Corrie Scene of the Week

Note: these follow the Canadian timeline, 2 weeks behind the UK

Slam Poetry (June 12 to 16, 2017)

Daniel looks dead-eyedSlammed by a poetry book. Poetic justice? Poetic irony? Possibilities for wordplay are endless. But the dramatic tension was very real. This week Ken’s attacker was revealed. It was indeed Daniel. The weapon? That huge poetry book that Ken gave him as a congratulations on being everything he ever wanted in a son…

A Room of His Own (June 5 to 9, 2017)

A room of his own, I bet that’s what Daniel wanted on Tuesday. It’s what I wanted for him! Last minute cramming for an exam that sinead brings tea and sandwichesafternoon. At the kitchen table, too close to the tea kettle.

Sinead making tea, then doing tea and sympathy. I know today is important, but you need to eat something. Maybe you should get some rest. You look stressed. Then why don’t you bugger off and let him study?…

Satellite TV (May 29 to June 2, 2017)

mary returns to floristEver since she got the satellite tv she spends every evening flicking through the various foreign news channels with her eyes closed trying to guess the nationality of the news readers. I said mother! Mother! At least close the front windows…”

To what end? (May 22 to 26, 2017)

Ken says to what endWednesday, Ken asked the question I’ve been asking myself about his storyline. “But to what end? It doesn’t make sense.” Ken was commenting on why Tracy would have hit him over the head. I was commenting on the whole storyline since its early days…

Viewer advisory (May 15 to 19, 2017)

I don’t think I’ve ever before seen CBC put a ‘viewer discretion’ advisory at the beginning of Coronation Street. They did Monday. And with reason. Bethany and Nathan. And Neil. All building up to the very end. The final shot…viewer advisory episode Bethany quietly cries

David the Dog (May 8 to 12, 2017)

All week I waited, worried. Where was David the dog? Finally, Friday, there he was trotting along with David the human.

david the dogI hope David the dog doesn’t just disappear with no explanation. He came with an explanation – and a big packet of cash. And aside from avoiding unexplained loose ends, David’s arrival brings up issues that should not be ignored…

Raise a monster (May 1 to 5, 2017)

Gail tells Shona nobody sets out to raise a monsterWednesday, Shona tells Gail her truth. She’s Clayton’s mother. Yes, the kid who killed Kylie. “Nobody sets out to raise a monster,” says Gail. Gee, thanks, that’ll make her feel better! A backhanded show of support if ever there’s been one…

Terror in the Factory (Apr. 24 to 28, 2017)

It was scary this week, watching Sally be terrified. Ringing phones, texts saying “I see you” and a box left at the factory for her. It had a heart inside – an organ, not a Valentine. Turns out it was a pig’s heart, but still! Little wonder she cowered in the office…Sally terrified in factory office

Barlow Fecundity (Apr. 17 to 21, 2017)

Friday, Peter encourages Toyah about the baby quest: “You’ve got Barlow fertility on your side now. We’re famous for our fecundity.”beer and pizza - barlow fecundity

True! But, funny and kind of creepy as that remark is, it is not my choice of the week. I kept thinking of the beginning of the week. A scene that spotlighted the fruit of that Barlow fecundity…

Mad Street (Apr. 10 to 14, 2017)

Wednesday, Barlows scurry around, all upset about different things. All mad at Ken for different reasons. Pat Phelan like an injured bull – mad at Ken. Ken angry too, with his kids and about a kitchen torn apart for too long…ken-listens-to-music

Life Lesson (Apr. 3 to 7, 2017)

throw-away-his-futureKen sits Sinead down Thursday for a talk. A life lesson. It was a spine-tingling good scene. A history of his life and of Coronation Street. Also a glimpse into the future, of what might be for Daniel and Sinead…

Remittance Man (Mar. 27 to 31, 2017)

adam-in-hospital-bedAdam Barlow is in trouble, worse, bringing trouble to the family. So, here’s your bag, here’s some money, now go. A modern day remittance man. A way the colonies traditionally helped solve family problems. Out of sight and mind, with payments sent to help the unwanted one establish a life somewhere else. Swim or sink, but do it far away. Lucky old Canada!..

Friends (Mar. 20 to 24, 2017)

leanne-and-toyah-badger-peterNice little moments Monday of friends history. Leanne and Toyah badger Peter to speak to Steve on Leanne’s behalf, get him to back off on wanting to be part of the baby’s life.

