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Coronation Street Weekly Update - Nov 24 2008

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Joe whisks Gail away for a dirty weekend and David's shocked at his mum's going away outfit. “Where are you off to? 1963?”. She's off to the land of lurve with Tina's dad and while the grown-ups are away, Tina, David and Graeme get up to no good. First off, Graeme nicks a car for David and Tina but the nasty Windass clan come by and steal it, which ends up being A Good Thing because Graeme wasn't sure how he was going to get rid of it, although his eyes lit up when he thought of setting it alight. As the Windass men stalk the Street in their car, staring hard at the Platt household, dreaming up evil to do to David and Graeme, Graeme only goes and gets himself a job at the butchers, working with Ashley. Hang on a minute. Wasn't Kirkeh working with Ashley and didn't Ashley have to lay him off as there wasn't the work? And where's Boris gone? Just a thought.

With all of his comping, you'd think Norris would be pleased to get a call from the magazines saying he'd won a Cliff Richard competition. But no, he's not happy, because he's come second place yet again to a certain Mary Taylor who's won the first spot. He's even less pleased when Emily brings home Jed Stone (Sunny Jim) to live in the front parlour until he's sorted himself out with a new place to live. Norris is upset with this new arrangement but his interest is piqued when Jed tells him about the evil Tony Gordon who's ousted him from his house. And in a wonderful scene, Jed and Emily chat about ‘ma', Minnie Caldwell herself, and Jed recounts one of Minnie's favourite phrases. "I know folk think I'm simple. What I say to them is that I'd rather be simple and 'ave my pleasures than know everything.” But that's not all she said and you can read Minnie's quote - in full - on her corrie.net profile which was written by Corrie fan Sunny Jim.

Now then, Hayley might be back on the Street but she's having trouble settling in. She tells Roy she wants to go back to Africa and while it's hard for him to hear, he realises he has to let her go. But then she tells him the truth, it's not Africa her heart yearns for, it's Olaf the team leader who she had a crush on. Well, he did have a guitar and sing Swedish folk songs, you can see how that would turn a girl's head. Once admitted, Hayley feels ashamed and Roy forgives all. There's big hugs all round and Hayley decides to stay. She heads to the factory where Tony Gordon wants Hayley as Supervisor but Hayley wants to do something more meaningful instead. Roy suggests she talk to Emily about volunteering with the youth centre and Tony gives Hayley's job to Fiz, who's over the moon.

Yes, Fiz is back on the Street, back from Africa with Chesney and Kirkeh in tow. There's not much to say about what they did while they were out there, you'll have to buy the DVD to find out.

Elsewhere, Amber heads off to Finland this week after it all kicks off in the flat up in the sky. First off, Dev buys the kebab shop and puts Darryl out of a job. To get her revenge, Amber tells Tara about Dev sleeping with her mum for which she gets a slap in return and a tearful Tara says ta-ra to Dev. Amber decides to take up her mum's offer to go to live in Finland but tells Dev she's leaving him to give him space to grow up. While she's away, Dev tries and fails to cope with his new kebab empire and ends up taking on Darryl to work there, with an increased salary and a really silly hat.

And finally this week, Michelle's mum and dad are over from Oireland again, so they are, for their wedding anniversary party. Michelle wants Steve on duty in the pub for party favours on Wednesday. Problem is, he's already agreed he'll testify in court that day for Becky. And if he doesn't testify, Becky'll go to jail. So what's it to be, laughing boy? Ooh, I think we can guess.

And that's just about that for this week.

Coronation Street writers this week were Jonathan Harvey, Peter Whalley and Martin Allen

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Coronation Street Weekly Update - Nov 17 2008

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The big news first up is that a red anorak with Hayley Cropper in it returns from Africa this week. Roy's wearing his best shirt with anticipation and gathers a small crowd in the cafĂ© for Hayley's return. But she's quiet, is Hayley, after a year away from the Street and hasn't got much to say for herself. Well, it must take some adjusting, from living with lions and tigers and bears, oh my, to being back on the cobbled brick road of Weatherfield. As she tries to adjust to life back in the flat, Hayley's gobsmacked to see her husband checking out Becky's make-up before Becky hits the town in a short, spangly frock. She's even more lost for words when Becky shouts “Laters!” as she heads out the door, only for Roy to respond in the same. By ‘eck, there's been some changes made while  she's been gone.

Elsewhere this week, Gail and Joe's secret is out as Graeme, David and Tina catch the oldies at it, you know, it, on the sofa. As nuclear fall out hits the Platt's house, there's yelling and storming out and it's left to Graeme to do the sensible thing with the kettle in his hand. “Cuppa tea, anyone?” He's great, is Graeme. Anyway, David and Tina come around to the fact that her dad and his mum are having it away and David warms to Joe. So much, in fact that he threatens a rough family called Windass when they won't pay Joe for the kitchen he's installed. (Once upon a time in Corrie, Ena Sharples once defined the class of an area by calling it ‘very bay window'. Now we can define it by being ‘very bad Windass'.  I think you know the sort of people I mean; shell suits, mad hair, staring eyes, the works). Anyway, they're trouble this Windass lot and they're out for revenge starting with stealing Joe's work tools so David, Tina and Graeme go back to their house and rip out the kitchen before Graeme sends it all up in flames.

