe "He's just in a slump" (which has lasted most of the time she's known him)
  • Joe to Gail "When it comes to the male of the species, you're the equivalent of Tutankhamen's curse!!!!"
  • Joe "I can explain" (pathetic but it worked)
  • Michelle "she might be a brainless slapper but that's Kevin's daughter you're talking about!"
  • Rosie "I'm nil by mouth" Sophie "and nil by brain"
  • Steve "You are MY WIFE ..." (then start acting like a husband!)
  • Kevin "They've been good as gold all afternoon" Sophie "Good as Gold?!! Dad, d'you actually know how old we are??"
  • Gail "I just feel that you've been lying to me!" (Feel? FEEL???)
  • Graeme "I'm not staring. I'm drinking in your loveliness" (yeah, but she loves the attention, really)
  • Dead as a doornail... door knob? Everyone getting them confused!

Becky is acting out but i think mostly she's reacting to Steve being so childish. These two need a course in how to communicate because they do love each other to bits. And first he's spending 1000 quid on golf clubs then he buys a motorcycle and acting like a twit. Rubbing Becky's face in it by flirting with Kelly, her old adversary, really was a low blow. He better be careful. He could get his wish to be single if he keeps on like that! He got bladdered and couldn't even stay on the bike! Doesn't he look a prat in those leathers? I do wonder why Steve went all over the neighbourhood looking for Becky and never tried the cafe! Most obvious starting point, i would have thought. But Finding out that Becky's mum died, not
from Becky herself, though, kind of took him back short. For all her blustering about her non-relationship with her mother and though her mother wasn't much of one, Becky still ended up crying into Amy's bathrobe. It's still a wrench.

Finally she sat and talked to Steve like a grownup. She's even admitted she's pregnant. Maybe that will get the pair of them talking again. But with all the things she said about not wanting kids, is she even going to keep the baby? If she does terminate, i think that would probably drive Steve out the door.

Poor Tyrone. He's just devastated. And all alone in that house, the only noise being his snappy rice breakfast cereal! Kirk's advice was strangely appropriate, though. Use your head instead of your heart.

Sophie and Kevin have made up and Rosie didn't have the boob job. (Who calls their surgeon by his first name?) She was nervous, really. I expect though Kevin went with her, that was probably a rewrite and i am guessing that it would have been Sally originally if the actress hadn't gone off on sick leave. You didn't really think she'd go through with it, did you? And her getting upset about her mum's illness is probably one of the few times you really get to see Rosie with genuine feelings.

Dev keeps working on Sunita but then still doesn't think about anything but himself when he thinks he'll be the one to suffer if a reconciliation went wrong. Of course he tells everyone else he rejected Sunita, not the other way around. Twit. You noticed Mary singing about the Eye of the Tiger with a line that was akin to stalking being sung quite vigorously!

How would letting David rent the salon flat be making it akin to helping Gail bail out Joe? If she didn't, David would find somewhere to stay or Audrey would just take him in anyway. Gail keeps saying she wants David to stand on his own two feet, i expect that meant he should just persuade Audrey himself but wouldn't living in the flat do that? She wants to move and him having a place to stay would facilitate that. She never minded sticking her beak in on behalf on one of her chicks before! What Joe tried to do by selling the house to a broker is basically what you do with an old car when you sell it for parts. Well it backfired on him when Gail found out what he was doing. That and all Audrey's niggling little points. The penny might actually be dropping and she's going to pull the house off the market.

Joe really can be a nasty sod, can't he? He has shown flares of this side of him in the past, too. Quick tempered and vicious tongued. I'm not one to advocate violence but it seems to me after his remarks about David deserving a medal for trying to kill his mother, he had that slap coming. But you know? for her hitting him that hard, he never even flinched let alone have his head jerk backwards even a hair!

What *really* gets me annoyed is how Gail then turned around and blamed herself for Joe's outburst. She didn't lash out at Joe in any way. And she wonders why she keeps getting involved with total losers. Joe keeps scurrying around out of sight of the loan shark and making furtive phone calls to the insurance people. So now you know why he saved that sheet of paper on which she was writing her new married name. Now he wants to go out on the boat with Gail. No money. But he wants to go for a second honeymoon on a boat. He's using Gail's money seeing as he can't pay Ted back what he borrowed from him.

