Saturday, December 31, 2005

Friday, December 30, 2005

British Isle Show

We MUST go to this - as a group. While it's not the pilgramage to Mecca (the Corrie set), this event is like a high holiday religious event for Corrie Canucks.

I'm counting on the Toronto contingent to be in on this, hopefully we can get a certain PAMER to come down and please God, maybe the montreallers can come?

I'm seriously thinking of baseball hats or t-shirts - unless everyone thinks this is a stupid idea. I'm thinking a very cool Corrie Canuck design - descrete but effective.

The only fly in the ointment is that this is the exact same weekend as my husband's birthday and I've kind of set it aside to do all things Mr. Jacqueline. However, I'm sure there will be something that the show that will peak his interest.

Let me know either through the comments or my email glacia at rogers dot com.

Contest!



The 16th Annual British Isles Show Canada is coming to Toronto March 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2006.

If you can guess who will be this year’s Corrie Street Star, they’ll give you free tickets to the show. (First correct answer wins 2 tickets or 1 family pass.) Contest details here.

Last year’s Corrie Street Star was Bruce Jones (our Les Battersby.)

Good luck!

Deirdre, Phone Home

That’s Bloody Offal!

A black pudding thief is on the loose. In Canada!

A 45-kilogram box of black pudding was stolen from A Bit of Britain food shop in Maple Ridge, B.C. last week.

The theft means some local Brits will have to go without the concoction of beef blood, offal, [organ meat] suet and seasoning during the holiday season and into the New Year.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Another Weatherfield Wannabee



Heather Mills McCartney wants to make a guest appearance in Coronation Street.

The former model and wife of Paul McCartney is a huge Corrie fan.

She says, "I'd love to make an appearance on a British soap. It would have to be Coronation Street, because I'm a northern girl."

She was born in Tyne and Wear, a county in the northeast of England.

Take a number, Heather. Corrie Canuck has reported on other Weatherfield Wannabees including author Jackie Collins, singer Lisa Stanfield, and actors Amanda Donohoe and Orlando Bloom. So far, they’re all still waiting for their numbers to come up.

If you have any ideas how to fit Heather into the show, what role she could play, etc., let us know.

December 29: Bust-Up Day




Brace yourselves for festive fireworks today, folks — because December 29 is the top time for ARGUMENTS.

Families cooped up together over the holidays are more likely to have rows on the 29th than any other day, say researchers.





Psychologist Paula Hall warned: “Christmas is a very tense time for couples.

“Most make it through Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and even Boxing Day for the sake of children and the in-laws. But by the 29th tensions have often reached boiling point.”

Reasons range from resentment over duff prezzies to families simply being sick of the sight of one another.





By now, three in ten couples have already had bust-ups, according to a survey for painkiller Nurofen.

A quarter admitted the rows started even BEFORE Christmas — mainly over where to spend the holidays.

Source: The Sun


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

2005’s Top Corrie Moments

What were your most memorable Corrie moments of 2005?

What plots or scenes or characters grabbed your attention this year?

What made you spill your tea as you jumped up and yelled at the screen?

Share your faves with us!

Create-A-Caption



Can you create a caption for this photo of Roy and Hayley Cropper? Post it in the comments section.

Update for Dec 26th

Wot?

Sorry chucks, I'm still picking tourtierre and shortbread out of my hair.

Will get back into the game tonight and start with the updates.

Corrie Panto Review

Read a review of the Coronation Street Christmas Pantomime. Written by Corrie Canuck reader Geoff of Geoff’s Ordinary Blog.

Peter Barlow Siting



I caught our Peter Barlow (actor Chris Gascoyne) on Country Canada yesterday as Fusilier Tony Rossi in the military drama Soldier Soldier. (1997)

Strange Meals


Baked bean and chip pizza

National tastes have never been stranger as Britons tuck into weird and wonderful food combinations from Weetabix and butter to chicken with marmalade, according to a study of strange meals.

Family bakers Warburtons commissioned a survey of 1,000 adults to find the bizarre recipes which get made in kitchens up and down the country.

