“PEOPLE come, people go. And the Street goes on.
“The Street is the star. That’s how it should be.”
One of the other real stars of the Coronation Street Trafford Wharf reveal was another national treasure – Sue Nicholls.
The actress who has played Audrey since 1979 gave countless interviews to the media on the day and kept smiling in the face of hundreds of questions.
Looking much younger than the 70th birthday she had celebrated just six days before.
As is the way at these events, I waited patiently to speak to Sue as she was interviewed by yet another TV crew.
After a few minutes I was joined by one or two other media colleagues also wanting a word.
And by the time Sue was free to talk I had been joined by around a dozen others. Continue reading
IT was quite a day at the reveal of the new Coronation Street set at Trafford Wharf.
The exterior lot has been upscaled and the Street itself is now wide enough for two cars to pass.
But otherwise it looks exactly the same as the current set at Quay Street in Manchester.
Where the final scene will be filmed just before Christmas.
With cast, crew and production team starting work at Trafford Wharf / Media City UK early in January 2014. Continue reading
THERE were other interviews after this week’s special Coronation Street preview screening in London.
You may already have read my transcript of the main cast Q&A at Coronation Street: Wedding Drama.
I later spoke to Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) about a different subject:
Shopping, Katherine Kelly and Mr Selfridge. Continue reading
“I think this is going to be a day that nobody forgets.”
Kirsty Soames makes a prediction on the morning of her wedding to Tyrone Dobbs.
She’s not wrong.
I was at ITV’s London launch yesterday for next Monday’s two wedding day episodes.
Always a treat to see Coronation Street on a big screen with an audience.
And then a showreel of what is to come in the weeks and months ahead. Continue reading
SHE’S the legend of the Streetcars’ switch who is never seen.
But has had plenty to say since she discovered the wonders of Twitter.
Actor Steve Huison knows her better than most.
I spoke to him again recently ahead of his Manchester stage performance this week. Continue reading
Becky (Katherine Kelly) and Kylie (Paula Lane) in tonight's episodes.
(Mild spoilers, including pics)
ALL TV soaps go through peaks and troughs.
Like waves on the shore, they take time to flow towards moments of crashing brilliance.
Footprints in the sand captured on screen to be remembered forever.
Tonight brings another high tide as the exceptional Katherine Kelly (Becky McDonald) takes her leave of Weatherfield. Continue reading
God must have wanted a hotpot.
Had forgotten, until today, that I took this short video (below) at the Coronation Street 50th anniversary launch in September 2010.
Betty Driver, then aged 90, could have been forgiven for not joining the rest of the Weatherfield cast on the cobbles that day. Continue reading
Betty Driver as Betty Williams
SHE may be 90, but there’s still a twinkle in Betty Driver’s eye.
Corrie’s hotpot queen has been in showbusiness for 80 years and was a leading lady of stage, film and TV long before Weatherfield came calling.
Betty is the subject of tomorrow’s (Sunday) Desert Island Discs at 11:15am on BBC Radio 4, expertly presented by Kirsty Young.
I’ve already listened to the programme and written a story to go online after the embargo expires at midnight tonight. Continue reading
MEN front page Nov 25 2004
DEDICATED Coronation Street fans will know that this week’s tram crash was first suggested six years ago.
My exclusive story was published in the Manchester Evening News on November 25 2004.
It revealed that a story proposal for 2005 – yet to be finalised – had been put forward to crash a tram into the Rovers Return from a viaduct at that end of the street. Continue reading
A special edition of The Weathefield Gazette – Coronation Street’s very own newspaper – was published yesterday.
The 32-page tram crash issue was printed in the Manchester Evening News, with the full support of ITV, to mark Corrie’s 50th anniversary today – Thursday Dec 9 2010.
And I was lucky enough to land a staff job…for one week only.
I wrote three features for the Gazette, including interviews with producer Phil Collinson, executive producer Kieran Roberts and cast members Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre), Craig Gazey (Graeme Proctor) and Antony Cotton (Sean Tully).
Tony Warren, the man who started it all in 1960, also gave up his time to speak to me. Continue reading