Thursday, 22 February 2018

Corrie Canada Sneak Peeks Feb. 26 - March 2

Without further ado here is a brief sneak preview of what you'll see on next week's Corrie in Canada.
Coronation Street on CBC is back to the normal schedule this week.

Sarah dates Aidan. Billy struggles with his addiction and reaches out to someone from his past. Robert proposes to Michelle. Michelle's shocked to see her biological son Alex. Craig's obsessions are affecting his love life. David has a new BFF in Josh. Carla wants to help Daniel get Sinead back. Aidan and Carla have their operations.

For these and more detail, see the Moosejaw Mercury on

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

New Corrie book out today! Mother's Day on Coronation Street

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

There is a brand new Coronation Street Book out today!

Full of Coronation Street’s trademark humour and warmth, it’s the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

It’s 1942 and Annie Walker is the landlady of the Rovers Return on Coronation Street. With her husband Jack away fighting for King and Country, Annie must juggle lone motherhood with keeping the regulars happy.

Gracie Ashton works behind the bar at the Rovers and scoffs at the daft girls who are having their heads turned by the American soldiers flooding into Weatherfield. But when she finds herself thrown together with the handsome GI, Chuck Dawson, Gracie wonders if she has her own head screwed on right.

With rationing, air raids and blackouts, the wives and mothers of Coronation Street are determined to count their blessings, but when an unwelcome face from the past turns up at the Rovers it looks like Annie will have more to worry about than Hitler’s bombs…

Author Maggie Sullivan loves to travel, is an avid reader - never going without her Kindle - and her abiding love is watching football. She is an active member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association and for several years edited their journal. She is also a freelance university lecturer and has a keen interest in drama and theatre. Maggie was born and brought up in Manchester, where she acquired a lifelong passion for Coronation Street and its legendary matriarchs. After living abroad for several years, she settled in London where she still lives.


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Brooke Vincent on Sophie, #Kana and Dancing on Ice

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

Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster in Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Loose Women today about her move from the street to the skating rink. Brooke will be starring in Dancing on Ice which begins this coming Sunday on ITV.

She talks to Loose Women about the training for Dancing on Ice which is proving difficult as she's been covered in bruises from falling over all the time.

Brooke also talks about taking a break from Corrie to do Dancing on Ice. She mentioned that her character Sophie goes after Kate, but can't understand why Kate isn't as struck on this idea as Sophie is. Obviously, we know that Kate is after Rana, but Sophie is none the wiser.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Carla's Return - how is it going so far?

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

I loved Carla. When the news came out that she was going, I thought that one of Coronation Street’s very best characters was leaving and that she would be missed terribly. Her couldn’t care less what you think of me attitude, quite rare in women, was so brilliantly expressed in Carla as she clicked down the cobbles in her heels, her car keys jangling in her hand. As is so often the case though, I adjusted, as we all do. Her absence was nowhere near as unbearable as I’d feared. Various storylines were absorbing, involving various excellent actors and Carla was almost forgotten.

Then we heard she was coming back. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to see her and learn what she had been up to. The spoilers before her onscreen return suggested that Carla was coming back to Weatherfield with a secret. Ooh what could that be? I was really keen to find out and did wonder too, if Carla might have realised that her heart belonged to Peter.

When it was revealed that Carla had kidney disease, I was so disappointed that this was her ‘secret’ – which is not to say I have no humanity. Of course, it’s sad when a person has a serious disease, especially when that person is not old, as in Carla’s case.

Obviously, a serious disease affects a person deeply. They’ll be more anxious, more aware of their mortality and worried as to whether the disease will seriously curtail their life expectancy.

But, despite a couple of emotional scenes with Roy, to my mind, Carla has not been the Carla I remember. (Except for the time in The Rovers when she hurled insults at Peter). That may change. She’s older now, and though maturity doesn’t necessarily accompany age, maybe with Carla, age and experience has softened her. Maybe now she’s not so sparky, not quite so dynamic and energetic. But since when has she been so concerned about family? Is it her illness that’s done that? She feels alone and needs the support of family? Maybe she wants one of their kidneys.

And what of her feud with Tracy? Never to be best mates, we could at least be treated to a few cruel, spiteful comments, from both women. Have they just got bored with goading and attacking each other? Well, nothing stays the same, so we might just have to accept that one of the best enmities in soap is now over.

What is in wait for Carla is an affair with Daniel. Yes, with Daniel, Daniel Osbourne. Surely this will affect Peter, and let’s not forget Sinead. We saw Daniel and Carla interact on Sinead and Chesney’s wedding day. Carla told Daniel that he should do something to stop the wedding. In the end he didn’t need to as Chesney did that for him, and it was Carla who brought the news to Daniel that the wedding did not go ahead.