Over at the bookies, Peter Barlow comes into a quarter of a million pound fortune when Lucy's will's read and he cops for the lot. There's a condition, of course, and it's that he uses the money to bring up little Simon. Peter's plans of doing a runner are put on hold as he buys the bookies from Dan Mason and moves into the bookie flat with his little boy. Ken's not happy, as you'd expect, but Peter turns a blind eye to the ear-ache and starts flirting with Leanne. Meanwhile, in one of the best exits Corrie's seen in a while, bookie Dan Mason packed up and left, driving his car off the cobbles while it was being set upon by Kelly Crabtree and her handbag, yelling at him as he leaves: “You're boring, you smell and you're no good in bed.” Ah, bless.

Dev tries to get close to Tara this week but he can't hide his fear when she tells him that her ex confessed he'd been sleeping with her mum as well as with her. “No! Surely not!, etc.” says Dev, twiddling his hair in that nervous way that four year olds do.  But while he's worried about Tara, devious Dev sets about to exploit Darryl and buy the kebab shop from him after Darryl lets Dev see the books for the shop. Clearly a man with no money troubles despite the recession. Credit crunch? Schmunch.

Over at Underworld, the girls finally get paid but they aren't happy with Tony Gordon's financial goings-on and he consoles himself with a spot of Phil Collins. How tacky and yet how right for Tony.

In the Kabin, Norris carries on comping and tries to rustle up in twenty words or less why he wants to meet Cliff Richard when he plays next in Manchester. “But does he want to meet you?” muses Rita.

Over the road, Aunty Pam enlists Tyrone's help to sell gentlemen's almost-silk undergarments (aka lycra pants) in pubs around town. Tyrone lies to Molly and says he's going to the gym and even though he's helping Pam in order to raise money for their wedding, he's lying to his lady and that ain't good.

And finally this week, a beautiful scene in the Weatherfield hospital canteen when Emily's helping out and Sunny Jim (aka Jed Stone) recognises his former friend and neighbour after 40 years. The two of them chat, catch up, have a coffee and reminisce about ‘Ma'. For those of us, er, mature enough to remember Minnie Caldwell, this brought a lump to the throat.

And that's just about that for this week.

Coronation Street writers this week were Martin Allen, Carmel Morgan, David Bowker, Mark Burt and Jayne Hollinson.

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Coronation Street Weekly Update - Nov 10 2008

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2008 - NOVEMBER 10

There's tears at th'Webster tea table when Rosie returns home, free from John's clutches and his grandma's spare room. He's arrested and taken to Weatherfield nick where he's visited by Fiz who tells him she loves him. I always credited Fiz with more sense than that and she finally proves me right and stops taking his calls. With Rosie home, a huge bouquet of flowers with Tony Gordon behind it walks down the Webster garden path and has a quiet word with Rosie. Tony demands that Rosie keep quiet about the movie she filmed of Carla snogging Liam. When Sally finds out, she's suspicious about Tony's motives for keeping the snog secret and she copies the movie from Rosie's work PC to a memory stick, just in case. Well, you never know when a bit of blackmail cash might come in useful, there's a credit crunch going on. I've just had to sell all my relatives on eBay to pay the gas bill this week.

Rosie, of course, is Underworld gossip of the week as news filters in of her whereabouts and whatnots over the last few weeks. Wiki is feeling particularly vengeful towards John Stape and indeed men in general. She waxes lyrical about the time she poured boiling water over her husband's private parts because he made love to her best friend. She's a dark one, that Wiki.

Speaking of the credit crunch, Tony's feeling the murky waters of debt puddle around his ankles. His accountant tells him he needs to sell the Victoria Court flats to make some money, fast. To tide him over the flood of his financial crisis, Tony moves funds from Underworld to his own business account, forging Carla's signature on the company cheque. If anyone's wondering where Carla's gone, she's visiting a friend in Los Angeles. Yes, she's gone to la-la land, which has been renamed in her honour Carla-la land. The Underworld girls are revolting this week when they find out they haven't been paid. Tony knows why but he keeps them sweet by throwing a tenner on the table in the Rovers and tells them the drinks are on him.

Winner of the Weatherfield Father of The Year Award 1965-1987, Ken Barlow is in a conundrum as Peter won't look after his son, Simon. While Simon's waiting for Peter coming back from the shops, Peter's in the Rovers waiting for someone to serve him. When Ken tries to have a word, Peter gets stroppy and flexes his tattoos in front of the sideboard from where Uncle Albert looks on with a grimace on his face. But when Blanche has a word with me laddo about doing the right thing by Simon, Peter thinks on. He gets Simon a school place at Bessie Street Primary but then packs his bags and tries to do a runner, intending to leave Simon with granddad Ken and great-grandma Blanche. When that plan's thwarted, Peter calls in Social Services to dump Simon on the state. Ken's apoplectic when Peter's not apologetic and Mr Barlow (Snr) tells Mr Barlow (Jnr) that he and Deirdre will take in Simon as their own and look after him rather than see him sent to the workhouse. Mr Barlow (very Jnr) steals all the scenes he's in this week. He's still doesn't say much and Blanche has named him Shymon, but the kid's a little star in the make.

