Saturday, 24 June 2017

Rovers Return tiles raise over £36,000 for Manchester bomb attack charity

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

Nick Frank with the tiles he removed to sell for charity
Art Director Nick Franklin has done a wonderful thing.  He removed some of the tiles from the Rovers Return on the old Coronation Street set as it's being demolished.

With donated frames from Ikea, Nick created 22 pieces of artwork from the tiles - representing the 22 people who died in the Manchester bomb attack.  The tiles then went up for auction on ebay as part of a charity initiative to raise funds for the Manchester bomb attack victims.

The ebay auction ended last night, with all of the tiles being sold. The cheapest one went for £650 and the most expensive at £1,850.  The total raised was for the charity from the sale of the tiles was £18,404.55

Nick then announced on twitter that not only was he over the moon to have sold all the tiles for such a great price for the charity, but that Vodaphone had doubled the amount raised to a whopping £36,809.10.

Well done to Nick and to all of the people who bought one of the tiles. I had a reserve of £50 on one of them, but was outbid immediately, and rightly so!

Follow Nick on twitter: @NickFrank2010

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Corrie Stars Narrate New Poetry Book For Kids

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

Jennie McAlpine and Bruno Langley, who play Fiz and Todd in Coronation Street, are the voices behind a new audio book of poems for children.

The book, called Poems for Cheeky Children has been written by John Langley. It contains 19 hilarious poems for kids aged five to infinity!

These original, humorous, and beautiful poems are perfect for your cheeky children. Poems include "Boris the Fish", "Tom the Train Driver", "Roxy", "Naughty Nigel", and many more!

You can download it from iTunes here.

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Listen: Brian Capron Reveals Richard Hillman Secrets

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

Brian Capron, who played the wonderful Richard Hillman in Coronation Street, has been interviewed by Matthew Rolland.  It's an excellent interview and Brian reveals a few Coronation Street secrets about playing the murdering Richard Killer Hillman too.

Brian tells Matthew Rolland that he signed up to Coronation Street for only six months at the start. But then a new producer came into the show who saw something special in the character of Richard Hillman and decided to put him into the spotlight.

Richard Hillman's storyline had so many twists and turns in it, Brian says. "He was a complex character and a lovely character to play, he genuinely loved his family, I found him fascinating,"

With Richard Hillman capturing the imagination of the writers and the audience, Corrie's ratings shot up and some of the programmes were seen by 20 million people. "It was a nice little boost to my career," he says. And he said that because Richard Hillman was so well known, when he left the show, he became known as the guy people wanted to put on theatre posters as so many people recognised him from TV.

He said he was delighted to see Tina O'Brien back as Sarah Platt in Corrie, and always calls in to see his ex-colleagues when he's up in Manchester.  But he said that he feels the new street is colder than the old one and he's sad that the old street has been torn down.

Brian is currently starring on stage in a play called Strictly Murder written by Brian Clemens, who wrote Dad's Army
You can listen to the full interview here.  Brian Capron starts speaking at 26 minutes in.

Follow Matt Rolland on twitter: @MattRolland93

And if you'd like to know more about the life of Richard Hillman on Coronation Street, it's all wrapped up in this great book - Norman Bates with a Briefcase.

Brian Capron wrote the foreword to the book.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Who's Maxine Peacock? Here's all you need to know

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

Last night on Coronation Street, Bethany and Craig were sitting on Maxine's Bench outside of Audrey's salon.  They wondered who the bench was dedicated to. Bethany dismissed Maxine's name saying something like: "She used to live around here. I think I've heard her name mentioned."

Well, to refresh Bethany's memory as well as anyone else who can't remember, or don't know, Maxine Peacock, here's her life in a nutshell.

She worked as a hairdresser in the salon.

She married Ashley Peacock.

She had an affair with her doctor, Matt Ramsden and gave birth to his son.

She really should have stayed at the party.

In 2003 she was killed by Richard Hillman.  Richard, you'll remember, was married to Gail.  After he killed Maxine and tried to kill Emily, he drove the Platts into the canal in his car and tried to kill them all.

Would Bethany really not know who Maxine was, when Maxine's killer had been married to her gran? Or perhaps Bethany knew only too well and was trying to move the conversation with Craig away from one of her family's dirty secrets?

You can relive all of the Richard Hillman saga with this fab fan book: Norman Bates with a Briefcase

Tracy Shaw reprised the role of the ghost of Maxine Peacock, visiting Norris Cole in a one-off sketch show as part of ITV's Text Santa charity initiative which was broadcast on 21st December 2012. (With thanks to Corriepedia)

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The Return of DS MacKinnon to Coronation Street?

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

DS MacKinnon was the copper who led the hunt for Ken's attacker. She was bolsy and ballsy and rarely cracked a smile. That is, until her very final scene when she walked off with her colleague after having to let Daniel go free when Ken lied that he fell down the stairs.

That final smile set me thinking... have we seen the end to DS MacKinnon?  I hope not.

As we know, Coronation Street are expanding the set and they are building a police station as part of the set. You can find out more on all of that here.

Let's hope that 
Sandra Huggett returns to the role of DS MacKinnon in Corrie on a more permanent basis. She could be Craig's new boss, perhaps, when the Bethany grooming storyline finally ends and PC Neil gets his butt kicked and gets nicked. She might just be the woman for the job.

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5 Reasons Why David and Shona Should Get Together

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

Guest blog post by Glenn Meads who is on Twitter and LinkedIn
You can read all of Glenn's guest blog posts here.

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When Shona's big reveal was that she was the mother of the lad who murdered David Platt's wife, on the surface it all felt a bit Jeremy Kyle. And for many Corrie fans, if there is to be a romance between these two, it might leave a bad taste in their mouths.