Simon looked cute in the hard hat, the fashion award of the week, I think! Amazing how it seemed to fit his little child sized head perfectly! The bar is starting to take shape and Leanne wants to have a hard hat party before it opens for the publicity. I shouldn't think that would be legal, if it's not sanctioned for occupancy yet by the council permit people. Meanwhile, George is making inroads into persuading Peter to send Simon to a private school. He figures it's an "in" to Oxford... well he can get that anyway if he's smart enough.

Trevor the binman. He *is* rather gorgeous, isn't he? We haven't seen the last of him! Kelly might love motorbikes but riding it with her legs flung out to the sides is only going to have her flying off it! If Becky's mother died living rough and had next to no possessions, A. how did they identify her and B. how did they find Becky's mobile number? Her mother certainly wouldn't have had it if they'd not had contact for years.

You probably didn't notice but the car that Kevin and Tyrone were working on earlier in the week is the same car they were working on 3 weeks ago. See?

And Here's a bit more commentary on what happened in Weatherfield in January (UK timeline, which we're seeing now).

Sunday 14 November 2010

Sunday Comments, November 14

Lines of the week:
  • Molly "Everyone's already looking at me like i've stomped on a kitten" Pam "'appen you 'ave!"
  • Dev about Matt "He was a womanizer... God's Gift" (pot? Kettle?)
  • John "never a dull moment, especially with Roy" (I do hope he was being facetious!)
  • Ryan to MIchelle "If you're trying to embarass me it won't work. I'm too used to it!"
  • Jack "Widows, nuns and lesbians...steer well clear of em"
  • Rosie: "I can't wait to tell John Stape that he's paying for my new boobs. He'll feel like a pimp!"
  • Julie: "I can tell it's going to be one of those days when I have to have a little cry before I can thread the needle"
  • Kevin to Sally: "It's made me realise how much I love you" (And that's the first truth he's told Sally in months! Ok, but you know what I mean
  • Kevin to Sophie: "Why does this God of yours do this in the first place?" (To make you see what an ass you've been, maybe? Guilt, much, Kevin?)
  • Molly to Tyrone "I don't love you" (awwwww)
  • Jack to Tyrone "They always come back, lad, you just gotta give them some time"
  • Norris "It's horrible being the bearer of bad news. It's exhausting!" (Norris you old gossip, you love it!)

Joe's gone and done it. He's got a new life insurance policy! Did he insure them both or just him i wonder? Ha! David sure scuppered the house sale and everything he said was true, well more or less. Stape isn't a paedophile but his history is certainly pretty jaded! Then Joe was eyeing up the charity collection jar with it's tenner and collection of coins, as if that was going to help him any. He's already ticked off Peter by suggesting money up front for a "Maybe" job and Bill isn't going to go that route either. A desperate man will take desperate measures. (Does anyone wish the thugs had actually caught Joe?)

Molly's gone and done it, too. She left Tyrone and he thinks, rightly, she had an affair but wrongly, he thinks it's with Dev! I suppose Dev offering her a free flat didn't help but really. Dev? I nearly burst into tears right along with Tyrone! She was horrible to him! IT really would have been the best if Molly had just left altogether. Leaving Tyrone and staying in the street at her job and living there, it's just torture and it's just not fair. If her father would have let her work at his bakery, that's where she should be and shouldn't have let Dev talk her into staying. It just gets worse. Ty begged Kevin to talk to Molly and she kept trying to persuade him to be with her by blackmailing him into giving Ty her wedding ring back! It seems Fiz finally remembered she's good friends with Tyrone except how would she even think Tyrone would ever turn vegetarian? Hasn't she seen him chowing down a full English in the cafe?

Molly is still delusional, she thinks because she's left Tyrone that Kevin will come round. Pam told her straight and don't you love Pam? I'm firmly on Team Pam!

Aw, Lloyd and Teresa shook hands on not getting serious but did you see her face fall when he turned away? The cancer, so much for anonymity when Betty broadcasts all the donations! Mary is still hovering around Norris and has talked him into letting her help in the Kabin. I thought Tina still worked there?

Rosie is still planning on having a boob job. Did you see the photo on the shelf behind Sophie of Rosie back in her school days? A sweet little schoolgirl? Good news for Sally though, they seem to have got it all and it hasn't spread. Just radiotherapy to get through now to make sure! Kevin's drunken rant against God is understandable. It's hard to understand how bad things happen and people want someone to blame. Kevin feels if God helped make Sally well, He shouldn't have let her get sick in the first place.

