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Coronation Street is heading across the pond.
Mar 01, 2009
Coronation Street to be aired in US
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able to watch the show online" link="#" target="" loc="left">The long-running ITV saga about life in Weatherfield will be available in the US through Amazon Video On Demand from this week. American viewers will first be able to tune into episodes seen in the UK from December 2007 to July 2008. Amazon Video On Demand is set to pr...

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Jack P Shepherd believes he could still be in Coronation Street as bad boy David Platt in another 10 years.
Apr 10, 2010
Shepherd hopes for long Corrie stay

The actor, who is celebrating a decade in the soap, told the Mirror: "I love playing him and I don't see why I couldn't be here in another 10 years.

"By then he could own the Rovers or Underworld, or be an out-and-out thug - it could go either way."

Since joining Corrie as a fresh-faced 12-year-old, Jack has seen David involved in a host of dramatic storylines, including being driven into a canal by an evil stepdad, pushing his mum down the stairs and causing his niece to take ecstasy.

Despite his love of his job, the 22-year-old admitted he doesn't have much fondness for his character.

He said: "David's an idiot! I wouldn't be his friend. I wouldn't give him the time of day."

Michelle Keegan has revealed she has a surprise crush on Dappy from N-Dubz.
Feb 25, 2010
Michelle Keegan: I fancy Dappy

The gorgeous Coronation Street star, who plays Tina McIntyre, can't put her finger on exactly why the hat-loving musician floats her boat.

Asked if she had a secret celebrity crush, she told Closer magazine: "I do - it's Dappy out of N-Dubz."

She went on: "Don't ask me why, but there's something about him. Maybe it's his attitude."

Michelle, 22, has been dating club promoter Brad Howard for 18 months.

In Corrie, Tina is currently battling the grief of losing her father Joe (Reece Dinsdale).

Coronation Street's Norris Cole is reportedly set to find himself at the centre of a plot that echoes a horror movie.
Feb 21, 2010
Spoiler: Misery-style Corrie plot

The timid shopkeeper, played by Malcolm Hebden, gets kidnapped and imprisoned by crazed fan Mary Taylor, according to the Mirror.

The creepy storyline echoes that of Stephen King blockbuster Misery, in which Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) holds a novelist captive in her mountain home.

In the soap, Norris will agree to go on holiday with his camper van-loving admirer to a remote cottage near Haworth, where the Bronte sisters wrote their novels.

Mary reportedly sabotages the car and phone, and turns violent when the object of her affections brings up the idea of going for help.

A source told the Mirror: "Mary convinces herself they are reincarnations of Heathcliff and Cathy and keeps trying to share his bed."

Norris's attempts at escaping are scuppered when he sprains an ankle, but Mary takes him back to the cottage instead ...

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It's all set to kick off at the Platt's house in Coronation Street - and Reece Dinsdale's character Joe McIntyre is at the centre of it.
Mar 11, 2009
Spoiler: Drama for the Platts

Still reeling from Joe's daughter Tina (Michelle Keegan) telling the truth in court earlier this week, things come to a head between the two families after David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) overhears Joe talking to Len Windass (Conor Ryan) about the kitchens deal they agreed.

"What's interesting is that every character feel that they were in the right. We all start throwing accusations around and it becomes pretty messy," Reece explained.

He continued: "For example, I've stopped my daughter from committing perjury, which can't be a bad thing - I brought her up to tell the truth - and I've saved my business.

"David thinks that's despicable and because I've got his girlfriend to tell the opposite tale from what he was expecting, he thinks I've gone behind his back, but I don't think ...

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Aaron Livesy's struggle with his sexuality has helped put Emmerdale ahead of its rivals in the British Soap Awards panel nominations.
Jan 24, 2011
Gay plot wins nods for Emmerdale

In the past year, Aaron (played by Danny Miller) has come out as gay, prompting a mixed response from his friends and family.

The moment he came out has won the ITV soap a nomination for Best Single Episode, Aaron's Gay Self-Loathing has been nominated for Best Storyline, while Danny himself has been nominated for Best Dramatic Performance in the awards, which take place this Saturday.

