Corrie Corner – 11th September 2011

Daz TV Choice Awards - Coronation Street - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'Corrie Corner' review(I’m going to be reporting from the red carpet outside the Savoy on Tuesday for the Daz TV Choice Soap Awards.  I haven’t got much of an idea as to what’s actually going to happen on the night, but am thrilled at being part of the Press and to hopefully have a chance of speaking to some the people I write about each week. There’ll be a full report in next week’s blog.)

It’s all been quite serious on the Street this week. That’s one thing Corrie does so well: flip effortlessly from humour to drama, and they do both equally as well.

Carla & Peter - Coronation Street - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'Corrie Corner' reviewThere’s been some fine acting from Carla and Frank.  Even without make-up and with her eyes red and puffy from crying, Carla still looks hot, and – frankly – I don’t know how Peter’s managing to resist her.  For her to desperately declare – yet-again – that she loves Peter and say she’d dump Frank is a huge thing for the usually ice-cold Carla, but he seems determined to fight it.

I’m torn, as Simon thinks of Leanne as his mum, but there’s just something not quite right between them, isn’t there?  Let’s see what the next few weeks bring, but I’m not sensing the patter of tiny feet and a little sibling for Si!

Frank - Coronation Street - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'Corrie Corner' reviewFrank’s ‘control’ (in every sense of the word), has been quite scary; he’s very much like Tony Gordon in that respect (looks a bit like him too).  God, she doesn’t half pick ’em!  He’s clearly a lot stronger physically than he looks too, to have been able to drag Carla out of the driver’s seat and into the passenger’s side in less than a minute …

It was a relief that Stella came round so soon (well, in one respect anyway), as characters wired-up in Hospital are normally enough to send me into a coma. She’s been told to leave (or threatened to), so often since she joined but never does, and it would have been too much to hope she’d finally be on her way.

Leanne, Eva, Carl & Stella - Coronation Street - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'Corrie Corner' reviewThe scenes with Leanne were touching (and the way Stella looks at her ‘daughter’ is utterly believable), it’s just that she has to go and spoil it by opening her mouth!

When the Doctor said “We’ve extubated her,” my first question would have been “Will it affect her accent Doctor?” They should have told us she’d recover but wouldn’t be able to speak!  Maybe Leanne and Eva will be friends now?  I’m not so sure though. “You know what? I’d never tire of punching that girl,” Leanne said to Peter on Monday, so I don’t suppose they’ll ever be destined to share a lipstick.

I can see how Carla ended up drunk though.  Meeting Frank’s parents would have turned me to drink too.  I know his name’s Frank Foster, but they looked more like ‘foster’ parents to me.  I love how the Soaps find characters who sometimes look so alike that they could be related in real life, but they clearly didn’t go to a lot of trouble with these two.  Try as I might, I couldn’t see a resemblance!

I’ve missed Kylie this week, but Tracy returned on Friday to keep up my quota of one-liners!

Tracy, Ken & Deirdre - Coronation Street - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'Corrie Corner' reviewKen: “Your mother and I have been talking.”

Tracy: “Ah, congratulations.  A breakthrough at last!”

What a moment at the end though when Tracy hugged Deirdre.  She genuinely looked worried.  It made a change from the wicked smile you normally see on her face when she’s hugging someone!

The kidnap plot tied itself up nicely didn’t it (!) so the lads went for a night on the Town to celebrate.  It didn’t start too well though, and they ended up in a Bar they weren’t very chuffed with.

Tyrone: “Why can’t we go to that other place?”

Tommy: “Cos it was full of men.”

Tyrone & Kirsty - Coronation Street - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'Corrie Corner' reviewDoesn’t Tommy scrub up well?  White shirts really suit him, and it was sweet of him to try and get those girls to talk to Tyrone to boost his confidence.  I didn’t like the look of Kirsty though; she reminds me too much of Cheryl and doesn’t look like the ‘type’ Ty would go for at all, but to be fair, we’ve only had one glimpse of her so far, and that’s just my first impression.  Who knows: they might be a fantastic pair …

‘Inappropriate/Appropriate Music playing in the background’  There was definitely something ‘meaningful’ going on behind Steve and Becky’s heart-to-heart over the bar (sounded like Ella Fitzgerald), but even after listenening to it five times I couldn’t quite work out what it was!

Let’s have our Grins of the week:

Roy - Coronation Street - Jane Reynolds' weekly 'Corrie Corner' reviewRoy (explaining to Chris about the merits of the Ayurvedic* diet): “It’s using food to achieve a balance in health and well-being.”

Chris: “Right.  And you cook that way here?”

Roy: “No.”

Kevin (finding out Ty’s met a girl): “Who’s the lucky lady?”

Tyrone: “Like I’m gonna tell you.  Next thing I know you’ll be taking her jogging.” (Great line!)

Eva: “I couldn’t live with an alcoholic.”

Leanne: “Peter’s a recovering alcoholic.”

Eva: “Yeah. You get all the boring bits.”

PS Fiz in Priz ‘threatens’ Ruth. Yeah, we’re all really scared of Fiz aren’t we? (!)

PSS Maria and Cheryl sharing a lippie. Do girls do that?  Ugh.

PPS Didn’t Marcus look genuinely choked to be waving little Dylan off?  Bless.

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