Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Five Things We Learned In Corrie This Week

Don't employ Sean.  Fresh from being sacked from the medical centre (for shouting patient details across the cafe) and the pub (for shouting abuse at the customers), Sean needed to get a new job.  First, Carla had to explain to this forty-something man that people looking for work generally have a CV.  Then, while using someone else's computer (without their permission), he somehow performed a factory reset and destroyed all their precious data.  So that's poor customer skills, no respect for confidential information, a lack of business awareness and zero computer knowledge.  I'm sure the job offers will be rolling in.

Fiz is great at doling out advice - not so good at taking it.  "Grab life by the good bits!" she instructed Chesney via Skype from somewhere in Australia Birmingham.  "You're about to have the best day of your life!"  Yes, it really is wonderful when you marry the person you love, isn't it Fiz?  Incidentally, how many years have you been engaged to Tyrone now with no sign of a wedding band?

Weddings get Maria going.  Bless him, Craig went to Maria for sex advice this week, wondering how you know if a girl is "in the mood."  Resident strumpet Maria's reply, surprisingly, wasn't just "is it a day with a Y in it."  She further pronounced that weddings turn her on; what she failed to add was they usually climax with her attempting to mount the groom as he's cutting the cake.

No, Do!  Don't go, Do!  Sinead's big day was a disaster on many levels, mainly emotional, but especially fashion.  Her mum wore thigh high boots, Beth looked like a disco television on the fritz, and the wedding gown seemed to be a go-go girl's minidress with a pair of Laura Ashley net curtains draped over the top.  As for Maria's 1980s power lesbian blouse and jacket, I don't know where to begin.  What wasn't a disaster was the return of Sinead's nan, the marvelous Nancy, whose star power shone in her every appearance.  Please sign up the former Doreen Corkhill as a full-time character immediately, and if you can get John McArdle in as her long-lost husband too even better.

We are all Roy Cropper sometimes.  Brian was off on one of his interminable monologues about Weatherfield architecture, when Cathy revealed she liked a bandstand.  "Is it a building?" Brian queried, and I, sat on my sofa at home, said "It's a structure."  Moments later, Roy intervened to confirm that yes, it is a structure.  I will be buying a cagoule and a shopping bag this afternoon.

 As a tribute to poor Luke, @merseytart has spent the last week listening to flamenco house.  It's what he would have wanted.

ITV pays tribute to Doreen Keogh

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

ITV today paid tribute to the actress Doreen Keogh, who has died aged 91. Doreen played the role of Concepta Hewitt in Coronation Street and was the show's first barmaid in the Rovers Return.

In a statement today, John Whiston, Creative Director at ITV Studios said: “All at Coronation Street are sad to hear about the death of Doreen Keogh. There have been many barmaids in the Rovers over the years, dispensing pints and wisdom in equal measure. But Doreen played the first and so has a unique place not just in the history of the show but in the affection of all who watch The Street. Our thoughts are with the family as they mourn the passing of a wonderful person. And together with our audience we also mourn the passing of a very special actor.”

You can find out more about Doreen Keogh and the character of Concepta in a blog post written by Llifon Jones, here.

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Corrie Canada Weekly Awards for Jan. 15 - 19

Mexican Standoff award: Seb knows Phelan killed Luke. Phelan has a gun with Seb's fingerprints on it.

Musical ambiance: Nat King Cole "When I Fall In Love" when Zeedan was expounding on the kind of future he wants to give his true love, Rana. How could she break his heart after that?

Cone of Silence award: Aidan arrives at the Nazir house. Seconds later, we can hear a crowd of press outside, did he not notice?

Friendship award: In times of crises, you really find out who your friends are. I thought Sean was lovely to Tyrone and the girls. I also thought Aidan asking Maria if she was ok was a nice touch. Nobody else remembered she was with Luke for quite awhile.

Fashionisto award: Imran's buffalo check coat.

Pants on Fire award: Luke found out Matt was telling lies about Andy. Eileen found out that Nicola didn't actually move to Australia. Luke outed Rana's lie about being pregnant though she pretended to Zee that Luke got the wrong end of the stick. (pun intended)

Black Widow award: Maria is right, all her exes aside from Nick and Tyrone are dead! She and Gail are running neck and neck for the title.

Food for Thought award: Scattering Katie's ashes in the park is nice. Scattering them by a pond full of ducks might not be the best thing for the ducks.