Peter doesn’t want to be involved. Why would he listen to me, he asks. You’re his best friend, Leanne says…

Backup Baby (Mar. 13 to 17, 2017)

Michelle throws up in the bistro kitchen sink. Leanne watches, horrified. Steve has just told all that he’s baby Oliver’s dad…Backup baby: michelle sick in sink

Grooming (Mar. 6 to 10, 2017)

I learned a new word this week, thanks to Bluenose Corrie. Grooming, as in child grooming. It means “befriending and nathan checks to see if bethany is asleepestablishing an emotional connection with a child… to lower the child’s inhibitions for child sexual abuse,” according to Wikipedia. It is what Nathan is doing to Bethany…

Bangers and Mash (Feb. 27 to Mar. 3, 2017)

Hmm, what wine goes best with bangers and mash? A question for Ken to ask himself. A much better question than those he was asking at dinner with Daniel and Sinead on Thursday…

Channelling (Feb. 20 to 24, 2017)

Wednesday, channelling by characters of other characters, even other shows. Daniel and Rosie in particular; good and (channel Rosie eye roll here) kinda weird…

Sally’s Check-up (Feb. 13 to 17, 2017)

Sally impressed me so much with her grace and maturity. That’s not a statement you say very often! Thursday she went for a breast cancer check-up…

How you doing? (Feb. 6 to 10, 2017)

How you doing – Fiz’s concerned face, asking this of Steve at the bar. You know this isn’t going to go well. It’s Friday, and it’s been a long week of sadness and anger. ..

Dream Sequence (Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2017)

A dream sequence Tuesday, first time I’ve ever seen that on Corrie! It was well done, but I hope it doesn’t get repeated…

Rory McDonald (Jan. 23 to 27, 2017)

Little Rory McDonald never took a breath. He was way too premature. Twenty-three weeks. It was heartbreaking…

Shona the Needy (Jan. 16 to 20, 2017)

An interesting scene Wednesday was Todd and Billy and their takes on helping the needy. The needy in this case being Shona – a presently homeless scam artist and thief…

Christmas Vigil (Jan. 9 to 13, 2017)

Amid the turkey dinners, Christmas crackers, laughter and caroling, an outdoor vigil on Tuesday brought a belated Christmas tear to my eye…

Girl talk (Jan. 2 to 6, 2017)

Faye and Bethany after Faye discovers Bethany’s crush on Gary, Tuesday. The two of them negotiating new terms of their relationship made up for the final scene Monday…

The Dictaphone (Dec. 26 to 30, 2016)

What about what Roy said on the dictaphone? He and Cathy are about to say their wedding vows. She hardly looked like a carefree bride…

Mary’s son Jude (Dec. 19 to 23, 2016)

St. Jude, patron saint of lost causes. And of hope. Mary has a son named Jude. “A nurse called Maureen Nuttall found him on the steps of St. Jude’s.”…

Pot Shards (Dec. 12 to 16, 2016)

I didn’t see it coming, although I should have. It has passed through my Facebook newsfeed enough times. How to get the police to dig a garden for you, or chop your firewood…

Tombola (Dec. 5 to 9, 2016)

I had to look it up. A tombola is “a lottery in which tickets are drawn from a revolving drum.” In the case of Mary’s mother at the Scout Jamboree, it was food items in the drum…

Recycling Czar or Tsar (Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2016)

Brian Packham is back. A question he has for Roy: is it Czar or Tsar? Roy is flummoxed, and that’s a rare sight…

Barlow Reunion (Nov. 21 to 25, 2016)

Friday we got the explanation. I wondered all week why Ken and his storyline seemed to have disappeared behind a hospital curtain…

Chickens Roost (Nov. 14 to 18, 2016)

The chickens came home to roost for Sharif this week. He’s gone. I do wonder what will happen to his chickens…

Explaining Why (Nov. 7 to 11, 2016)

Poor Michelle! Not a thought that often crosses my mind, but it did on Wednesday. Michelle had to explain to Amy why her tablet was open on an abortion clinic website…

Too Much (Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 2016)

Not a scene this week. Too many, too much. It was extremely good, so this is both a compliment and a criticism. Edge of seat exciting, but too much to fully appreciate the separate parts…

Grand Tour (Oct. 24 to 28, 2016)

The Grand Tour of Europe, the trip Ken Barlow has yearned to do. He’s going to do it. A long ago rite of passage for young men and women of the upper class…

Dance Instructor (Oct. 17 to 21, 2016)

Norris Cole, Ballroom Dance Instructor is back. And it is so nice to see him. On Monday, amid the stories of angst and intrigue, deceit and vengefulness, he was a small oasis of civility…

Celebrity (Oct. 10 to 14, 2016)