Sunita and her fiance has broken up... how on earth can Dev even keep a straight face calling Matt a womanizer? So Sian's father is sending her to stay at her Mother's in Southport and Ryan takes a righteous strop over it, trying to emotionally blackmail her. Poor kid feels bad enough as it is.

Becky and Steve are still at daggers drawn. I don't think she quite got it right, doing all the bar work to spite Steve lol!

Awww Jack really is still broken up over Vera's death, isn't he? And Betty knew... thus, the little kiss. Oh i see Sian's father is a total ignorant idiot! I don't think Gail really has to consult David for permission to sell the house. He's 18, he can live on his own! Ok, yes maybe she should have at least been more up front with him but object or not, it's not like he's a little kid to be considered.

Monday 8 November 2010

Corrie Crazy is official!

Just got the official word and here it is, Corrie Crazy airs on December 9 at 8 p.m. on CBC. Find all about why Coronation Street is so popular with Canadian fans! You may remember reading all about the experiences that Graham and I had and those of my friends Mark and Deborah right here on this blog. Now you can see the end result along with lots of other Canadian Corrie fans who all got their 2 minutes in the limelight too! I am looking forward to it though I may watch my part through my fingers!

Sunday 7 November 2010

Sunday Comments, November 7

Lines of the week:
  • Norris "I'm being shadowed by a moon-faced munchkin in a large motor home"
  • Norris "First time i've started a meal with dessert" (you haven't lived, Nozzer!)
  • Mary "I've got 2346 photos!" (Holiday snap hell!)
  • Joe "We could bring the boat" Gail "So you could push me in and claim on the insurance?" (Omen!)
  • Rosie "These breasts and my brain is my passport out of this dump!" (Seriously?)
  • Rosie "O! M! G!" (that pretty much says it all)
  • Kelly "It's discrimination!" Janice "Cos yer black?" Kelly "Nooo coz I'm single!"
  • Emily to Norris "You're comparing yourself to an annoying little bluebottle (fly). I can see the comparison"
  • Norris "For a sec there, I thought you looked like Hannibal Lecter" (She did!)
  • Graeme about Rosie "You make her sound really shallow" David "She IS really shallow!"
  • Gail "I'm not thinking of popping me clogs any time soon, are you?" Joe "Of course not" (*cough*)
  • Kelly "Typical, they just go and make me look stupid" Fiz "That's not hard!"
  • Tyrone "Loyalty, Kev, you taught me that" (oh if you only knew!)
Oh i HATE hearing women say they can't live without a man! Gail always picked losers and it's not changed any. Now they have a honeymoon on the lake and are planning to bring the boat there. Uh oh Joe's looking up life insurance stuff online. And it's so frigging obvious, isn't it? Gail practicing her signature and decides they don't need life insurance so Joe is going to forge her signature! Someone does need to explain the concept of life insurance to Gail, however. She's been a widow often enough, you'd think she'd have figured it out by now. Gail, love, your husbands die! It's only prudent! I think Nick is flirting with Tina to wind up David more than anything else. He also seems to enjoy seeing Tina squirm but i don't really think he's really after her. So far he's actually a bit of a dislikeable pratt but Nick Tilsley always was. The new actor, Ben Price, seems pretty good though. And Ew, first he says his mother looks so good he'd marry her himself and now this week, he's all over David! Yeah, yeah, he was kidding both times... wasn't he?

Freda is gone and Mary's back! Yay! I love her! She's absolutely bonkers! But why was she being so coy and hiding around corners? and How many moon-faced munchkins in large motorhomes does Norris know? You'd think he would have recognized her but he didn't seem to. Laughed at Norris being afraid to enter the campervan for fear of never coming out alive! Mary certainly seemed to have a few adventures. If Norris doesn't want anything to do with Mary romantically, why did he seem a bit jealous when she told him about that Spanish fella. I don't understand why Mary would have been surprised it was cold in Scotland. It's January in the show's timeline! I guess that trip of hers over half the world or whatever it was didn't make her very worldly.