I cannot help but think that Carla and Daniel are ill-matched. But then who am I, or anybody else, to pronounce? It’s their business as two consenting adults. I don’t believe it will be long before we see the affair played out and all its repercussions. Perhaps it's Carla holding on, literally, to youth.

I’m a little disappointed that we don’t have the Carla of old, but have to accept that we grow, change, and develop. We’re seeing a gentler, more feeling, more sensitive Carla and hopefully, with the sublime acting skills of Alison King, we’ll like this incarnation of Carla just as much as we did the original.

It’s taken her realisation that she is not immortal to crack open her carapace and expose the more vulnerable side of Carla Connor.

By Ruth Owen, @ruth1722 

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Living in Weatherfield

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

My new home - MediaCityUK in Salford
In September I headed off to university in Manchester; a brand new life on the other side of the country. The thought of living away from home was daunting for me - hailing from quiet little County Durham in the North East where really nothing much happens, everyone talks to one another and life is just generally canny, I just didn't know if I'd fit in. I was wrong.

Luckily for me, half of my friends from sixth form college also moved down with me to the exact same uni. What are the chances? Secondly, a good proportion of people I've met at uni are also from the North East, meaning that Manchester really is home from home. Although there is a general lack of Greggs stores and a whole lot of Southerners who think they're "in the North" (anywhere below Middlesbrough is the South), it's pretty much fantastic.

I can't believe I've reached the third paragraph without mentioning the most important thing about moving to the North West. I am now on Coronation Street's doorstep! I live in Salford, the city where "Weatherfield" is, and my uni campus is at MediaCity, meaning I see those famous chimney tops and the fa├žade of Victoria Court across the quays on a daily basis.

I've met Pat Phel...Connor McIntyre, not once, but twice. And he's a legend.
Out and about in town, I can see why articles like this one are very true, because despite the tram crashes, yearly arson attacks, murders, rapes, car crashes and robberies, Weatherfield has nothing on Salford's crime rate. The shopping centre is rife on a nighttime, and sometimes quite frightening, and you see some eye-opening sights.

There's the dodgy types like Callum and his gang hanging around in the dark alleyways behind the derelict working mens clubs, the brassy Carla Connor types stocking up on wine then driving off in their posh cars back to the swanky quayside, and even a woman who is a double of Beth Tinker working in Savers. She is an icon.

Across my morning commute I pass the ACTUAL Coronation Street, home of Salford Lads Club and
the location of this legendary LP cover (though sadly the terraced street in the background behind wor Rita is no longer). Everything is just far too exciting for this Corrie fan, and I'm loving it.

You can follow me on Twitter if you want, I'm @MichaelAdamsUk
Living in Weatherfield

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

In defence of Cougar Carla's Corrie storyline

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

Guest blog post from Flo Hough who is on Twitter @FloCorrieFan
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I think we’ve all read in some form or another about the upcoming story on Corrie about Carla and Daniel.  Details are still sketchy at best, but we do know that Carla does snog Daniel, and it doesn’t sound as though Daniel is going to be saying no to “The Carla Connor”.  

I personally think it’s going to be a fun storyline on the show and I’m anxious to see how it all plays out.  However, I have been very surprised and shocked at some of the comments made in regards to this upcoming romance (if that’s what it’s going to be) and thought it was something that might be interesting to discuss.

According to the wonderful Corriepedia, Carla would have just celebrated her 43rd birthday.  Daniel is 23, also having just celebrated his birthday the day after Carla.  So there’s a 20 year age gap.  Unconventional yes; impossible, no.  I’ve seen people with comments such as “disgusting, wrong, blech”.  Seriously?!  These are two consenting adults.  This isn’t Daniel’s first time around the block with an older woman either, remember his dalliance with the reporter from the Weatherfield Gazette?  And quite honestly, why not?  Just because the woman is older, it suddenly becomes a bit taboo for some reason.   I don’t understand why the double standard.

There have been plenty of couples on the cobbles where there have been significant age differences.  Deidre and Ken (16 years) Mike Baldwin and Susan Barlow (23 years) and Jenny Bradley and Johnny Connor (17 years) are three that popped into my head immediately.  I doubt that anyone thought anything of their age differences or made juvenile comments in regards to such, but suddenly because the roles are flipped and the woman is the older of the two, it’s now just not acceptable.  Talk about ageist.

Another comment I saw was that it was weird because Daniel is the half brother of her ex-husband Peter.  Wait a second…the story where Carla falls in love with her brother-in-law Liam was one of the more popular love stories on Corrie with a huge fan base of “Liarla” fans (I think that’s what it was called) who still, to this day “ship” over their story.  I was one of those fans!  Weatherfield is a small town and without a huge population of available males, it’s going to be inevitable that somewhere along the way, this kind of thing is going to happen.  And why shouldn’t it?  It’s not like its incest or something illegal/immoral.  It also makes me wonder if a Carla/David pairing would have worked as well.