Funny how the timing of fiction sometimes perfectly matches reality. Celebrity – its connotations and effects – has been all over the news, and then on Coronation Street… Tommy Orpington…

Ozzy and Maria (Oct. 3 to 7, 2016)

When Caz came in to give Maria bad news on Friday, my heart sank. I guessed what it was, and I had an idea how it would be received. Ozzy was sick, and Maria would make it all about herself. …

In All His Glory (Sep. 26 to 30, 2016)

He had me fooled. But I’m enjoying seeing the real Todd back. I liked the nice Todd too…

The Vicarage (Sep. 19 to 23, 2016)

Billy and Todd sitting in the vicarage garden. What a beautiful place! Todd brings up something I hoped he’d let Billy bring up. Should Billy leave the priesthood?..

Writing on the Wall (Sep. 12 to 16, 2016)

Graffiti was the apt background for a shifting of Steve’s world, which would now be controlled by Nick. Let’s go for a drive, Nick said…

Soap Cliché (Sep. 5 to 9, 2016)

It is one thing having Leanne get pregnant by Steve. And another thing for Michelle to want a last chance saloon baby. But both happening at the same time? Soap cliché…

Swing Set (Aug. 29 to Sep. 2, 2016)

Looking at a photo on my wall of the slide at O’Connell Park in Sussex, near the swings. Swings! Bethany broke the swing set! Bethany thinks she’s fat…

Goodbye to Kylie (Aug. 22 to 26, 2016)

Her funeral was the formal goodbye to Kylie. But after all that, late at night, David said his own goodbye at her grave…

Kylie Died (Aug. 1 to 5, 2016)

It is fitting that Kylie died protecting her friend. Her loyalty was fierce. Her defence of those she cared about was also. She killed for Sarah’s sake, and died for Gemma’s…

Audrey, Theatre Critic (July 25 to 29, 2016)

If only Audrey would moonlight as theatre critic for the Weatherfield Gazette! On Waiting for Godot: “If I wanted to watch two old men kicking off, I’d go down to the Legion on dominos night.”…

Remembering Deirdre (July 18 to 22, 2016)

On Thursday and Friday, characters and audience were remembering Deirdre. They and we, of course, were also remembering her portrayer Anne Kirkbride…

Back Together (July 11 to 15, 2016)

Michelle decides that if she and Steve are not going to get back together, she might as well leave. She gets a cruise ship job. Doesn’t want to leave, but what’s the point in staying, yadayada…

She’s off her head (July 4 to 8, 2016)

The best thing for me this week was the end of drama. A calm Sarah. “She’s off her head” still described her but it was due to hospital drugs by Thursday. Lots of nice, calming drugs…

Chief Mourner (June 27 to July 1, 2016)

When one of the chief mourners dresses like this, you know it’s going to be an interesting funeral… Gemma!…

Eyes of a Shark (June 20 to 24, 2016)

The week opens with Amy Barlow showing that she has learned well from her mother. Last week she eavesdropped on Michelle and Will and discovered that they had a sort-of fling while Steve was away…

The Hardy Boys (June 13 to 17, 2016)

Friday, Part 2 of Todd Grimshaw, Detective. He knows Sarah is the key to finding out how Callum Logan turned up, dead, under the floor in the Platt house. And there she sits, weeping…

After the Toasts (June 6 to 10, 2016)

Thursday’s episode opens amid the wreckage of Carla and Nick’s wedding. They had got married but it didn’t last until dinner was served…

Blackpool Tram (May 30 to June 3, 2016)

I love going to Blackpool. I’ve only ever been there with Coronation Street. It was a scary visit this Monday, with the Blackpool tram almost taking out another Bradley…

Posh Food (May 23 to 27, 2016)

Monday, Gail gets in the posh food for Carla’s pamper party. Thousand Island dressing – check, iceberg lettuce – check…

Fabulous Pablo (Apr. 25 to 29, 2016)

“Be fabulous,” Maria said to Pablo Wednesday as she gave him a farewell kiss and sent him off to London to a new and fabulous life. Oh, I hope he comes back to Weatherfield…

Sophie Cat Lady (Apr. 18 to 22, 2016)

Sophie describes her future to Tim: “Be by myself, get my own place, a few cats.” Sophie cat lady. Pity the poor cats…

Medical Marijuana (Apr. 11 to 15, 2016)

It’s been like time travel, hearing Izzy and Gary and now Anna freak out about marijuana and drug dealing and the slippery slope. Reefer madness! Over a bit of weed…

Family Stories (Apr. 4 to 8, 2016)

