Saturday, 24 March 2018

Another Record Broken for Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Tvor on the Coronation Street Blog in March 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)

This week marks another first for Coronation Street. It slipped by almost unnoticed but was marked on Twitter by the superb Corriepedia.

This week, Corrie became the world record holder for the longest serial drama on television, passing the American soap Guiding Light.

The Guiding Light was created by a woman called Irna Philips who also created and wrote for many other soaps and serials, first on radio and then for television including several top ratings ones. My personal favourite was Another World which aired from 1964 to 1999. As The World Turns ran from 1956 to 2010. Ms. Phillips was also a writer for Days of our Lives which is still broadcast daily since the mid 1960s and she was a consultant on the popular Peyton Place in the 1960s.

You may remember that in 2010 just before Corrie's 50th anniversary, William Roache took the crown for longest continuous serving actor in a role away from Don Hastings who played Bob Hughes on As the World Turns (not Guiding Light as I had originally posted. Sorry!) from October 1960 until the series' final episode on September 17, 2010. You can see where Roache's dates were very similar, his starting point being December 9, 1960. In November, the calendar turned over in Roache's favour.

The Guiding Light actually started it's life as a 15 minute radio serial in 1937 and moved to television in June, 1952 though it continued on radio as well until 1956. It was actually cancelled twice for several months each time but was brought back by popular demand. Another actress on As The World Turns, Helen Wagner, holds the record for longest serving actor in a role, having had hers since 1956 but she had left the show for several years so her tenure is not continuous like Hastings' and Roache's were/are. Eileen Derbyshire is next on that list. I don't think it counts for absences for medical or personal leave when the actor is still technically on the cast list.

Congratulations, Corrie, you are king of the soap/serial drama world!

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

Top 5 Romantic Moments in Coronation Street

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)

In honour of St. Valentine's day this week, let's have a look at some of Coronation Street's most romantic moments.  These are some of my personal favourites, so please do leave a comment below if yours isn't mentioned as I'd love to know what other people love too.

In no special order, here we go with my top 5 of Coronation Street's most romantic moments.

1. Curly names a star after Raquel

A beautiful, touching scene from Christmas 1994. Curly points to the heavens and tells Raquel he's named a star after her. It's called Mrs Raquel Watts.

2. Roy and Hayley at the airport

After Hayley had her gender reassignment operation, she followed Roy to the airport and wrote, in red lipstick on the window the words he longed to hear: "I'm coming with you."  You can watch the clip, below, with commentary from Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper.

3.  Stan and Hilda's second honeymoon

The Ogdens won third prize in a "Loving Cup Shandies" competition - a second honeymoon night in a five-star hotel with her winning slogan "Be a mistress as well as a wife and your husband'll still be a boyfriend".  The scene above gave rise to one of Corrie's best loved lines.  Stan: "What's that lipstick taste of?" Hilda: "Woman, Stanley. Woman"

4. Deirdre agrees to marry Ken, for the second time
In 2005 Deirdre finally accepted Ken's proposal of marriage - and agreed to marry him (for the 2nd time).  Ken got down on one knee, in the rain, while Deirdre was sitting on Maxine's bench outside of the hair salon.  What a lovely place for a proposal.

5. Vera's ghost returns as Jack Duckworth dies

When Jack Duckworth died in his armchair at No. 9, his little swamp duck Vera returned to take him away with her.

What are some of your favourite romantic moments from our favourite show?

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

Friday, 23 March 2018

Interview with Jennie McAlpine: Are Fiz and Tyrone on a sinking ship?

(This post was originally posted by Tvor on the Coronation Street Blog in March 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Why has Tyrone and Fiz’s relationship become so fractured?

They have fallen out because whilst she has been away Tyrone has been telling her that everything is fine at home. Ruby has been really well behaved, her behaviour has improved and then Fiz has found out that Tyrone has been lying and Ruby has been badly behaved. Gemma knows, Sean knows, everyone but Fiz knows. So she is angry at him for not telling her but also tells him that he needs to get help for Ruby.

How does Tyrone react to that?

He says he doesn’t think it is necessary she is only 5. Fiz says that if he doesn’t she is going to move out and go and stay with Chesney as she doesn’t want Hope under the same roof as Ruby.

Is this problem made worse by the fact that they both have their own children by other people and are trying to bring them up as one happy family?

Yes it is really hard because they are both trying to prove they love the children equally but Ruby is Tyrone’s daughter and Hope is Fiz’s and Fiz has basically said to Tyrone that she won’t risk having her daughter in the same house as his daughter. Fiz thinks if it was the other way round she would be feeling exactly the same and she insists that she loves Ruby.

Does Fiz think Ruby’s behaviour is down to her mum being Kirsty?

