Wednesday, 23 August 2017

3 ways Pat Phelan could make "soap opera history"

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

Earlier this week we reported that Coronation Street is set to make "soap opera history" with a storyline involving Pat Phelan.  You can read more on that here.

The phrase "soap opera history" was used by Corrie actor Nicola Thorp, who plays Phelan's daughter Nicola Rubinstein, in an interview she gave live on TV.

Now then. This has got me thinking. What on earth could Coronation Street be cooking up that warrants the phrase "soap opera history".  It suggests that it's a storyline that hasn't been done before, not just in Coronation Street, but in any soap.

Could it possibly, as a Corrie fan suggested to us on Twitter said, involve patricide whereby Nicola kills off her dad, Pat?  But that's been before, hasn't it, when Katy Harris killed dad Tommy.

Well, whatever Pat Phelan is going to be involved in, his storyline can't involve patricide as that's already been done.

So what could it be? Here's my top three guesses:

1. Anna Windass teams up with Phelan's ex-wife Valerie and together they bump him off.

2. Michael Rodwell returns from the dead and scares Phelan to death.

3. Jay-boy returns from... er... where'd he go again? Well, he comes back from there anyway, and falls in love with Nicola. In the meantime, Phelan starts throwing his weight around with Eileen and gives her a black eye, Jason and Nicola fight him off Eileen and Phelan has a heart attack in the process and karks it.

Let's have your thoughts - the wilder the better!

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Corrie to make "soap history" with Phelan storyline

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

Nicola Thorp, who plays Nicola Rubinstein on Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Lorraine this morning.

I have to admit I haven't seen this and it's not yet available to view online (at the time of blogging) so I'm relying on our friends at Digital Spy for this news item, with thanks.

During her interview with Lorraine Kelly, Nicola spoke about her character's recent discovery that Pat Phelan is her dad – although she's not aware of just how evil he can be.

And so, the question is whether Pat confesses all to his daughter?

"It's got to come out at some point," hinted Nicola. "He's got two choices; he can either own up to what he's done and hope she loves him for who he is, or does he do everything he can to hide it?

"All of that will be unfolding over the autumn – it's a really exciting time. If you don't already watch Corrie then now is the time to start!

"I can't reveal too much but what is going to happen over the next few months is going to make soap history!"

Elsewhere during the interview, Nicola revealed that she had previously auditioned for Corrie to play another character on the cobbles, Kate Connor – but the role was giving to Faye Brookes instead. Reflecting on why she was turned down, Nicola admitted: "I remember meeting Kym Marsh and I was such a nervous wreck!

"I was sweating so much and I got all my lines wrong. Luckily though, I got another chance two years later and here I am."

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Interview: Two men and a little lady in Coronation Street

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

There's a good interview with Bruno Langley (Todd Grimshaw) and Daniel Brocklebank (Billy Mayhew) in What's on TV this week.

Bruno and Daniel talk about becoming the first same-sex couple in Coronation Street to raise a child together.

Billy and Todd are the first same sex couple in Corrie to raise a child together. How do you feel about that?
Daniel: “Corrie has always been a forerunner in terms of LGBT rights, and I’m thrilled! And I adore working with Bruno, so for us to have this extra layer brought into Billy and Todd’s relationship is great. I would’ve loved to have been a dad, so if this is the closest I ever get to it, then brilliant.”
Bruno: “It’s another bit of Corrie history. The show has been moving with the times since its creation, and it’s just reflecting what’s happening in real life.”

How do you think the other residents will react to Billy and Todd being parents? Will there be a few ruffled feathers?
Daniel: “Of course there will be – surely the point is to ruffle feathers, and I’m sure there’ll be many a whimsical quip coming out of Norris’s lips!”
Bruno: “Do you know what, I don’t think there are going to be any characters saying anything! I can’t imagine a scene where someone’s disgusted with the fact that they’re raising a kid together.”

Todd has a rather chequered past – Bruno, do you think that now he is a father, his dark days are behind him?
“The conundrum is that in order to adopt Summer, Todd has rented a flat with Billy. But if he doesn’t have a good job, he can’t pay for it, and so he’s gone into business with Adam Barlow. I’m not a scriptwriter, but I know there are going to be points where Todd’s morals will be put into question again.”

Now that Billy and Todd are parents, would you like them to seal the deal and get married?
Daniel: “I’d love them to get married, because I’m a hopeless romantic! I also think it would be an interesting thing to highlight with the Church of England, because at the moment, if a gay vicar got married, they’d get fired.”
Bruno: “That would be another bit of history for the show, so I assume that’s probably on the cards at some point. Getting married abroad would be a good idea. How about the south of France?”

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Claire King reveals why she's leaving Coronation Street

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

Claire King, who plays Erica Holroyd in Coronation Street, was interviewed on ITV's Good Morning Britain today. And she talked about why she was leaving Coronation Street and the role of Erica behind her.

Claire said this about Erica:  "She was a different character to what I'm usually perceived as playing, but I thought that she was such a natural character and a proper Coronation Street character. And then she started changing a bit so... and she had no family, she didn't come in with a family - she was a bit of a pinball pinging about. So yeah, she kind of changed a bit and I just thought, 'Right, this isn't the character that originally started'."

She also said that pulling a pint in the Rovers Return was one of the things on her bucket list - and something she managed to do!

Asked whether she considered heading back to Emmerdale as Kim Tate, she confessed that there was a possibility.