Oddities included sandwich fillings such as Mars Bar and peanut butter with bacon, honey over cheese and Marmite mixed with lemon curd.

Yet while these - and others such as curry-flavoured ice-cream - may be isolated, other strange meals have become accepted as normal. The survey found several examples which had become everyday combos, such as meatball sandwiches - as eaten by Joey in the television sitcom, Friends - which has been tested by at least 24 per cent of those surveyed.

Homer Simpson's favourite, the bacon and maple syrup pancake has been tried by 18 per cent of Brits.

Marmite flavoured crisps are now a big seller, along with baked bean pizzas, pepper vodka and tomato sorbet.

Some chefs have built a career of odd combinations, said Warburtons, citing the Fat Duck's award-winning cook Heston Blumenthal who has served snail porridge and bacon and egg flavoured ice- cream to critical acclaim.

Mandy Lloyd, of the Birmingham College of Food, said: "People are prepared to be more adventurous with their food now.

Wide choice in supermarkets, lots of TV food programmes and more exotic travelling all play their part in widening our food horizons and have given us the confidence to experiment with flavours and ingredients."

Susie Fernside, brand manager at Warburtons, added: "It's great to see how daring we are when it comes to food."

Source: The Scotsman

Top 10 most unusual concoctions:

1. Spaghetti Bolognese on a bed of crisps
2. Mars Bar sandwich
3. Chicken casserole with chocolate sauce
4. Coca-Cola with milk
5. Gherkins and ice cream
6. Peanut butter and bacon sandwich
7. Banana in chicken soup
8. Honey and cheese sandwich
9. Chocolate and salted crisps
10. Coca-Cola and red wine

How about you? What are your favourite strange food combos?

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Corrie eBay Item of the Day

Nothing says “happy holidays” like the hoodie worn by Katy Harris as she whacks her Da with a wrench.

Is it just me or does what she’s wearing in this photo…



… look different than this eBay photo of the hoodie?…



Maybe it’s just the lighting. It comes with a ‘Coronation Street Seal of Authenticity Certificate.’

UPDATE: Here’s a photo that looks more like the eBay hoodie….

Behind the Scenes at the Coronation Street Panto

The Mirror takes us behind the scenes of the Coronation Street Christmas Pantomime.

“… like Rita Sullivan on acid.”

Deirdre Gives Up Her Fags




Coronation Street scriptwriters have targeted 20-fags-a-day Deirdre Barlow - one of Weatherfield's heaviest smokers - to be the first character to quit smoking.





When Deirdre and Ken return from honeymoon in Corfu, she announces to everyone that she has given up smoking for good.


Read about it in The Mirror.

Tuesday Night Reminder

No Corrie tonight on CBC.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Bingo!



Sean Tully: Bingo Caller.

One suspects that the Coronation Street wardrobe department got a great deal on rolls of lilac-coloured fabric as this seems to be the colour of the season. All the senior set were dressed head to toe in lilac at Ken and Deirdre’s wedding and now Sean is decked out in the same colour scheme. Quick! Someone call Trinny and Susannah!

About to make his bingo-calling debut, Sean fears he’s hyperventilating from a bad case of nerves. Eileen saves the day by offering him her handbag to breathe into in lieu of the traditional brown paper bag.

The bingo hall manager advises our Sean to “Be at one with the balls and you’ll fiind yourself in ‘The Zone.’” Ah yes, the Zen of bingo.

Line of the week goes to our Janice who asks Tyrone, “Are you a bingo virgin? Would you like me to show you what to do with your dabber?”

Notice to Corrie Fans in Halifax Area

The Halifax Chronicle Herald reports that it looks fairly certain that one of Coronation Street’s big names will be stopping by to say hello to Halifax, early in the New Year. No word yet on which personality, but the date is Feb. 28, so make a note on your calendar.

And speaking of Corrie, there are still seats available on a special tour of England next year, one that includes a visit to the normally closed Coronation Street set. You can get details by calling Maritime Travel/Atlantic American Express Travel Service. Toll free 866-788-9775. 492-6707 in metro Halifax or 794-7251 in North Sydney.