Happy Anniversary! So much for Molly's promise to be a better wife. She dumped Tyrone within hours and poor Ty! It kind of cements Molly as the villain. Breaking Tyrone's heart is like kicking a puppy! Tyrone, loyal lad that he is, turned down that job to support Kevin. What does Molly do? Throw a strop and plan to walk out. Ken doesn't learn a blessed thing, does he? But he's got George having doubts. Too bad Ken never did learn to support his son. Peter is protesting how he'll absolutely not touch a drop. Soap law and the Soap Opera Phrase of Doom tells us otherwise. That's not a spoiler, that's just the way things always work!
Graeme says he can get back up on a ladder next week. But his wrist isn't bandaged anymore and he seems to be walking just fine. He was kind to Rosie though salivating at her bus stop poster for drain cleaner! HA! So much for glamour shots! He's got it bad for her, though even though he knows it's so wrong!  And the truth about Rosie wanting a boob job came out. Poor Sally! Rosie or should i say Helen Flanagan acted the fakest crying i've ever seen! But i did laugh at Graeme crying in sympathy. Anyway, the gurls are starting to notice something's up. Well, Sophie did anyway and their suspicions that there's marital problems pushed Sally and Kevin to tell them the truth about Sally's illness sooner than they thought they would. That has to have been a very hard scene for a lot of people to watch and didn't they all do a good job of it!

I'm sure it must seem unfair to the workers that Sally gets unexplained time off and Kelly kicked off the worst. And you gotta love her, even after she found out about Sally, she was unrepentent. She doesn't think she should pretend to like Sally now she's ill. Kelly is what she is and what you see is what you get and she's no hypocrite. But it wasn't about the girls liking Sally all the time, it was sympathy and support. It could have been any one of them and they know it, most of them.

HiyaLowa got a big Hiya on his horse didn't he? What a Diva! Dev's flat is most definitely not kiddie proof and that really wasn't a lot of ruckus and noise for 20 kids was it? Hmmm looks like there might be a few cracks in Sunita and Matt's relationship. Maybe Matt isn't as confident about Dev being around so much? And isn't that the doctor from the Rosamund Street clinic? She came quite a long way to see Asha!
Happy Birthday Ryan. And was there any mention of her bio son Alex with the same birthday? Was there 'eck. Sophie and Sian made up at least. Seriously, Michelle. a toast cake? Don't knock yourself out or anything!

Why is it that sometimes, normal speaking between people in the pub or cafe can be heard in the whole establishment and other times, someone 4 feet away can't hear a blessed thing? Hmm, Hayley's going to take dance classes? Our unfortunately uncoordinated Hayles? oh well, i imagine she'll have fun at least.  Oh God. Eddie in his dirty dressing gown, bare legs and grotty socks!!! And oh my, can you believe Eddie made Gary a cake shaped like a hand grenade? LOL! Good thing it was tasty! Gary's off to become a soldier. It's a bit surprising to have a going away party for Gary when nobody in the neighbourhood likes him and he's got no mates except for Chesney! David stuck a target on his back. It sure backfired on him though and so it should!

Saturday 6 November 2010

DVD Review: Coronation Street Romanian Holiday

This year's Coronation Street DVD release from E1 Entertainment is Romanian Holiday and it's probably the best Corrie spinoff I've seen yet. That's mainly because it features the wonderful Roy and Hayley with a bit of Becky thrown in for good measure and the secondary characters are very funny as well. The premise is a wedding invitation. The Croppers are invited to Romania to the wedding of Frankie Barlow to a footballer who's playing in that country. They then are asked to house sit for a few days while the newlyweds are on honeymoon. Typically, things go horribly wrong. I have the region 2 dvd and wrote a summary with screen captures of the storyline over here.

The DVD is now released in Canada and will play on any North American dvd player. E1 has kindly offered me a copy of the DVD to review. In addition to the main storyline, there are two short documentaries. One has interviews with the cast members and the other describes the behind-the-scenes goings on, with what goes into putting the production together with the help of a Romanian crew as well as the English one. There's input from the writers and the directors, as well. I always enjoy these and I wish the documentaries were a little longer. These "extras" are on the Region 2 DVD as well.

Romanian Holiday is available on Amazon for $19.99 at the moment, and other online sites and you can get it at department stores, electronics and music shops that sell dvds as well. Wal-mart and Zellers often have them a little cheaper and you can try Costco as well.

Last year, Out of Africa (episode summary) was released and is still available.
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