THE stars of Coronation Street talk to me on the cobbles about the show’s 50th birthday – and the tram crash.

This 20 minute podcast includes interviews with actors Ian Puleston-Davies (Owen Armstrong), Antony Cotton (Sean Tully), Craig Gazey (Graeme Proctor), Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) and Steve Huison, who plays Eddie Windass.

Plus the sounds of Corrie’s Street party in the background.

Including Kym Marsh singing Son Of A Preacher Man.

Bruno Tonioli

TO BBC TV Centre in west London late last Friday afternoon for a round table interview with Bruno Tonioli.

Walking past several of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing celebrities and their professional partners as they prepared for that night’s first competitive show.

Dressed in a green V-neck top, blue jeans and brown boots, Bruno gave us over half an hour of his time.


A historic day on the Coronation Street cobbles.

The press launch yesterday marking the countdown to the 50th anniversary on December 9, complete with a very special Street Party.

I was among 235 guests who gathered in Studio 12 at ITV Granada in Manchester for the event.

Hosted in some style by Boyzone star Keith Duffy, who plays Rovers barman Ciaran McCarthy.

(Lots of audio / video further down this blog)

Before a party out on the cobbles and tours of the studio sets.

The Corrie siege

PREPARE yourself, Coronation Street fans.

Weatherfield has something rather special for us next week.

Including new titles and a fresh version of the theme music.

I was among journalists invited to a London preview yesterday of the Corrie Siege episodes.

Also involving the closing days of Gail Platt’s murder trial.

And found myself sat directly behind three Street stars whose characters are caught up in crazed escaped killer Tony Gordon’s (Gray O’Brien) plan to exact deadly revenge:

Making Waves: David Neilson as Roy Cropper

ROY Cropper made a big splash in Weatherfield last night.

Left to drown in a canal by killer Tony Gordon.

And summed up in two clear and simple lines:

Roy: “I can’t swim.”

Tony: “Good.”

David Neilson (Roy) and Gray O’Brien (Tony) filmed the canal scenes near Corrie’s Manchester HQ.

“I was out for every night of the canal shoot,” Corrie producer Kim Crowther told me when we met up recently.