CBC Coronation Street Scheduling Update

Due to special holiday programming, Coronation Street will not be seen on Tuesday this week.

Watch for TWO episodes on Monday, December 26th, beginning at 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm in Newfoundland.

Coronation Street DVDs

Wondering what to do with that gift certificate? G’won. Treat yourself.

The Best of Coronation Street 1970-1979



A 10-disc box set featuring 80 landmark episodes from the 1970's. I posted more details about this set in July when it was released in the UK.


Coronation Street Secrets

A 4 DVD set that includes 13 specials, cast interviews and great archival footage.


More Coronation Street Secrets

A 2 DVD sequel set to Coronation Street Secrets.


This is Coronation Street

This 2 DVD set includes a 75-minute documentary about Coronation Street and the first five black-and-white episodes from 1960.

Holiday Safety



3 people die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.

142 were injured in 1999 by not removing all pins from new shirts.

58 Brits are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.

31 have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.

19 Brits have died in the last 3 years believing that Christmas decorations were chocolate.

British Hospitals reported 4 broken arms last year after cracker pulling accidents.

101 people since 1999 have had broken parts of plastic toys pulled out of the soles of their feet.

18 people had serious burns in 2000 trying on a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth.

A massive 543 Brits were admitted to A&E in the last two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth.

8 Brits were injured last year in accidents involving out of control Scalextric cars.

In 2000 eight Brits cracked their skull whilst throwing up into the toilet.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Merry Christmas



From Corrie Canuck.

Coronation Street Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to put under the tree for your favourite Coronation Street characters? Let Corrie Canuck take the worry out of your holiday planning with our Corrie Holiday Gift Guide.






CHARLIE STUBBS

Love him or hate him, we can’t leave bully-boy-builder Charlie off our gift list. So why not give him some music to mellow him out? A Toolbox Christmas offers carols performed on hand and power tools. An extraordinary orchestra of hammers, saws, drills, ratchets, 2x4s, pipes, planers, and much, much more. Sound clips available on the website.



SHELLY UNWIN


Our Shel has put up with a lot of crap this year, don’t you think? The B.S. Deflector is just the thing to make life easier with Charlie.

And if that doesn’t stop Charlie’s manipulating ways, give her Incredible Hulk Hands.





LES BATTERSBY

Our Les, never one to loaf or lounge about, needs the Beer Belt to keep his hands free for more productive work.





KIRK SUTHERLAND

Our Kirk-eh could benefit from the Incredible Growing Brain. Just take this walnut-sized brain, put it in water and watch it grow!



CHESNEY BROWN

Chesney can zip from yard to yard, scamming meals and treats from the neighbours on this Fun Ride Deluxe Cable Trolley.



SALLY WEBSTER



Sally’s been a naughty girl this year. The “Wash Away Your Sins Cleansing Bar” reduces guilt by 98.9% or more.



FRED ELLIOTT


These handy Head Wipes will keep Fred’s chrome dome shiny and smooth throughout the New Year.





ASHLEY PEACOCK

Freshen up Ashley’s Christmas with this Bacon Air Freshener.





ROY AND HAYLEY CROPPER



A Tomato Ketchup Lava Lamp is just the thing to brighten Roy’s Rolls café.



MARTIN PLATT

Male Nurse Action Figure.





CRAIG HARRIS AND ROSIE WEBSTER



Have yourself a Gothic little Christmas.



JASON GRIMSHAW

Nothing says hot cowboy construction worker (or screams “Village People”) like this western-style hardhat.



SARAH PLATT

This teen mother kit is perfect for playing happy families.





STEVE MCDONALD AND/OR ASHLEY PEACOCK

Who’s your daddy? Paternity issues have been raised a number of times on the Street. Both Steve and Ashley (and others) could have benefited from this DNA Paternity Test.



TRACY BARLOW

That kooky Tracy is always up for some hilarious hijinks. She’ll have fun scaring the absolute B-Jesus out of men with a fake pregnancy test.



EMILY BISHOP

A good and decent woman, our Emily. She deserves a sweet treat of Testamints.