Emmerdale has been nominated in each of the panel's nine categories, while rivals Coronation Street and EastEnders each have eight, Doctors has six nods and Hollyoaks five.

Another storyline which appears to have impressed the panel is EastEnders' Who Killed Archie?, which is nominated for best storyline. Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey in the BBC One show, has been nominated for Best Dramatic Performance, and the soap's live episode, in ...

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Rachel Leskovac is leaving her role as Coronation Street hairdresser Natasha Blakeman.
May 01, 2010
Hairdresser Natasha to leave Street

Show bosses said the crimper will exit the cobbles later this year as the culmination of a dramatic storyline, leaving a "trail of devastation" in her wake.

Since joining the show in 2008, Natasha has had an affair with evil Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien) and is now dating Nick Tilsley (Ben Price).

An Corrie spokesman said: "ITV can confirm that Rachel Leskovac will leave Coronation Street later this year.

"Her departure will be the culmination of a dramatic storyline which will be seen on screen this summer and into autumn."

Producer Phil Collinson added: "Rachel is a really talented actress who has been an asset to the show.

"Her character will be involved in an exciting and dramatic storyline which will be an integral part of the build up to the 5Oth anniversary.

"She will leave behind a trail of devastation - a real ...

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Coronation Street stars Steven Arnold and Julia Haworth are leaving the soap.
Apr 29, 2010
Peacock family to leave Corrie

Steven, who has spent 15 years on the cobbles as butcher Ashley Peacock, and Julia, who has played his wife Claire for seven years, will leave the show around the end of the year, it has been revealed.

The soap stars agreed to leave at the end of their current contracts after meeting with producer Phil Collinson to discuss the future of their characters.

The Peacock family have been promised a dramatic exit from Corrie and the storyline team are now working on a fitting exit plot to play out on-screen over the next eight months.

Corrie producer Phil said: "Ashley and Claire Peacock have been part of the fabric of Weatherfield for many years but like any community people come and go.

"Both the actors and myself felt that we had reached a crossroads with the characters, to the point that as actors they ...

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Coronation Street's Brooke Vincent has revealed she finds it far less nerve-wracking kissing a girl on-screen than a boy.
Apr 10, 2010
Brooke: Kissing Sacha is a laugh

Viewers will soon see Brooke's alter ego Sophie Webster lock lips with pal Sian Powers (Sacha Parkinson) as the show's long-awaited lesbian storyline kicks off.

Brooke insisted there was no awkwardness, saying: "To be honest, I was much more nervous kissing Ben [Thompson], who plays Ryan."

She went on: "Me and Sacha have a giggle and a laugh. I'm not attracted to girls and it's just one of those things.

"I'll be like, eating cheese and onion crisps, and she's like 'Brooke!' But when I kissed Ben and Lucien [Laviscount] I was not eating all day and just eating chewing gum. I just got more nervous.

"With the friendship me and Sacha have it's really good, we bounce off each other. If things go wrong you're not embarrassed because it's one of your friends ...

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Coronation Street star Kym Marsh insists there is no rivalry between her and former Hear'Say bandmate Suzanne Shaw.
Apr 09, 2010
Kym: Suze and I won't be compared

Kym has played barmaid Michelle Connor since 2006, while Suzanne recently bagged a role in Emmerdale as village flirt Eve Jenson.

Kym wrote in her New! magazine column: "Last week [Suzanne] said it was inevitable that we would be compared because we are rivals - as Corrie and Emmerdale are both ITV shows I don't really think that is the case."

She went on: "I'm sure Suzanne will find that we are all really friendly and supportive of each other."