Man About Town award: Audrey had a crush on Luke. He dated Maria, Tracy and Alya along with numerous off screen women we never saw. He certainly got around!

Lines of the week:
Zeedan "Next time I see Luke he's got some explaining to do"
Eileen "At least I know I'm not the only person in the universe with cow pats raining down on her head"
Toyah "We are never mixing our friends again!"
Imran about the family meal "It's going to be like a car crash with napkins"
Phelan "Where's the bolt of lightning, Billy?" (Oh, yours is coming, mate!)
Sean "There's nowt worse than someone angry with you for something you already feel bad about"
Alya to Maria "You ditched him to go around with Aidan so please don't act like you were soul mates" (That's rather catty, isn't it? It's none of your business, he wasn't with you at the time)
Phelan "Eileen's decided it's 'Bring A Hoodie to Work Day'"

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Katie McGlynn Interview: Sinead and Chesney's wedding

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

As Sinead’s wedding to Daniel approaches how sure is she that she’s marrying the right man?
She’s really confused because she finds out what Chesney’s been up to in trying to make Daniel look like the bad guy; how he hit himself in the face with the brick then lied, how he faked food poisoning in the bistro. Then all of a sudden she’s getting along with Daniel again, he’s helping get Joseph to speak and all she can think about is how nice Daniel is being. She does still love Chesney but as she finds all this out then she starts to wonder if Chesney is actually a bit of a psycho. She’s really confused and doesn’t know what to do.

How thrown is Sinead by Chesney’s behaviour? She had thought previously that Daniel was the troubled one and Chesney the safe bet, so how shocked is she by what Chesney has been doing?  
She’s really shocked, she can’t believe it and that’s what leads her to go to Daniel’s flat to confront him because even though Chesney has told her the truth she can’t get her head round it because Chesney’s never shown any signs of being a psycho before, it’s always been Daniel, so she’s just absolutely flabbergasted.

Can she understand what has pushed Chesney to behave in this way?
She can maybe see how he’s been driven by jealousy but she doesn’t like that character trait in Chesney, the jealousy and the desperation. She can recognise that he’s done all this crazy stuff because he really does love her but she’s still a bit taken aback by it, it’s not normal behaviour.  

Chesney was Sinead’s first love, would you say that Daniel was the love of her life and is he still the love of her life?
It’s two very different types of love and you can’t compare them. There’s nothing like your first love and that’s why her relationship with Chesney has been so good since she’s gone back to him. Her relationship with Daniel was completely different, it was like a whirlwind, she never expected to feel that way about somebody so quickly. It was very intense, maybe Daniel was the love of her life, the only reason she split up with him was because she thought he’d tried to kill Ken. She definitely still has feelings for Daniel.

What happens when Sinead goes round to Daniel’s flat and opens up to him about her feelings?
At first she’s just questioning Daniel about Chesney’s weird behaviour but then she starts to say she doesn’t know if she loves Ches and hints at what Daniel’s feelings for her are. She admits she’s unsure but she can’t really get the answers out of Daniel that she wanted so she’s even more confused about the situation.

As the wedding approaches do you think she’s sure that Chesney is the one?
She still has feelings for Daniel but she’s trying to think logically and convince herself that Chesney is the one who she should be with. Thinking with her head not her heart she sees Chesney as her future. 

How does Sinead feel when she’s about to leave for the wedding and she sees Daniel across the street, is their a moment between them?
Yes there is a moment between them because no matter how much she can think with her head and convince herself she’s doing the right thing, she can’t help what she feels in her heart and she does still love Daniel. 

Can we expect a straightforward wedding or will there be lots of drama?
There’s never a straightforward wedding on Coronation Street!

As an actress who would you like to see Sinead end up with?
I’d like her to be with Daniel because I think the character has more potential to unveil his slightly crazy side, I can see a lot of drama there and more obstacles in their way. Having said that I love the stable side of her relationship with Chesney and they do have fun together. Sam and Rob are both brilliant to work with, whenever I’m working with one I miss the other, I’m in a real life love triangle at work!    

Did you enjoy filming the wedding scenes?
It was great, it didn’t go according to plan as Sam was ill and didn’t turn up to his own wedding! But as soon as he was better we cracked on and it was pretty painless, we had a great director. 

What is Sinead’s dress like?
It’s cute, it’s very Sinead, I assume she’s designed it herself as that’s something Sinead would do. 