DEIRDRE BARLOW



If the wardrobe department won’t do it, let’s give our Deirdre a turtleneck sweater.



It’s the kind thing to do.





Santa’s list is incomplete. We welcome your gift suggestions for those characters who didn't make the Coronation Street Holiday Gift Guide list.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Update

Okay, so here's what happened.

I went out to the Hong Shing for dinner and while I was there, one of my friend's young son accidently switched to Corrie on the restaurant's t.v.

I chatted to my buddies about the Katydid storyline and Deidre's many loves. They christened me the 'Desperate Hausfrau.'

I made a mental note to get home in time to watch it at home on one of the western channels we get piped in.

So at 10:30 I made it in, just to realize I forgot that we got TWO episodes last night.

I spent the next half hour watching the telly and smoking in angry silence.

So my focus was on what a dunderhead I am, not Corrie.

What I could gather is that Tracey threatened to move away because Steve dinno love her.

Tracey says that Steve only wants her when he's lonely or randy. Diedre pipes in with a big grin, 'Well at least that's SOMETHING!' Yeah...okay. You're not allowed to give advice anymore.

Steve manages to stop her and convince her to stay and they will give it a go as a family.

Candice is trying very hard to pronounce big words.

Chelsey desperatly waits for his mom.

Sean had a date. He could have done better.

I open the floor to those of you who can provide a better update.

My drunken ass apologizes for my failures.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Whither, Newton and Ridley? Also, plans for Christmas
















Via that other Corrie blog (spoilers, ho!), there's news that some British prime time shows will be able to use product placement as a means of revenue. This means that real world beers will appear in the Rover's along with, or perhaps replacing, Newton and Ridley's.

It's not necessarily a bad idea, if it doesn't become distracting like in some shows. Some important plot point is developing and all I can think is, "Gee, I want a Dr. Pepper right now..."

Now here's a confession: This whole time, I thought N & R's was a real beer. So I guess while I'm off to Britain in two days, I won't be sampling any (ah, but there is Younger's Pale Ale...).

Oh, did I mention that? Yeah, Christmas in Scotland. We will travel into the future to see what our Corrie characters are doing eight months from now.

We may even see the Corrie panto. I may even see discover what the hell a panto actually is.

Merry Christmas, all. See you in the new year.

Without the 'stach and Jays shirt

Here's our Jim in another life.



I knew there was something sexy under all of that.

Katy’s Confession Letter

Our eBay item of the day is a photocopy of Katy Harris’s confession letter.

Either this seller in Toronto has an ‘in’ with Inspector Pinnock and the Weatherfield Police …



… or he/she’s found the letter inside the Coronation Street Treasures book. (The book, by the way, is full of amazing Corrie ephemera.)

In other eBay news, still no bids on the Jack and Vera Duckworth salt and pepper shakers. Great for your next fry-up. Four days left to bid.

Wednesday Night Reminder

A reminder of back-to-back Corrie episodes tonight on CBC starting at 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm in Newfoundland. No Corrie on Thursday or Friday this week.

Update for Tuesday

Tommy Can You Hear Me

Is acting brilliantly. Angry grieving teen who is confused and can't decide who he's pissed at.

He seeks out Martin and wants to talk to him, I suspect because he was so close to Katy. Craig is angry at his granddad because Granddad never liked Tommy.

In the end, Craig wants to go to the cemetary to see Tommy and both Martin and Grandad go with him. Grandad doesn't want to go into the cemetary, and there is a big blow up between him and Craig. Craig does the classic teen schtick and runs off towards Tommy's grave.

Unfortunately, when he gets there, h e finds that he might get a lot closer to Tommy than he wanted to. Oh no! The police are digging up Tommy!

Deidre Smoke Free Since Thursday
Deidre and Ken are back from holiday and 92% of Deidre's body is covered in nicotine patchs. Oh no! She's off the smokes!

Tracey and her have a heart to heart about Steve. Tracey admits that she likes Nathan (Nathan, Nathan Detroit...sorry, broke out into a 'Guys and Dolls' song again) but that she is in love with Steve.

