Saturday, 21 October 2017

Sonia Ibrahim confirms Mel is leaving Coronation Street

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

There's a long interview in The Sun today with Sonia Ibrahim, who plays Mel Maguire and she confirms that she's leaving Coronation Street.

Sonia has filmed her final scenes which shows that Mel will stop at nothing to prevent Bethany going to court to testify against Nathan next week.

She told The Sun: "It's been an amazing time, it's been great to work here. The opportunity I've had is amazing and it's just a massive family and everyone's so welcoming and it's so nice to work with such great people."

But as you can see in the preview picture above, Mel attacks Bethany to stop her getting to court.

Sonia says: "Whatever Nathan wants, Mel will do it and Nathan doesn't want Bethany to get to court. We know how brainwashed she is with Nathan. She knows what all these men are capable of and she's petrified of them all but she's in love with Nathan. He groomed her from the start, in his eyes he knew what she wanted from Mel. He picked her because Mel doesn't have a family, she's a very vulnerable girl and he knew what he could do to her so in his eyes he saw his victim straight away. Whereas Mel saw someone who loved her and cared about her and was the only one who was there."

The dramatic scenes played out this week on Coronation Street.

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57 years of Corrie firsts

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

ITV released this great little video today on Twitter featuring some of the many "firsts" we saw on Coronation Street including the first:  death, birth,  wedding, first landlady, trip to Blackpool, live anniversary episode, and first colour episode. A few little clips I've not seen before and it's viewable outside the UK!

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Sally Dynevor on Corrie's Sally: "I’m getting so like her, it’s awful"

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

Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally Metcalfe in Coronation Street, has been telling Radio Times why she wouldn't vote for Corrie's Sally when she runs for Mayor of Weatherfield.

Yes, you read that right! Sally is going to make a bid to become Mayor of Weatherfield - you can read more on that here. 

Asked by whether she herself would vote for her on-screen character, Sally Dynevor said: “No, she’s too Margaret Thatcher. I’d have to decline.” And a bit Theresa May too? “Yes. And that’s another reason why I wouldn’t vote for her!”

Speaking about whether she becomes more like Sally the longer she plays her, Sally Dynevor said: “I’m getting so like her, it’s awful. I’m morphing into her. I even have a husband called Tim [Emmerdale scriptwriter Tim Dynevor].

“I can be making a phone call to, say, a decorator and I’ll say, ‘I won’t be there but Tim will be’ and I’ll hear a little snigger on the other end of the line. I wouldn’t wear her clothes though – if I go to a photoshoot and there’s anything resembling Sally, I want to cry.”

She goes on to say: “I feel that Coronation Street is the only programme on TV that is so women-focused. The men are useless – just look at Tim. You couldn’t ask him for help with anything! And having a woman producer is good in that you do get much stronger female characters coming through. For me, I’ve been able to portray Sally in a more three-dimensional way and show her vulnerability.”

Read the full interview here.

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Bethany, Mel and Shona, What lies ahead?

Just like everyone else, I was delighted to hear the guilty verdicts for Nathan, Neil and crew. I did though want to hear for how long they were sentenced and to hear the words, ‘Take them down.’ Still, there was a beautifully touching moment, after the verdict, when Bethany and Sarah hugged each other for a long time, because, with Nathan and crew locked away, their involvement in her life is over. The relief was palpable and justice was done. Nathan, Neil and the crew will endure long sentences and, for now, the girls they might have captured and abused are safe, at least from them. A vacuum has been created though, and it won’t and can’t be long before it’s filled. That’s life, sadly.

Bethany over time, will hopefully recover. It won’t be easy and it won’t be quick When Bethany said she was ‘lucky’ in court and the barrister tried to distort her meaning, we know what she meant. She was lucky in the sense that she had a supportive family. Mel doesn’t have a supportive family and Nathan was quick to point out, that whereas Bethany did have a family who love her, that was not the case for Mel. Hardened as she seems, she was still in thrall to Nathan: obedient to him, terrified of him and totally used by him, believing herself to be in love with him.

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Mel’s circumstances are nowhere near as favourable as Bethany’s. Will we hear about her again? Will we find out if Mel can recover? In time, might she and Bethany gain strength from each other? Of the three girls, Mel is the least fortunate. We have heard nothing of any family ties. Our last sighting of her was when she had a change of heart and let Bethany out of the car in which she’d tried to kidnap her, in order to prevent her giving evidence in court against Nathan, Neil and co. So, what now for Mel? Where will she go? How will she earn a living? Does she have friends she can turn to? She is the most damaged of the three girls and it’s my sense that she will take a long time to recover. She’ll surely come to realise just how much she has been abused and used and perhaps those people who work with abused women will help her – but, first of all, Mel will have to have the courage to present herself. I don’t believe she is a bad person – just someone who was absorbed into Nathan’s sick world. She believed that the manipulative, exploitative Nathan actually loved her, rather than seeing the reality that Nathan loved just 2 things – money and himself.