Then there are those who say “she would never be interested in someone like Daniel.”  Says who?  Daniel is well educated, intelligent and while he can be annoying at times, he is well spoken.  He’s not too hard on the eyes either, so I can totally see Carla being interested in him, even if it’s only going to be for a short period of time.  They are two complex characters who both seem to fall deeply in love when they do, and I think it will make for a very interesting dynamic.  As for the age difference, don’t forget that Daniel basically raised himself after his mother abandoned him, so he’s probably far more mature than the average 23 year old.  Sure, he has his faults, but at least he isn’t turning to a bottle of vodka for courage every time something goes wrong.  (Sorry Peter)  Just stay away from the stairs Carla if you make him mad.  

I personally look forward to seeing the direction the writers go with this story, it could be a lot of fun.  I’m all for fun.  As for the age difference, age is only a number.  The added bonus is if it gets Daniel away from Sinead, all the better.  I’m just glad it’s not Chesney that Carla is kissing, she’s far too much fun for that.  

By Flo Hough who is on Twitter @FloCorrieFan

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Top 5 Coronation Street cringe couples

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

It was Saint Valentine's Day this past week. And what better way to celebrate the most romantic day of the year than with a look back at some of the Coronation Street couples who have made us cringe over the years!

Dev and Deirdre's one-night stand. She wanted more, but the shopkeeper put up his Closed sign and showed her the door.
Kev and Molly's affair resulted in Sally helping Molly to give birth to baby Jack.

That's the Devster again and this time he's at it with Deirdre's daughter Tracy.

Tracy's wedding to Roy was heartbreaking. She conned him into thinking he'd made her pregnant and Roy insisted on doing the right thing and marrying Tracy. 
And ooh, look, it's Tracy yet again. This time she was carrying on with Wally Bannister who was her grandma Blanche's fella. Then again, he was a millionaire. 

Any more Corrie couples - past or present - who make you cringe?

And just to prove we're not completely anti-romance, here are some of our favourite Corrie romantic moments. 

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Ken Farrington, Corrie's Billy Walker, releases his life story

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

With thanks to our friends at Fantom Publishing for alerting us to this little gem.

Next month sees the release of Fantom Publishing’s new autobiography from the actor Ken Farrington, entitled Hush My Mouth.

Ken played Billy Walker in Coronation Street and his book will be launched at TV Utopia on 3rd February 2018. You can enter our competition to win a ticket to TV Utopia here.

Whilst Ken Farrington has achieved lasting recognition through his roles in three iconic British TV soaps – Coronation Street, Family Affairs and Emmerdale – his sixty-year career has encompassed a great deal more and taken him from the classical stage to the cinema screen, from Shakespeare to Shaw and from Pinter to panto.

“I was inspired to pen my autobiography when I found myself with time on my hands in semi retirement in France and I decided to try writing” explains Ken. “First of all I started to write ideas for TV series and then decided to do the family history which then developed in to stories of my career. I would like people to come away with a more accurate picture of what it is like to be an actor and perhaps inspire would be actors to learn the craft and not just seek to be a celebrity.”

The son of a builder and decorator from Peckham, Ken struggled to keep out of trouble at school until he had the great good fortune to meet the English teacher who was to change his life. Michael Croft, the legendary founder of the National Youth Theatre, ignited a passion for acting in young Ken who never looked back.

Within a year of leaving RADA in 1959 he landed the part of Billy Walker, wayward son of Rovers Return landlady Annie Walker, in Granada TV’s groundbreaking new ‘soap’ Coronation Street. Originally contracted for six months, Ken would find himself returning to the Street off and on for the next 25 years. Meanwhile he continued acting on stage and screen with the likes of Anthony Hopkins, James Caan and Michael Gambon; his long list of TV guest appearances includes The Avengers, The Saint, The Tomorrow People and Danger UXB. For three years he played ruthless businessman Tom King in Emmerdale, his dramatic exit from the series on Christmas Day 2006 being one of the most talked-about in the show’s history.

Hush My Mouth is the autobiography of a man with a reputation for plain speaking, and deals frankly with Ken’s occasionally volatile relationships with his co-stars, his clashes with producers and ‘money men’, and his own personal demons.

Released in hardback priced £19.99 the book will be launched at TV Utopia on 3rd February and signed copies will be available to purchase ahead of its trade release in March.

Order your copy today.

( lists it as "Currently unavailable". You can order from later on or through Fantom Publishing)

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