What do you call Janice Battersby in a suit? The accused. Janice gets dolled up in her best Primarni for her day in court on fraud charges over the lottery ticket business and for crimes against fashion. She's relieved to be given community service instead of a six month stretch. But the patients of Weatherfield General are best to look out as Janice gets to serve her sentence in the hospital canteen.

Over at Gail's house she and Joe continue to get comfy but their peace and quiet's shattered when David returns from Ted's house in that London and his ex-cell mate, Graeme (the one that sings) moves in to live on the sofa. I'm loving it already.

And finally this week, Roy prepares for the return of Hayley from foreign shores soon and ponders buying his missus some new bubble bath.

And that's just about that for this week.

Coronation Street writers this week were Chris Fewtrell, Lucy Gannon, Julie Jones, Simon Crowther and David Lane.

Glenda

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Coronation Street Weekly Update - Nov 3 2008

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Nov 3 2008

There's fireworks at the Barlows' when Peter turns up with son Simon. Peter doesn't know his son, doesn't like him and he doesn't really want him but Lucy was at death's door when she asked Peter to take the little ‘un so he could hardly say no. But that doesn't mean he's happy about having to care for little Simon although Ken and Deirdre are overjoyed to have their grandson about. Deirdre even makes him a chucky egg, a phrase which pleased me no end. Ken gives Peter advice on raising kids the Barlow way so it's just as well the phrase Psycho-Simon's got a ring to it. No one's engaged Simon in a game of ‘Simon Says' yet, which is just as well as he hasn't said a word, not even a thankyou for Deirdre's chucky egg.

Speaking of Deirdre, she and Blanche head off to Lourdes with Deirdre a little concerned that she'll be sharing a room with a lesbian Nancy. Sorry, that should read - a lesbian, Nancy.

Norris is the talk of the wash house when he drops a bag of ladies saucy undies on the Street. Emily tells Rita who tells Tina in the Kabin and they gossip about Norris' secret life as Eddie Izzard.  A penny for the guy's thoughts offered by Emily reveals that Norris has been entering and winning competitions instead. Last week he won the fizzy drinks maker, this week he won the frilly pants shaker. To help his winning streak, Norris goes all out and buys Marvin Spengler's best selling classic: Stuff The Competition and Win! Win! Win!, in an episode that referenced Peters and Lee, Ken Dodd and a 1970s sitcom.

Becky gets a rocket when she's arrested and charged with assault, theft, criminal damage, gunpowder, treason and plot. Steve says he won't lie for her if the case goes to court which is what the copper is depending on, of course. He's got history with Becky, has DC Hooch (damp squib of the parish), after he came on to her when she was just 16 and she knocked him back in the back of a cop car. He tries it on again and Becky knows that this guy's burning for more. Bear with me, the firework references will stop soon, I promise.

Elsewhere, Kev and Sally are at their wits end worried about Wosie. Sophie says she's got Rosie's picture online and makes posters to help find her sister. She could've set up a Find Rosie Web(ster) site too on the Interweb(ster). Yes? No? Oh, please yourselves. Anyway, Rosie gets ready to rumble in the attic with a table leg in her hand and a determined look on her face. She's ready to belt ten bells out of John next time he comes in. Meanwhile, Eileen sends John on a Streetcars job and Fiz finds his keys and phone that he's left behind. She rings John to tell him she'll feed the cat and John, knowing what Fiz will find, takes his terrified cab passengers on a journey they'll not forget and if I were them, wouldn't pay for. John screams through the streets of Salford with the old couple in the back of the cab, determined to get to Rosie in the house before Fiz does. He gets there in the nick of time to find Fiz fingering a pair of Rosie's knickers hung up to dry in the kitchen, a worried look on her face. Fiz can't believe what John tells her and she sets Rosie free but instead of falling into a tearful heap in Fiz's arms, Rosie dashes straight out of the open door and runs out of the house. We can only hope that John's passengers are outside still waiting in the car, wondering what their cabbie has got himself into.

Maria's parents leave their distraught daughter on the Street and dash back to their donkeys. Heartbroken Maria starts sorting out Liam's stuff with tears in her eyes, but there's a bang and flash of suspicion as she goes through his phone and uncovers a list of messages and calls to and from Carla. She also finds out about Carla's involvement in LadRags - or LardRags for the outsize gentleman.

And finally this week, Kirk's wearing his holiday shirt and a grin on his face as he announces to Fiz and Chesney that Cilla's sent them all tickets to visit her in South Africa. Fiz takes some persuading, she's not sure she wants a holiday full of sun, sea, safari and Cilla but agrees in the end. It's bound to be a cracker.

And that's just about that for this week.

Coronation Street writers this week were Peter Whalley, Jayne Hollinson, Jonathan Harvey, Damon Rochefort and Mark Wadlow.

Glenda

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Coronation Street Weekly Updates - November 2008

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