Well for Fiz there is no denying that Ruby has this mother and how do we know she hasn’t got these traits off her mother, which is awful for Tyrone to have to think about. Obviously Fiz is conveniently forgetting here that Hope’s dad was a murderer, but then they don’t think Hope is the problem here.

What makes her think they should make a go of it?

They talk, have a heart to heart and they agree to try and sort things out. Fiz is grateful and agrees to move back in unaware of what Tyrone has done the previous week.

Then she makes a shocking discovery?

Yes she is taking some washing out of the washing machine that Tyrone has washed. She is impressed he has washed the bedding but then she finds a condom wrapper. Her first thought is that it is Sean and she is not happy he has had someone round in her house and has to have this embarrassing chat with Sean.

How does Sean react?

He is mortified and says ‘absolutely not, I have never brought anyone back here nor would I do’. He says he respects Fiz and Tyrone and the family. So at that point they both start thinking and there is only one awful conclusion that they both come to. And that is not thought that either of them want to have and it would never have even entered Fiz’s head.

How does she react?

She never thought for a minute that it could be Tyrone’s until she has the conversation with Sean, she believes him so then she has to face up to the fact that it must be Tyrone’s and she tackles him about it straight away. Fiz is like that she doesn't pussy foot around things, she speaks her mind. Tyrone and Fiz have gone through so much to be together and have always been honest with each other till now. The dishonesty and betrayal is the shock for her. She is absolutely blindsided by it and can’t believe that he could do that to her.

How does Chesney react?

Chesney feels betrayed by both Gemma and Tyrone. Fiz has been suggesting to him that Gemma might have a bit of a thing for him and Chesney was possibly starting to wonder about making a move with Gemma.

What reaction are you expecting when people find out what Tyrone has done?

Myself and Alan have a bit of a bet on who will be the most hated. We thought we might get Team Ty and Team Fiz t-shirts. Fiz will not shut up about the whole Ruby business so people might be on Tyrone’s side for that reason. Some people might think she should give him a break! Or maybe Gemma might get some backlash?

Did you ever think when you went off to Australia for I’m a Celeb that it might lead to this for Fiz and Tyrone?

No did I heck!! This is quite a bomb under their relationship and had I not have gone off it might not have happened in this way. As actors it is great for us to have this change of dynamic in their relationship and for Tyrone to do something that people would not expect.

Their relationship was at breaking point with the Ruby situation and this has totally destroyed them. She thinks the only thing they can do is protect her own daughter and they could end up being two separate families.

Then at the end of the week there is a twist that could change everything?

Yes Fiz spots Hope and Joseph at the top of the stairs and she realises that Hope is pushing him down the stairs.

Does she realise at that moment that she could have got this all wrong?

All in one second she sees what is happening and then has the dawning realisation that Hope is the problem not Ruby! It is a real shock for her to realise that she is wrong and Hope’s response is really worrying because she just says I’m sorry mummy and walks off giving a sweet little smile.

Does she come clean to Tyrone?

No she is guilt ridden and doesn’t know what to do because Tyrone comes round and says he is sorry about missing Hope’s hospital appointment for her cancer check up and that he has been a bad dad and is going to take Ruby for counseling. Meanwhile Fiz is trying to process that it is her daughter that is the problem.

Can Fiz and Tyrone recover from this?

I really don’t know, they have a very rock road ahead, they have both been guilty of dishonesty and it is going to take some time to get over all of this.

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

Conversation Street Podcast 298

Welcome to Gemma and Michael's podcast for the  episodes that aired up to last night's Canadian Corrie. Click here to listen.

An interesting week this week, for sure. Although there were big plot developments in some of of the stories - Pat gets stuck in cement, Eileen finds out about the Calcutta Street scam, Tyrone cheats on Fiz - quite a bit of it made one or both of us feel rather angry, so strap yourselves in and prepare for some epic Gemma rants!

There was even some disagreement between the pair of us over Phelan's confession, so things really did get quite heated! At least one thing we did agree on was that Moira's performance at the party was just brilliant - who says comedy on Corrie is dead? Just to lighten the mood after a grumpy Street Talk, we then delve into an irreverant discussion of illegal drug taking on Corrie. From the evil dealers like Callum and Jez to the unintentional comedy of Izzy on cannabis, our narcotic-based natterings will give you a thorough history of one of Corrie's darker terriories.

There's good news for Brooke Vincent fans in the Kabin as our Weatherfield representative makes it to the Dancing On Ice final, and we round things off with some listener feedback.