Women Behind Bars
Haley visits Angela in prison and Ang tells her truth about what happened. She wants Haley to let everyone on the street know that she didn't kill Tommy, that Katydid.

A Medical Miracle, I Say, A Medical Miracle
Fred lets Shel know that he won't be selling the pub and the water turned out to be old sewage (and he miracuoulsy survied drinking it). Charlie tells Stepford Shel not to blame herself too much. After all, if they had forwent the building inspection, they could have snapped up the pub before Fred Changed his mind.

That Charlie, always thinking about others!

Stepford and Charles did have some chat about getting another pub, but I ws so distracted by the bottle of vodka behind them, that I didn't follow the conversation. But I think the upshot is that they're going to buy a country pub. (And the advantage to a country place is that Shel will not be isolated from her mates at all.)

What's in the Daily News?
I'll tell you what's in the daily news? All the sorrid details about Candice being fired from her job. The local rag has published all the info on Candice being canned and her soon rise to fame and power. (Don't Cry for Me Weatherfield)

Okay, how SLOW of a newsday was it?

Leanne Beanne
Is sick. I totally wasn't paying attention to her chat with brother Baldwin. If anyone wants to fill in the blanks.

Jim McDonald’s Toronto Blue Jays T-Shirt

Jim McDonald often wore his Toronto Blue Jays t-shirt on Corrie (circa 10 years ago) as you’ll see if you’re a Coronation Street Classics viewer.





Killer Katy Returns from the Grave

Here we see our Kay-eh revived and playing the starring role of Cinderella in the Christmas show at Salford's Lowry theatre.



Lucy-Jo Hudson told The Sunday Mirror that the intense pressure of working a six-day week on Coronation Street has put her off soaps for life.

"It was sad they wanted to kill me off but, to be honest, I'd had enough. I never want to work on a soap again.

"The work is so hard and it's too high profile."

"I'm fed up of crying for 12 hours a day, six days a week. I've been doing that for too long."

Let’s catch up with post-confession, post-coma, post-mortem, post-Corrie Katy in the Manchester Evening News.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Late Lame Update for Monday

What's playing at the Roxy?
I'll tell you what's playing at the Roxy.
A picture about a Weatherfield man falls in love with a Shefield teen
That she offs herself and he gets all the blame.
That's what's playing at the Roxy.

What's in the daily news?
I'll tell you what's in the daily news.
Story about a Fred drinking some sewage water
And can’t make the connection with his multiple trip to the loo.
That's what's in the daily news.

What's happening all over?
I'll tell you what's happening all over.
Guy named Sean calling out bingo numbers
Who used to be something of a rover.

That's what's happening all over.

Love is the thing that has nipped them.
And it looks like Candice's just another victim.

When you see a gal reach for stars in the sky
You can bet that she's doing it for some Warren.
When you spot a Jane thrown out of a job
Chances are she's insane as only a Jane can be for a yob.
When you meet a gal paying all kinds of dough
For a face that could flatten the Taj Mahal.
Call it sad, call it funny.
But it's better than even money
That the gal's only doing it for some Warren.

But Who'll Be the Horse's Ass?



This christmas, Brits will be treated to a special Corrie Panto.

Course, we in the colonies won't get to see it. But who knows, maybe CBC'll air sometime in August.

Happy Birthday, Andy



ANDY WHYMENT (our Kirk Sutherland) Also known as Andrew Whyment.

Born: December 20, 1979 in Manchester

Our Kirk-eh joined the Coronation Street cast in October 2000. It wasn't his first appearance in The Street. The first time was in 1999. In an interview with the Sunday Mail, Andrew said: "I had a walk-on part as a guy called Wayne. I had to go into the Kabin and try to buy fireworks from Rita Sullivan's foster daughter, Sharon Gaskell. I only had about five lines of dialogue. I thought that would lead to something bigger, but it never did until now."

Prior to Corrie, Andy was probably best known for his role as Darren Sinclair-Jones in The Royle Family.