Coronation Street's Julia Goulding talks about Shona Ramsey's shock revelation

And what of Shona? Shona seems to me to be a different kind of female. She and David seem to be going well. That Shona is Clayton’s mother, is not something either of them can forget. David’s feelings for Shona seem strong; strong enough to overcome the fact that she is Clayton’s mother. They seem well suited. Shona makes an effort with Max and Lily, which must warm David’s heart. Perhaps because she is older than Bethany and more aware of how the world works, as well as having given birth aged 13, Shona appears to be made of tough stuff. She showed her good heartedness when she tried to rescue Bethany, and was in no doubt what the consequences would be if found out – namely, a good beating by 2 of Nathan’s henchmen. There is though the threat of Clayton’s father hanging over her and his knowledge that she won a reasonable amount of money. He does seem a threatening individual, and I’m certain we’ll see more of him. I can’t leave this post without a mention of Lara. !4 years old – exploited and abused. Nathan had made her life so unbearable, that at her tender age, she can bear life no more, and jumps in front of a train.

By Ruth Owen, Twitter: @ruth1722

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Weatherfield's weird and wonderful ways

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

It's the weekend and time for a little bit of fun.  Have a look at the following ways in which Coronation Street has influenced our blogging team and their choice of pop culture. The weird and wonderful ways of Weatherfield.

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Conversation Street podcast 275

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

This week, Michael and Gemma talk about Nathan and Neil's trial, Rita's operation and the intrepid investigative reporter that Daniel's becoming. It was a good week, between the tension of the trial and worry about Rita. Phelan certainly has a lot more to worry about and Shona's past is attempting to ruin her future. This week there are listener questions to be answered, including thoughts on Corrie's Canadian popularity and the use of unrealisic twists in the show, plus the story of how Conversation Street first came into existence. That's followed by a bit of religious controversy in the Kabin and finally some listener feedback.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Corrie Canada sneak previews for October 23 - 27

Without further ado here is a brief sneak preview of what you'll see on  next week's Corrie in Canada.
David objects to Shona's plan and Dane puts David's family in danger. Rana decides to make it legal with Zeedan but is struggling with her feelings for Kate. Billy hands out the stolen cash but finds out it wasn't from the source he thought it was. Summer acts out. Todd and Adam are arrested. Nicola has news for Phelan but he's even more concerned that Daniel is getting too close for comfort. Jude and Angie's visit is a bit bumpy. Beth and Alya's sewing machine turns out to be one stolen from Underworld.

For these and more detail, see the Moosejaw Mercury on

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Barbara Knox speaks out on Rita's brain tumour story

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

Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Tanner in Coronation Street, has spoken out about the brain tumour storyline she's currently playing in the soap.

She said: “When our producer Kate Oates talked to me about the brain tumour storyline for Rita, I was truly honoured to be tasked with taking on such an important story.

"I was immediately determined to ensure that we got every aspect of the portrayal of such a devastating illness correct. The work the team did with Brain Tumour Research has been invaluable. As an actress playing the role I am mindful that there are people going through this in real life and it is vital that we do their stories justice.”

She also tells this week's Inside Soap magazine: "There's a long way to go yet in this storyline for Rita. As we follow her journey from the diagnosis to how she comes to terms with the uncertainty of what the future holds, she has some big decisions to make in the coming weeks."

Coronation Street has been working with Brain Tumour Research on the storyline since the spring. Consultant clinical oncologist, Dr Matt Williams, from the Centre of Excellence at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, has been working closely with Corrie producers to ensure that Rita’s experience is as accurate as possible.

Barbara says: "Until I started working on this story I had no idea that a brain tumour could cause someone to act in the way Rita has been. It can't be just me who was surprised by how it affected Rita, so clearly not enough is known about brain tumours and their symptoms. It's a frightening disease and my thoughts are with everyone affected by a brain tumour.

You can support the work of Brain Tumour Research and find out more here.

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Five Things We Learned In Corrie This Week

(This post was originally posted by Scott Willison on the Coronation Street Blog in October 2017.)

There's been a stock update in the Kabin.  Oceans rise.  Empires fall.  Galaxies die.  But one thing has remained constant: Rita and Norris trying to flog the 1999 Claire Danes starrer The Mod Squad to anyone who nipped in for half a pound of liquorice torpedos.  It appeared back in the days when people still bought DVDs, and it's continued on through robberies, assaults, and Mary going mad with a black bag and a duster.  Yet there was no sign of it in the rack in Monday's episode.  Don't tell me it's been sold; it was well on its way to being a holy relic.  Another year on that shelf and it would've developed sentience and a sarcastic yet heartwarming double act with Rita.