First, Kylie at Freddie’s house, sorting his late wife Sadie’s clothes for the charity shop. There’s a dress he wants to keep it for the story in its fabric… Second, the Platt way of handling family crises…

Early Baby (Mar. 28 to Apr. 1, 2016)

Todd sees Sarah struggling to pick up dropped bags. He takes her for a cup of tea. There he says that people seem to have forgotten that Bethany wasn’t the last child, there was their Billy as well…

Sadie’s Nails (Mar. 21 to 25, 2016)

Wednesday, Kylie does a house call for nails. It’s for one of her regular clients, one she hasn’t seen in a while. Sadie’s husband Freddie ushers her in. Sadie is in the living room, in a coffin…

Que Sera Sera (Mar. 14 to 18, 2016)

‘Whatever will be’ is Dev and Erica together. I hope. Tuesday, Erica stopped pussyfooting around and went in for the kill. She was helped by Liz and, especially, Mary…

Business Negotiations (Mar. 6 to 11, 2016)

Maybe I’m missing something in the negotiations over Nick’s sale of the Bistro. I don’t see what the fuss is about with Leanne’s 11th hour offer. Actually, it is a 12th hour offer, as in too late…

Her or His Story (Feb. 29 to Mar. 4, 2016)

Hmm, believe Phelan or Anna? I think Tim is the only one with his head screwed on right. Looking at the damage Anna did to Phelan’s van, Tim tells Kevin that he figures Anna had her reasons…

Grass (Feb. 22 to 26, 2016)

Tuesday, a thump-thump-thumping sound might have been heard in the Weatherfield Police Station: Les Battersby turning in his figurative grave. His daughter Leanne was there to grass up her son…

Karaoke (Feb. 15 to 19, 2016)

What can you say about Eva’s karaoke performance of Hey Big Spender at the creepiest dinner party imaginable? Nothing, except va-va-voom!…

Campaigning (Feb. 8 to 12, 2016)

Campaigning means to engage in: a, military operations, b, a systematic course of aggressive activities, c, competition by rival political candidates. Sally’s campaign for council fits all three usages…

Tracy and Todd (Feb. 1 to 5, 2016)

Eavesdropping on a chat in a workplace – Tracy and Todd in the florist shop… It struck me as a particularly good if somewhat odd friendship…

Construction Work (Jan. 25 to 29, 2016)

Nothing jumped out at me all week – until Friday. Construction work by the low bid contractor started at Kevin’s new garage. Problems also started almost immediately…

Librettos – Stilettos (Jan. 18 to 22, 2016)

I haven’t liked Nessa since she arrived. But Thursday when she left, I admired, even liked, her…

Silver-Topped Che (Jan. 11 to 15, 2016)

Emily Bishop left for Peru. Monday she announced her plan to go see her nephew Geoffrey, aka Spyder, who is working in an orphanage there. Thursday we said hasta luego to her…

Christmas Again (Jan. 4 to 8, 2016)

It was like having another Christmas this week, the perfect one you dream of. Sleighbells ring, snow is glistening. It was way better than visiting Santa’s village in Lapland…

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12 thoughts on “Corrie Scene of the Week

  1. Holy mama it was a week all right. Proper movie. I have to catch up on my scene-of-the-week reading. I got all absorbed in a project. I don’t think I have a secret handshake. (That would be cool though.) Usually I can comment on blogs because I am signed into my Google account and it uses that as my ID. There are other accounts you can use. Let me try and look into that for you. Aw, thanks guys.

  2. Hi Dorothy! Have to agree on what a lovely couple Haley and Roy make. I love that quirky pair. And can’t wait to see what you write this week. I’ve only seen Monday, so far. Oooh…

    And I wanted to say what a lovely surprise it was when I saw your wee little head and cat on my b. You inspired me to pull myself up and out of the winter blues and find my funny bone again. Thank you.

    1. Hi, it’s quite a week on the street and that’s all I’m saying until Sunday. I was trying to comment on your blog and it wouldn’t let me even after I ‘joined’. Just kept telling me I couldn’t be verified, so could you let me know what the secret handshake is? Jim wanted to comment too, he really liked your snow day photo. Make sure you don’t miss Sunday’s omnibus!

  3. You read that one, Dorothy. Oh my! I was feeling particularly silly that day. Sometimes, you just have to laugh. I’ll be looking in the paper for a rush on banana boxes. You could be right, the fork certainly does add a whole other level of intrigue. Now you’ve got me laughing all over again. Where’s that tissue?

    1. Carrie – I was trying to comment on your blog and couldn’t – at least I don’t think it, or they (since I did it more than once), went through. It didn’t like my address. So I hope you get this message. Thanks for the lovely words, and congratulations on your “lovely blog” award. It is indeed that. Hope you’re doing well. I’ll go back to your blog now and continue reading.