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Sunday Comments January 21

Now Phelan has Seb's prints on the gun, what's he going to do with it? Luke went to find Andy's friend, Matt, and discovered Phelan reinforcing the rules, Matt can't say anything about Andy to Luke outside the story they concocted. Phelan pointed to Luke's involvement in the racist/assault charges as proof that Luke could go off the rails. It was enough to scare Matt into telling Luke the truth, that Phelan manipulated him into telling Luke lies about where Andy is.

Luke went looking for answers and found Phelan at the development site where, just before that, Phelan was going to toss the gun into the pond where the bodies were and a shoe floated to the surface! I thought Phelan was going to have a heart attack right on the spot especially when Luke showed up to confront him. Luke keeps making connections between misinformation about Andy always leading back to Phelan who goes on the offensive, citing Andy's history of pretending to be someone he wasn't. Damning evidence and probable doubt. Big argument, but the gun is still there. Phelan is starting to crack a bit under pressure. He's feeling accused something when all Luke wants is ansnwers.

Luke's not going to get them though. He attacked Phelan but Luke fought back and seemed to get the worst of the deal though Luke was pretty unsteady himself. Pat still has the gun, remember, and he got back to his van and drove after Luke. You wouldn't think Luke would have any trouble getting away, being a former boy racer, but he's got a head injury, too so his reaction times aren't the best. The car chase ended up with Luke off the road, trapped in the car and Phelan putting bullets in the gun. Phelan didn't know for sure Luke was still alive but shot out the gas tank just to make sure. KaBOOM! That's pretty grisly! I guess Seb's prints are a moot point since Phelan's gloves will end up rubbing them off. Plans change. And when you've killed once, it's not quite so difficult to do it again.

Phelan desperately cleaned up himself and the van and explained his head scrape away to Eileen who's more preoccupied with where Nicola is and where Todd is.

At home, Alya has received a hand written letter threatening Luke. Luke outed Rana's lie about being pregnant, though of course he didn't know that she hadn't told anyone she was aside from him and that was to get out out of a tight spot. He went straight over to Rana to confront her and she pretended Luke just got the wrong end of the stick. We saw earlier that Luke's phone battery went dead but nobody else knows that and Rana was frantic trying to get hold of him to get the story sorted out. Rana was so beside herself that she told Kate she was going to confess their affair to Zeedan! She wants to be with Kate and knows it's going to hurt a lot of people but she's willing to do it. I suppose she wants to tell Zee before he hears through the grapevine.

When they finally talked, he was full of plans for their future and wasn't bothered that Luke got the wrong impression about her being pregnant. He's really going to give her the best future he can. She burst into tears, unable to tell him the truth while Kate waited in the pub in vain, a hopeful Sophie at her side. Rana and the family came in and Kate knew Rana would never find the right time to tell. She went off with Sophie, leaving Rana feeling very much alone.

Sophie and Kate roll up home in the wee hours of dawn after a good night out on the town. But then Sophie snogs Kate who backs off but doesn't have time to say anything before Alya shows up at the door to see who is outside since Luke never made it home. I always thought Sophie and Kate would make a good couple, actually. That aside, everyone is trying to get hold if Luke and those of us watching get more and more fidgety, waiting for the inevitable. Luke hasn't turned up for work, nobody can get through on his phone. Alya finds out he had a car from the garage and since she knows he wouldn't drink and drive ends up calling the police to report him missing while Phelan lurks across the street, earwigging. Earlier, we saw Phelan burning things in the back yard including something denim. I forget, did Luke lose his jacket during the fight with him? Must have. Oh wait, it was probably Pat's jacket or jeans. Can't have that found, there will be questions as to why it was found at the mill and will probably have Phelan DNA on it, too.

Back at the garage, a DC and a police constable come in and ask after the courtesy car. Kevin thinks they've found it abandoned. Tyrone mentions that Alya, Luke's girlfriend, reported him missing. The police mention that Luke's parents were unaware of a girlfriend. That confuses Kev and Ty, not sure why the police would have been speaking to Luke's parents. Well, we know why. They turn to talk to Alya who is walking by just then and ask to go somewhere private. This doesn't sound good and of course, it isn't. Kate and Alya are told about Luke, shot and found in a car that exploded. Ouch! Neither of them believes it, hard to take in, especially in the UK where gun crime is not that common. Alya tells the police about the racism abuse she and Luke both suffered at the hands of the Parker brothers, giving them the threat letter that was left and Kate gets hold of Luke's laptop for the police. Alya is blaming herself because Luke got into trouble defending her. Kate is sent to get Zeedan.