Judge Rinder isn't for everyone.  The factory girls have only been unemployed for a week but they're already bored of daytime television.  Personally I think when you tire of Homes Under The Hammer, you've tired of life itself.  You need to learn to balance your viewing, ladies; a bit of HUTH first, a smidgeon of Phil and Holly, then find out if they get a Golden Gavel on Bargain Hunt and have a nap until Pointless (you can watch The Chase on ITV+1).

Not everyone found Nathan's trial gripping.  Wake up there at the back!  He might make a run for it!

Don't count on Seb and Faye's relationship lasting until December.  Nothing is more of a turn-off for a teenage girl than her boyfriend strapping on a pinny and being pally with her mum.  She's with you for your snarling bad-boy charms, mate, not your impeccable potato peeling skills.  Time to smoke a filterless ciggie in the ginnel while wearing a leather jacket, otherwise you'll be spending the festive season drunkenly crooning Mud's It'll Be Lonely This Christmas into half a shandy while Faye visits the Christmas markets with a boy called Grub who has a tattoo AND a motorcycle.

Actually it's about ethics in local journalism.  Remember when Daniel was a shy virgin student who barely knew how to unbutton a lady's blouse without turning scarlet?  Now he's a cross between Paul Foot and a yet to be neutered dachshund, fearlessly delving into the Calcutta Street flats scandal (a year after it happened) and taking time out to dally with his editor on the side.  Where next for this roguish journalistic firebrand?  The broadsheets?  The Pulitzers?  The STD clinic?  Let's just say he's not the first reporter to get a career boost from Deep Throat.

By @merseytart

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Through the Corrie Keyhole of No 1 – who would live in a house like this?

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

1 Coronation Street – a desirable residence next to the pub and opposite the Health Centre

Guest blog post by Derek Bray who blogs at DailyBungler and is on Twitter @IndieTribeWorld
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A humble terraced house on an iconic street. I wonder what secrets hide behind that old brown door? Join me and let’s find out!

Let me take you back almost a century to 1919 when Albert Tatlock moved into the house next door to the Rovers Return on Coronation Street with his wife, Bessie.

Happy Albert, always one to raise a smile
The terraced house comprised a front parlour, hallway/stairs, kitchen and scullery on the ground floor, a landing and three bedrooms on the upper floor. There was an outside lavatory and coal-hole in the back yard. It was grim ‘up North’

Albert was still living there when Coronation Street opened its doors to the public in 1960, but his wife had died a year before. Probably of boredom.

At about this time, Albert’s niece, Valerie moved in with him, and soon after started dating Ken Barlow. In due course they married and were blessed with twins, Peter and Susan. Susan was destined to produce Adam, Ken’s grandson from a marriage to Mike Baldwin and Peter is currently in the street, having sired young Simon.

Ken and Valerie Barlow

Valerie died tragically when she was electrocuted in a hair raising incident whilst drying her…yes, you’ve guessed it, hair. Ken soon found he couldn’t cope with his twins and shipped them off to Val’s parents in Scotland.

Ken was very close to Albert, who regarded him as a son and he moved in to No. 1 to look after ‘Uncle’ Albert in his twilight years. A cynic would perhaps question why he was adept at looking after an old man, yet less so at looking after his own twins.

In 1973 Ken met and married a girl called Janet Reid in the hope she would take on his twins. She refused and they divorced a year later.

Next up for Ken in the marital stakes was divorcee, Deirdre and her daughter, Tracy. He married her in 1981 and they all lived together at No.1 with Uncle Albert. Ken bought No.1 from Albert and allowed Albert to continue living there so they could look after him.

That marriage certainly had its moments culminating in Deirdre committing adultery with Mike Baldwin in 1983.

In 1988 Ken remortgaged the house to buy the Weatherfield Recorder, probably harbouring a dream to become the next Rupert Murdoch. Well, you have to start somewhere. Ken and Deirdre separated soon afterwards. Deirdre had begun to suffer from, yes, you guessed it…acute boredom.  She was legally advised that she owned half of the Recorder. That did wonders for her boredom and triggered off more dramatic action. She forced Ken to sell it to pay off No. 1’s mortgage, after which the house became legally hers.

All’s fair in love and war they say, but I suppose that depends on whose viewpoint you are looking through.

In 1994 Ken had a new girlfriend, Denise Osbourne, and another son was born, Daniel. As with the other children, Ken was not destined to be part of his upbringing.

In 1994 Deirdre married Samir Rachid and moved to Morocco with him, but not before selling the house to Mike Baldwin, Ken’s nemesis. After seven months, for reasons best known to himself, Mike sold the house back to Ken Barlow, who has owned it ever since.

Deirdre returned to No.1 and Ken in 1999 and died, whilst away, in 2015

The Barlows outside No.1 today. From left: Adam, Peter, Ken, Tracy and Daniel

And that completes the chequered history of just one of the houses on a rather remarkable cobbled street. Am I going to leave it there? Not likely. I’m all set to look through the keyhole of all the others.

By Derek Bray who blogs at DailyBungler and is on Twitter @IndieTribeWorld

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