In response to a lister request, we've decided to put time stamp on the main sections of the podcast in our episode notes from now on, so here's the rundown for this week!
Street Talk: 00:04:21
Feature Discussion - Drugs: 01:41:42
The Kabin: 02:42:32
Feedback: 02:51:56

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Corrie Canada sneak previews for March 26 - 30

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

Tyrone confesses. Fiz finds out which sister is really the naughty one. Their mutual guilt brings them together but there are still more secrets to hide. The clairvoyant has messages for Audrey and Gail from the other side. Billy turns up with Adam at his side. Jude gets a job. Adam confesses to Billy and the church offers it's support. David and Josh help Alya but who's flirting with whom? It's getting more difficult for Eva to hide her bump. Ali's legal mother turns up. David has a horrifying experience.

For these and more detail, see the Moosejaw Mercury on

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ken Barlow - the Don Corleone of Coronation Street?

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)

In an interview with The Radio Times, William Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, has repeated his statement that he'll never retire from the show. It's a statement he's quoted on often and it's good to hear it, too.

William is 85 years old now and has been a mainstay on Coronation Street since it began in December 1960.

Asked whether he would ever retire, Roache says in the new issue of Radio Times: “No! I never think about it. I enjoy what I’m doing and I’m lucky in that I’m in a job where I can age. I’m actually falling to bits in front of people’s eyes and that’s what I’m meant to do. If I were playing James Bond, I’d grow out of the age where I could play the role. But Ken Barlow is me – he’s getting older and I’m getting older with him.

“There is a superannuated Don Corleone element to Ken. If you look at Ken’s family, he has a daughter who’s a serial killer and a son who’s an alcoholic bigamist, so they’re like a little Mafia family and I try to keep them all together.”

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

NEW! Spooky video of broken down Coronation Street set

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog March 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)

There have been plenty of pictures online over the last few months showing the state of decay as the old Coronation Street set rots away to nothing.

And there's a new video online too, taken just last month by an urban explorer who runs the Decayed Britain website.

You can watch the video below.  It's sad, it's heartbreaking, but at the end of the day, it's inevitable that these sorts of things will happen.

However, all is not lost.  The new Coronation Street set is opening to the public for tours from April this year!  Find out more on that here.

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Simon Gregson and wife Emma talk openly about their 12 miscarriages

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog February 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Simon Gregson, who plays Steve McDonald on Coronation Street, rarely gives personal interviews. But he's on the front over of this week's OK magazine along with his wife Emma and their three sons.

Simon reveals that Emma tragically suffered 12 miscarriages, including an ectopic pregnancy that left her needing emergency surgery to save her life.

In the exclusive interview with OK! Magazine, Simon and Emma have opened up about their experiences and about how Emma feared she might not see her sons again.

Emma revealed that she had been suffering from severe stomach pains and feeling ill for a couple of weeks, but she thought it was constipation.

After the pains got so bad that Emma 'couldn’t stand up', husband Simon rushed her to hospital where it was discovered she was suffering from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

Emma said: "Up to that point we didn’t know I was pregnant so it came as a double blow to us. It was hard to get our heads around what was happening. I was petrified. I thought I was never going to see my sons ever again. As they were taking me down to theatre I just kept thinking, I’m going to die – this is it, I’m not going to make it. As they were prepping me for surgery I had to keep signing lots of forms. I just felt devastated and so overwhelmed. It was the most frightening time I’ve ever had."

Simon said: "They told me Emma would’ve died if it had been left for a few more hours. She was literally two hours away from death."

Emma continued: "The stigma has been removed from having miscarriages, but ectopic pregnancy isn’t discussed enough – I didn’t really know anything about it. The more you talk, the more you can help other people and spot the signs. It’s such a dangerous condition."

The pair have now resigned to the fact that they will not have any more children, with Simon saying: "I think as Emma has come so close to death, that’s it for us.

"We originally thought Emma couldn’t carry girls, but she so desperately wanted a little girl. I would love her to have one – but now, after nearly losing her, I’m going in and having the snip."

And Emma said: "Every time I found out I was pregnant,I never felt joyous. I would just fear the worst. I don’t think my mind or body could do it any more."

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

Canadian Corrie fan writes his own obituary - regrets not knowing how Corrie ends

(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog January 2018, reposted to this blog with permission.)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has announced that a Corrie fan from Newfoundland in Canada has sadly passed away after a long struggle with colon cancer. But he left behind a master class on how to go out with style.

Shannon Churchill, who was living in Cole Harbour, Nova.Scotia, when he died, addressed his death head-on by writing his own obituary.

"My advice to you all is to make those bucket lists and to start filling them in. Life is short and it only runs out; I should know, I was only 44. So get off your butts and live those lives while you still have them and make sure you really think of what you want to matter on those last days."

Both Shannon and his wife Melissa were big fans of Corrie. Melissa said he joked about the show in his obituary because as fans know, having first started in 1960, it's not likely to end in any of our lifetimes. (CBC Media Centre)

His only (tongue-in-cheek) regret in a life lived to the fullest?  That he'll never find out how his beloved Coronation Street will end. 

You can read the full obituary below.

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter
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