But, to be honest, many romantic comedies are creepy underneath the hearts and flowers - see Sleepless in Seattle and while You Were Sleeping for further proof, they feature stalkers, in all but name. They usually always involve a male who knows more about the female than he lets on. This time, the role is reversed and it's Shona who holds all of the cards.

So, even though I can imagine many of you cringing already, why would these two make a good couple?

1) They both have experienced loss.

David's loss is obvious and Shona is paying dearly for the sins of her son. Hence, these two are attracted to one another, beyond the physical. They are essentially two lost souls, and they are both 'grieving.'

2) They both have elements of light and shade.

Shona has links to Nathan and clearly has a back story which will reveal more darkness. Yet, here she is working at Roy's Rolls, laughing and joking, as she butters their baps. David has the darkest sense of humour going, and has had so many issues, he and Darth Vader could go to couple's therapy! First Dates would match them up, straight away.

3) They don't need or desire company to make them tick. 

Many Corrie characters are better in company. These two entertain themselves, so as a couple - they would not be clingy or get on each other's nerves. And they both deal with the public on a daily basis. Plenty to talk about, including the awkward customers they share.

4) Gail cannot throw stones.

David's mum has dated all sorts, so cannot exactly throw stones from her greenhouse. She went out with Michael, and he had burgled her. And don't even get me started on some of the others! Yes, she'll kick off, but if David dated Kate Middleton, Mrs Rodwell would find a reason not to like her!

5) They have chemistry.

Julia Goulding (Shona) and Jack P. Shepherd (David) have brilliant chemistry and have done, ever since Shona rocked up in a nightclub. So, in true rom-com style. I am more than OK if they skip along the cobbles together. I know what you're thinking though...

Yes, there is the small issue of, 'My Son Murdered Your Wife', but secrets and lies, apart, these two could create fireworks and the street needs a great couple and David and Shona has a certain ring to it. Remember those stickers you could get for your car, with the lovers names in each side? I can see it, now.

What do you think?

Guest blog post by Glenn Meads who is on Twitter and LinkedIn

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Denise Black on playing Coronation Street's Saucy Minx

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

Denise Black, who plays Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Loose Women yesterday about her return to the show.

It was a good interview and Denise said something about her role in Corrie that I'd completely forgotten. She said that when she was brought into Corrie originally, her character wasn't supposed to get together with Ken, it wasn't what had been planned for Denise.  But Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre, was unwell and away from the show. And while she was away, Denise was moved into the slot of Ken's love interest. Hence their affair and then of course, along came Daniel.

The Loose Women called Denise Osbourne 'a saucy minx' which I think is a good description of Denise when she was younger, with Ken.

Denise said she's getting a lot of love on social media and thinks that there's more mileage in the character too. This fan certainly hopes so.

She said that when she was away from the show, she starred in the stage musical Sister Act. When the show came to Manchester, she delivered invitations to her former Corrie cast members to come and see the show. On the enevelopes with the invitations in them, she'd written "by hand".  On the night of the show, Barbara Knox came to the stage door to give Denise a first-night card and she handed it over saying "by hand and by foot".  I love these little glimpses into life behind the scenes.

Speaking of scenes, Loose Women teased us with a clip from next week's Corrie which shows Denise in the hair salon chatting to Audrey and Rita. Ooh, it's bitter!  Lots of good stuff to come.

You can read my interview with Denise Black here, if you'd like to.

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Inked Corrie fan to replicate tattoo in memory of Martyn Hett

(This post was originally posted by Michael Adams on the Coronation Street Blog in June 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

Martyn Hett and his amazing Deirdre tattoo
Today marks two weeks since the Manchester attacks that claimed the lives of 22 individuals attending an Ariana Grande concert in the city that night. Whilst we were all utterly devastated at the news here at the Coronation Street Blog, the fact that our friend and guest contributor Martyn Hett was one of the victims brought the situation much closer to home than we ever imagined.

In the days following the news of his passing we dedicated several posts, including this one to Martyn. I plan to pay tribute to our truly iconic Martyn myself sometime soon, though I'm still finding it difficult to put into words how much I valued our friendship.

So far, a charity set up by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross, We Love MCR, has raised over 6 million pounds to support those who were affected by the terrorist attack on 22nd May. There has been an incredible amount of fundraising, and a lot specifically in Martyn Hett's name, including the sale of t-shirts bearing his likeness that has raised £5,800.

And another fundraiser is Corrie fan Rebecca Haynes (who is on Twitter @rebeccahaynes25), whose love of the show sparked some rather impressive tattoos of the Rovers Return, Elsie Tanner, Hilda's ducks and Corrie quotes around one of her legs. In Becca's own words, here's what she is planning to do in memory of Martyn:

"I have really been affected by the horrible events in Manchester, and especially when I learnt fellow Corrie fan Martyn Hett lost his life. Although I had never met Martyn Hett, I was both sad and annoyed. How dare someone think they have the right to take a life? I share something in common with Martyn, not only for my love of the street but I too have Corrie tattoos. I want to pay tribute to Martyn and get his Deirdre tattoo in the same place (although on the opposite leg). I'd love to raise some money for the We Love Manchester charity by doing this."

Connor McIntyre is just one of the many stars she's met
Becca's incredible tattoos with a fantastic attention to detail
Becca is all booked in for her tattoo at the end of July, and more information on her fundraising can be found on her Just Giving page where you can also donate if you wish to.

I think it's an absolutely wonderful thing Becca is doing and I'm sure Martyn would have been over the moon - I'll follow up this post with the end results sometime in August!

You can follow me on Twitter @MichaelAdamsUk, if you so wish to.

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