    1. Thanks, Carrie, glad you’re enjoying them, and happy new year to you too. I recently read your “banana box” post (complete with photos). I laughed myself sick. Haven’t had a chance to look at the $store for one. But your description made me, and I’m sure lots of other people, want to buy their own. Dollarama will wonder why there’s a run on banana boxes! My theory on the little fork is it’s just a clever marketing ploy – to make us think “hmm, wonder why they put this little matching fork in here? I’d better buy two!” And the image of pogo-banana – a banana impaled on a chopstick – is still in my mind… (to anyone else reading this, go to Carrie’s blog – it’s great)

  4. Oh, neat… on the Canadian doc. That will be fun.
    That is true, there’s always more time for things to come out. I just don’t recall ever having to wait this long! We shall see.
    England was actually beginning to turn more American (when I visited four years back), pubs shutting down and flashier wine bars opening in their place. *sob* At the very least, pubs were getting a revamp and acting more as restaurants. I guess the whole credit/loan thing eventually spread over the pond, but it wasn’t long before the recession hit. Might be a factor, as well, though they didn’t show “why” and “how” things were changing very effectively.
    Polarizing morality, and bringing in religion with the kids seems to have brought it back. Smart. (Not that I’m religious, but it was an interesting backlash). Also, I love how the kids are becoming smarter than the parents through technology.
    *Carrie zips her lips*

  5. Hi Dorothy! This is great, an in-depth study of Corro’s. Love it! I’ve been watching since I was thirteen… so, 22 years. Crikey. I missed a couple of years when I moved back to Canada as it made me feel home sick, and then I actually stopped watching for a couple of years – was not happy where it was going (all the oldies were being written out…it started to feel more American, to me). I tuned in again about a year ago and my love has been rekindled. The generational themes and cycles, having watched for so long, are fantastic to observe. On the Molly and Kevin affair (the jerk), when you say affairs always come out in the end as part of the drama… yeah, that’s a definite formula. Except for the one time (did I miss something?) when Sally had that affair with her smarmy boss, and Rosie ended up keeping it a secret for her, not wanting her family to break up again. I kept waiting for Kevin to find out, but that one blew over for some reason. Was that Sally’s final “lesson” to appreciate what she has, and stop being a slapper?
    One thing that started getting to me before: the old ‘break-up/one-night-stand “affair”/make-up/find out/break-up again’ formula. Affairs left, right and center. I realize we need drama’n’all, but it can get a bit much. I used to love the old days when they stopped to chat about the price of bacon, or something equally random.
    Okay, I could go on forever. Signing off, for now. Thanks for this, Dorothy! 🙂 Carrie.

    1. Hi Carrie, thanks for writing. You’re right, Kevin never found out about Sally’s affair with her icky boss. It may still come out though – that’s the beauty of continuing stories. There were a few years when it got very “Americanized” when Percy and other old timers left. That producer, whose name I am not sure of – Brian Park I think – wanted to make his mark on the show, I remember reading. He should have known, as the successful producers have, that you have to work with what you’ve got, that the show has its own momentum and you can’t, and shouldn’t, change it too much. Harry Elton, the original producer, said that many years ago after he had watched the progress of the show for several decades after he left. In early Dec. there’s going to be a Canadian doc on CS, the show and fans, on CBC for the 50th anniversary. I’ll post something when I check on the date and time.

  6. I really like these! I’m going to link to your blog from mine. I thought scenes between Kevin and Bill were really good, not just these ones but others that they’ve discussed when Kevin’s mother was ill and Bill remembering it with Sally as well. Did you know that the actress was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time? The scenes aren’t shot in sequence so some of them may have been filmed after the cast found out, probably the ones we are seeing now for sure but some of the earlier ones as well. I think there were a few scenes where Michael LeVell wasn’t really acting all that much, as he and Sally the actress are good friends. It probably hit them all quite hard. She’s back at work now and all clear!

    1. Thanks a lot! I watched the UK tv broadcast with Sally posted on Corrie Canuck. She said she found out right after she’d taped the big scene with her telling Kev. It never struck me that some of the scenes would indeed have been taped with her, and the other actors, knowing she actually had cancer too. How hard would that be, for all of them! Yes, every scene with all the Websters has been remarkable – all of them responding so much in character and with such heartfelt acting/emotion. Even Rosie, and her boob job foolishness, has made me laugh and cry at the same time. Thanks for linking to me, and so nice to hear from you.

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