Sophie had told Rosie she snogged Kate and Rosie spends the rest of this episode and the next nagging her to say something to kate but she never really gets to, not properly. Kate has gone into work, still a bit under the influence so Robert sends her home just as Rosie and Sophie arrive to try to see her. Rana and Imran's parents take them plus Zeedan to the Bistro for a nice lunch to celebrate Zee and Rana's new business venture. Rana heads to the ladies' room just as Sophie leaves, with Rosie just behind but Rosie stops to talk to Rana and mentions the kiss between Kate and Sophie which of course upsets Rana. But it's going to get worse. The family meal is going well but is interrupted by a tearful and shaking Kate who tells them the news. Zeedan runs out to see Alya who is now at the flat and Rana takes a clearly shaken Kate into the Bistro office.

Aidan later comes to the Nazir house to comfort Alya. Directly behind him are a pack of journalists that he apparently didn't see, or didn't mention at least, though they started knocking on the door seconds after he arrives. They chase various neighbours around too, for sound bites. Zeedan decides to speak to the press and, surrounded by his family, he describes them as an ordinary Muslim family and his sister was targeted by racists who then murdered her boyfriend. Yasmeen prevents him from naming names, saying they don't want retribution, they want people to stand up against hate. When Luke's assault charge is brought up, Yasmeen spits that anyone can be driven to anger but Luke was a good man and was loved, more than she reckons a callous reporter can claim. Alya speaks up, saying Luke knew she let the racists get to her and now he's dead because of it, blaming herself. From down the road, behind the reporters, Phelan starts applauding and the rest of the neighbours who were standing outside listening join in. Yasmeen leads the family inside, pleading for their privacy to be respected.

Kate is upset with Rana for promising to tell Zeedan their marriage is over and then going back on it but Rana pleads for herself. She also admits Luke was putting pressure on her to come clean. Kate's really having difficulty with Luke's death and decides she needs to get away for a bit and is going to ask Carla if she can stay at her house in Devon. She obviously agreed because the next time we see Kate, she's in the pub to say goodbye to Alya while waiting for her cab, leaving both Rana and Sophie gutted. Rana goes out to see Kate before she gets in the taxi and Rosie pushes Sophie out as well but all Sophie sees is two friends hugging each other. Sophie gets in a hug too, pledging her support sadly, wanting more but realizing it isn't going to happen.

Aidan tells the Nazirs that the Parkers have been arrested. Alya says it doesn't change things. Aidan notices Maria at the bar and goes to see if she's ok. I wondered when someone would remember that Maria and Luke were a couple for quite awhile. She tells Aidan he should be careful as her exes all seem to come to a sticky end and she's right, too. Pretty much all of the men we've seen her with are dead except Nick Tilsley and Tyrone.

Seb is shocked to the core when he finds out what happened to Luke and wants to know what kind of gun was used but doesn't get any answers. He is obviously scared, too and we later see he's called his mother, hoping that they can go away somewhere with the twins. Apparently she's told him that the rehab people try to help their cases restart their lives in nice cottages somewhere new. It's all lies, of course. We can see she's edgy and hyper and she eventually admits to him that she was thrown out of rehab so he knows she's back using again and throws her out. When Phelan and Eileen come home and see that he's packed a bag, he manages to sidetrack the questions.

Phelan and Seb are watching each other with very guarded looks and Seb decides it's probably safer working the day with Eileen in the cab office. Smart lad. But Phelan's lurking around the corner and Tim can't get over how Eileen thinks the sun shines out of his backside. But Seb was very interested to hear the location of Luke's car, knowing it's where Phelan's next job is coming from. Phelan confronted Seb and to the lad's credit, he didn't back down, he came right out and asked if he killed Luke. Of course Phelan is going to turn it around on Seb, making out he's feeling guilty because he send Luke, who was looking for Pat, to the place he was killed.

Seb keeps hearing all these theories and then things like the police having no evidence against the Parkers and more and more he's convinced Phelan killed Luke no matter how much he talked around it earlier. Phelan caught him looking in the toolbox for the gun. What really shocked me is that Phelan as much as admitted it, reminding Seb the murder weapon had Seb's fingerprints all over it (which, you would think, would be rubbed off after Phelan used it while wearing gloves).