In the Sunday Mail, Andy said, "Since The Royle Family, I've been seen as this comedy actor. I'm quite pleased about that. With a face like this, is it any wonder I make people laugh?"

Andrew gets a lot of attention in public but he isn't complaining. He continues, "What I get now is: 'Hey, it's that bloke from The Royle Family... no, it's him from Coronation Street.' I don't mind the punters shouting out or having a laugh with me. At the end of the day, it's what you get paid for. It's a dream come true to be a part of two massive shows... they don't come much bigger than The Royle Family and Coronation Street. I don't see myself as famous. People seem to get excited when they meet me and I can't understand why. I'm nothing special. But if a fan gets a buzz when I give them an autograph... brilliant."

Andy went to dancing classes and studied tap, jazz, disco... and ballet. His sister was a pupil and he tagged along with her. He got a bit of stick at school about it but found that he really enjoyed dancing. "My speciality was disco and I won a few competitions. I was good at tap, too. But I hated ballet. So the chance of my being a kid like Billy Elliott never became a reality." Andy’s dance skills may not have panned out, but as well as being an actor, Andy’s a lead singer in a band.

Andy is also active raising money for the Hope Hospital Special Baby Care Unit in Manchester. He hosts fun nights to raise money for the unit. Andy was born there with under-developed lungs. “When I was born I was very poorly, and spent some time in the unit and this is my way of thanking them for all their hard work. They do a terrific job.”

Good on ya, Andy. Happy birthday.

CBC Coronation Street Scheduling Update



Due to special holiday programming, Coronation Street will not be seen on Thursday and Friday this week.

Watch for two episodes on Wednesday, December 21st beginning at 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm in Newfoundland.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Death by Text Message

As further proof that the British are bonkers for mobile phones, and that Daran Little is the greatest writer in the history of the series, tonight Violet learned of Katydead's demise via a text message from Jason. One must wonder what that message looked like:


















Blanche nailed it when she requested to Tracey that when her time comes, the world won't be notified via a "bleep-bleep."

Dinner Guests

Little Britain's David Walliams has come top in a poll asking Brits whom they would most like to share their Christmas dinner with.

The survey, carried out by wine firm Piat D'Or, found that the gregariously camp Walliams is top choice for turkey tittle-tattle, followed by The Office and Extras star Ricky Gervais.

Tell us your choice. Who would you invite 'round to Christmas dinner?

Corrie eBay Item of the Day



Jack and Vera salt and pepper shakers.

Spray-On Sean



Sean Tully receives a spray-on tan from Candice at Audrey’s salon.



The damages come to eighty-six pounds and ninety pence for “highlights, lowlights, manicure, back wax, and all-over body tan.”

So now, not only is he skint (and orange)… his date calls and cancels!

Reminds me of Deana Carter’s song, ‘Did I Shave My Legs for This?’

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Candy Has a Hair on Her Tongue

Candice has always managed to say whatever is on her puny little, pea brained mind, however stupid it might be.

Today, Audrey finally fired her.

I guess that crack about the salon being just a "stepping stone" was the hair of the dog that bit her.

Candice is leaving the street and I hear that she's really leaving for love

Dead Katydid*














This Kat-eh is no more!
She has ceased to be!
She's expired and gone to meet her maker!
She's a stiff!
Bereft of life, she rests in peace!
If you hadn't nailed 'er to the perch she'd be pushing up the daisies!
Her metabolic processes are now 'istory!
She's off the twig!
She's kicked the bucket, she's shuffled off 'er mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!!
THIS IS AN EX-KAT-EH!!

*with apologies to John Cleese

Young Ashley Peacock

Viewers of Coronation Street Classics saw Ashley’s first appearance last week.

Ashley Peacock showed up on the Street in February 1996. His character’s age was 19 but actor Steven Arnold was actually 21 at the time.





In his screen debut, Ashley discusses his career aspirations with Kevin Webster’s dad. He dreams about being his own boss one day with a sign above his shop saying, “Ashley Peacock – High Class Butcher.” In mid-daydream, Fred Elliott barges in and demands Ashley get back to work.