She said: "The door's not locked and I'd never say never."

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Conversation Street Podcast 266

Gemma and Michael's podcast for the  episodes that aired up to last night's Canadian Corrie can be heard here.

Our 266th show covers the episodes of Corrie broadcast in the Canada between the August 15th to 21st.  This month, Conversation Street celebrates its fifth anniversary, and if Michael and Gemma can have birthday months, why can't the podcast? With that in mind, we've got (maybe!) a whole month of special features lined up for you in August (and into September for Canadians), starting off with an interview with Brooke Vincent, aka Sophie Webster! Brooke kindly spoke to us for 15 minutes today about romance, religion and Rosie's recent return, and we couldn't be happier with how it went!

Before you get to that, though, there's an hour and a half of Street Talk to get through - no, we're not quite sure why it went on for so long this week! Was it the speculation about Phelan's secret confession? The incredulity that we both absolutely LOVED Leanne on Friday and Monday's Canadian episodes? Or just the numerous jokes cracked at Michelle's expense basically revolving around the fact that whoever's kidnapped her deserves to be bought a beer? Later on in the episode in Street Talk, we discuss the SHOCKING news this week that Tristan Gemmill is secretly not really northern, and round off the show with some more listener feedback. All in all, we had a pretty fun time recording this week - hope you enjoy, and look forward to the rest of our pod-iversary month!.

Remember, you can also listen to Conversation Street on iTunes (leave a fab review if you do!)

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Sad Departure of Erica Holroyd - Played by the Fabulous Claire King

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

I am sad and not a little annoyed that Erica Holroyd is leaving the cobbles. Not for a minute do I blame Claire King for her departure, but I do feel frustrated at the lost opportunities that would have made for excellent storylines with Erica Holroyd at the centre, or at least close to the centre, of the action.

It's been a while now since we've seen Liz and Erica in each other's company and yet aren't  they supposed to be great friends? Didn't they work together in Spain, confide in each other and develop a deep affection for each other?  While accepting that Weatherfield is not Spain, friendships are surely not dependent on a daily sunshine quota.

Heaven knows that Liz has had her fair share of difficulties, so wouldn't it have made sense for Liz and Erica to get together and for Liz to welcome a sympathetic ear from her old friend? In fact, who are Liz's friends lately? Of course, if much-missed Deirdre had still been with us, I'm confident Liz would have confided in her; but given that, so sadly, she is not, wouldn't Erica have been hotfooting it to Liz's back room?

Erica's storylines on the cobbles seem to have been only half-developed, Her miscarriage seemed to be easily and swiftly confined to the archives. That she was so helpful to Mary seems to have gone the same way - but it would have been great if Mary and Erica's friendship were to become mutually beneficial. Erica could have helped Mary's confidence and modernised her 'look' a little, and in return Erica could have learnt more about how to deal with Dev's children, who are angels for Mary, but not so well-behaved with Erica.

Concerning the relationship with Dev, well, I had to quiz myself as to whether or not this was still ongoing. I believe it is, but I'm struggling to remember the last time they were seen together.

Just three years ago, I interviewed Claire King at Media City and was struck by her efforts to answer questions as fully and as honestly as she could. I remember she spoke warmly of her parents and her worries concerning them as they entered old age. Claire was also absolutely delighted to have answered the call to audition for Corrie and to gain a part. How sad then, that at least for now, she will  no longer be around. Of course, the crumb of comfort we have is that the door has not been closed on her and she could return.

For her future, I wish Claire King all the very best and repeat that not for one second do I blame her for leaving. She is a great actress and needs to be honing her craft more regularly than she now is.

Ruth Owen, twitter: @Ruth1722

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5 Things We Learned in Corrie This Week

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

It's been another cracking week in Weatherfield this week. Time then, to take a look back at 5 things we learned this week.

1. Mary loves Chachi.  She had a crush on Scott Baio when she was younger. She also revealed that her shoulders were her most favourite feature and she had cute ear lobes. I'm sure Chachi would have approved.

2.  Tina McIntyre - street siren and surrogate. She was mentioned when Toyah and Izzy were talking about how Tina acted as the surrogate for Izzy and Gary's baby. And Peter's response? Not a flicker. Not a flamin' flicker.

3. Pat Phelan cried tears, real tears. There is a soul inside there somewhere.

4. More middle names were revealed this week as we heard Norris on the phone to arrange his wedding to Mary. He's Norris Benjamin Cole and she's Mary Elspeth Taylor.

5. Kevin Webster is "Romeo in Overalls" according to Dev.  And if you like your Corrie with a splash of Shakespeare, you just might like to have a look at this!

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Where are they now? Corrie Icons of the 80s - Liz Dawn

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

Here we go with a look back at some of the Coronation Street icons from the 1980s. Let's find out what they've been up to since they left the show.

Liz Dawn who played Vera Duckworth

Liz Dawn played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street from 1974. Since leaving the show, her health has deteriorated as she suffers from emphysema.

She left Corrie in 2008 but made one last appearance in the show in 2010 when her ghost visited Jack before he passed away in his chair.

In 2015 her health seemed to improve and she briefly starred in ITV soap Emmerdale . At the time she said she would even like to make a permanent return to our screens. But sadly her health has worsened, forcing her to have long periods at home in Manchester.

Recently, she was so poorly that she couldn't attend her own grandson's wedding to the niece of Debbie Rush (who plays Corrie's Anna Windass).

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