Sean gets a bit of a storyline! Sean is on a diet and he nearly handed baby George some fresh fruit, thinking the only allergy was to bananas. Wrong. Jude and Angie nearly bit his hand off! He ranted on about it and all their other private business in the cafe to Eileen who looked as if she really didn't give a toss and in the course of the conversation, we find out Norris has gone to wherever it is Freda lives to see the newly returned Emily.

Jude and Angie caught Sean and even though they apologized for being short with him, they weren't happy that he was broadcasting their business, either. They went to the clinic to lodge a complaint and Sean got a dressing down for it but quit in a fit. Later he confronted Jude and Angie in the pub but of course it wasn't them at all. All that confrontation, again in public and Peter decided to sack Sean, too! He's his own worst enemy!

He asks Carla for a reference and she advises him to do up a CV so we later see him using a laptop working on it. Up pops a few annoying messages that look like spam or malware and then one that asks if he wants to reset the computer to factory settings. Unless that's a virus, there's no way that he could get to something like that using a word processor and unless that's a virus, I am pretty sure factory settings won't delete your documents, just reset your settings. I'm pretty sure of that because later, Jude is looking for something in the laptop (it's his) and he finds folders where the baby pictures were but no photos. You'd think a factory reset would remove the folders, too, right? There are ways to recover deleted files but nobody thinks of that of course. Sean ends up getting thrown out of his lodgings by someone that doesn't even own the house. If Sean has a "rent book" or some kind of formal arrangement, and knowing Norris, I can't imagine he wouldn't, then Jude has to at least give Sean notice to leave. Anyway, Sean ends up staying at Tyrone's after Fiz apparently said he could.

In a few really touching scenes, the effect of racism is shown on another family as Tyrone is gutted about what happened to his friend and employee (and former lodger) and worried how he could explain racism to his daughter Ruby. Sean is very thoughtful, helping with the girls. Tyrone dreads having to tell them about Luke because they really loved him when he lived there. After he has told them, he's out in the back in tears with Sean promising to look after them all while Fiz is away.

Cathy and Alex move in to Number 12. Adam has hired Rana's brother, Imran. He was in the position of solicitor the other day but is he being hired as a paralegal now? Not sure. He's trying to help Luke in any case. Now that Michelle has helped the business with Steve's cash, Robert offers to give Zeedan his job back but Zee really wants to make a go of their own place. Eileen went looking for Gary to find out if Nicola really went to Australia because Gail had told her that Nicola didn't move away. She didn't get an answer from him so she went looking on social media. Seb was no help. Gemma is still knocking around with Henry who tells her he doesn't want to share her with any of his mates. That's not a good sign. Chesney invited him to the wedding and he didn't look impressed. That's not a good sign. Then she dropped the L-bomb and he freaked. Also not a good sign. Is he just with Gemma for a "bit of rough"?

At least Sinead and Chesney's wedding hadn't actually been cancelled, I don't think. But Eva's offer of a free manicure didn't go down well with Beth who still seems to bully Sinead who is always fair to people. But free stuff is free stuff and they're all going to use the Rovers back room. Toyah's a bit affronted that Eva made assumptions. There's a conflict. Toyah's Vegan society got the room first! Leanne reckoned they could share and they did. It all worked out quite well actually though there were a few ructions later when it turned out the nail polish might not be vegan friendly.

Chesney doesn't think they should tell Joseph about Luke, not so soon after his mother died. Probably a bad idea since everyone else knows about it. The wedding is tomorrow and neither Cilla nor Fiz will be there due to Cilla's current health crisis. I wonder if that's a hint that the wedding won't happen? I guess we'll wait and see. But later, Joseph overheard the adults talk about Luke's murder and he went running for the hills. Chesney reckons scattering Katie's ashes will help Joseph. It might. But doing it near the pond with the ducks might not help the ducks very much. And he went and didn't include Sinead, either, though it had sounded like he was going to.

Daniel looks crushed seeing the happy couple getting ready for their wedding the next day. You see him and Sinead exchanging glances across the room and you can tell there's still feelings there.