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Coronation Street is credited as being one of the longest running soaps in the world and the longest running television soap in Britain (with the longest running overall being The Archers on BBC radio). The show has been on British TV screens since 1960 and has aired over 6,000 episodes. Coronation Street was created by Tony Warren, who drew on his own experiences living in Salford when developing the show for Granada Television in Manchester. The show's working title was Florizel Street. In a memo from Tony Warren to Granada, he explains the basis of the show: "A fascinating freemasonary, a volume of unwritten rules. These are the driving forces behind life in a working class street in the north of England. The purpose of Florizel Street is to examine a community of this nature, and to entertain." The first episode of Coronation Street, written by Tony Warren and containing the first airing of the iconic theme music (composed by Eric Spear), was transmitted live at 7.00pm on Friday 9th December 1960 and was an instant success due to its eliment of "realism". The series began as a twice weekly serial (airing originally on Wednesdays and Fridays) and was initially only commissioned for twelve episodes but due to the series' success with the viewers it became a perminant fixture, soon changing its transmission days to Monday and Wednesdays. Almost 30 years later the number of episodes increased to three per week in 1989 (additional episode on Fridays) and then to four in 1996 (additional episode on Sundays). Recently that has increased again with a second episode being added on a Monday night at 8.30, leaving a half hour gap between the end of the first episode of the evening and the start of the second. Coronation Street, Corrie or The Street (however you know it) has been at the top of the ratings for most of it's long run and despite tough competition from new soaps and even new TV channels it remains the highest rated programme on British television. William Roache is now the only original cast member remaining - he's played Ken Barlow since episode one. The Set: In early 1960, after Granada Television commissioned twelve episodes of Coronation Street, the set designer Denis Parkin was taken on a tour of Salford by series creator Tony Warren for inspiration on the set. The street's set was based on Archie Street in the Ordsall district, a film shot of which was used in the opening credits of the programme from 1960 to 1964. Archie Street itself was knocked down in 1971. The original television set was built indoors, the cobbles and paving slabs were painted to the floor and the houses were made out of wood. The set was so big and the studio so small that it had to be erected in two parts which explains why shots of the entire street were not seen until 1968 when Granada decided that the interior set was too limiting and so re-erected the set outside in a yard rented from British Railways on Grape Street on Manchester, behind the Granada studios. The cast hated it! They complained that it was draughty and cold; nevertheless it was soon re-built in bricks and mortar and survived until the end of the 1970s when the decision was made to incorporate the set into the Granada Studios Tour. By 1982 a brand new set had been erected on a new site just a few hundred yards away. When the set was complete it was opened by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. The new set was first seen on-screen in episode 2210, broadcast on Monday 7 June 1982. From 1982 up until 1999, it was possible for fans of the show to visit the exterior set as part of the Granada Studios Tour. With the closure of the tour, Granada were able to expanded the exterior set to incorporate further buildings on Rosamund Street (the Health Centre) and later on Victoria Street (Roy's Rolls & Elliot and Son). Coronation Street currently airs on the following days in the UK: Monday @ 7.30pm & 8.30pm, Wednesday @ 7.30pm, Friday @ 7.30pm, Sunday @ 7.30pm. Note: This episode guide mirrors the episode numbers that are used by Granada Television. These, in turn, are based on the episode production numbers. On the odd occasion over the years these have proven to be slightly haphazard. To explain; the first episode of the programme was production code P228/1, the second P228/2, etc. In 1970, the production team reached episode 999 with the episode that was broadcast on Wednesday 19th August that year. The next episode, the 1000th, was not given the production code of P228/1000 but instead was given the new production code of P694 and the number 1! (To confuse matters more, Granada also publicised episode 999 as the 1000th episode!). The actual 1000th episode was therefore known as episode P694/1. As the seventies went on, two episodes (P694/26 and P694/27) were edited down into one half-hour episode, supposedly because Doris Speed - playing Annie Walker - was ill, and four episode numbers were not used at all - P694/503, P694/504, P694/505 and P694/549. You will therefore not find episodes 1503, 1504, 1505 or 1549 in this guide - because they were never made! When the 4000th episode was broadcast in April 1996, Granada's production codes skipped from P694/2999 to P694/4000, thereby mirroring better the actual episode number being shown and publicised. The fact remains though that other episode numbers have been skipped or counted as double episodes and therefore the publicity over episodes such as number 6000 in 2005 are a few episodes out. This is no big secret and, on occasion, comments have appeared in the UK press about this anomoly.

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