Bethany seems to have had a late night but is evasive when Craig asks about it. She later gets a text from someone that verifies an 8 pm meeting but she lies and says it's a text from her mother. What's going on here, then? Craig is such a lovely lad. He adores Bethany and he's ready and willing to take things as slowly as she wants. I don't think she really wants him as a proper boyfriend, even without the sex. I think she just likes having him as a supportive best friend but then her head is probably still all over the place. Craig jumped to conclusions when he'd seen the sexy underwear she bought and took that in with her invitation to hang out in the house alone. When he got there, she's got her hair done and a lot of makeup on and she said she "just got back" (from where?). But changing into something more comfortable didn't mean the sexy stuff she bought. It meant makeup free and warm PJs. Disappointed again. He can't do right for doing wrong!

Billy is looking thoughtful in his hospital bed. Phelan comes tapping on the door. He's brought some things for Billy, clean laundry etc. Billy admits he's missing Todd and Summer but if they did show up, he reckons the police would be there straight away to take Todd away again.He's not sure Adam can get Todd out of trouble if he does show up and should be helping Luke's case (he doesn't know yet) Phelan casually says he's not seen Luke today. (he's so cool and collected while lying through his teeth!) and offers to help him with the physio who wants Billy up and in the wheel chair.

We later see Billy working with the team, Phelan watching. Billy lowers himself into a wheelchair, spent. Phelan remarks how difficult it is to see him suffer but Billy, ever the religious optimist, says suffering produces perseverence which creates character which leads to hope. Phelan seems to admire that though you can never tell with him whether what he says is genuine or if it's meant to produce an effect. They have a little religious discussion with Phelan wondering why someone like Billy ends up in the position he's in while people go around committing crimes with no music to face. Where's the bolt of lightening? None of this "mysterious ways" for Phelan, he wonders if some people just slip through God's nets and get to do whatever they like. (the arrogance!) Billy has to believe there's a plan somewhere.

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In praise of Corrie's Toyah Battersby

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

Guest blog post from Amber Moran, who is on Twitter: @AmberLMoran
Fancy writing a guest blog post for us? All details here!  

With Christmas fast approaching, it also brings with it a very special Coronation Street anniversary, which is that it's one year since the return of Toyah Laverne Battersby.

Christmas Day 2016 was the episode which saw Toyah return to the street after leaving her husband, Toby. Since then she’s gone on to have numerous big storylines throughout the year, including her relationship with Peter Barlow, becoming the new landlady of the Rovers Return, and of course not forgetting the heartbreaking moment she was told she wouldn’t be able to have a baby after going through IVF treatment.

Georgia Taylor is an incredible actress and has so far been totally outstanding in playing Toyah, and will continue to be for as long as she is on the show.

When I’ve seen the question online asking ‘Who is the best Coronation Street character of all time?’, my answer has always been Toyah Battersby because for as long as I can remember, I’ve always automatically associated the words ‘Coronation Street’ with Toyah, she is what the show is all about.
Toyah has her serious moments, her funny moments and definitely her caring moments as well. Caring being a word I would use to describe Georgia as a person too.

Earlier this year, in February, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Georgia at the Coronation Street gates and she honestly made my year in that moment, such a down to earth, lovely lady and she has helped me so much because that’s just the amazing person she is.

I would like to give all my thanks and praise to Georgia, to say what a fantastic job she is doing on Coronation Street and also I look forward to seeing what 2018 holds for Toyah.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

By Amber Moran, Twitter: @AmberLMoran

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Coronation Street Blog Interview with Rob Mallard who plays Daniel Osbourne

(This post was originally posted by Ruth Owen on the Coronation Street Blog in December 2017, reposted to this blog with permission.)

In early November I was invited to Media City to interview Rob Mallard, who plays Daniel Osbourne in Coronation Street. Rob Mallard is an impressive young man: highly articulate, thoughtful, witty and charming.

Is Daniel still in love with Sinead?

Yes, he is, though he finds it difficult to admit it to himself. Actually, it feels as if he is obsessed with Sinead as well as being love with her. It’s possible if they continue to renew my contract, that Daniel and Sinead could be the new and enduring Ken and Deirdre. Daniel is more highbrow than Sinead, just as was the case with Ken and Deirdre, but they stayed together even though there were a few hiccups along the way…

 Will Sinead leave Chesney eventually, even though she is about to marry him?

Daniel believes that he and Sinead will be together at some point, unless someone else intgervenes, and Sinead has just to realise this. Daniel is her destiny not Chesney. The rivalry between Chesney and Daniel never really went away but soon we will see that it starts to hot up and Daniel tells Chesney that he doesn’t deserve Sinead and that if Sinead really was happy with Chesney, then she wouldn’t have strayed in the first place. Daniel feels aggrieved too, because when Daniel saved Chesney’s life in the bistro, incredibly, Chesney did not offer him one word of thanks, which, no matter what had happened before between them, was the least he should have done. In comparison, in most of his dealings with Chesney, Daniel has been quite magnanimous, even bringing little Joseph round to speak to him in Portuguese.

Will Daniel and Chesney ever be civil towards each other?

Things go from bad to worse with Chesney and Daniel. There’s a scene where Chesney hits himself as hard as he can with a brick. a Daniel tells people that he didn’t hurt Chesney but that Chesney hurt himself to get Daniel into hot water and to gain sympathy from Sinead. Naturally Sinead is outraged by what Daniel, she believes, has done to her fiancé. You’ll have to see how Daniel manages to get the truth out there. Could be something to do with his having filmed Chesney creating his own injuries with a brick…

Will Daniel’s mother appear on our screens again? And will viewers learn what happened between them?

There’s good news for fans of Denise Osborne – perhaps.  It seems that Daniel’s mum will return, but no one is sure when. There does seem to be a real appetite to see how this relationship works. Daniel’s anger concerning his mother isn’t so much to do with the fact that she left him when he was 15, but more because of the lifestyle they led when she was there with him. I’m confident that the back story will come through, and there are even hints that his mum might have brought unsuitable men into their lives, and that she was more concerned about keeping the men, rather than being a proper mother to Daniel. Instead of supporting Daniel in his endeavours, Daniel had to take charge of his life aged 15, including his Oxford application.

How are relationships lately in the Barlow household?

 Peter is the one to whom Daniel is the closest. For Daniel, Peter has been a father, uncle, brother and friend. Though they are very different types, there is a strong affection between the two. Perhaps surprisingly, Adam and Daniel decide to bury their animosity and rub along together in both their best interests. Besides, it’s hard work keeping up an enmity and easier to just rub along. Of his father, Ken, Daniel perceives him as pious and distant and only really interested in the kudos of a son of his getting into Oxford. There is also the issue of Daniel having pushed his father downstairs – a culmination perhaps of the way in which Ken had barely any input into Daniel’s upbringing. That said, Daniel does feel guilty about what he did and is conciliatory in his attitude towards his dad. As for Tracy, I don’t think it makes sense to hold out any hope of a good relationship for those two, but, this is soap and there may be a turn of events where Daniel and Tracy are thrown together - you never know…

Will Daniel continue to pursue his career in journalism or will he stay in the bistro?

As to his career, Daniel thoroughly enjoys journalism and it is an effective way of him interacting with people. I understand that speculation is rife as to whether Daniel will have anything to do with Phelan’s downfall, but on that topic, I cannot say anything. Daniel might discover something which is connected to Andy.  I don’t know whether Daniel will push further with his career as a journalist.

How do the public react to you?

They tell me that I don’t seem as weird in real life as I do on the cobbles!

What do you, Rob, want for Christmas?

A hoover and a dressing gown, actually. My best present ever though was a keyboard when I was 13.

By Ruth Owen, Twitter @ruth1722

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter

Coronation Street's biggest cliché revealed

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

There's been an awards ceremony with a difference over on Twitter for the last few days.

Run by fan account Weatherfield Police (who are definitely worth following for their unique take on Corrie police events), fans have been voting for their favourite Coronation Street cliche in the Weatherfield Police World Cup of Corrie Clichés.

It was tense.

The quarter finals were announced, then the semi finals and now the final has taken place. And fans  voted for their favourite in the Weatherfield Police World Cup of Corrie Clichés.  The champion was announced last night and it was... drum roll please ...

*******World Cup Final********

Skint but always boozing 

Thanks for voting!!
Happy Christmas!!
Let's get leathered & sod the expense

Some of the cliches up for voting but that sadly fell by the wayside included:  Wrongful incarceration, Hospital Scenes, Forgotten Chronic illness, Eileen's cavalcade of Men,  Unexplained Suntans, Airport Run, Comedy Dev, Steve's Latest Hobby, Tram/Bus/Car Crashes, Bistro Burglaries, Personality Transplants, Get rich quick schemes, Kevin breaking up a fight, Unlikely cell mates, Mary's mother, Olives, Bankruptcy / windfall cycle, "Actually, I'm gay", Incriminating text messages and ruthless pants barons.

Tvor @tvordlj on Twitter
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